As you can imagine, we’ve lived in lots of different homes given I grew up in a military family. Homes like base housing, apartments, two story homes, single level homes, even a hotel. It seemed like we were always moving. Luckily, a few of those were so brief they’re almost not even worth listing but we survived the experience nonetheless. I share this with you because we don’t all live in huge homes with huge budgets. My own personal budget is not the same today as it was two years ago and yours has probably has changed as well. The amount of time I have to create a comfortable home is not the same either. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t make the time to sprinkle special touches of the season throughout the house. No matter what your current living or financial situation, here are 10 quick, budget friendly, easy to create Thanksgiving inspired vignettes.
This vignette closest to the breakfast table area is one of the only vignettes I don’t change out on a regular basis. It looks clean even though it’s layered and I love the mix of salvaged items and new items. To make it look festive, I added a bit of raffia and a dollar store pumpkin I painted off-white with craft paint.
These items were all part of the Thanksgiving Inspired Mantel but they were in totally different rooms before I brought them all together. I shopped the house for the platter, turkey cologne bottle, the salvaged metal bucket, cotton and horseshoe saving shopping time and money.
If you have bookshelves in your living room like we do, consider wrapping your books with fabric like burlap, gingham or craft paper to give them a festive look. These are wrapped with a black and brown gingham checked fabric I found last year at Walmart. They’re topped with another dollar store pumpkin.
Normally this old typewriter holds one of my favorite quotes but it can easily act as a place to find the Thanksgiving menu, planned family activities or a gratitude list to welcome guests.
As you guys have probably already figured out, I have a brown and white transferware obsession. I usually leave this vignette out all year because it’s so neutral. If you have Thanksgiving or other holiday inspired dishes consider using an old frame and trophy cup to help display your favorite pieces.
I use this antique dough bowl for all seasons. You can fill it with various pumpkins, gourds, acorns, pinecones, dried hydrangeas, cotton even ornaments for a festive look at a reasonable price.
Bring outside elements inside. I found these sticks in the yard, gave them a bleach bath so they wouldn’t have pests in them, painted the sticks white and wrapped them with raffia. It doesn’t get any easier or cost effective than that!
This menu board is updated almost every week. If we’re having guests over we’ll have the menu listed in an area closer to table. I still want it to be pretty in the kitchen so I’ll layer a wreath like this wheat wreath over the chalkboard. This took less than 10 minutes to complete.
Shop for mums at your local nursery or home improvement store and create a welcoming porch vignette.
While we’re on the porch, don’t forget to create a cozy spot to unwind at the end of the day. The holidays can be so much fun and so much work all at the same time, am I right? Remember to take some time to relax and enjoy the season. It goes by so fast and only comes around once a year.
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll be sharing easy to create pillow ideas.