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10 DIYs For A Simply Stunning Thanksgiving Table

by Liberty Lausterer

“You overcomplicate things,” is a common holiday lament in my house. My husband routinely pleads with me to take a more simplified approach to our holiday plans. I’ve never been an overachiever (or even an achiever) when it comes to holiday decorations. I tend to complicate matters on the food front, scheming up any number of dishes to take to a Thanksgiving gathering. Last year I signed up to make three items for a friend’s Thanksgiving potluck dinner, though my husband suggested one would be sufficient. When my dinner rolls turned into hockey pucks just hours before the meal I panicked, threw up my arms in disbelief, and shrieked around our tiny kitchen. This debacle was followed by the hunt for a new dinner roll recipe, a last-minute grocery store run, and efforts to complete the trio of dishes. Mercifully the second batch of rolls turned out (though we did arrive late to our friend’s house). By the time we sat down to eat I was exhausted. The pillowy soft goodness had come at a cost. This year I’ll be heeding the old adage that less is more.

In the spirit of not overcomplicating things, here’s a list of DIY projects that are lovely on their own. Any one of these decorations will bring a special, handmade touch to your table. After all, why labor over many things when one stunning statement will suffice? Hopefully you’ll enjoy a pillowy soft good night’s sleep this Thanksgiving eve, knowing all manner of things in your home have been simply and beautifully prepared. —Liberty

DIYS For A Simply Stunning Thanksgiving Table For Design*Sponge
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If you appreciate a touch (or giant carrot!) of whimsy, this fall market-to-table arrangement is just the thing to turn heads (and elicit laughs). In place of the world's largest carrot, substitute butternut squash, pumpkin, or sweet potatoes. Let your imagination run wild!
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What says "bounty" more than an autumn centerpiece of flowers and foliage? Throw in a few heirloom tomatoes and you've got one knock-out arrangement sure to dazzle any crowd. Reach for the low-hanging fruit this season.
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Pear and apple votives are a great last-minute option for adding charm to your Thanksgiving table. Spray paint your fruit gold before carving it for an equally memorable result. This DIY is worth checking out simply for the impressive carving tool!
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Your table will shimmer with these metallic acorn napkin rings.
DIYS For A Simply Stunning Thanksgiving Table For Design*Sponge
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These sun-print place cards are miniature works of art. They double as thoughtful gifts for your guests.
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Here's a project for the whole family. Invite children in on the fun by hosting a leaf collecting party. String them up together after time spent foraging while enjoying cups of hot cider. Finally, hang the leaf mobile over the dining room table so everyone can enjoy the leaves of their labor.
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Treat your table linens to botanical stencils for a nature-inspired look. Or go all out, covering every inch of your napkin or placemat, for a look reminiscent of Justina Blakeney's The Jungalow.
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Combine nature and elegance with a leaf catchall that doubles as a votive holder. Once the candles have been blown out and the festivities have ended (and your guests haven't walked off with them because they're so fabulous), use these leaf catchalls for holding jewelry or keys.
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Highlight the texture of this harvest season with one adorable LED votive holder. Add color for a twist with these dyed wheat tea lights.
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Rebecca Atwood transforms vintage napkins with shibori for a modern Thanksgiving table. The result is an heirloom quality linen that is perfectly at home in 2016.

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