Hi friends! A couple of years ago, I started a tradition of creating what I call a “Thanksgiving Tree”. This is the third year for me. Not only am I going to share our new tree for this year but I am also going to give you more ideas for Christmas Trees decorated for Thanksgiving.
When I started this fall tradition, 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 keep creating them. Pinners on Pinterest have totally loved them! This one especially…
To see the first Thanksgiving tree I created and hear the story of how it came to be, you can see the whole post HERE.
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My Christmas Tree decorated for Fall and Thanksgiving this year!
To be honest, my daughter totally freaked out when she saw the first tree three years ago because she was frustrated with the fact that I was putting up a tree so early. Presently, she is away at school so she is being spared from my craziness!
Three reasons to create a Thanksgiving Tree
- To reuse, recycle, and repurpose unused fall decorations from previous years.
2. To coordinate with the rest of the fall decorations being featured.
3. 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.
For this year’s tree, it was my goal to keep the tree simple and easy to duplicate. Since I have SO MANY pumpkins, I decided to just run with that. In years past, I have utilized other fall decor and even some Christmas ornaments that worked with the theme of the tree. This year, I primarily used a variety of pumpkins.
It was also my goal to mix things up from my previous trees. The only element that I purchased new for this year’s tree is the oak leaf picks. I really wanted to add some warmth that coordinates with what is going on outdoors with the leaves changing.
For a natural element, I added live cuttings from my juniper bushes. Not only did it add “girth” to my slim tree, but also has amazing texture.
For the topper, I started with the faux curly branches and then added in more of the gold pom-pom branches that I used on our coffee table to tie them both together.
To finish the topper, I placed in several of my pheasant feather picks. I think they really cozied up the look and really adds to the “fall feel” of the tree.
You can shop the looks of my Thanksgiving Trees at the bottom of this post, so stay tuned!
More Simple Ideas for Christmas Trees Decorated for Thanksgiving
A variety of pumpkins. That certainly is shown in the tree I created this year. Basically, pumpkins are the main feature on this one!
This tree combined pumpkins with other fall decor and Christmas ornaments that have a rustic, fall feel.
This tree utilizes a variety of pumpkins but with a totally different color palette the coordinates with her existing home decorations.
Elements that occur in the fall in nature…faux or real. This could include real pine cones, sugar pine cones, pine cone ornaments, fall-colored Christmas balls, faux sunflower picks, and/or real gords. Additionally, you can add in the faux magnolia, fern or leaf picks for added texture and girth.
You can see the whole post of our Autumn Thanksgiving Tree with Pumpkins HERE.
You can see the whole post of my Simple Thanksgiving Tree with Pumpkins HERE.
Traditional Thanksgiving decor. For the topper of this 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.
This particular tree is LOADED with traditional Thanksgiving decor and colors! So cute!
Same with this one!
Fall decor for below the tree. One of the best traditions for Christmas is the gift-giving between friends and family. Since this is not a traditional Christmas tree, I decided to decorate the bases of our trees with a vignette perfect for fall.
For this 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.
This tree by Frontgate is decorated similarly.
Finally, one of the things that make putting these trees together so simple is that you don’t have to hang any of the elements on the tree like you would with a traditional Christmas tree if you don’t want to. Every single item on these trees was just placed into the tree so it made fast work of the project.
Have you thought about creating your own 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. 🙂