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Easy Cheap Thanksgiving Table Decorations

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It’s the week before Thanksgiving and you have your feast all planned out. You purchased the food and supplies, but then you realize that you have nothing for a centerpiece for the table. And you have no time to find the perfect item, not to mention you’ve already overspent way past your budget. Have no fear, I have the perfect easy, cheap Thanksgiving table decoration for you that you can make in an afternoon. And it will wow your guests without spending a fortune.

All you need is three canning jars, some burlap, ribbon and craft glue. With this idea you can make it your own and use what you have around the house.

I never had to worry about Thanksgiving until the last few years. My mother-in-law loved to cook and she put on an amazing spread. But I didn’t inherit the talent of cooking. So for my small family, I don’t put a lot of effort into it. Until this year. This year I thought I’d jazz up the table a bit but I needed it to be easy and cheap. I wanted to share this idea with you to inspire you and take a little bit of the pressure off of you. If you are the cook for Thanksgiving dinner, the last thing you need is to worry about how to decorate the table.

Canning Jar Centerpiece

Thanksgiving Table Decorations.

Canning jars are the prefect prop for thanksgiving. It’s the end of the harvest season when canning takes place. Harvest is the essence of Thanksgiving. The jars can be purchased at Walmart, Target, Fleet Farm and several other stores. They are not hard to find. The cost is $9.99 for a 12 count package, which makes them pretty cheap. There are so many easy things you can do with a mason jar that having extra around is a good thing. I used the pint size jars.

Canning jars.

I then took some Citrus Recollections cardstock but you can use any brand of cardstock that you want. I cut the cardstock into 3 2/4 x 8 1/2 pieces. I rolled it loosely and inserted it into the jar. Than I played with it until it formed to the jars edges. I did this because the burlap I have is loose burlap and I wanted it to have a more solid look as if it was painted.

Cardstock inside the jars.

I had loose burlap left over from the fall wreath I did. You can find that tutorial here.

Loose burlap used to wrap around the jars.

I wrapped the burlap around the jar and secured it with Tombow XTREME permanent adhesive. I applied the tape to the jar every 1/2 inch or so to make sure the burlap would be firmly secured. The burlap is a little bigger than the height of the jar so I had to cut the excess off.

Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive.
Applying the burlap with the adhesive tape to the canning jar.

After the burlap was secured I took a ribbon decorated with fall leaves and cut it into a 3 1/2 square. This size fit perfect inside the lid for the topper and I was able to screw the lid on tight.

Top of jar.

I then applied a bright yellow ribbon around the lid of the jar using the same adhesive tape. This also helped to cover up up the top of the burlap.

I took the same fall leaf ribbon and applied it around the jar. Again I used the same adhesive tape

Canning jar with the the fall leaf ribbon around it.

I only had a thin white ribbon and I wrapped it around the bright yellow ribbon and tied a loose bow.

Canning jar with the white ribbon.

I have the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Mini holiday greens thinlets dies that I used to cut out six leaves using the same paper that I filled the jars with. My Cuttlebug was used for this. I then attached them to the yellow ribbon. 

Leaves cut out from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens Thinlets Die
Leaves cut out from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens Thinlets Die.

Also I had some leaf embellishments left over from the rolled flower wreath I made. They were attached to the bow using my hot glue gun.  I also had left over maple leaves and foam leaves from the loose burlap wreath I did. These were also hot glued on. 

Finished canning jar.

Then I decided to make some place cards for the table. I cut out 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 using the same paper  I used for the jars.

Place cards.

I used another die in that same thinlets set and cut out a leaf branch with berries using green cardstock using the Cuttlebug.

Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens Thinlets Die.
Sizzix Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens Thinlets Die cut out using the Cuttlebug.

I glued these on the place cards. 

Sizzix Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Green Thinlets die
Place cards with the green leaf with berries I cut out using the die.

Then I took sharpies in the colors yellow blaze, sunset orange and berry red and used them to color plain self adhesive gems. After they dried, I placed them on the place card where the berries would be.

Sharpies I used to color the gems.

I wrote our names on the cards.

Place cards with our names on them.
The decorated canning jars and the place cards.

Supplies Needed

I purchased the Sizzix Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens Thinlets die at These dies are great because they can be used over and over again with the Cuttlebug and are very affordable.

Would you try these centerpieces for your Thanksgiving table? Or will you change it up a bit? How will you change it? Share what you would change so we all can benefit from our many talents.

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