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Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas

Happy November, everyone! I know that many of you are already knee-deep in Christmas stuff, but I’m here hanging on to the harvest season as long as possible… or at least until the day after Thanksgiving.

So today, I want to share with you how I’ve decorated my living room for Thanksgiving with great finds from Tuesday Morning. In addition to a few Thanksgiving decoration ideas, I’ve got an easy DIY project that may surprise you!

I love decorating for fall because it gives me an excuse to incorporate lots of texture into my décor—more than I usually would, anyway. Our living room is cream-heavy to begin with: cream slipcovered sofa, cream jute rug, and creamy white walls. Adding accents in woodgrains, metallics, and natural fibers gives the room some visual interest and makes it feel warm and inviting—just right for the first days of cooler weather!


I confess that I keep the decorating to a minimum on our mantel, partly because of our cats and partly because it’s a “working” mantel. (Having our television over the mantel means I don’t have the luxury of making the mantel a decorative showpiece.) But just a few small, well-placed finds have injected a dose of autumn sensibility onto our mantel!


I found these two frames at Tuesday Morning and loved the juxtaposition of the rustic wood frame with the modern, geometric copper frame. They look incredible side-by-side, don’t they?


Though I love using family photos when I can, I also like finding great printables on Pinterest to frame and display (find the “Fall Is My Favorite” printable HERE; the scenic photo in the copper frame is a picture of autumn in Paris that I found HERE).


Globes are an on-trend décor element these days, so I was excited to find this miniature one at Tuesday Morning! It fits right in next to a vintage clock that we found while antiquing a few years ago.


On the other end of the mantel, I’ve just added a couple of things to the collection of pictures that we keep on there all the time.

A Mikasa copper julep cup becomes a vase for a couple of oversized dahlias, and giant acorns made from bark and pinecones look perfect propped up against our photo frames.

Together, the copper julep cup and bark acorns mirror the copper and wood picture frames on the other side of the mantel.


I wanted to give our coffee table—which is actually a vintage cart from a North Carolina textile mill—a seasonal touch as well. I loved this embroidered linen table runner from the moment I saw it at Tuesday Morning, but who says a table runner has to go on a dining table? I think it is the perfect touch for our coffee table cart. The detailing is so pretty!


You might remember that my last blog post showcased a tray I found at Tuesday Morning. I guess I have a thing for trays, because I have another one here! I love trays because they’re a stylish way to corral all the loose odds and ends that can clutter countertops and coffee table tops—like remote controls.


A decorative faux-floral arrangement and yummy-smelling pumpkin candle round out the seasonal accents on the coffee table.


I am a pillow person—I love having lots of decorative pillows on my sofa. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to add a pop of color and reinvent the “look” of your living room, and besides, it makes a sofa seem so much more inviting!


I found the large brick red pillows in the clearance section of my local Tuesday Morning, which made them an even better deal!


And I love the crewel embroidery on the lumbar pillow. Again, it’s all about adding different textures for visual interest!

How do you like my “Thankful & Blessed” pillow? Would you believe that it’s a little DIY project that I made with a pillowcase and some fabric paint? It’s a fun and easy way to create a custom decorative pillow that perfectly matches your décor at home.


I got the idea for this project while I was looking at sheets, of all things. Remember those amazing Peacock Alley heathered flannel sheets from my last post? Well, on a return trip to Tuesday Morning, I saw a set of just the pillowcases for only $10 and had to have them. But I have a thing about my sheets having to match—I can’t stand using mismatched sheets and pillowcases. So I decided I’d use the pillowcases to make a custom decorative pillow instead!

I picked up a pillow insert while I was shopping (Tuesday Morning carries them in all shapes and sizes) and headed home to get started.


First, I marked off the seam lines for the pillow cover. Then I used my Silhouette Cameo and a sheet of adhesive vinyl to create a stencil. (If you like the “Thankful & Blessed” phrase that I used, you can purchase and download it from the Silhouette Design Store HERE. Don’t have an electronic die-cutting machine? No problem! You can find stencils at your local craft store.)


Using fabric paint and stencil daubers, I gently daubed on the paint in an up-and-down motion—I found that was the best way to work with the flannel.


After the paint completely dried, I removed the stencil and started stitching the seams. I left about a 1” margin of pillowcase fabric around the seams—which created kind of a flanged look to the pillow—and I literally stitched the final seam with the pillow insert inside the cover. (In case I forgot to mention it, this is the lazy girl’s guide to making a decorative pillow out of a pillowcase!)


For a little more interest, I trimmed down the fabric flange with pinking shears. And that’s it!


I love how it turned out! It looks so fun with the other pillows I got.

And did you see my new throw? You guessed it—it’s another Peacock Alley blanket! The colors match all my new pillows perfectly! And of course, it’s Peacock Alley, so it’s as luxurious as it is lovely.


I hope you’ve been inspired to do a little more seasonal decorating! If you make your own custom decorative pillows using a pillowcase from Tuesday Morning, be sure to post your pictures to Instagram, Twitter or our Facebook page (hashtag your picture with #DIYpillow), so I can see your handiwork! And don’t forget to visit our Holiday Home Décor pinboard on Pinterest for even more inspiration.

I hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving with your friends and loved ones!




This month’s featured products:

8×10 wooden frame, $12.99 (compare at $26.00); copper geometric frame, $6.99 (compare at $14.00); 5” globe with metal base, $8.99 (compare at $20.00); Mikasa copper julep cup, $14.99 (compare at $29.99); 3 pc. natural acorns set, $7.99 (compare at $16.00); Graceful Leaves embroidered table runner, $12.99 (compare at $29.99); oval wood tray with metal rivets, $12.99 (compare at $26.00); 13” sunflower and pumpkin arrangement, $14.99 (compare at $30.00); ceramic pumpkin filled candle, $6.99 (compare at $16.50); ornate print pillows (set of 2), $7.99 each (compare at $19.99 each); crewel embroidered lumbar pillow, $12.99 (compare at $39.00); Peacock Alley heathered flannel pillowcases, $9.99 (compare at $50.00); 12×16 feather pillow insert, $4.99 (compare at $14.00); Peacock Alley heathered flannel throw, $29.99 (compare at $110.00).


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DIY, Holiday and Parties, Home Decor, Seasonal
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Anna Dineen

Meet the Contributor

My home Tuesday Morning location: Hillside Village Shopping Center in Dallas, Texas

My favorite Tuesday Morning department: Do I have to choose just one? Craft section and seasonal accents.

A little about me: I’m the gal who always has a project (or two or three!) going on, whether it’s crafting for fun, DIY home decor or even a little remodeling. I do everything but cook! I’m obsessed with great design, old houses, fabulous wallpaper, sushi and hoarding craft supplies — not necessarily in that order.

What I love to write about: I love sharing my favorite craft and home décor ideas on the Tuesday Morning blog … it doesn’t matter what kind of project I’m working on, I know I can find the perfect thing for it at my home Tuesday Morning!

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  1. Reply Marilyn Gibbs

    I love your DIY ideas…and I love Tuesday Morning.

  2. Reply Sherry Hart

    Oh my goodness. I am totally hooked. Thank you for your tips!!!

  3. Reply Ginnie

    My bedroom is a pale yellow and furniture is blonde color. I can’t find a decoration for very the queen size bed which has a upward curved headboard. Please give me a suggestion

  4. Reply Peggy Smith

    Sorry, but cannot remember all emails and passwords. Health problems. Just too much. Every time a person tries to just look online, pepple always want your life history. Just can’t do things like I used to.