4 Thanksgiving do-it-yourself projects

Sabrina Schnetzer, DN
Sabrina Schnetzer, DN

These Thanksgiving decorations can be made in five steps or less. Decorate your table, door and walls to celebrate the final weeks of fall.

Leaf Bowl

What You Need:

  • Fake leaves without stems
  • Mod Podge
  • A brush
  • A balloon
  • Scissors
  • A bowl


  1. Blow up a balloon. Place it into a bowl to keep the balloon from moving.
  2. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on the top of the balloon to the size of your desired bowl.
  3. Lay a leaf on top of the wet Mod Podge and smooth with a brush. Once the leaf is stuck in place, apply another layer on top of the leaf. Repeat around the balloon to the size of your desired bowl.
  4. Add a few more leaves to the bottom of the bowl for extra support.
  5. When the Mod Podge is dry, carefully pop your balloon with a pin at the tied end, slowly letting the air out.

Pine Cone Door Hanger

What You Need:

  • Pine cones
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Twine
  • A hot glue gun


  1. Tie a large bow with a burlap ribbon. Leave a long tail on the bow.
  2. Hot glue pinecones to the tail of the bow. Glue as many as you want to your tail.
  3. Use twine to make a loop and hot glue it to the back of the bow.
  4. Using the loop, hang your decoration on a door.

Grateful Banner

What You Need:

  • Leaves
  • A white paint pen
  • Twine
  • Mini Clothes pins 


  1. Write each letter of “grateful” on its own leaf using a paint pen.
  2. Tie each leaf to a string of twine to spell out “grateful.”
  3. Hang your decoration over a fireplace or on a wall.

Cinnamon Stick Candle

What You Need:

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • A rubber band
  • A candle
  • Twine 


  1. Place the rubber band around the candle. 
  2. Place cinnamon sticks under the rubber band.
  3. Once the entire candle is covered in cinnamon sticks, wrap twine around the rubber band to conceal it and then tie the twine.

Contact Sabrina Schnetzer with any comments at slschnetzer@bsu.edu. 


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