Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

3 Creative Ideas for Thanksgiving Décor

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but there’s still plenty of time to add the finishing touches to your home décor. Why not try your hand at some DIY projects to make your Thanksgiving table festive and welcoming this year? Instead of shopping for supplies at arts and craft stores, which can quickly become expensive, head to your local Goodwill store to look for unique goods you can use to complete DIY projects on a budget. Here are a few ideas to help you get creative with your tablescape this Thanksgiving using supplies found at Goodwill.

Festive tablecloths

Using a tablecloth is an easy way to dress up your table while protecting its surface from scratches or stains. At Ohio Valley Goodwill, we stock tablecloths in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns. You can also make your own table runner by using fabrics found at Goodwill such as lace or burlap. For a fun children’s activity, pick up a plain white tablecloth and fabric markers to create a ” thankful tablecloth.” Your kids can then trace turkeys with their handprint or write down what they’re thankful for on the tablecloth using the fabric markers. You can wash and reuse the same tablecloth each year and add more memories each Thanksgiving celebration.

Wicker basket on a shelf

Two wicker baskets on a shelf





Wicker basket centerpieces

Wicker baskets are perfect for holiday decorating. Shop at Goodwill to find wicker baskets in all shapes and sizes. You can paint your baskets in a seasonal color or simply adorn the handles with ribbon. Then, fill the basket with apples, pears, miniature pumpkins, gourds, or even pinecones for a creative centerpiece idea for your Thanksgiving table.

Two Picture frames displayed on a shelfPhoto frames on display on a shelf

Pressed leaves in frames

This next Thanksgiving DIY project is simple, easy, and perfect for kids. First, take a walk around the neighborhood to collect colorful leaves. Bring the leaves home, sandwich them between two sheets of wax paper and then place the wax paper inside the pages of a large, heavy book. Then, shop for photo frames at your nearest Goodwill store, where you can find frames in different sizes and colors at discount prices. Once the leaves have been dried and pressed for a day or two, arrange them under the glass photo frames to create a festive fall display for your home or Thanksgiving table.

There’s no shortage of possibilities when you shop at Ohio Valley Goodwill for your DIY projects! With an ever-changing inventory that’s updated daily, you can always find something new and unique at bargain prices. Best of all, the proceeds raised from your purchases will help fund Ohio Valley Goodwill’s mission to provide job training and employment services for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Find your nearest retail store location and sign up to have our sales calendars and special promotions sent to your email each week.