Create beautiful Thanksgiving table décor with upcycled tin cans, drop cloth scraps, doilies, buttons, and fresh Rosemary wreaths.
Thanksgiving Table Décor On a Small Budget
There are so many beautiful ways to decorate when money is no object or when you have a fairly high budget for such things but when you are limited and want to spend wisely there are still so many ways you can achieve the look your heart desires.
I decorated my entire Thanksgiving table for under $15.00 and the biggest portion of that expense was spent on fresh flowers.
I already had the beautiful bamboo dishes.
They are vintage and were given to me by my Mother when I was a young bride.
The napkins were on clearance at Target, less than $2.50 for a set of 4.
The flowers at each place setting are all from a large bouquet of Mums I purchased at Sam’s Club for $7.98.
The “vases” that the flowers are in are recycled tin cans. I like to save the big ones from canned tomatoes, wash them up and then wait for opportunities to use.
I have quite a few tin can crafts including a cute way to store ribbon reels and you can see that here.
How To Decorate Your Tin Cans
To decorate these I loosely cut scraps of fabric from drop cloths to fit each can.
I pulled out my stash of doilies and vintage linens and ribbon scraps and wrapped those around the cans.
Each can is decorated differently and yet all together they look beautiful. I also taped a button to one – I used double-sided tape so that I can easily pull it off and reuse the doily and the button.
As an added touch, place a fresh Rosemary wreath to the front of some of the tin can vases.
The mini Rosemary wreaths can also be used as a napkin holder at each place setting.
How-To Make Fresh Rosemary Mini Wreaths
Snip a sprig of fresh Rosemary and form it gently into a circle wrapping the ends together with twine. Tie a simple bow and attach.
The aroma is amazing!
DIY Table Runner
Rather than use a traditional table runner or tablecloth, the table was crisscrossed with paper from a paint paper roll.
Remember the Pallet Wood Memo Board I made? This is paper from that roll.
I use it so often and it’s super handy on the Memo board. p.s. If you’re thinking of making some Christmas gifts this year the Pallet Wood Memo Boards would be great – easy and inexpensive as well!
The paper can be used to write what each guest is thankful for, or as a doodle pad for kids…at the end of the meal, you can cut out your favorite parts of the “Thankful Runner”, date the back and include the authors name, and store it to look back on in the future.
Place your favorite dishes (holiday paper plates are totally acceptable!) on the runner.
Chargers are such a nice touch but large doilies look beautiful as well. Vintage dishes seem to be a bit smaller than newer sets of dishes and you can use a smaller charger.
Place a pen at each place setting for your guests to write on the doily (if using a Sharpie, it may bleed through so pens will work better for this purpose!).
Rather than have a plain pen wrap the barrel in washi tape keeping with the theme of your table and making even the pen special.
Thanks so much for stopping by!