Let’s Get Basted: Fall DIY Ideas

The star of your table décor is definitely the food but you can also personalize your table-scape by creating festive decor like plate sashes for all your guests and then add a sweet treats box to each place setting to give your guests a take home treat. These DIY craft ideas are simple but add an elegant touch of creativity to your Thanksgiving.

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For the table plate sashes you’ll need scissors, orange fabric – you can used old table cloth or bed sheet; just make sure it’s something you want to cut up – a standard lighter or brown ink pad if you don’t feel comfortable with using a flame, and fabric markers.

First cut the orange material into 20″ strips and about 4″ wide; enough to cross cover the entire dinner plate to create a sash and food underneath the plate. Cut as many plates sashes as you have guests… so who’s coming to thanksgiving dinner?

Next, slightly burn the edges of the strips to give a weathered look. You can use a match but I found it easier to use a lighter. THIS PART OF THE PROJECT IS FOR ADULTS ONLY. Let it burn briefly and blow it out right away. Test the fabric first on a scrap piece before you start on your table sashes. Do a little at a time, ventilated area and over sink. Be sure to wipe away the excess char. An alternate idea to avoid using a flame to get that vintage look, you can rub an ink pad along the edges of the fabric pieces to achieve a similar burnt vintage look.


Once both sides of the sash have a weathered look it’s time to get creative.


Grab an autumnal colored fabric marker and write your guests’ names on each sash. You can also add any other embellishments like flowers, leaves, ribbon, bows, etc.

Add to each place setting and start on your sweet treat boxes.

This is a great way to use up all that left over Halloween candy plus it adds a beautiful surprise to your Thanksgiving table!

What you need are used jewelry boxes or those small boxes you get when you buy earrings or a necklace, brown paper bag, tape, scissors, ribbon and LOTS of candy or cookies.

First, wrap the boxes in craft paper or if you like to up-cycle use a brown paper bag. Be sure to wrap the top and bottom separately so it’s easy for your guests to open.


Next, tack the ribbon on the inside of the box. Tie a beautiful bow with your ribbon. You can use fall colors or any ribbon that matches your table décor. I like to use two different ribbons to make the box look more colorful and inviting.


Stock it full of treats or candy and put them at every place setting at your table! Sit back and enjoy delight on your guests’ faces when they see the sweet surprise they get!

An easy to make centerpiece is also a great way to use up that leftover candy corn from Halloween. Just dump the bag into a glass vase and stick some candles in. The candy corn holds the candles in place and you have a insta table decor.


Job well done. You have a lot to be thankful for.

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