I’ve found a few decorating dilemmas around Thanksgiving:
- You decorated early for fall so come November you are ready and willing to move onto the Christmas season.
- You want to hold onto fall through Thanksgiving, but love all the holiday decor you see everyone else doing (thanks Instagram).
- You are just now enjoying fall and may even still need to decorate; however, come November 1st, stores have already converted to Christmas so it’s hard to find any pumpkins and leaves.
Enter this DIY Thankgiving Garland you can create in under 30 minutes. I created it with Thanksgiving in mind (I fall into camp #2 above), but since it is made using Christmas decor it could easily be used for Christmas.
I love metallics and have them in my house year round, but for Christmas I lean towards reds and whites so have never really bought gold ornaments — even though I LOVE them. So while shopping at Target last week, I immediately fell in love with their geometric white and gold ornaments, but they didn’t say “Christmas” to me, they said “Thanksgiving.” And I knew I needed to create something with them. As I continued to browse their Christmas section I came across their Gold Bell Garland and immediately knew I could create a Thanksgiving Garland with the ornaments I so desperately needed (haha!). I mean who says ornaments have to be for Christmas?
(Mine was for about a 5 foot wide shelf and all items are optional, do what makes you happy!)
- 9 Ornaments (I found mine at Target. I went with a mix of metallics and whites because the patterns and textures looked like a nice twist on fall.)
- 6-8 White Feathers (Available at craft stores. If doing for Christmas, maybe substitute candy canes for the feathers. Or tie on holly leaves. Be creative!)
- Paint (I used gold paint on the feathers, but you could pick any color that goes with your ornaments.)
- Gold Bell Garland (Available at Target) OR Berry Garland (Available at most craft stores)
- Twinkle lights (Not needed, but turns out to be a great final touch!)
- Paint tips of feathers – follow grain of the feather to create a natural triangle shape.
- While feathers dry, cut twine a few feet longer than length of space you are hanging it on.
- Cut off any hooks or ribbons on your ornaments so you can string ornaments directly on your twine. String each ornament onto the twine and tie a knot so the ornament stays in place. Space your ornaments about every 7 inches or so. (Would be lovely to hang just this!)
- Hang your bell or berry garland on your shelf or mantel.
- Tie on your ornament garland next. Use the berry branches to help intertwine your ornament garland.
- Tie on feathers between each ornament.
- If you want to get really fancy, you can add a string of twinkle lights! I ended up adding a battery operated strand and you can’t even see the wire during the day!
I hope this sparks your creativity and you either copy as is or find fun ways to make this your own. For example, I could see it with pinecone ornaments and red berry garland. Or with a variety of traditional Christmas ornaments paired with candy canes tied on with pretty bows.