8 Creative Ways To Decorate Your First Apartment For Thanksgiving

For your first Thanksgiving living in your own place, you probably want to impress the heck out of all of your guests. Even if you have to fake it until you make it, you'll want to give off the illusion that you have the adulting game down pat. Stores get filled up with Halloween and Christmas decorations quickly, but Thanksgiving tends to get lost in the mix. Don't let the lack of decor in stores stop you from having an apartment that even Martha Stewart would be proud of. If you're unsure of how to decorate your apartment for Thanksgiving, we have you covered with some fun DIY ideas.

I'm not talking about those paper turkeys you made back in elementary school, people. We're in the big leagues now. You can totally spice up your place with some very cool decorations that are right on theme with these eight DIY tutorials. They're all easy and cheap, so you don't have to be wasting too much time on them, and they won't break the bank.

When all of your friends come over for Friendsgiving this year, they'll be beyond impressed that your place is looking festive AF in the name of this special time of year. It's the season for giving thanks, so grab another slice of pumpkin pie, because you should be thanking yourself for having a bomb apartment all to yourself that's totally worthy of hosting Thanksgiving festivities.

A "Give Thanks" Banner
Dani Lauren on YouTube

This banner is super cute for your mantle, if you have one. If you don't, it will look lovely hanging on your front door welcoming all of your friends inside.

The burlap fishtail banner featured in this tutorial can be found at Michaels, and all you'll need to do is paint on whatever you want it to say. It can be "Give Thanks" or "Thanksgiving." Decisions, decisions.

Wooden Coasters
Hermione Chantal on YouTube

These festive gems will look great on your Thanksgiving dinner table. You'll need to think of a few witty autumnal phrases to write on the wooden coasters, which you can also find at Michaels. They can be used as classy ornaments for your Christmas tree as well if you poke holes in them.

A Thanksgiving Menu Board
Amanda Nicole DIY on YouTube

This is a super cute craft if you're the one who's hosting your Friendsgiving this year. Making a Thanksgiving dinner menu board so everyone knows what they'll be feasting on is always a good idea. You could even whip up some fun fall drinks and add those to the menu board as well.

A Thankful Jar
Sophia Pruett on YouTube

All of your guests can join in on the fun with this craft. Having a thankful jar as the centerpiece of your table is truly such an adorable idea, and it will remind you that this time of year is all about remembering what you're grateful to have in your life.

You can actually make personalized jars for your friends and place them at each place setting. Have everyone write down several things they're most thankful for, and go around the table and share. You can find a set of mason jars and a package of craft sticks at Target, or most likely any local craft store.

Fall-Inspired Candle
Veronica M on YouTube

All of the DIY supplies in this video were only $1, so this craft is a great option for any budget. I love lighting candles this time of year, and this decorative autumn candle is truly my favorite tutorial on this list. You can even go for a fall-scent with a pumpkin pie candle.

Pumpkin Floral Arrangement
CheapCraftyGirl on YouTube

A floral arrangement is a great centerpiece for any Thanksgiving table. This video also shows you how to make a cheap floral arrangement with items that are sold at a local dollar store. If all of the pumpkin decorations have been snagged at the store because Halloween is behind us, you can easily find a plastic craft pumpkin online.

A Fall Wreath
TiffyQuake on YouTube

A wreath is always a perfect item to hang on your front door. It gives a preview to your guests of what Thanksgiving magic lives inside your apartment. This DIY fall wreath is super easy to make, and you can find the large pom poms you'll need on Etsy.

An Adorable Pine Cone Turkey
Nastazsa on YouTube

You'll most likely never outgrow a cute pine cone turkey for Thanksgiving. It's essential to have the mascot of the holiday represented somewhere in your decor, and you can find a bag of pine cones on Etsy. Any leftover pine cones you have can always be put into a festive orange or red bowl for another easy Thanksgiving decoration.