D.I.Y. Thanksgiving Decoration

Here at JQ Paint, we love this time of year. It’s an especially beautiful season with vibrant colors and enticing scents (most importantly- the return of pumpkin spice lattes!) Reflecting about what makes us thankful, surrounding ourselves with family and celebrating with friends leaves us with the warm and fuzzies. With our festive juices flowing, we decided to tackle our own Thanksgiving centerpiece this year. From pumpkins to candles, to flowers and autumn leaves, there are so many natural elements you can incorporate to make unforgettable fall table centerpieces.

First step is to do a materials check. Most items can be purchased at Home Depot (if you don’t already have that in the house). The decorative pieces can be found at any craft store (this is the time you can get really creative and make it your own!)

Home Depot Shopping List:

  • Select pine wood – have them cut for you to these specifications (Home Depot will cut it for you):
    • Two 5.5 inch pieces of 1 x 4 poplar wood boards (ends)
    • Two 31.5 inch pieces of 1 x 4 poplar wood boards (sides)
    • 30 inches of 1 x 6 a pine wood boards (base)
  • Wood Glue
  • 8-10 Nails/Screws
  • Minwax wood filler (we suggest using a water based stain to mitigate the unpleasant odor of oil based!)
  • 220 grit sand paper
  • Water based stain in color of your choosing (we used….Dark Walnut)
  • Minwax wipe on polyurethane finish

Michaels/Hobby Lobby/ Craft Store Shopping list

  • 3 led candles
  • Small decor pumpkins
  • Spanish moss
  • Berry garland

Time to Get Dirty…

  1. Start with the end pieces and the base by attaching the end pieces to the ends of the base (Be sure that they are flush with the base). Add some wood glue to each piece and secure with a few nails/screws on all joints to fasten together.
  2. Grab the side pieces and attach to the sides of the base and the end pieces with some glue first and then secure with a few nails/screws on remaining joints to fasten together.



     3. Fill nail/ screw holes with the Minwax wood filler and let it dry.

     4. Sand down any excess wood filler and your box to smooth out any rough edges or spots.



     5. Now you are ready to add the paint or stain!  If you chose a darker color, you may need to add a few coats.


     6. Once you’ve achieved the desired color it’s time to seal it in. Grab the Minwax wipe on polyurethane finish and go to town.

     7. Leave the box to set overnight.

     8. The next morning the box should be ready to decorate! We added some spanish moss to the bottom of the box and put in             the pine cones, berry garland and pumpkins (Other decor options are winter/fall squash, multi-colored leaves and acorns-           the options are endless).

DIY Thanksgiving box 4


Now you have a festive centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table! The box is really a multi-functional piece that can live beyond the holidays- you can just change up the decor on the inside!

Are you going to try to DIY your Thanksgiving Centerpiece?  If you do, share them on Instagram and be sure to tag us @jqpaint1. We can’t wait to see your creations!

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