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Acorns, Corks and Sticks

Setting a Natural Thanksgiving Table

Sometimes you don’t have to look very far or even leave your house to add that “little extra” to your dining table.

I thought about spray painting these acorns, but how could I…with those beautiful natural colors.

Save your corks, there’s so many things you can do with them.

You can always find a downed limb in our yard.  I just broke these randomly, you can use a handsaw or shears, if want a clean edge.

My ingredients are gathered, now let’s get started.

Use hot glue to make a place card holder from two wine corks:

I cut ovals from old encyclopedia pages and chalkboard paper-yes they sell chalkboard paper.  This is from Canvas Corp. (I used my scrap-booking tools for the cuts, or you can use scissors.)

Use a sharpie and to write meaningful words, names, phrases.

If you don’t have corks you can use two twigs and hot glue.

I think the natural pieces are fitting for a Thanksgiving table.

I love the chalkboard paper it is so versatile.

Here’s another idea:  use a mini clothes pin, seed cup and pumpkin.

Now for the acorns, It doesn’t get any easier than glueing them to the end of a ribbon.  Quick and easy napkin ring.

They are fun additions to the table, especially for my family filled with nuts 🙂

To carry the acorn theme a little further, place them around your candles.

and sprinkle them around your charger.

I hope this will help, for that last minute Thanksgiving table decor. I’m sure you can find most of these in the yard or around the house.

Will you be using any natural elements on your Thanksgiving table?  I will…

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


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  1. a lot of creative ideas! I am a nature lover…but I don’t hug trees 😉

  2. Love all you ideas! Can’t believe it is around the corner!

  3. Thank you for your post, I love this time of year. Everyone is getting together to spend time catching up after the long year apart. This year is even more exciting then the years prior because my husband and I have our first child to celebrate with. I want to set up for Chirstmas now… but I have to wait till after Thanksgiving 🙂

  4. I love your use of natural elements…especially like the cork place card idea! All made pretty elements for the holiday table! I would love to have you share your ideas at my party! http://theshadyporch.blogspot.com

  5. Your Thanksgiving table using natural elements is so perfect! You had thought off and used so many wonderful elements to complete it!

    Thanks for sharing it at Potpourri Friday!

  6. I love everything about this table, it looks great!!

    New follower 🙂

  7. such cute ideas! I wish I could get acorns around here!

  8. i love it all! It looks wonderful! So clever! great ideas! Thanks!

  9. I love using natural elements on a Thanksgiving table. These are some great tips! I had no idea there was such a thing as chalkboard paper! The idea to glue acorns to the end of ribbon to create a napkin ring is genius!

  10. This really speaks to me! I love being outside and what better way to celebrate than to bring the outdoors IN! This will be on my to-do list! Coming over from WOW us Wed! Christie at three pixie lane

  11. Debbie,
    You are so creative! I love your acorn napkin rings and how you used the corks as placeholders. All of your natural elements are so lovely!

  12. Love all the natural elements for your table. I am using just a few.

  13. Everything looks so beautiful! Natural elements are my favorite supply! 🙂

  14. Great ideas! When I get home from traveling this week I plan to do some searching outside to see what I can find.

  15. I really like all of your natural table decor.
    Thanks for the ideas!

  16. Hi Debbie,

    What a beautiful natural table!
    The place cards are very unique with those corks and twigs!
    Great idea, looks lovely for your Thanksgiving table…the acorns are perfect too!
    Have a great week!
    All the Best,

  17. I love the natural look to your table! Beautiful! The acorns glued onto the ribbon for napkin rings is gorgeous! I know I will do this in the future! I did a natural thanksgiving table for our Canadian Thanksgiving this year. The link is below. It was so much fun to do it outdoors! I’m your newest follower!


  18. Beyond beautiful Debbie! I’m pretty sure I can stop my subscriptions to magazines and just come over here for inspiration and ideas! 🙂

  19. Soooo Pretty! I LOVE the acorns on the ribbon and how you used them to tie the silverware! Martina

  20. I’m working on a little acorn craft now for Christmas, but your table setting is BEAUTIFUL! I sent a little blog love your way today on my blog:)

    Have a great week,

  21. Absolutely love the seed cups! I have a stack of them in my mud room as we speak. You just gave me a light bulb moment and a new idea….this is why I love blogland so much. Thank you!

  22. Great ideas Debbie, I especially love the acorns on ribbon, so pretty!

  23. Debbie, these are fabulous ideas!!!!
    I’m going to both pin and share.
    Thank YOU!!!!!!!

  24. I love how you used all the natural elements on your table. It’s given me some ideas on using my wine corks.
    Have a blessed day.

  25. This table is so beautiful! I love all of the natural touches!

    Tiffany {Living Savvy}

  26. Love all the natural elements. Looks gorgeous! Blessings, Wanda

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