Thanksgiving Tablescape and Last Minute Pumpkins

Ever notice how Thanksgiving tends to get a bit lost in the shuffle? That it becomes Hallowgivingmas? Or Chrismagivingween? Something along those lines. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge Christmas junkie. Huge. I listen to Christmas music year round and have watched Home Alone so many times that my hubs and I on many occasions have discussed why they need to order 10 pizzas when there only 5 boys, 6 girls, 4 parents, 2 drivers, and a partridge in a pear tree. (Why?! That is an epic amount of pizza per person! Epic!! I can get behind everything else, but not this.)

Thanksgiving tablescape with an autumnal plaid table cloth, burlap placemats and an easy diy table decorations.

Thanksgiving tablescape with an autumnal plaid table cloth, burlap placemats and an easy diy table decorations.

Anywho, Thanksgiving, tends to get overlooked from a decoration and celebration standpoint, with everyone being so quick to take down their ghosts and goblins and put up their Christmas trees. Again, I will totally admit that while everyone else is out shopping on Black Friday, I put up my Christmas trees rather joyously and I do watch copious amounts of Christmas tv way before Thanksgiving (hello, Hallmark Channel!).

Thanksgiving dining room with a Thanksgiving tablescape and my Thanksgiving tree in the background.

Thanksgiving dining room with a Thanksgiving tablescape and my Thanksgiving tree in the background.

However, it has always been my goal to give Thanksgiving the time and attention it deserves at least decoration wise. So, I took down my spider tree and all my spider decoration and swapped in some autumn leaves, pine cones, and burlap for the tree.

Thanksgiving dining room tree with fall leaves, pine cone turkeys and burlap ornaments.

Thanksgiving dining room tree with fall leaves, pine cone turkeys and burlap ornaments.

For my table, I replaced the black table cloth that was tied with silver tulle for Halloween, with an orange, red and green plaid table cloth perfect for autumn like this one. Down the center of the tablecloth, I lined burlap placemats up in a row. I made homemade candle holders with burlap flowers and raffia (a how to to come) and set them on large autumn leaves centered in the placemats. There are two large gourds between the candle holders. The whole tablescape is capped off by easy pinecone turkeys (also a how to to come).

Thanksgiving tablescape with easy diy burlap flower candle holders and pinecone turkeys sitting in upside down candle toppers.

Thanksgiving tablescape with easy diy burlap flower candle holders and pinecone turkeys sitting in upside down candle toppers.

Lastly, I swapped out the Halloween plates and wreath in my hutch for these easy no sew fabric pumpkins, which I just interspersed in my hutch along with my wine glasses and a photo of my hubs and I from our college days.

5 minute fabric pumpkins, Thanksgiving decor, easy diy fall decor

5 minute fabric pumpkins in my hutch

These fabric pumpkins were super easy to make and didn’t require any sewing or any glue! I spent less than 5 minutes on each pumpkin and the cost me under a dollar to make. They are definitely the perfect project for an easy, last minute Thanksgiving decoration.

Easy Fabric Pumpkins

5 minute no sew fabric pumpkins for Thanksgiving

5 minute no sew fabric pumpkins for Thanksgiving

Materials

  • 18 inch x 21 inch piece of fabric
  • wadded up newspaper or plastic bags
  • 2 rubber bands
  • raffia
  • scissors

How to Make:

  1. Wad up the newspaper or the plastic bags to form a slightly flattened ball the size and shape you want your pumpkin to be. Pull a bit out towards the center of the top of the ball and twist to make a stem. Secure with a rubber band. Don’t worry about making it detailed.

    Make a rough pumpkin shape out of newspapers.

    Make a rough pumpkin shape out of newspapers. Secure with a rubber band.

  2. Spread your fabric out on a flat surface. If using a printed fabric, make sure the print side is facing down.
  3. Place the wadded newspaper or bags in the center of the fabric.

    Gather the corners of the fabric together.

    Gather the corners of the fabric together.

  4. Gather the fabric up by the edges and cover the ball, letting the fabric drape and fold over the wadded newspaper to give the pumpkin texture. Tuck 3 of the 4 corners into the fabric near the base of the stem. Fold the remaining corner of the fabric over the the stem. Secure the folded piece of fabric with a rubber band around the base of the stem.

    Twist the fabric around the base of the stem, securing with a rubber band.

    Twist the fabric around the base of the stem, securing with a rubber band.

  5. Tie several strands of raffia around the the base of the stem in a bow, covering the rubber band. Trim any unruly edges.

    Easy no sew fabric pumpkin

    Tie raffia around the pumpkin stem, covering the rubber band then enjoy!

Easy peasy huh? Perfect if you are in need of a last minute Thanksgiving decoration!

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Comments: 17

  1. Marlys @Thisand That November 20, 2013 at 9:10 am Reply

    I still haven’t decorated for Thanksgiving.. That is my goal for either today or tomorrow.. Need to do it soon so I can write a post :)… Love the fabric pumpkins. I have some African material that would be perfect for Thanksgiving and I think I will make them. Thanks for sharing this. Pinning.

    • SensationallySeasonal November 20, 2013 at 7:51 pm Reply

      Good luck Marly! Happy decorating! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes November 20, 2013 at 9:19 am Reply

    How clever and easy are those pumpkins! Pretty tablescape too! Pinning to my Thanksgiving board.

    • SensationallySeasonal November 20, 2013 at 7:51 pm Reply

      Thanks Jamie for pinning and stopping by!

  3. Britni November 21, 2013 at 3:03 am Reply

    What a fun idea to have a tree you can decorate for more than just Christmas, love this idea!

    • SensationallySeasonal November 21, 2013 at 4:16 pm Reply

      Thanks Britni! It eases the sting of taking down the Christmas decorations come January…or you know…June.

  4. Kenneth Goh November 21, 2013 at 8:42 am Reply

    I like the way you decorated your house for Thanksgiving. The emphasis placed is just like we have for Chinese New Year. While orange is your theme colour, red is always our top choice. Thanks for sharing from DBB

    • SensationallySeasonal November 21, 2013 at 4:15 pm Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Kenneth!

  5. Lucy November 21, 2013 at 8:47 am Reply

    I saw some apples made similarly some time back and I thought pumpkin made like this would be really cute. And they are!! I’m not a huge decorator for Thanksgiving, probably because we never have it at our house but these pumpkins might tempt me!

    • SensationallySeasonal November 21, 2013 at 4:14 pm Reply

      They are super easy and a great way to use up old newspaper and plastic bags! Thanks for stopping by Lucy!

  6. Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt November 21, 2013 at 2:23 pm Reply

    Those are so cute! It all looks so good! Pinning this to my Fall Decor Board. Came over from the DBB!

    Emily

    • SensationallySeasonal November 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm Reply

      Hi Emily! Thanks for stopping by and pinning!

  7. Ciara @Teaspoon of Life November 21, 2013 at 5:45 pm Reply

    Stopping by from the DBB,This looks very neat! Your pictures are so beautiful by the way too! :)

    • SensationallySeasonal November 29, 2013 at 12:08 pm Reply

      Thanks Ciara!

  8. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes November 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm Reply

    I love the Thanksgiving tree! I’m totally doing that next year!! I’ve done a Halloween tree before, but never THanksgiving

    • SensationallySeasonal November 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm Reply

      Thanks Ashley! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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