Use natural items to decorate the house and table for the thanksgiving holiday.

It lends a rustic look to the decor, which is perfect for the holiday. Those that have their own gardens with the harvest coming in are very lucky. They will have all the right greenery, or drying greenery, that they need to decorate. Good things to use to decorate are cornstalks, pumpkins, gourds, squash, drying vines, onion and garlic braids, dried flowers and any fruits and vegetables from the garden. Make your home a harvest show place by decorating with the bounty of the garden.

A Basket Filled With Bounty

Take a wicker basket and fill it with fresh vegetables and fruits. Insert some fall colored silk flowers and autumn leaves and tie a big orange or brown bow to the handle. If you plan on decorating for the entire season, just use fake fruit and vegetables and keep it for years to come. If you don’t want to use a basket, use a grape vine or wicker cornucopia with the vegetables and fruits spilling out over a layer of autumn leaves.

Pumpkin Decorations

Pumpkins will last safely about three to four days in warm temperatures before they start to rot and smell funny. Either purchase or pick pumpkins right before thanksgiving or keep them in a very cool place until ready to decorate. Give the pumpkins a bath in water with a cap-full of bleach added to extend their life a little longer but always wear a protective apron to save your clothing when you wash them. Do not place real pumpkins directly on a table or tablecloth. It is much better to place them on plates or platters so if they begin to rot, they will not damage anything. Place a line of pumpkins down the center of the table and mound up silk autumn leaves between and around them. Use pumpkin-like gourds in between and around them too.

To give the centerpiece more interest add other types of gourds. There are green, yellow, and white ones with interesting warts, and don’t forget the gourds that have crook necks and are green at one end and orange on the other.

Rustic Onion or Garlic Braid Table Decoration

Those that grow full onions in their garden know that when you pull them, they still have the long green onion top that has started to dry on them. When you pull the onions, leave the tops on and to cure and braid several handfuls into a pretty braid that includes the onions. Do the same with garlic instead. Place some wax paper or plastic wrap on the table where the decoration will be placed. Cover the plastic with some dried wheat, straw, or autumn leaves and put the braids on top. You can decorate further by inserting dried flowers and herbs like lavender, thyme, sage, straw flowers or statice.

Grapevine Wreath Decoration

Grapevine wreaths are easy to find in craft stores. Use one flat on the table and set a candle in the middle. Grapevines can be rather abrasive, so place a autumn-inspired place mat under it to prevent table scratches and always put the candle on a plate or flat candle holder. Decorate the grapevine wreath with dried herbs and flowers.

Potted Plant Decoration

Some may enjoy having some pretty living plants on the table for the Thanksgiving feast. Just take some of the herbs you were growing in the garden and transplant some of them in pretty Terra cotta pots that have a Terra cotta saucer under them. Terra cotta is also abrasive so either put a square of felt under each pot or use the place mat to keep the table safe. Re-pot sage, thyme, lavender, rosemary and other herbs and place them on the table as a center piece. You can even hollow out one of your real pumpkins and place the pot right inside so it looks like the plants are growing inside the pumpkin.

Use natural things from outdoors and the garden to decorate your Thanksgiving table for a more rustic look. The pilgrims and Indians ate outside on plank tables and benches. Even the most elegant living room can look great with these rustic decorations to bring back the spirit of the first Thanksgiving.