14 Autumn Crafts Perfect for Thanksgiving

Autumn is my favorite season and one of the big reasons is because of Thanksgiving. It’s a day of family time, delicious food, and football. lol. To set the mood, I like to decorate the house with autumn-themed crafts that are beautiful and frugal. Here are some of my favorite frugal autumn crafts that are perfect for Thanksgiving.

Color Wrapped Wheat

This is a really elegant centerpiece that can be put together pretty easily and quickly. To wrap the stalks of wheat, you use embroidery floss and let me tell you, the color options are endless. You can stick to autumn colors or choose another color scheme to your liking. Not only is this a beautiful centerpiece, you can also offer the wrapped wheat as party favors when hosting a dinner party.

Inspired by Charm

Wood Block Pumpkins

These wood block pumpkins make a perfect autumn craft project with the kids on a weekend afternoon. You can use tape to create any pattern of your liking and choose a color pattern that suits your tastes. Using wood blocks of different heights is a great way to create visual interest.

Kruse’s Workshop

Tin Punched Votives

There is perhaps no project more suitable for Thanksgiving than these votives as they literally spell “THANKS.” You can certainly play around with different messages if you’d like. No matter what you choose to spell, it’s a fun way decorate a table. Instead of real candles, you can use LED lights.

A Beautiful Mess

Fall Wreath

I don’t know what it is about wreaths but the holidays just don’t seem complete without them. This wreath is perfect for Thanksgiving with its beautiful fall colors. It’s also super easy because you just need to glue the flowers onto the wreath. Tada!

2 Bees in a Pod

Mason Jar Luminary

I love being able to repurpose household items and this project is a good way to do so. Most of us have mason jars laying around the house. If not, you can also use glass jars from things like salsa, jelly, etc. It’s a simple way to give your home the holiday ambiance.

Cute and easy Mason Jar Fall Luminary - tutorial at createcraftlove.com!
Create Craft Love

Decorative Vase

This is my kind of craft project because it really doesn’t get any easier than this. Fill an empty vase with decorate rocks and top with a candle or LED light. If you want to skip making the decorative label, you can just knot some pretty twine around the vase and boom, you’re done.

Love Grows Wild

Wood Slice Owl

How cute is this owl?!?! It never ceases to amaze me how ingenious people can be. The adorable owl can be created with mason jar lids, bottle caps, and old utensils. This cute owl is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

House of Hawthornes

Fall Acorns

The acorns evoke feelings of fall but you might be surprised to learn that they made with items from a spring holiday… plastic Easter eggs! By wrapping some twine around the egg, you turn it into an acorn perfect for the Thanksgiving table. I love things that can serve double duty.

Domestically Blissful

Leaf Stamped Napkins

There’s no need to go out and buy napkins just for the holiday. Make your own! For this project, you don’t have to buy stamps and stencils (which can be expensive) because it uses leaves from your backyard.

DIY Leaf Stamped Napkin Tutorial - a simple a beautiful way to bring some fall decor to your dining table. | www.allthingsgd.com
All Things G&D

Fall Table Centerpiece

This is an elegant project that you can put together using items you probably already have at home. By grouping the objects together instead of being scattered, you instantly have a polished centerpiece.

Shanty 2 Chic

Fabric Pumpkins

Would you believe it if I told you this pumpkin is filled with toilet paper rolls? Pretty smart, huh? You can customize the look by changing up the fabric. The shape and size of the pumpkin can also be changed depending on how many rolls you choose to use. When the holidays are over, you can put the toilet paper rolls back to their regular spot. 😉

A Piece of Rainbow

Autumn Leaf Bowl

It’s pretty incredible to think that this bowl is made of nothing but plastic leaves. Pretty cool, huh? It looks so pretty and delicate yet strong enough to use as a bowl. The leaves and its colors make it perfect for Thanksgiving, but the bowl is pretty enough to use year round.

Hello Lucky

Origami Pumpkin Garland

Isn’t this pumpkin garland adorable? It is the ultimate frugal autumn craft since all it requires are string and paper. It’s a good rainy day project for little ones cooped up inside.

Origami Pumpkin garland for Haloween or Thanksgiving
My Poppet

Painted Wood Slice Pumpkin

Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween, they’re also representative of Thanksgiving. Raise your hand if you love pumpkin pie. The beauty of this pumpkin is that it’s weather-proof and suitable for indoors and outdoors. Best of all, this pumpkin won’t rot and can be reused year after year.

A Night Owl


How do you decorate for Thanksgiving? Do you have any go-to favorites? If not, I hope this post gives you some fresh inspiration for autumn crafts.

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