How to Get Thanksgiving Ready

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the smells of sweet potato casserole and warm turkey have undoubtedly filled your mind. Thanksgiving is one of the sweetest times to gather with family and friends to celebrate how thankful we are for this life the Lord has blessed us with.

Often times, the holidays can get pricey and expensive between the food and décor. So, we have come up with some easy and affordable ways to make your home look (and smell) like all of those Southern Living homes we aspire to have.


1.  DIY Fall Candle Wreaths


These candle wreaths are not only easy to make but also extremely affordable. They only take about 5 minutes to make and cost almost nothing!!

Materials you will need:

  • 6″ Grapevine Wreath (only $1 at Michael’s)

  • Small Pine Cones (about 7 per wreath/can also gather in backyard)

  • Acorns (about 5 per wreath/can also gather in backyard)

  • Faux Flowers:

    ~Button Mums(about 6 per wreath)

    ~Billy Balls(about 5 per wreath)

    ~Strawflowers (or any red/orange flowers)

  • Faux Greener (can also gather in backyard)

  • Hot Glue Gun

  • 3.75″ Diameter White Candle


  • First, you hot glue a few sprigs of greenery to your grapevine wreath

  • Next, you glue the pine cones to the outer edge of your wreath

  • Then, you add your flowers (starting with the largest)

  • Finally, you add your acorns and placeyour candle or hang if you’d rather use it as a mini wreath.


2.  Give Thanks Free Printable

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You can download this free printable here

And purchase a wooden rustic framefrom Hobby Lobby for an easy and affordable decoration!

3.  Pinecone Door Hanging

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Materials you will need:

  • 8 pinecones (4-6 inches)

  • 8 pieces of silk ribbon (about 2 feet long each)

How to Make:

  • Use a hot-glue gun to adhere the last two inches of each ribbon to the base of a cone 

  • After the glue dries, collect all the ribbon ends and stagger them so that the cones fall at varying lengths

  • Tie the ribbon ends together in a knot, trim the tips so they are uniform, and slip the knot over a finishing nail.


4.  Box Grater Luminaries 

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Materials you will need: 

How to Make:

  • Arrange the vintage box graters on a tray

  • Illuminate flickering LED votives to prevent the metal graters from becoming too hot to handle

  • Fill in gaps on tray with acorns and extra candles


5.  Lemon and Orange Simmer Pot


Material you will need:

  • peel from 1 lemon (or lemon slices)

  • peel from 1 orange (or orange slices)

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 Tablespoons whole cloves

How to Make:

  • Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil

  • Add the ingredients and continue to boil for a few minutes

  • Then turn the heat down to simmer

  • Add water as needed, usually every 30 minutes or so.

  • You can also use a Crock-Pot to create a simmer pot: Fill the pot most of the way with water

  • Add your ingredients, put on the lid, then turn the Crock-Pot to high

  • When there's steam rolling off the lid, take the lid off and set the Crock-Pot to a low or simmer setting

  • Add water as needed to keep it at least halfway full

6.  Cinnamon Apple Simmer Pot


Materials you will need:

  • cinnamon sticks

  • apple peels

  • orange rinds

  • whole cloves

How to make:

  • See above

There are so many affordable and easy ways to make your home come alive for Thanksgiving and wow the family and friends. Try out some of these ideas and post some pictures! If you tag us we would love to feature you on the True40 page. Happy Thanksgiving!!!