DIY Thanksgiving Table Runner

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Thanksgiving is one of the most important meals of the year and if you’re like me you start preparing weeks in advance to ensure that it’s special for your family. This year I decided to make a DIY Thanksgiving Table Runner as a base for a pretty fall themed design. Recreate the whole idea or just pull a few of your favorites for your own holiday table!

rachel hollis

Use some craft paint, our free printables below and a roll of butcher paper to create this simple and sweet DIY Thanksgiving Table Runner. Make your runner days in advance so you don’t have to stress about it on the day of. 

sur la table placesetting

My style is always a mix and match of nice pieces I’ve collected over time and affordable pieces I’ve had forever. You can use the example above if you’re setting a formal pacesetting for each guest. The charger, plates, napkin, napkin ring and gorgeous gold silverware are all from Sur La Table. Everything else is less expensive and totally achievable no matter who you are or what your skill level is!

thanksgiving table display

If you don’t have a big hostess budget I suggest you make it a goal to buy one nice piece each thanksgiving (like the pumpkin soup tureen or new stemware). Each year your tableware will grow and you’ll have the memory of when you added each piece.

pumpkin centerpiece

Often times the food itself serves as the centerpiece on Thanksgiving but don’t hesitate to add some mini pumpkins, gourds, or even leaves and branches from your yard to add to the texture and color on the table.

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28 Responses to “DIY Thanksgiving Table Runner”

  1. Christina Boyd

    Stuffing!! My husband does almost ALL of the Thanksgiving cooking and that is my favorite thing he makes.

  2. rana durham

    I love dressing my favorite because it’s my grandmother recipe. So I enjoy making it because brings back memories

  3. Jessica Lamoreau

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is green bean casserole. It just reminds me of all the times I’ve had with my family.

  4. Holly E

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is sweet potato souffle with extra cinnamon and marshmallows on top.

  5. Angela

    I love this site. Almost missed the party but will be checking my FB newsfeed to catch up! 🙂

  6. Tiffani p

    My favorite side by far is green bean casserole! Feels like a vegetable, know what i mean!?

  7. Julie Titus

    My favorite side is a toss up between green bean casserole (which is funny because I don’t like green beans) and sweet potatoes

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