You can create a welcoming entrance to your home for Thanksgiving quite easily by using the bounty of your lawn and garden for decorating. As the seasonal color scheme changes with the advent of fall, you will find that your landscape provides you with a wealth of ideas and color to include in decorating your doorsteps, front porch, walkway or driveway to welcome guests as they arrive for holiday get-togethers.

If you happen to have grapevines in your garden, you can harvest these and, while they are pliable, weave them into shapes for wreaths. Simply twist the vines into the desired shape; add a few twist ties or pieces of florist wire to secure the vines if needed. Circular or oval wreaths are the easiest shapes to create, but you can get as creative as you wish. While weaving grapevines, you might want to create one or more to use as a candle ring or to decorate the base of a Thanksgiving centerpiece. If you do not have grapevines, you can purchase pre-made wreaths easily.

Using Colorful Leaves

Shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday, harvest some colorful leaves from your landscape to decorate your wreaths. Use a selection of various shapes and colors and simply hot glue or wire them into position on your grapevine wreath. Add a colorful bow, either purchased or one you tie yourself, to the wreath and hang on the front door or porch railing.

If you saved dried straw flowers from summertime gardening, you can add these to your wreath for another beautiful addition. These can also be used to create garlands along a porch railing, enhance greenery displays, and to include in your indoor Thanksgiving decorating.

Potted chrysanthemums in appropriately-sized pots can be used to place on each side of the front door or along the driveway or walkway. These beautiful flowering plants are available in an array of colors so choose some which compliment your Thanksgiving decorating color palette. Yellow, orange, and even maroon bring fall's colors into your welcoming entranceway.

Boughs of holly with its red berries can be draped along the porch or stair railing. You could also add boughs along window sills. Another great choice for draping greenery along the front walkway is asparagus fern. This hardy greenery holds up very well when cut for several days, making it perfect for the entire Thanksgiving holiday.

Pumpkins and Gourds

Pumpkins and gourds can be harvested and placed on your door steps, beside your front door, along the walkway, or as a [decoration] at the base of an outdoor post lamp. They also look wonderful when used as a border feature along your eave garden. Simply select ones that have appealing shapes and place them in the design desired. Add some colorful leaves or greenery to complete the look.

Add some of Thanksgiving's bounty outdoors for the birds to enjoy. Simply place a birdfeeder and suet racks in good locations so your outdoor friends can come to visit and delight your holiday guests.

You do not have to spend fortunate purchasing ready-made decorations for Thanksgiving. It is more fun to make them from the items grown in your own garden and landscape. This can become a family tradition and bring everyone closer together as they enjoy the bounty of nature and realize that Thanksgiving is all about being thankful to have such beauty to enjoy.

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November 18, 2006

Thanksgiving decorations from your garden

Thanksgiving DecorationsAlthough Thanksgiving has become a time to share a meal with family members and watch sporting events on television, it was originally a time to celebrate the harvest season. This meant enjoying the fruits of labor from an entire season of growing and caring for vegetable plants. Enjoying that season now might mean acquiring vegetables from a garden that has been growing all season, but it can also mean using those natural resources to make your home and lawn more festive during the Thanksgiving holiday.

One of the most popular and well-known ways to decorate for Thanksgiving from your garden is to spend the summer and early fall months planting and growing vine vegetables like pumpkins, gourds or squash. There are a variety of different sizes of pumpkins, from large vine pumpkins to mini pumpkins, as well as bush and semi-bush varieties.

In order for Thanksgiving pumpkins, gourds and squash to make it to harvest right before the November holiday, gardeners should wait to plant them until the end of June or the beginning of July. Pumpkins, squash and gourds are great in combination for displays on the lawn, front steps, or surrounding the driveway, as well as in the house on counters, coffee tables or as a centerpiece.

Decorating with Cornstalks

Another great way to make [Thanksgiving decorations] from your garden is to use cornstalks that would otherwise be chopped down. The brown cornstalks are a reminder of the reason for Thanksgiving and are also a great way to decorate a lamppost or post that supports an awning in the front yard. These can easily be tied with twine that was used earlier in the season for staking tomatoes. Keep in mind that if you want to consider using cornstalks for your Thanksgiving display, you should leave them in the ground as long as possible. This will slow down the decomposing process.

Depending on your climate zone, you may be able to use actual corn as part of your Thanksgiving display. Of course the tradition is to display Indian corn, but any type of corn husks you still have remaining in your garden will work. Corn husks work well displayed in combination with gourds or pumpkins or even in a cornucopia.

While vegetables usually dominate the Thanksgiving decorations in many homes, fruit was actually an important part of the original harvest season as well. If you are a gardener who has an orchard or grows fruit plants, display these during the Thanksgiving season as well. Fruit works great in a cornucopia or also in a simple fruit bowl on the counter. It can also be placed on a hay stack in the garden outside of the house in replacement of annuals that have died. Excellent fruit choices are grapes, apples, oranges, or even pears. Remember that fruit decomposes more quickly than vegetables so should only be placed out for decoration a short time before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Put those tree leaves to use

Although leaves don’t come from your garden, they are a fall gardening item that will need to be picked up and removed from the yard and from the garden beds during the fall months. So, why not use these beautiful fall colored leaves to display as Thanksgiving decoration?

They can be gathered up to place on top of a hay stack or around a lamp post that has a cornstalk tied to it. Fall colored leaves also work great for indoor Thanksgiving displays, although leaves will begin to decompose more quickly with the warm indoor temperatures. If you want to keep fall leaves indoors for longer, try pressing them in wax paper and cutting around the edges of the leaf. From here they can be placed on counter tops, hung on the walls or even used in Thanksgiving craft projects.

There are endless natural ways to add color and life to your Thanksgiving decorations. The beauty of the Thanksgiving holiday is to enjoy the harvest season, and nothing goes better with that than decorations from our natural surroundings.

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November 1, 2006

Thanksgiving Lawn and Garden Decorations

Thanksgiving garden decorationsBy the time the Thanksgiving holiday has arrived most gardeners have hung up their tools, cut back perennials, removed annuals and already planted new bulbs for the following spring. This does not mean your lawn and garden has to be dull and drab for the Thanksgiving holiday, though. There are lots of festive ways to spruce up your landscape with Thanksgiving lawn and garden decorations.

The beauty of Thanksgiving decorations is that they encompass the feel of the entire fall season, so can be put out as early as October, when most flowers and flowering plants begin to lose their beauty. Many Thanksgiving lawn and garden decorations can also be incorporated with Halloween decorations, although the scary Halloween decorations will have to be removed after the trick-or-treat night is over.

Reuse decorations for the Holidays

Many lawn and garden decorations that can double as both Halloween and [Thanksgiving decorations] include pumpkins, gourds, stacks of hay, cornstalks and leaves. Of course one of the main problems with sharing natural decorations between Halloween and Thanksgiving is getting them to not begin decomposing before the Thanksgiving holiday. With this in mind, if you plan on sharing lawn and garden decorations for the two holidays, you may want to wait until the last minute to decorate for Halloween.

Another great element to add to your Thanksgiving lawn and garden is fruit, possibly in a cornucopia display. Although many Thanksgiving lawn displays focus on the vegetable aspects of the harvest season, usually with pumpkins, gourds and cornstalks, fruit was also an important part of the original Thanksgiving harvest. Keep in mind that fruit decomposes fairly quickly, although it may hold for longer in November if you are living in a cold climate zone. Instead of using real fruit, you may want to consider heading to a craft store and looking for fake fruit.

Visit a nearby craft store

While you are at the craft store, you can pick up items to make a wreath or a series of wreaths for the front door, for above the garage door or even for the back deck. Working on a wreath is an excellent way to get the kids excited about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Items you may want to consider placing on a fall Thanksgiving wreath include fake cranberries, fall colored ribbon, fake fall leaves, small fake pumpkins, pinecones, flowers and even Indian corn. Although you can use real fruits and vegetables to make a wreath, using fake items will allow you to reuse the wreath in your Thanksgiving lawn and garden decorations for years to come.

A very simple way to add to the spirit of your Thanksgiving lawn and garden decorations is through a flag stake or stand. These can go anywhere in the yard, but are most often displayed by the mailbox or by the front steps or entryway. A Thanksgiving flag and a basic iron stand can be purchased at most craft stores or supermarkets. The best part about purchasing a flag stand is that it doesn’t just work as a Thanksgiving lawn decoration but can be replaced with other holiday flags and can be used year round.

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