Thanksliving (an upcycled Thanksgiving)



Somewhere between the turkey and pumpkin pie we seem to have lost focus. The reason for the season is to give thanks for the gifts of life and the generosity of our planet. This Thanksgiving tread softer on the earth with holiday décor that honours it, instead of taking away from it. Look to nature for inspiration and upcycle organic materials instead of using up resources and contributing to our waste streams.

Change the pattern and give thanks to all the things we take for granted in our lives – the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the survival of our species.

Here are some fab Thanksgiving decor ideas inspired by the bounties of our planet.
Chair wreath
No room on your dining table for everything? Decorate a chair back with a wreath created from foraged twigs that can play double-duty as a place card holder.

Get the fireplace ready with a set of flame-carved pumpkins filled with votives or candles.
Wreaths are a staple around the holidays – create one with dried corn for a fall theme.

Ice Bucket
Hollowed pumpkins can be used for a myriad of accessories including these ice buckets dressed up with gathered pine cones. 
place setting
Nuts, berries, seed pods, leaves all make fab accessories for place card settings.
These mini pumpkins house votive candles with a bit of whimsey.

Candle Stick Toppers
Alternatively, you can top candle holders with drilled mini pumpkins for an elegant take.

better homes and gardens
Create party favors with small plastic bags and corn husk sheaths.

Another take on the hollowed pumpkin, used as a vase for a fall floral arrangement.

acorn napkin ring
Drill through a series of acorns and string together for napkin rings. turkey pops
These turkey pops are fun to eat and more fun to make @

A candle in an autumn setting with corn and nuts
Raid the pantry to dress up candles and votives.

Vases filled with acorns, nuts, berries, seed pods, twigs - anything from nature, are perfect for filling small spaces with a fall theme.

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Add a bit of whimsey to place card settings with turkeys fashioned from pine cones @ Martha Stewart.

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