Each year, I look forward to gathering with our family for Thanksgiving. This year was a bit up in the air and things were planned just last week, so everything is sort of rush, rush. My husband’s aunt requested that someone bring decorations for the clubhouse that she rents out to host our gathering, so I said that I would see what I could find. Of course, just days before Thanksgiving, nothing was to be found except for Christmas decor filling up practically every aisle in every store. So I had to improvise and work a little crafty magic and I thought I’d share this easy last minute DIY Thanksgiving decor idea with you too, you know, just in case you’re in a last minute jam for decor too!
I actually got this idea from my mother in law. She was always the person who decorated the place for Thanksgiving and one year she did jars or candle holders with popcorn seeds in them. I couldn’t remember exactly what she did, but thought mason jars with ribbon around them, popcorn seeds inside and a flame-less candle on top would probably be pretty, so I grabbed the supplies and got to work.
Easy Last Minute DIY Thanksgiving Decor
- Mason jars
- Popcorn seeds
- Tealight candles (I used flame-less)
- Glue dots
Step 1. Trim your ribbon.
For the 1/4 inch ribbon, I layered the two colors, one on top o the other. You’ll want to cute both pieces the same length, about 12 inches long, but it will depend on the size of your jar. You want the ribbon to hang down after you tie it.
For the wider ribbon, I trimmed it about 8 inches, but it will depend on the size of your jar.
Step 2. Attach the ribbon
If you’re using 1/4 inch ribbon, stack the two pieces and secure in the middle with a glue dot. Line the middle of the ribbon against the lip of the mason jar and secure with a glue dot. Wrap the ribbon around the jar, making sure it’s lined up on the lip of the jar and secure each end with another glue dot. Then tie the ribbon in a knot, arrange the ribbon hanging down and trim if desired.
For the wider ribbon, line one end up right under the lip of the jar and secure with a glue dot. Wrap the ribbon halfway around the jar and secure with another glue dot. Finish wrapping around the jar, secure with another glue dot right before the ends meet, then trim the ribbon so that it overlaps the other side by just about 1/4 inch and secure it to the other with a glue dot.
They’ll look something like this when you are finished.
Step 3. Fill with popcorn seeds, leaving about 2 inches between the seeds and top of jar.
Step 4. Place candle inside the jar and place more popcorn seeds around it, to help secure it in place.
Display these wherever you want through the house. You could set one on an end table or even make different size jars and make one big centerpiece. The possibilities are really endless!