Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the whole year. Getting together with friends and family, eating until one is comatose - who wouldn't love that?! The one thing I don't love about this time of year, though, is how busy our family gets. I always have high aspirations of beautifully decorating my home, but life and time continually constrains me. Sometimes, life is just crazy, & I can get quite lazy. If you're like me & need a quick, easy, yet budget friendly way to beautify your home this year for Thanksgiving, follow this easy DIY to replicate this look in your own space!
You'll need a few things:
- An old book (you can get them for $1 at the Dollar Store if you're all out)
- A sad boring dining room (you could actually do this in any room, though!)
- Brown Paper (I keep a huge roll of Kraft Paper on hand at all times, but you could also use paper bags, too)
- Tape - Double sided tape or Regular
- Glue Stick
- The Thankful File (downloadable PDF file)
- String, Ribbon or Even Twine
- Dead Branches
- Small Vases (if you like the ones I use, you can buy them here from my site on ETSY @ PaperCanvasEtc)
- Leaves From Your Backyard
After you've compiled all your items, spread out the Kraft paper roll & cut a length that is a little longer than your table. Then, you'll wrap the table with the paper & secure it by taping on the underside of the table with your tape. I laid mine out like a runner. Then you're going to cut leaf shapes out of book pages and stick them to the Kraft Paper Runner with Glue sticks or tape. Take a few small vases, pop the dead branches in them and line them up the middle of the table. After that, you can spread a few actual leaves from your back yard down the middle. On Thanksgiving I leave out some colored pencils & markers, so that everyone can write or draw what they're thankful for on the brown paper runner. It's a fun way to include everyone and add interest to your tablescape. See pictures below:
Once your table is complete, you'll make a "runner" for your buffet out of the remaining pages of the book. My runner took about 30 pages, but you can use your own imagination to create different looks for your runner. I went with a more structured look by keeping all the pages facing the same direction. Simply tear out the pages from your book and start putting them together with your glue stick (again, you can also use double sided tape) I like the look of the torn pages, but if that offends you then simply cut the torn side of the page with scissors. Just make sure that you're only putting glue on the actual book pages & not your furniture. Once I put all the pages together, I cut a few leaf shapes from some leftover brown paper and glued them to my runner with the glue stick. I liked how it reflected the opposite color theme from the table runner to tie it all together aesthetically. Now add your lamps back on top. I also added some small white vases with bare branches in them to top off the vignette, as well. Then sprinkle some dead leaves from your backyard in a random way. Now your buffet is complete! I love how the whole setting created a brown, cream & yellow color palette. See pictures below:
To make the banner, print off the Thankful File on regular size printer paper. Once you have them all printed, cut the letters out in a triangular shape but leave a rectangular header on top (see picture below). Now, fold the rectangular top down and crease it really good. Open the fold-over back up and apply glue. Take your ribbon, string, twine (whatever you are using) and start applying the triangular letters. You'll apply the string in the crease with the glue and press down hard. Try to make sure your letters are spaced equally apart on the string. Once all your letters are glued to the string, hang your banner over your buffet or wherever with tape. I made 2 extra leaves to cover up the string and tape, so they wouldn't show.
This was such a fun project and so easy to do. You can easily allow any children you have running around to help cut out paper leaves or hunt down beautiful leaves from the backyard. I love decorating that includes everyone in the family! I love the refined rustic look this decor gives you. I also appreciate that it was created using things that I already had around the house, so the decor is very budget friendly. Here are some more photos of the finished product:
When I'm finished with it, the paper products will go into the recycling & the natural elements (branches & leaves) can go back to the yard or in the compost pile. An added bonus is that there is nothing to store except for the vases, which don't take up too much room! From start to finish, the whole process only took about 20 minutes, which I love. Using ideas like this is a sustainable way to decorate your home for your family that is also inclusive in nature and sure to create lasting memories. Follow us on Facebook for more interesting ideas at PaperCanvasEtc. Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours & as always: Happy Designing!