10 Easy & Cheap DIY Thanksgiving Decor Ideas for Your Apartment

The holiday season is almost here, ladies and gents! The first one coming up quickly on the calendar? Thanksgiving, the holiday that’s all about giving thanks for what you’ve got and enjoying some gobble gobble until you wobble wobble. For many, this time of year is packed full of travel plans and trips back home to visit family and friends. But long-distance travel is expensive and sometimes plans just don’t work out, which means there are always a few  First Apartment-ers who celebrate the holidays in their apartments surrounded by roommates, neighbors, and friends.

Inevitably, not being able to head home for Thanksgiving leaves many feeling blue and wondering how to get that holiday feeling without family around. The truth is, staying local and bringing the festivities to your apartment will be different from going home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your holidays away from home magical in your own way. One of our personal favorite ways to make this happen and to get into the spirit of celebrating is to decorate our apartment with fun, handmade decor (it’s especially fun when you get friends and roommates in on it, too!). So, instead of worrying about being away from family this season, focus on celebrating with your new family of friends and making your new apartment a true “home away from home.” Here are 10 cheap and easy DIY Thanksgiving decor picks that we’ve fallen in love with!

Heading home for the Turkey Day, but want to host a Friendsgiving dinner the weekend before? We’ve got your covered in that department, too. No time to plan a big production? Click here how to pull together an easy, last minute Thanksgiving feast in your apartment. 

1. Chalkboard Pumpkinschalkboard-pumpkins

via Better Recipes

2. “I am thankful for…” Placemats

via Ella Claire

3. Thankful TableclothNov-255-e1321316197517

via Blue Cricket Design

4. Carved Pumpkin Ice Bucketpumpkin-ice-bucket-cherylstyle-B1

via Cheryl Style

5. Pine Cone Place Card HoldersPlacecard_Final-2

via A Little Claireification 

6. Happy Thanksgiving Centerpiecesthanksgiving 095

via Bird’s Party Blog

 7. Pumpkin Vase CenterpieceIMG_8137

via Everyday Occasions 

 8. Jazzed Up Napkins


via A Cozy Kitchen

These instructions suggest using real linen napkins and using iron-on adhesives, but we think it’s a lot easier (and wallet-friendly) to use paper napkins and ink stamps!

9. Cinnamon Stick Candlestie-cinnamon-sticks

via Becoming the Mrs. 

10. To-Go Pie Holders


via Studio DIY

Apartment-living vets, what are some ways that you adjusted to spending the holidays away from family? Share below!

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Audra is a recent college graduate and an aspiring writer based in her home state of Georgia. She’s a lover of the sweetest Southern tea, warm weather, and decorating with lots of color, DIY projects, and shabby chic pieces. Her apartment living journey is still young, so she’s busy navigating the ups and downs and learning along the way. For more from Audra, follow her on Pinterest or check out her website shepenspretty.com.

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