You don't have to break the bank or the clock to make your place festive for Thanksgiving. These decorations are all made from things you probably have in or around your home. They're simple, pretty, and don't require much energy—just the right kind of DIYs for this time of year.
(Above) Start with carved pomander balls, using citrus fruit and cloves from your spice cabinet. It's an easy project that is sure to get your house smelling ready for the holidays. Project from Simple Bites.
Use some of that fall foliage as place cards for your Thanksgiving table. If you have craft paint on hand, you can dip them in coordinating colors, or gold paint like this project from Jacquelyn Clark. Or keep it simple and just use a Sharpie or paint pen to write out your guests' names.
The simple fall leaf garland above is made of card stock and twine. Leaf templates and instructions are available on A Beautiful Mess, and you can cut out leaves while Netflix binging.
Go on a nature walk and collect some pinecones for this simple and elegant pinecone centerpiece from Sand & Sisal. Try bleaching your pinecones for a more refined look, and when Thanksgiving is over, you can use it as a wintery decoration or garland.
This bright pop of orange is a candle made from a clementine and olive oil. See our how-to, including a video, here.
Glue some twigs to the outside of a jar and you've got yourself a woodsy votive.
Or grab your empty jars and wine bottles, fill with some fresh herbs, eucalyptus and water and add candles for a simple but mesmerizing display like this one.
Really, there are a lot of things you could put in water and top with floating candles for easy, beautiful Thanksgiving decorations. You could make this one from Better Homes and Gardens with some whole cranberries snagged pre-sauce and some still-green clippings from one of your bushes.
Never underestimate the possibilities of branches in a vase, even if they're bare...
... but they're even better if they're bursting with changing leaves!