35+ Upcycling Ideas with a Thanksgiving Aesthetic

35+ Upcycling Ideas with a Thanksgiving Aesthetic

Even though I’ve assembled collections of upcycled Fall Decor projects in the past, I realized that I hadn’t done one for Thanksgiving ideas. Sure, there’s a lot of overlap, what with pumpkins and fall leaves. But getting that Thanksgiving aesthetic often means the inclusion of other symbols- turkeys, cornucopias, etc. So, I decided that another round-up of upcycling ideas was warranted! The truth is, I haven’t done many Thanksgiving-specific projects for my own blog! I did, however, make this tray and sign from a thrifted bamboo tray

DIY Thanksgiving decor from a bamboo serving tray

And this DIY place card that looks like a pilgrim hat…from the light fixture section at Habitat ReStore!

pilgrim hat craft from a light baffle

Of course, there are LOTS of Thanksgiving craft ideas that are geared towards kids. You know what I mean…tracing a hand and turning it into a turkey. Or folding black construction paper into a pilgrim hat.

But, of course, I prefer upcycling projects that can be used around the home in a tasteful way. Or perhaps, in the case of this upcycled wreath, on the front door during Thanksgiving season!

thanksgiving door decor from thrift store finds

And these acorns, made from tweed sport coats, would also work for your Thanksgiving aesthetic. So, maybe I’ve done more projects for Turkey Day than I give myself credit for!

acorn decorations from tweed jackets

Either way, there are plenty of upcycling ideas for Thanksgiving out there. You could even say…a HORN of plenty of ideas. Wink, wink. 

fabric pumpkins in crafting with flannel

So, I’ve scoured the blogosphere in search of projects that you can create before the holiday arrives. 

Upcycling Ideas with a Thanksgiving Aesthetic

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Well, what do you think? Did you find some inspiration in the collection? I’d love to hear about your favorites and which ones you may recreate at home!

DIY Thanksgiving decor with vintage and thrifted items

I’m curious if you’ll be upcycling things for your mantel, your table, or perhaps your front door!

Leather arrow quiver as a harvest wreath

Either way, there are loads of ideas here for November crafts. Which is important, because I think a lot of us focus on Christmas so much that Thanksgiving sometimes gets lost in the chaos. But I’m here to remind you of how many fantastic upcycling ideas for Thanksgiving there are out there!

painted over corn bowls that now look like indian corn decorations for thanksgiving

And in the spirit of the holiday, I hope you’ll indulge me as I share what I’m grateful for. Certainly for my health, which I’ve held onto these past couple of years when so many of us haven’t. For my husband, family, and closest friends…

felted pumpkins

And for all of you that have read and continue reading my blog. I hope it brings you joy and inspiration, or a friendly “hello” in your inbox every now and again. I know I haven’t been posting new projects as I have in the past, but I’m so grateful that you’re still with me on this creative journey.

Vintage Thanksgiving postcards and turkeys

Happy Thanksgiving and Craft On!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Edie Wendland says

    Such great things you make. Am always amazed of how your mind sees things out of “nothing”.

  2. Rebecca Payne says

    So many great ideas. Than you!

  3. penney helms says

    I am in absolute love with the button corn. It is so realistic. Thank you! Of all the upcycles I see online, yours are always the best looking and reasonable to make. Wishing you a great fall!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you, Penney! Isn’t that one just the coolest? Alas, not my idea or project- but some of these ideas are mine!

  4. Great bunch of projects Sarah! LOVE your aqua truck filled with pumpkins. My dream one day is to have an aqua Chevy of my very own 🙂 Thanks so much for including my Gather sign in your round-up; it’s much appreciated. Happy [early] Thanksgiving!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      You and me, both, Diana! Happy (nearly) November to you- and I hope a few click-throughs came your way!

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