Let’s Get Basted: Fall DIY Tablescapes for an Elegant Table

Add some festivity to your Thanksgiving tablescapes to add an elegant touch

The star of your table décor is definitely the food but you can also personalize your tablescape 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 by creating the perfect tablescapes.


Orange fabric
A lighter
Fabric Paint
Jewelry boxes or small boxes
Glass jars for centerpieces



Make a plate sash for each place setting

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.

Make the sashes by cutting strips of fabric

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?

Distress the fabric by burning the edges

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.

Next, get creative and label each of the sashes

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.

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This is a great way to use up all that leftover Halloween candy. It also adds a beautiful surprise to your Thanksgiving table that your guests will love! Gather up some 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.

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Decorate the boxes with craft paper

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.

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Get creative! Decorate the boxes with ribbon

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.

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tablescapes, JaneClauss.com

Next, stock the boxes full of candy

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!

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Use up your Halloween candy by making a centerpiece out of it

An easy to make centerpiece for your tablescapes 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 the perfect decor for your table.

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tablescapes, JaneClauss.com

Job well done! Tablescapes are a great way to include festive decorations into your table setting. You have a lot to be thankful for and these tablescaping tips are sure to make an elegant table this Thanksgiving.

Jane Clauss is a lifestyle expert, radio and television host.  She has a passion for upcycling by using her creativity and innovation and a drive for making happiness homemade! Learn more about Jane here!

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