Thanksgiving ornament wreath from Halloween ‘leftovers’ — put a little turkey on it

Thanksgiving wreathWhen planning to make my three spooktacular Halloween ornament wreaths, I bought enough goodies to ensure some extras since constructing these decorative wreaths is easier when you have oodles of its and bits to choose from. I’ve always been a member of the clean plate club — waste not, want not, right? — so I found a way to use all the non-ghoulish ‘leftovers’ from Halloween to make this charming Thanksgiving wreath. 

Thanksgiving wreathI used every last leftover ornament, gourd and leaf to get this wreath covered, just barely having enough to get this wreath covered. Pam has annointed me a princess in the kingdom of the high-heat glue gun!

Thanksgiving wreathThe only addition not part of my original Halloween wreath goodies is this little turkey, which was in a box with my non Christmas holiday decor. I’ve had this little turkey for probably 15 years. Mom and I picked him up at a craft store, and he has been a humorous addition to the Thanksgiving table decor — at Mom’s house and then mine — ever since then. I think he likes his new home!

Let’s see, now we have Christmas wreaths — [ from vintage ornaments… from new ornaments… EZ-wreaths… and even corsage wreaths], Halloween wreaths, Thanksgiving wreaths — what’s next?

  1. Carolyn says:

    Space and $ constraints can be an issue – can I throw out a challenge for 2016 (we can take advantage of wreaths at clearance prices!) to come up with (arbitrary quantity of 4 – 6?) wreaths that have a basic color that, with a few changeouts, can take us through the year?
    A green base takes care of Christmas, St. Pat’s, June and August (gardens)…? The garden stuff could go on Oct/Nov harvest so theoretically the wreath and its components can be re-used/recycled.
    Yea? Nay?

    1. Annie says:


      I’ve found that our local thrift stores are are a great resource for wreath bases. This is perhaps a case of overstating the obvious, but if one is willing to remake the thrift finds, there is no need to shop the Big Boxes. Of course, size matters.

      Invest in a few wreath bases in of your choice of diameter from the other

  2. Annie says:

    Turkey and dressing. Love your inspiring use of leftovers, Kate. The “gravy” on this adorable craft project is that the little bird has family history. Thank you for another smile.

    Crafters, lock and load those hot glue guns. Get gluing. Kate shows us how, once again. Thanks, Princess K., for warming us up to some great ideas.

  3. Mary Elizabeth says:

    Kate, you really do take the cake, using up all the leftover bits from this project! I am imagining your lovely empty plastic box with nothing in it but a stray feather and bits of glitter! Ready to fill with new projects!

    For an even safer candle centerpiece, we use an electric pillar candle with flickers. That’s because no matter how we try to discourage them, cats are likely to jump on the table and bat at lit candles.

  4. Mr Kim says:

    That’s a very good idea! We don’t celebrate either Halloween or Thanksgiving here, but this technique can be adapted to virtually any celebration which requires some specific decoration.
    And, it could also be used for a centrepiece. If you lay the wreath on the middle of the table with three or four big candles inside, it just becomes a gorgeus centrepiece. Matchy-matchy lovers could coordinate one for the wall and one for the table (double fun).
    Moreover, crafty lovers could even come up with a nice design for a Very Merry Unbirthday, to have around just for the sake of decoration. Or what about, making four of them one for each season? 🙂

      1. Rick S says:

        I have used wreaths on the table like that for years. There are usually many left over on 75-90% off clearance.
        With a pillar candle in a glass jar or hurricane holder it is safer to light.
        Pam’s vintage ornament wreaths would glow with candles lit. 🙂

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