Hi friends! On a TOTAL whim last year, I created my first Thanksgiving Tree that I made with some of my leftover fall decorations. I was overwhelmed by the response so I decided to do another Autumn Thanksgiving Tree with Pumpkins. This time…bigger and better!
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My Autumn Thanksgiving Tree with Pumpkins
To be totally real, my daughter freaked out when she saw the tree last year because she was frustrated with the fact that I was putting up a tree so early. To compromise with her, I agreed to not turn the lights on the tree until it was decorated for Christmas. To see the tree I made last year and hear the story of how it came to be, you can see the whole post HERE.
Three reasons to create a Thanksgiving Tree
To reuse, recycle and repurpose unused fall decorations from previous years.
To coordinate with the rest of the fall decor being featured.
To be “ahead of the game” when it comes to decorating for the holiday season. Just remove all of the pumpkins and leave the rest of the items on the tree for your Christmas Tree.
What I used to create this Autumn Thanksgiving Tree with Pumpkins
A variety of pumpkins. I was coordinating this tree with my Rustic Pumpkin Fall Tablescape (shown below), so I used quite a bit of brown and green pumpkins. For added interest, use as many varieties and textures as you would like.
Elements that occur in the fall in nature…faux or real. For this tree, I used real pine cones, sugar pine cones, pine cone ornaments, brown Christmas balls, faux sunflower picks, and real gords. After I placed in all the pieces, I added in the faux magnolia and fern picks for added girth.
Traditional Thanksgiving decor. For the topper of the tree, I featured a natural fiber turkey that I bought a few years ago. It is so festive for Thanksgiving sitting atop this tree! I also included a few other smaller versions of the same turkey into the tree.
Fall decor for below the tree. One of the best traditions for Christmas is the gift-giving between friends and family. Seeing the glee of our children in Christmas’ past brings back so many fond memories. Since this is not a traditional Christmas tree, I decided to decorate the base of the tree with a vignette perfect for fall.
To add a nice foundation to the tree, I started with adding the crates turned upside down to provide some elevation for the hurricanes and pumpkins. Finally, I simply arranged a variety of real and faux pumpkins around the base of the tree.
One of the things that made putting this tree together so easy is that I didn’t have to hang any of the elements on the tree like you would with a traditional Christmas tree. Every single item was just placed into the tree so it made fast work of the project.
So, do think I am crazy to do a Thanksgiving Tree?! I have always been obsessed with Christmas and look forward to decorating for it all year long! This is partly my way of getting a bit of a head start. 🙂 Do you see a Thanksgiving tree in your future?