The Thanksgiving tablescape creates ambiance and atmosphere for your big holiday meal. Use these easy tips and this tutorial for no sew fabric pumpkins to dress your table up for the big day.
Ever notice how Thanksgiving tends to get a bit lost in the shuffle? That it becomes Hallowgivingmas? Or Chrismagivingween? Something along those lines. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge Christmas junkie. Huge. I listen to Christmas music year round and have watched Home Alone so many times that my hubs and I on many occasions have discussed why they need to order 10 pizzas when there only 5 boys, 6 girls, 4 parents, 2 drivers, and a partridge in a pear tree. (Why?! That is an epic amount of pizza per person! Epic!! I can get behind everything else, but not this.)
Anywho, Thanksgiving, tends to get overlooked from a decoration and celebration standpoint, with everyone being so quick to take down their ghosts and goblins and put up their Christmas trees. Again, I will totally admit that while everyone else is out shopping on Black Friday, I put up my Christmas trees rather joyously and I do watch copious amounts of Christmas tv way before Thanksgiving (hello, Hallmark Channel!).
However, it has always been my goal to give Thanksgiving the time and attention it deserves at least decoration wise. So, I took down my spider tree and all my spider decoration and swapped in some autumn leaves, pine cones, and burlap for the tree.
For my table, I replaced the black table cloth that was tied with silver tulle for Halloween, with an orange, red and green plaid table cloth perfect for autumn like this one. Down the center of the tablecloth, I lined burlap placemats up in a row. I made homemade candle holders with burlap flowers and raffia (a how to to come) and set them on large autumn leaves centered in the placemats. There are two large gourds between the candle holders. The whole tablescape is capped off by easy pinecone turkeys (also a how to to come).
Lastly, I swapped out the Halloween plates and wreath in my hutch for these easy no sew fabric pumpkins, which I just interspersed in my hutch along with my wine glasses and a photo of my hubs and I from our college days.
These fabric pumpkins were super easy to make and didn’t require any sewing or any glue! I spent less than 5 minutes on each pumpkin and the cost me under a dollar to make. They are definitely the perfect project for an easy, last minute Thanksgiving decoration.
Easy Fabric Pumpkins
- 18 inch x 21 inch piece of fabric
- wadded up newspaper or plastic bags
- 2 rubber bands
How to Make:
- Wad up the newspaper or the plastic bags to form a slightly flattened ball the size and shape you want your pumpkin to be. Pull a bit out towards the center of the top of the ball and twist to make a stem. Secure with a rubber band. Don’t worry about making it detailed.
- Spread your fabric out on a flat surface. If using a printed fabric, make sure the print side is facing down.
- Place the wadded newspaper or bags in the center of the fabric.
- Gather the fabric up by the edges and cover the ball, letting the fabric drape and fold over the wadded newspaper to give the pumpkin texture. Tuck 3 of the 4 corners into the fabric near the base of the stem. Fold the remaining corner of the fabric over the the stem. Secure the folded piece of fabric with a rubber band around the base of the stem.
- Tie several strands of raffia around the the base of the stem in a bow, covering the rubber band. Trim any unruly edges.
Easy peasy huh? Perfect if you are in need of a last minute Thanksgiving decoration!
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