Stores sell a huge lot of Thanksgiving yard decorations, however, there are some great ornaments that you can make yourself recycling natural items. Since Thanksgiving became an official yearly holiday in 1941, people have developed a trend of decorating their houses and lawns or yards with items related to the wonderful fall and harvest season.
A lot of these decorations developed from many of the pagan European customs that celebrated the end of the year harvests while others have wholly been developed during the 20th century.
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It is common to see, on the gardens or yards of many homes, foddershocks or bundles of cornstalks placed with other Autumn symbols like pumpkins, cushaw, scarecrows and other ornaments reflecting the fall season.
This is a ornament that comes directly from one of the old European pagan customs of making a “wicker man” that is filled with offerings of the first fruits of the crops to the gods before burning it.
Another such decorations stemming from these old customs is the wreath. Generally the wreath was woven out of grapevines or thin oak limbs and ornamented with acorns, holly, raffia, small gourds and other natural items reflecting the fall season.
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With the advent of agressive commercialism during the 20th century, entrepreneurs cashed in on the idea of ornamental lights, once merely used as Christmas decorations, for the Thanksgiving holiday right along with decorative table cloth, tableware, candles, napkin rings, and hundreds of other Thanksgiving-themed things.
You can buy cute miniatures “Tom Turkey” to put on your tables and pictures of happy pilgrims and native American folks gathered around a table enjoying a “traditional” Thanksgiving dinner.
Would you decorate your door or your table with a fall wreath? You can find them by the thousands, all ready-made and decorated with pine cones, oak leaves, miniature corn, acorns, etc. They are available almost everywhere: from the flea market to farmer’s market.
Maybe you would like to keep your kids occupied during the holiday season and you would help them make make some Thanksgiving decorations.
Not only will you have some fun but you will be able to save money!
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Homemade Thanksgiving Foddershock
Making a foddershock is very easy. You get several dried corn stalks, generally left in a corn field after a harvest, and bind them in the midsection of the bundle to create some kind of ‘tepee’ shaped bunching.
Stand your foddershock up in the preferred area of garden or yard and add squash, pumpkins, gourds, around it. You can also add a scarecrow to your new Autumn decor.
Homemade Thanksgiving Scarecrow
Building a scarecrow is so simple:
- Just make a cross with two sticks that you will join firmly together.
- Put a long sleeved shirt on the sticks and a pair of jeans. Add some items like socks or a hat…
- Create a head by filling an old pillow case or cloth sack with straw, dried grass or some old rags.
- Draw a face on the head and then stick it on top of the vertical stick, tying it at the base of the sack to the stick.
- Place an old hat on it.
- To make the head of your scarecrow, use an old pillowcase or a cloth bag.
- Fill it with papers, old rags or fiberfill.
- Draw the details of the face on the fabric and then tie the “head” on the vertical stick with a strong bond.
Tip: put an old hat on top of it.
Head alternative: you may use a pumpkin for the head.