This holiday season, gather around the table and enjoy a delicious meal with those you love. You’ve surely put a lot of thought into your Thanksgiving side dishes, the main course, and Thanksgiving desserts, but have you thought about your decor?

If you’ve decided to host this year be sure to create an inviting ambiance. You don’t have to spend a fortune to decorate for Thanksgiving, and we’re going to share exactly how to do that. All of these products, decor ideas, and DIY (do it yourself) projects can be found at your local dollar store. So let’s get creative and host the best Thanksgiving yet.

1. DIY Gold Wire Napkin Rings

While napkin rings may seem like a small detail, they really do complete a table setting. Whether you’re planning a formal or casual Thanksgiving dinner, these napkin rings would look lovely on your table.

This tutorial transforms dollar store wire into an elegant napkin holder. Aside from the wire, all you’ll need is a piece of PVC pipe and needle-nose pliers. Further, the wire is often available in different colors which means you can adjust the napkin rings to match whatever color theme you have chosen for your Thanksgiving dinner.

2. Gold Plastic Charger Plates

Charger plates can turn any boring table setting into one that is elegant, however, they aren’t always cheap. Thankfully places like the Dollar Tree carry charger plates and they are available in many different colors and patterns so that you can find one that fits in perfectly with your Thanksgiving theme.

This gold charger would pair wonderfully with autumn colors such as red, orange, and yellow. Consider adding white dinner plates, and colored napkins to quickly makeover your Thanksgiving table.

3. DIY Pumpkin Serving Tray

Serving platters are a must-have, especially for big holiday dinners. This year get creative and try making this fun pumpkin serving tray! Use it to serve Thanksgiving appetizers, dinner rolls, or decadent desserts, your choice!

All you will need is a foam pumpkin, a gold serving plate, paint, a paintbrush, and a glue gun, all of which can be found at the dollar store. This fun serving tray comes together in just 15 minutes and will look lovely on your table.

4. Wine Glasses

Set your table with wine glasses and they’ll instantly upgrade your table setting. You don’t have to drink wine to use wine glasses either, instead, you could serve your favorite holiday punch or even water!

Wine glasses can be expensive but thankfully this is yet another item that can be found at the dollar store. Purchase the glasses once and you’ll have them on hand for every special occasion.

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5. DIY Gold Dipped Holiday Glasses

This awesome DIY tutorial explains how you can go one step further and transform simple dollar store wine glasses into a beautiful holiday entertaining set. All you’ll need are wine glasses from the dollar store, masking tape, and a can of gold spray paint!

This tutorial provides several tips and tricks to ensure that the paint comes out even and precise. This hack comes together in minutes and before you know it you’ll have elegant hand-dipped wine glasses to use at your Thanksgiving dinner!

6. Scented Harvest Candles

Candlelight is moody yet beautiful and is a definite must-have for a Thanksgiving dinner, especially if you want to create an inviting and relaxing ambiance.

Dollar Tree offers many candles that range in different sizes, colors, and scents. This harvest set would be great for Thanksgiving because of their colors and scents. The orange candles smell like pumpkin pie, the green smells like sweet harvest fig, the red candles smell like cinnamon spice, and the yellow smells like a crackling fire.

7. DIY Cinnamon Stick Candles

If you don’t want to purchase colored scented candles then go ahead and give a simple white candle a makeover using this tutorial! All you will need are a few cinnamon sticks, a piece of twine, and white candles.

This easy project will only take you about 20 minutes to make. In no time you’ll have a beautiful centerpiece put together for your Thanksgiving table.

8. Harvest Table Covers

Table covers are a great way to keep messes off the table but aside from their practical purpose they also are a decorative element too. The dollar store offers table covers in solid colors but around the holidays you’ll often find themed tables covers too.

At the Dollar Tree, you’ll have your choice of 3 fun harvest patterns. Once the dinner is over, simply fold up the cover and toss it away!

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9. Dollar Store Pumpkin Makeover

Fall decor is available at many stores but unfortunately, buying it at full price can quickly add up. Thankfully there are awesome tutorials out there like this that prove you can transform budget-friendly dollar store items in stunning decor pieces.

Head to your local dollar store and pick up foam pumpkins, paint, and glue. Be sure to grab a few branches from your backyard as these will become the pumpkin stems. This pumpkin makeover is so fun you could even turn it into an afternoon craft to do with your little ones at home.

10. Fall Leaves Ceramic Bowls

Just like serving trays, bowls are an important part of every Holiday dinner. Add a touch of fall colors to your table with these fall leaves ceramic bowls. They’re from the Dollar Tree which means they’re super budget-friendly.

You could serve an appetizer, candies, or anything you want in these bowls. Keep in mind they are 6 inches wide so you may need a few if you plan on serving several snacks.

11. Scarecrow Treat Bag

Table favors are always a great idea. Surprise your guests with these fun little scarecrow treat bags!

To create these treat bags you will need burlap, felt, googly eyes, raffia, and glue, all of which can be found at your local dollar store. For more delicious ideas for your guests, check out these edible Thanksgiving table favors.

12. Paper Tableware

Tableware is an essential part of any dinner party. If you don’t want to pull out the fine china, head to the dollar store and pick up disposable tableware.

The dollar store offers many different colors and patterns that there will surely be something that fits in perfectly with your Thanksgiving theme. You’ll be able to get everything from paper plates to cups, and even napkins and cutlery too. Using disposable tableware will also help to alleviate the cleanup mess too.

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13. DIY Pumpkin Vase

Add a fresh and beautiful bouquet to your Thanksgiving table but don’t put them in any ordinary vase, make this awesome pumpkin vase! This DIY project takes a plastic pumpkin from the dollar store and turns it into a fun centerpiece for the table.

Head to the dollar store and pick up a styrofoam block and fall stems as well as a plastic pumpkin. Keep in mind, if you’re unable to find a white plastic pumpkin, you can always paint an orange one! Allow your imagination to run wild with this project!

14. Square Wooden Wipe-off Boards

If you want your Thanksgiving dinner to look really fancy head to the Dollar Tree and pick up these wooden wipe-off boards. You’ll have your choice of a mini chalkboard or a mini whiteboard. Be sure to use chalk for the mini chalkboard, and dry erase markers for the mini whiteboard.

Now you must be asking yourself but what are these for? The boards can be used to display the dinner menu, dessert menu, can be used as a mini seating chart, or as place cards. The options are endless!

15. DIY Gratitude Tree Craft

Life gets busy and it can be so easy to forget to pause and take a moment to be thankful for everything you have. This Thanksgiving, make this awesome DIY gratitude tree and encourage your guests to write a little note explaining what they’re thankful for this year.

Head to your local dollar store and pick up a picture frame, craft paper, cork, and push pins. You can make this craft with your family and then hand out the pieces of paper at dinner. You could even read the notes out loud during dinner!

16. Leaf Garland

Bring the outdoors inside by decorating your space with this leaf garland! The dollar store has many different fall garlands to choose from. They’ll range in different colors but all would be a great addition to your space.

Consider placing the garland on your dining table as a centerpiece, use them to make a wreath for your front door, or place the garland on your fireplace. The options are endless!

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17. 15-Minute DIY Burlap Pumpkin Wreath

Wreaths are a great way to dress up your front door so this Thanksgiving, try making this easy DIY pumpkin wreath. All you need are a few materials from the dollar store and 15 minutes of your time.

Some of the materials you will need are sturdy wire, burlap pumpkins, ribbon, and hot glue. Once you’ve gathered your materials you’ll be ready to follow this easy tutorial.

18. Decorative Hanging Pumpkin

If you don’t want to create your own door wreath, perhaps you’d enjoy hanging this decorative pumpkin on your front door. The pop of orange is perfectly fitting for Thanksgiving.

Further, this decorative item can also be hung in many other places other than your front door. Consider hanging it on a wall, leaning it on a bookshelf, or anywhere you please.

19. Pinecone Place Cards

Place cards are great for holiday dinners because they help your guests find their seats but they also provide a lovely personal touch. Get creative this Thanksgiving and make these pretty pinecone place cards.

All you’ll need are pinecones, gold paint, and swirl ornament hooks, all of which can be found at your local dollar store. If you’re feeling ambitious you can handwrite each name, or to make things easy, simply print the name cards off of your computer.

20. DIY Falling Leaves Garland

These sparkly leaves will surely capture everyone’s attention! Consider hanging the garland over your food table or across the fireplace mantle, your choice!

To create the garland, you’ll need artificial leaves, glitter, ribbon, and Elmer’s glue. These materials can be found at your local dollar store and you’ll find that this garland comes together in no time!

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa loves experimenting with food of all cultures to make unique healthy dishes. When she’s not browsing Pinterest for new recipe inspiration she likes to pick up a DIY project and use her creative hands to make art or crafts. In her down time you can find her watching the latest documentaries on Netflix or going for nature walks.

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