Quick DIY Thanksgiving Decor

Plate

Now that Halloween is over, I’m in full Thanksgiving mode and that means the decorating has begun.  This pretty plate was a left over from a recent work event and it just screamed to be made into a sign.  It fit perfectly on one side of my entry table and I thought a simple “Give Thanks” was the perfect way to welcome guests during this season.

Before

I loved the texture it already had  and new simple white letters would play well off that.  I took some quick measurements and played with a few fonts on my Silhouette and came up with this!

After

I do wish it filled the space a bit more, but I still love it.  And it only took about 5 minutes to create!  All with materials I found for free or had on hand.  That’s my kind of decorating.  Here’s a quick sneak peek at the other side of the entry way table.

Owl

I found that little owl lantern at the thrift store for a few dollars earlier this year, and the wooden tote started out solid black as a clearance find at JoAnns.  I sanded it down on a whim one day and loved the texture the left over paint gave it.  And because it’s so simple it ends up being used in many of my vignettes throughout the year.  And you might remember my little lace votives from this project.

FallEntryLooks like someone approves of my Thanksgiving entry way decor!  I’m still working on a few things for the other areas I’m decorating, but I’ll share those soon. 🙂

Entry Way Décor Storage

As a serial decorator, I’ve amassed quite a trove of basic décor items.  There are the usual suspects: platters, baskets, candle sticks, etc.  From the moment we signed on the dotted line, I’d planned to store all of these items in a cabinet of some sort in the entry way and this wonderful find fit the bill perfectly.  Now that we’re in the house, it was just a matter of organizing everything in this new ‘home’.  I finally unpacked and sorted all of my décor items last week, which left me with this mess.

DecorBefore

Although this inventory fluctuates with use, I wanted each type of item to have a specific spot in the dresser, so finding things would be easier.  I started with the larger items – vases, glass cloches, baskets and made sure they’d fit in the two cabinets.  One small drawer holds all my candles, the other has all my scentsy bars and hooks.

DecorAfterThere is a drawer for ‘fillers’, another for ‘containers’ and one for misc items that I use sporadically.  Not only was I able to fit everything that wasn’t in use somewhere in the house in this one piece, I still have one whole drawer empty!  That means there’s room to grow my collection!  Woo Hoo!  I feel a thrifting spree coming on! 🙂

That large mirror – another bargain find at just $30 on a local buy/sell page – sitting on top will soon hang over the dresser.  It might get a facelift after a while, but for now it will work just fine with the dresser’s rustic finish.

I’m excited to start decorating this new space for each holiday, creating a warm welcome for our guests. So now I want to know.  Do you decorate your entry way?  If so, do you go all out or keep it simple?