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How to Make a Thanksgiving Decor Basket

Thanksgiving Decor Basket with indian corn, mini white pumpkins and a vintage turkey candle.

Hi friends!  It’s November 1st, and that means the countdown to the holidays has begun!  With Thanksgiving just 27 days away, I’m going to start sharing some Thanksgiving ideas.  First, I’m going to show you how to make a Thanksgiving Decor Basket. Then, I’ll be sharing even more Thanksgiving inspiration from some of my blogger friends!  

This is a super easy project!  You’ll be done in just under 10 minutes.  It would look great on a coffee table, kitchen counter or entry table.  It’s a bit too large for a centerpiece, but I’ll be showing you how to make one of those too!

Thanksgiving Decor Basket supplies - Indian corn, white pumpkins, tobacco basket, turkey candle, excelsior moss & small chalkboard

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Large basket (mine is a round tobacco basket from AC Moore)
  • Indian corn (I used 7 ears in various sizes)
  • Small white pumpkins (I used 5)
  • Small chalkboard & chalk or a Thanksgiving themed sign (I found mine at Michaels)
  • Turkey (mine is a candle, but a ceramic figurine will also work)
  • Charger (optional)
  • Excelsior moss
Placing a gold charger on the bottom of a tobacco basket

Step 1.

If your basket has a lot of large holes like mine, put a charger in the bottom to help contain the moss.

Filling a round brown tobacco basket with excelsior moss

Step 2.

Fill the basket with excelsior moss.  Reserve some to fill in the bare spots later.

Placing indian corn atop excelsior moss in a round brown tobacco basket

Step 3.

Arrange the Indian corn on the right side of the basket.  It should cover about half of the basket.

Writing "thankful" on a small chalkboard by hand with white chalk

Step 4.

Write a Thanksgiving saying onto the chalkboard sign and place it towards the back of the basket.

Arranging a turkey candle inside a tobacco basket with Indian corn, excelsior moss and a chalkboard sign

Step 5.

Place the turkey on the left side of the basket.

Placing white pumpkins inside a round tobacco basket with Indian corn, a turkey candle, excelsior moss and a chalkboard sign

Step 6.

Fill in with pumpkins.

Filling the bare spots of a Thanksgiving Decor Basket with excelsior moss

Step 7.

Tuck the reserved moss into any bare spots.

Close up of a turkey candle inside a Thanksgiving Decor Basket

And that’s it!  Put your Thanksgiving Decor Basket on a table and enjoy!

Thanksgiving basket with white pumpkins, Indian corn, chalkboard sign and a turkey candle

 If you’re looking for some tablescape ideas, check out these posts:

Thanksgiving Tablescape with Blue and Orange Hues

Traditional and Colorful Thanksgiving Tablescape

Vintage Inspired Neutral Thanksgiving Tablescape

More Thanksgiving Ideas!

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece from Kippi of Kippi at Home

Three Simple Place Settings from Niky of The House on Silverado

Vintage Truck Thanksgiving Centerpiece from Jemma of At Home with Jemma

Easy Pilgrim Hat Centerpiece from Chas of Chas’ Crazy Creations

Animal Crossing Inspired Felt Fall Garland from Olivia of Olivia O’Hern

Easy Fall Centerpiece for the Dining Table from Stacy of Stacy Ling

How to Create a Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape from Cherryl of Farm Girl Reformed

Last Minute Easy Napkin Ring Ideas Thanksgiving Edition from Agnes of Just That Perfect Piece

3 Thanksgiving Centerpieces Using Plants and Fruits from Mary of Life at Bella Terra

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this post inspired you to start planning your Thanksgiving decor 🙂

All the best,


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  1. Rebecca, love the idea of putting a plate in the bottom of the basket! So simple yet I never thought of it! And that turkey candle! I remember buying those several years ago from Pottery Barn (I think)! Love the entire basket and thank you for sharing. Happy blog hopping with you!

  2. This is the perfect fall centerpiece! I love all the elements and how simple it is to put together!

    It was so fun to hop with you! I have a link party on Sundays– Sundays on Silverado– and I’d love it if you shared this there, too! 🙂

    -Niky @ The House on Silverado

  3. This is so cool Rebecca! I love how you made it and it looks so festive! I hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday season. xoxo

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