With less than a week to Thanksgiving, I am starting to get a little frantic. Making sure all our recipes are nailed down, finalizing any decorating, cleaning the house and prepping for guests! I absolutely love hosting and I’m so excited for Thanksgiving and all the love (+ good food) it brings. This year I decorated our dining room with an easy Thanksgiving tablescape complete with beautiful magnolias and fresh orange slices for a fun, beautiful and easy DIY Magnolia Garland.
We recently completed our dining room (see the full post here!) and I was so excited to decorate it for Thanksgiving. Although I break out Christmas decorations very early, our dining room always stays decorated for Thanksgiving until the weekend after. I wanted to play homage to the wood accents in our dining room, keeping our easy Thanksgiving tablescape both elegant yet simple with a touch of modern. I was immediately drawn to magnolia as it was our wedding flower and we very recently celebrated our third wedding anniversary! This DIY Magnolia garland was the perfect statement piece for Thanksgiving Day!
This DIY Magnolia garland is so easy! The hack is that it’s only half DIY. You start with a store bought magnolia garland, add in some dried orange slices, candles and whatever other accents. It’s quick, beautiful and sure to be the perfect conversation piece + it’s very affordable!
I purchased my garland from Target but I saw that Walmart also has one that’s cheaper. I love starting with a faux garland base as it helps shape the tablescape. Next I used these large Gold Globes intertwined between the snake shape of the faux garland. My globes are a couple years old from Target but these have a very similar look! Once I was happy with the placement of my globes and my garland, I took real magnolia leaves and filled the gaps of the faux garland. I wanted something very full and realistic looking, but it was also pretty without this step. Finally, I topped the DIY Magnolia Garland by placing dried orange slices throughout the arrangement!
To make the dried orange slices:
- Grab a bag of navel oranges
- Preheat over to 200 degrees F
- Very thinly slice the oranges and place on a cookie sheet
- Bake for 2 hours, until hardened and no longer juicy. Let sit for at least 30 minutes and then use as you wish.
What do you think of my DIY Magnolia Garland and easy Thanksgiving Tablescape?! I always debate if I like to set my plates out beforehand or let the centerpiece be the start of the show. This year I kept it simple. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments!