Thrifty Thanksgiving tablescape

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and, for once, I’m trying to get ahead of the decorating snowstorm that hits our home during the holiday season.

Today I thought I’d show you the thrifty Thanksgiving tablescape I whipped up using some yard stuff, some yard sale stuff, some new stuff and some craft stuff.

My vision began with a cream-colored, tab-top curtain. I got a set of four of these panels for $1 at a yard sale. I cut off the tabs, folded one of the panels in half and cut it down the middle.


Then I hemmed the raw edge of one of the halves by folding it over and sewing a quick straight stitch all the way down the length of the panel.


After hemming the panel half and ironing it flat, it magically transformed into a table runner ready for some stencils. 🙂


I used the Royal Design Studio Falling Feathers Fall Stencils along with some fall-colored craft paint to create my Thanksgiving table runner.


I’ve found that using a good stencil brush, offloading excess paint from the brush, and using an up-and-down pounding motion to apply the paint helps create crisp, defined edges.

I also stenciled a few wooden tags I picked up in the craft section at Walmart. They are meant for labeling canning jars, but I think they also make great name tags at place settings. 😉


After everything dried, I put together my Thanksgiving tablescape.




For the centerpiece, I used my DIY driftwood candle holder, made out of a stump from our backyard. Learn how to make your own here.




What will you be DIYing (besides the food) this Thanksgiving?

Special thanks to the folks at Royal Design Studio for allowing me to review the Falling Feathers Fall Stencils at no charge. As always, all opinions (and sweat equity) are 100% my own. 

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10 Responses

  1. Patricia says:

    Beautiful table! I love the runner and the driftwood candle holder you made. I would love to try and make this table runner! Thanks for sharing!

  2. marianne says:

    Beautiful setting. Simplicity says more and you got it!

  3. Pam P says:

    Love the simplicity of this and as always your frugal creativity. My aunt use to collect driftwood and make some beautiful art pieces for family and friends. Blessings!

  4. Mary says:

    I love the runner and the simple elegance of your tablescape. I love the pattern of the stencil.

  5. vicki bucy says:

    Lovely, I really like what you did and so thrifty.

  6. Sharon Miller says:

    Beautiful Susan!!

  7. Cindy says:

    Susan, this is so pretty! And I love how your dinnerware looks like it was made to go with the feather stenciled table runner. xo

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