Thanksgiving Table {Revisited}

Hi everyone!  Can you believe Thanksgiving is only 1 week away?  I feel like we just got back to school from fall break {not that I’m complaining about more time off:) } and this month has flown by.  I didn’t do any Thanksgiving decorating this year since we aren’t having anyone over, but I thought I would share what I did last year with you all because I apparently never shared it on the blog.  I wrote a guest post for the CSI Project about it, but left you all out so today I’m sharing {ignore my less-than-stellar, not well-lit pictures}. With a week left before the big day, you could very easily create a simple space with any of these easy ideas.  So, here it is!

Since we just made over our dining room, I decided to use that backdrop to create a super simple table scape and wall art for the holiday.

Let’s start with the table scape.  This will cost next to nothing to recreate.  I bought 6 vinyl place mats from WalMart for 94 cents a piece

And painted them with some leftover chalkboard paint I had laying around the house.

I would suggest lightly sanding each place mat to give the paint something to stick to.

I love the idea of having a fun surface at a dining table to write little notes to your guests, use as place cards, or leave chalk out for them to doodle during dinner.

For the place cards, I took some pumpkins I had sitting around the house from Halloween and cut out the stems.

Then I hollowed out the middle

And pulled some mums from our front yard and stuck them inside.  I also stuck a fake leaf from the Dollar Store {leftover from my monogram frame} and stenciled the initial of my guests on each leaf with a glue dot.

Super simple and free!  I did the same thing with a large pumpkin for the centerpiece {minus the monogram leaf}.

If you aren’t into bright colors on your table {which I admit, I’m more of a neutral person myself}, you could easily paint your pumpkins or wrap them in some fabric that better suits your style.  The last little addition I gave to the dining room is the burlap banner on the barn door.  I grabbed some scrap burlap I had laying around the house and cut them into squares.  These don’t have to be the same size.  I just sort of eye-balled mine and love the slight variation on each letter.

Then I took some black fabric paint and a craft brush and stenciled the letters on.

I spent $4 on stencils from Joann’s but you could make some using freezer paper as well.

Then I simply strung them from some yarn that I taped to the top of the barn door.  I used masking tape to adhere the letters to the yarn.

This entire project only cost me $10 {$6 for the placemats and $4 for the stencils} so don’t feel like you have to go out and spend a ton of money to create an inviting space for the holidays.

I hope you enjoyed my simple Thanksgiving ideas!  I’d love for you to stop by Imperfectly Polished to see  more!  Happy Thanksgiving:)

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