I do a dangerous thing every year around the holidays… I ventured into that Wonderland called Hobby Lobby.
And, THAT, my friends, is where I got the idea for making a Thanksgiving Tree.
I see them every year in our local store… gorgeous, 12-foot evergreens, wrapped in autumn flowers, garlands, and decor.
And I think to myself, Why not? Why not decorate a Christmas tree for Thanksgiving?
So I did!
This year, I transformed our Christmas tree into a Thanksgiving tree. And I love it!
Over the past few years, I’ve fallen in love with the tradition of decorating our home for Fall around the first day of October; in fact, my kids and I celebrate October First like it’s a holiday!
That’s when we drag our boxes of autumn decor out of the garage and start stuffing leafy garlands and orange pumpkins pretty much everywhere.
We drink hot chocolate (even when it’s 80 degrees outside),
pull on our sweaters (even when it’s 80 degrees outside),
and turn our “farm house” cottage ORANGE, RED, and BROWN!
The autumn flare in my home is about the only seasonal colors we get here in Texas, so I make sure and make it count! This time of year reminds me of my Ozark roots, and, well, I just adore it!
I don’t consider myself a great decorator, but I come from a line of very creative women who love
spending too much time and money in Hobby Lobby making their homes beautiful.
So I have fun with seasonal decor, and my family enjoys it as well.
This year’s Thanksgiving Tree was a big hit at our house, and I have a feeling it’s a tradition that’s going to be around for a while.
I received a lot of feedback and interest about our Thanksgiving Tree on Facebook last week, so I thought it would be fun to show you what I did. It’s so simple and the results are quite festive!
This is what I used to create our Thanksgiving Tree:
- 2 six-foot leaf garlands
- 2 spools of brown burlap “ribbon”
- 1 package of faux blown-glass autumn vegetable “ornaments”
- several (8 to 10) stems of autumn flowers and clusters of leaves
- lots and lots of white lights
- our 7-foot Christmas tree
- burlap tree skirt
- pumpkins in various colors and sizes
Everything but the Christmas tree and pumpkins came from Hobby Lobby! Come to think of it, the Christmas tree came from Hobby Lobby, as well, but we’ve had it for about seven years.
I purchased all of the Fall decor at half-price, which of course means this is a huge money saving project… right? 🙂
How I Created our Festive “Thanksgiving Tree” Look
Just in case you’d like a step-by-step tutorial of what I did to create this look, here we go…
It was super simple and fun!
- My dear husband hauled the 7-foot Christmas tree into the house from the garage. The kids helped me shape the bent branches and knock the cob webs out of the boughs. This made a huge mess, by the way!
- I started stringing lights while my kids dug more lights out of the Christmas boxes. I have a love-hate relationship with Christmas lights, by the way. I love LOTS of lights, but I don’t have much patience with them. If a light bulb goes out and half of the strand doesn’t work, I chunk it and move on.
Once the lights were up and twinkling, things started looking pretty!
- Next, I wrapped both leaf garlands around the tree, then tucked both the spools of burlap ribbon around and between the boughs. The burlap garland I used is a really thick “ribbon,” not a skinny ribbon. I found it in the sewing department at (you guessed it) Hobby Lobby.
- Next, I placed the long stems of autumn flowers and leaves between the tree branches. This is where my malfunctioning OCD starts kicking in… I can’t stand a crooked Christmas tree (or a crooked Thanksgiving tree), but I always seem to get one anyway. I prefer to blame my kids, since they love to rearrange my tree decor when I’m not looking. But, I think the true culprit is very likely my lack of visual symmetry.
If the tree on this blog looks crooked to you… well, that’s because it is crooked.
- After we poked and repoked all our autumn flowers and leaves in place, I arranged the fall ornaments to more or less balance the overall look. (Notice I said, more or less balance…) I love these pretty ornaments! They look very much like delicate, vintage blown-glass, but they’re NOT… which is why they are still in existence in my home, ten days after I put them up. 🙂
- Lastly, I drapped a burlap tree skirt around the stem of the tree to cover up the ugly stand, then arranged a few pretty pumpkins beneath the branches. I used real pumpkins, since I had several on hand. And since the gorgeous artificial pumpkins at Hobby Lobby were just a tad too pricey. I have my limitations!
- And LASTLY-lastly, I vacuumed up the huge mess in my living room. If anyone ever tells you that artificial Christmas trees don’t shed, well, they’re telling you a big, fat FIB! 😀
So that is it!
That is how I create a simple but beautiful Thanksgiving Tree for our home.
I have visions of some day creating pretty little ornaments for my children to write what they’re thankful for on, then laminate and hang them on the tree…
But that would mean I’d have to buy a laminator.
Which of course would mean another trip to Hobby Lobby.
Maybe next year!
Do you decorate for Fall?
What does your family love to do to celebrate the Thanksgiving season?
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.