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Beautiful Thanksgiving Table Décor On a Small Budget

Create beautiful Thanksgiving table décor with upcycled tin cans, drop cloth scraps, doilies, buttons, and fresh Rosemary wreaths.

Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape with Fresh Mini Rosemary Wreaths

Thanksgiving Table Décor On a Small Budget

Upcycled tin can table decor. Cover tin cans in drop cloth scraps, add doilies, lace and ribbon and fill with fresh flowers for a beautiful, elegant yet rustic table setting. Perfect for Thanksgiving, weddings and showers. Get the details and more inspiration at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

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.

Thanksgiving Table Decor - Mom's Vintage Dishes

I already had the beautiful bamboo dishes.  

They are vintage and were given to me by my Mother when I was a young bride.

Rosemary Sprig Mini Wreath

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.

Upcycled tin can table decor. Cover tin cans in drop cloth scraps, add doilies, lace and ribbon and fill with fresh flowers for a beautiful, elegant yet rustic table setting. Perfect for Thanksgiving, weddings and showers. Get the details and more inspiration at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

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.

Upcycled tin can table decor. Cover tin cans in drop cloth scraps, add doilies, lace and ribbon and fill with fresh flowers for a beautiful, elegant yet rustic table setting. Perfect for Thanksgiving, weddings and showers. Get the details and more inspiration at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

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.

Upcycled tin can table decor, rustic and lovely. Cover can in drop cloth, add doilies, ribbon and a simple to make Rosemary sprig wreath. Table decor on a budget. Get the details and more inspiration at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

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.

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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!

Upcycled tin can table decor. Cover tin cans in drop cloth scraps, add doilies, lace and ribbon and fill with fresh flowers for a beautiful, elegant yet rustic table setting. Perfect for Thanksgiving, weddings and showers. Get the details and more inspiration at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com
Dining Room Table - Criss Crossed brown paper for writing what you're thankful for
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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.

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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.

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32 Comments

  1. FrenchGardenHouse says:

    Mary Beth, I love your table! It's always so fun to use things we already have in new and different ways to make guests {and family!} feel welcome to our table. I love the floral containers, the little rosemary wreaths, and using paper as a runner.

    I've used kraft paper many times for different table settings, and it always sparks conversation and/or artistic expression. Thank you for this beautiful table setting idea. I'm excited to be on this Thankful Blog Tour with you!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Lidy!!! I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the Thankful Blog Tour with you. xo

  2. Lory @ Designthusiasm says:

    Mary Beth, your florals are just wonderful and really make the table cheery and bright! Love the upcycled vases!! Lovely table... 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Lory, I appreciate your wonderful comment.

  3. Kelly Wilkniss says:

    Beautiful Mary Beth!! I too collect cans for future use! I will be putting some of mine to use with your ideas.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Kelly!

  4. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says:

    Beautiful table!....I so love the vases...how so wonderfully creative!...I love how you placed the wreath of rosemary on the crocheted doilie! You mastered the Thanksgiving tablescape on a budget beautifully!!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Shirley - your thoughtful comment absolutely made my day. xo

  5. Jennifer@ Celebrating Everyday Life says:

    Mary Beth I love the beautiful simplicity of your table - and the tenderness with which each detail has been crafted, what a pleasure it would be to sit here and enjoy the fellowship of good friends and what I'm sure would be good food! I must start collecting tin cans!! Those petite rosemary wreaths are perfection. Thank you so much for being on the tour. It's so much fun doing this together! xoxo ~ Jennifer

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Oh my goodness, Jennifer, thank you so much for such a sweet comment! I love your decor and creativity and being a part of the tour with you is a wonderful treat for me! Have a beautiful Thanksgiving. xo

  6. I would absolutely love to be as creative as you! Your table looks amazing and for only $15?! You cannot beat that! Doilies are always a classic for me too, so simple and so elegant at the same time!
    Also, My favorite item is Eloquence Elisabet Fleur de Sel White Nightstand; talk about a beautiful piece of furniture!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Ashley, and the best of luck to you with the giveaway!

  7. laura janning says:

    Love the simplicity of your table. i think people are more relaxed and comfortable when sitting at a table that is warm and simple. Clever idea using the tape around the marker.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Laura! In the past when I had my table too full with decor I ended up having to move it to make room for the food. This year, I'm thinking ahead 😉

  8. I love your tin can vases! The rusticity of the drop cloth, rosemary "wreath" and sunflowers evoke an autumn day unequivocally.

    My favorite item in the frenchkitchen website is the redand white checkered enamelware pitcher. I can see me serving a hot cup of fresh-roasted coffee right now at a special Thanksgiving day brunch with friends and family - a little fench toast casserole, browned sausage patties, and a bowl of fresh fruit - I NEED that coffee pot NOW!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Barbara, and your brunch menu sounds delicious!

  9. Your setting is beautiful, very much my style. I would love to have the Ribbon Rose Khaki Bowl Set of 4, with the matching sugar bowl, and the antique watering can.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Sharon.

  10. Kristy Seibert says:

    Mary Beth- I love your creativity and the painted and embellished tin can vases are too cute! So glad you are on the tour today...

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Kristy! I am so happy to be a part of the tour with you. xo

  11. Your vases and mini rosemary wreaths are adorable! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Julie 🙂

  12. Oh Mary Beth, your vintage dishes are so sweet and your new napkins are the perfect complement, especially with the rosemary wreath. You lovely and lovingly crafted 'vases' are the crowning touch.

    {{hugs}]

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so very much, Diane! xo

  13. Your florals really pop! So beautiful! The French Garden House has an antique watering can I would love to use as a centerpiece filled with flowers.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Sharon!

  14. Teresa Harral says:

    Love your blog! Your Thanksgiving table on a budget is beautiful, sweet and very simple but comes across as very elegant yet homey. Thank you for your lovely blog and pictures!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so very much, Teresa!

  15. Mary Beth
    I always know where to look when I want to be inspired and creative - you never run out of ideas! Love the idea of the paper on the table instead of a tablecloth.

    I went on over to French Garden House and fell in love with a chair - the Elegance Collette Beach House, to be exact.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Deb! xo

  16. Melissa Storms says:

    I am in love with the antique French green enamelware coffee pot at French Garden House. The chandeliers are just awesome.

  17. Julie Briones says:

    Such a beautiful idea and so affordable for fall centerpieces, Mary Beth! Always love having you at TTA!