Easy Thankful Signs for your Thanksgiving Mantel

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It’s time for full~blown Thanksgiving decor. In celebration of the season, I’m sharing how to use a thankful sign for your Thanksgiving mantel.

Thanksgiving ~ or the giving of thanks ~ is the message we think about this time of year. A thankful sign for your Thanksgiving mantel provides a wonderful focal point.

As I was unpacking all the Thanksgiving boxes, I found the cutest Thanksgiving project that I made last year for our mantel. I loved it then and I still think it’s pretty cool. I’ll definitely be using it again this year.

The inspiration for this Thanksgiving mantel came during a trip through Target. The idea kept growing and expanding until it was almost complete in my head.

Then a roll of burlap ribbon got in the act and the idea for my Thanksgiving mantel grew a little more.

So I wanted to share this Thanksgiving sign with you again. Because it’s too good not to.

This post shows you just how easy it is to style a mantel for Thanksgiving.

Easy Thankful Signs for your Thanksgiving Mantel

There are two DIY projects involved in this Thanksgiving mantel, but today I’m just going to share the finished mantel.

Let’s start by showing you our Thanksgiving mantel from last year. I loved the “daily bread” scroll from last year so much I wanted to use it again.


As I mentioned, the vision for the mantel sign started at Target when I found these wood maple leaf cutouts. There were only 6 and I bought all of them.

These wood leaves are about 5 inches tall by 5 inches across and very solid. They were $5.00 each. They do stand up at an angle.

Of course, I had to use a little DIY magic to make them the focal point of my Thanksgiving mantel. But, for now, let’s look at the decorated mantel.


We’ll start above the mantel with the daily bread scroll. It got a new “topper” with a new burlap “grain~sack” bow. Here is how I made the burlap bow.


After removing everything from our fall mantel, I added the “thanks” maple leaves, two pilgrims in orange felt (from the Wisteria Outlet a few years ago.), and turkeys from our collection.

Yes, when you are short, a ladder is a must for reaching high places.

A close-up shows the “thanks” wood sign that I painted and stenciled. Since I only had 6 wood leaves, it was fortunate that “thanks” has 6 letters.

Mr. Pilgrim and one of the turkeys flank one side of the mantel.

Mrs. Pilgrim and a matching turkey flank the other side.

Notice the fall plaid colors behind the maple leaves? Those are actually napkins. I thought the mantel needed a little more color and these napkins were perfect in color and pattern. They also give a little more height to the mantel.

I put each napkin in one of my vintage terra cotta pots to hold them up.

This is a very simple Thanksgiving mantel. I do like that all the elements ~ “thanks“ wood sign, the napkins, pilgrims, and turkey ~ nicely fill the mantel with color, texture, and pattern.

It’s also a clean look.

After staring and looking, I decided that the Thanksgiving mantel need a little more height and color. I added my tall vintage wood candlesticks and battery~operated orange candles.

Thanksgiving mantel

I hope that you like my Thanksgiving mantel and especially, my sign of thanks. Please PIN it as your inspiration for a simple Thanksgiving mantel.

pin for later graphic in blue
signature with fall leaf

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    1. Carol, the diy Thanks sign came out fantastic 👏. I love the stenciled letters you added to leaves, it gives the leaves a vintage touch.

  1. I love your gorgeous mantel! And the sign is amazing! I want one – perfect for Thanksgiving! Enjoy a beautiful holiday season! xoxoxo

  2. Love how you put the whole mantel vignette together. The maple leaves are such a beautiful addition, love the Thanks lettering. That really made the leaves stand out.

  3. Your maple leaves are adorable Carol and I love your beautiful sign too. I’ve never seen one like that before. It’s a festive reminder of what the season is all about. I hope you and your family have a blessed holiday season, CoCo

  4. Carol, I love all your pretty mantel accessories! Those wooden leaves were such a great find – and I love the turkeys too! Great to hop with you!

  5. You are one of the cleverest people I know. I would never see wooden leaves and see a wonderfully stenciled sign! How do you do that? Love your mantel and your sign. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Carol, your mantel looks so adorable and I love the “Thanks” letters! I also noticed the plaid napkins right away, thinking it was plaid ribbon. Love the idea! Both your mantels from last year and this year are so creative and festive. Of course the scroll sign is beautiful too.

    Thank you so much for joining the hop! I hope you have a safe, healthy, blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

  7. I’m totally loving your mantel and sign and those adorable cut-out maple leaves are so cute for words. Painting them black is perfect and I wouldn’t have thought of them like a chalkboard. so fun! Pinned and Pinned. Hoping you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  8. So cute, Carol! I really like how the black leaves make all the other Fall colors pop. I find fun craft stuff randomly at Target once in a while, too. Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Carol, Your fall mantel is certainly ready to welcome the season. The sweet little maple leaves “thanks” is a great addition to your display. The stenciled “give us this day” sign is the perfect crown to your mantel! Hugs, dear friend!!

  10. I absolutely love this Carol! Those wooden leaves are so cute! I love how they stand on their sides at different angles! The sign with the ribbon is so pretty too! I love it all! You always inspire me!

  11. I still enjoy that scroll you made last year and now the painted leaves just add so much more to your mantel this year. It looks lovely but so many of your projects do. Thanks for linking up every week. #HomeMattersParty

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