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Rustic Thanksgiving Vignette

Create a rustic Thanksgiving vignette using thrifted finds and items from nature.

I’m happy to have teamed up with Corey of Tiny Sidekick and Jamie from So Much Better with Age, to bring you 3 Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas!

Rustic Thanksgiving Vignette

I put together a rustic Thanksgiving vignette and created a “Give Thanks” Banner out of extra wood slices we had lying around from our save the date project.

Everything  I used we already had on hand, aside from the tiger pumpkins, squash, and dried wheat {purchased at Publix}. Eric picked up some pine cones while out taking our dog, Bailey, for a walk. Overall, I spent about $10 putting this together. In fact, a lot of the items were used at our wedding reception a couple weeks ago 🙂

Create a rustic Thanksgiving vignette using thrifted finds and items from nature.

Although I think the word “give” would have looked better on larger wood slices, I wanted to use what I already had on hand.

The Evolution of my Thanksgiving Vignette:

I originally planned to use twine for the “Give Thanks” banner, but sadly my twine was still packed away in a random wedding box and I couldn’t find it anywhere! I somehow managed to come across a random piece, which I used for the “thanks” banner, but wound up using some wire for “give”.

After several failed attempts at drawing a pumpkin or turkey on my chalkboard, I decided to go with our monogram instead.

Create a rustic Thanksgiving vignette using thrifted finds and items from nature.

I really liked the way the first vignette turned out, but I later decided to attempt drawing a pumpkin on the chalkboard once again. If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen this:

Create a rustic Thanksgiving vignette using thrifted finds and items from nature.

It sorta looks like a pumpkin mixed with a garlic or onion, haha. I’ll just tell myself it’s because my model was a mini pumpkin, lol.  I thought it was okay, but that pumpkin drawing made it feel a little too….pumpkin-y.

Create a rustic Thanksgiving vignette using thrifted finds and items from nature. So this time I decided to skip the freehand drawing and go with the transfer technique I did here. I basically printed out a silhouette of a turkey, rubbed chalk all over the back of the piece of paper, then turned the paper back over, placed it on the chalkboard and traced over it with a color pencil.

There was only one problem. My turkey looked like it was missing its head when I looked straight at it. May be a little more literal than what I was going for. Oops.

Create a rustic Thanksgiving vignette using thrifted finds and items from nature.

Although it was okay from the side view:

Create a rustic Thanksgiving vignette using thrifted finds and items from nature.

That’s when my sister-in-law told me to reverse the turkey. DUH, why didn’t I think of that? Haha. So I reversed the turkey silhouette and did my image transfer onto the chalkboard one more time. So here is my 4th, and final Rustic Thanksgiving vignette!

Create a rustic Thanksgiving vignette using thrifted finds and items from nature.

Create a rustic Thanksgiving vignette using thrifted finds and items from nature.

 I just love that turkey, don’t you? It definitely gives it more of a Thanksgiving vibe.

So what do you think?

Don’t forget to check out these additional Thanksgiving decorating ideas:Create a rustic Thanksgiving vignette using thrifted finds and items from nature.

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33 Comments
  • I love what you did, using the wheel as a backdrop to the “give thanks” banner. It’s simple, homey and just nice.

    November 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm
  • Love your turkey chalkboard art! You did a really good job. Persistence paid off. 😉

    November 7, 2013 at 12:53 pm
  • Aww, I love it! 🙂

    November 8, 2013 at 2:35 am
  • Just lovely!So inspired to do something for my mantal for Thanksgiving.

    November 8, 2013 at 8:53 am
  • Very nice! Everything looks great! Love the turkey.

    November 8, 2013 at 10:18 am
    • Thanks for stopping by to check it out Erin. I am definitely a fan of the turkey too 🙂

      November 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm
  • Jenn @ We Do Fun Here
    Reply

    I love this, the turkey is amazing! Thanks for sharing & pinning 🙂

    ~ Jenn

    November 8, 2013 at 4:43 pm
    • Thanks Jenn! Once I realized my freehand drawn turkey wasn’t going to cut it, I remembered the chalkboard transfer technique which made it sooooooo much easier! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      November 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm
  • WOW! I love your chalkboard turkey! It is SOOO cute… I don’t think the pumpkin was too bad :o) Really nice display.. pinned! Emily

    November 8, 2013 at 6:50 pm
    • Thank you Emily, especially for your kind words about that wanna be pumpkin, lol 🙂

      November 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm
  • Carmen H
    Reply

    The vignette is lovely. I laughed out loud about the headless turkey! That was so funny. Thank goodness for your sister-in -law. Is this the first time you write her title in your blog? Congratulations again on your wonderful wedding! Blessings, Carmen

    November 10, 2013 at 9:21 pm
    • Well I have referenced her as my “future” sister-in law in previous posts, lol. She’s quite crafty and we have similar tastes, so it’s too bad she lives all the way in Pennsylvania 🙁

      November 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm
  • oh how lovely is that vignette! exactly my style too! Thanks for sharing! I invite you to participate in our link party http://www.thefamilyfunspot.com/2013/11/bloggers-unidas-1.html hope to see you there! Have a great day!

    November 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm
  • Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous 🙂 If you have a minute, stop by and share at my new link party, Everyday Vintage. Your style is the perfect fit. Would love to see you there!

    http://heleneslegacy.blogspot.com/2013/11/everyday-vintage-link-party.html

    Lisa @ Helene’s Legacy

    November 15, 2013 at 11:36 am
    • Thanks Lisa! I’m all linked up and look forward to following you blog 🙂

      November 16, 2013 at 12:36 pm
  • Gorgeous vignette! I’m trying to improve my chalkboard skills, but I’m having problems getting the details to look nice (like yours!). Do you use regular chalk?

    November 15, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    • Hi Ginnie! Yup, I used regular chalk but sharpened it up real nice before hand. When I filled in the turkey I sorta smudged the chalk a bit with my finger to make it look a little softer 🙂

      November 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm
  • Hi Katie, I love this post and the vignette, and adore your turkey chalkboard. I’ll be featuring this on this week’s Be Inspired. Thanks so much for joining in for the party!

    November 20, 2013 at 11:34 am
  • Love this! Pinning for next year! Thanks for sharing at the party @DearCreatives Theresa

    November 20, 2013 at 10:26 pm
    • That’s awesome! Thank you so much for hosting the party 🙂 Have a great weekend!

      November 22, 2013 at 10:36 pm
  • so so pretty as always katie!! featuring you tonight and sharing on FB!

    November 21, 2013 at 10:38 am
  • Hi, hopped over from Common Ground. I love your chalkboard art! Everything looks just wonderful! I have a link party, Share Your Cup Thursday. It’s all about sharing the things in life that make you happy. I’d love if you shared some time!
    hugs,
    Jann

    November 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm
    • Hi Jann, I’m going to head over there now to check it out and link up. Thanks for the invite 🙂
      ~Katie

      November 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm
  • I love the turkey! The whole vignette is just lovely!

    November 22, 2013 at 12:40 am
    • Thank you Jeanette, the turkey is definitely my favorite 🙂

      November 22, 2013 at 10:39 pm
  • HI!
    I just wanted to say that I love your little vignette! It’s very sweet and perfect for the holiday. I love that you included a simple chalkboard design in the whole scene, it just adds such a nice element. I included your post in my collection of Thanksgiving chalkboards. I hope you can take the time to check out the post. Thanks for the inspiration!
    http://www.domestic360life.com/blog/diy-3/thanksgiving-chalkboards/

    November 15, 2014 at 10:49 pm

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