I would not blame you if said “WHAT?!”. I know, I know…it is absolutely OK to think I am crazy! It is actually a fun little story to hear about how and why I decided to build this Thanksgiving Tree with pumpkins created from “leftovers” from my Thanksgiving tablescape from last year.
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Having put together all of my fall decor earlier this month, I still had several items that I had not used or incorporated anywhere yet. Now that I am blogging, it is necessary for me to set up my Christmas decorations early (so I can share them with you!), but it certainly didn’t make sense to be setting up Christmas trees this early. My family would freak out!!
NOTE: A New front door is coming! More on that later…
To reuse, recycle and repurpose some of my unused fall decorations from previous years.
To coordinate with the rest of the fall decor in our home.
To be “ahead of the game” when it comes to decorating for the holiday season. I plan to just remove all of the pumpkins and leave the rest of the items on the tree for one of my Christmas Trees.
This is my Thanksgiving Table Setting from last year. The brown velvet pumpkins, the green metal pumpkins, and the sunflowers inspired the design for my Thanksgiving Tree!
To assemble this tree, I started with evenly placing the large brown and white pumpkins throughout. I recommending pushing them into the tree for added depth. Both pumpkins came from Hobby Lobby, but I have sourced similar ones below if you do not have a Hobby Lobby close to you.
Next, I added in the large sugar pine cones and the large glitter pine cone ornaments…both also from Hobby Lobby. Large acorns would also be great to use.
After the large elements were installed, I filled in the greenery and sunflowers. For this tree, I added real greenery straight from my yard. I love the added texture it adds, plus it makes the tree smell like a real Christmas tree! Bonus! If you don’t have evergreen bushes, you could certainly use faux Christmas picks for this. I sourced a few below that I like and have used…
Finally, I added in all of the smaller metal and burlap pumpkins, pine cones (from my yard), cotton spheres, and small antler ornaments. Voila! I recommend “placing” rather than “hanging” your elements into the tree. Not only does this add texture, but also helps the whole look not appear to be too “Christmassy” (I know that is not a word…just didn’t know a better way to say it).
I stumbled onto these burlap pumpkins on a quick trip to the Dollar Tree. I had no idea how I would use them, but I couldn’t resist them at $1 each. They come in several colors so you could easily add in more color with them.
With regard to the tree, most of my Christmas trees are “SLIM” and all are pre-lit (a must!!). Some of the spaces where I feature my trees are small, so a slim trees make more sense for our house. Also, since the holidays are not quite here and there are no presents for under the tree, I just used an assortment of fall decorations. The sky is the limit here. You could use little hay bails, dried corn stalks, fall flowers…you name it.
To wrap this up, I must admit that my daughter actually did freak out when she came home from school and saw the tree. She felt I was taking away the magic of Christmas and I totally get that. I promised I would not turn the lights on it on until it was re-decorated for Christmas. That was our compromise.
Do you think I am crazy or do you see a Thanksgiving Tree with pumpkins in your future?!
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