Take Pride In Your Table – Thanksgiving DIY Decor For Less

By Laura Faison on Nov 11, 2015

The holidays are upon us. Many of us will be hosting our family and friends around our dinner table in a few short weeks to celebrate Thanksgiving.  I know that whenever we host a holiday at our home I get the holiday decoration bug….to the extreme.  Every store I walk into has all of these beautiful decorations to adorn my dining room table and I feel like I need all of them! While I’m excited about all these great things my budget does not.  Time and money may be short but I’m going to show you how to decorate your Thanksgiving table for under $45.00 and with only about 90 minutes of work.

Give Thanks Vases


Gold or Orange spray paint

Two wine bottles

Magic marker or paint

Total Cost:

$3.49 for the spray paint. The other supplies I had available at the house.


15 minutes not including drying time.

Step 1:  Remove labels from wine bottles.  The easiest way I’ve found is to fill a sink with warm water and baking soda and let the bottles soak for 30 minutes.  The labels peel right off when you’re done.

Step 2: Spray paint! Be careful because the paint does tend to drip down the wine bottle so spray a decent distance so you get a nice even color.

Step 3:  I’ve seen versions of this done with paint but I took the easy route with a black magic marker.  Honestly it was a lot easier and super quick.

Quick and easy and nice bright touch to your table!



Ornament Wreath




Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

Total Cost:

Ornaments: $15.00

Straw Wreath: $2.50 (used a coupon at A.C. Moore to get half off the wreath)


60 Minutes

Step 1:  Obtain ornaments.  I ended up finding the ornaments from At Home since they have literally every color possible of ornaments.  If you want to go even cheaper and you have more time, find your ornaments at Goodwill then spray paint them fall colors.

Step 2: Watch “The Walking Dead”.  Okay this isn’t a necessary step but it is the only TV show we watch religiously so I thought it was the perfect time to hunker down with my glue gun and make this wreath.  Plus it was a good distraction when these got tense.

Step 3: Break down your wreath into quadrants.  I took out two of every color ornament I had and glued those on in one quadrant before moving on to the next.  That way you don’t have too many of the same color ornament close to each other.  After you finish a quadrant take a step back and see if there are any spaces that need to be filled in.

Side note:  In my pictures you’ll see that I wrapped the wreath with tulle.  I didn’t include this in the instructions because once I was done I realized it wasn’t necessary. You couldn’t see the tulle through the ornaments.


The rest of the table was easy and didn’t require any crafting.


6 plate chargers: $2.50 at Goodwill Industries

6 Napkin Rings: $3.00 at Goodwill Industries

Pumpkins: $5.00 for both.  I got them at an after Halloween sale at Joanne Fabrics

Candle holders: $3.00 for both at Goodwill Industries

Vase: $3.50 at Goodwill Industries

Flowers: I got these the year before right after Thanksgiving for $5.00 at Hobby Lobby


So spend less money and less time this holiday season while still giving your family and friends a Thanksgiving to remember.


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