Thanksgiving hacks

10 Cheap and Easy Thanksgiving Life Hacks

If you want to make your wallet and Mother Nature thankful this turkey season, then try these cheap, easy and super fun Thanksgiving life hacks. Get the whole family involved to upcycle and recycle your way to a happy Thanksgiving.

  • Wow your Guests
  • Save money
  • Be environmentally friendly
  • Gain brownie points for being a badass eco-warrior

Rosemary wreath

These sweet rosemary wreaths can be made with fresh sprigs from your garden.

ice crispie treats

Add a couple of drops of orange food coloring to your Rice Crispy treats and turn them into pumpkins.

DIY Thanksgiving hacks

Perfect for apple cider, these DIY Thanksgiving cups are healthy and cute.

DIY Pumpkin vase Thanksgiving life hacks

After Halloween, pumpkins are pretty cheap to buy, so hollow one out (use the pumpkin for a side dish) and create a unique DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece. You can paint the pumpkin white or gold for a more striking effect.

DIY Leaf place settings

Spray paint autumn leaves red, gold, silver or white and use a sharpie to write place names for your special Thanksgiving guests.

Graffitti pumpkin

Let your guests add to your Thanksgiving pumpkin to get into the spirit.

DIY homemade Pilgrim hat cookies

Chocolate cookies, a small Reese’s Pieces cup and a little yellow frosting is all you need for these super cute Thanksgiving pilgrim’s hats treats.

Turkey Trats

Great part favors for the kids! Pipe cleaners, tule and some googly eyes are all you need to this festive treat.

DIY Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Best Thanksgiving hack? Cornucopia! Wet the end of a sugar cone in a little warm water and then curl it up and let it dry to make this dessert cup. You can fill your Thanksgiving cornucopia with ice cream, fruit or candy.

DIY Turkey pumpkin

Thanksgiving pumpkin turkey welcomes guests to your home. If you don’t have the plastic attachments, make the head from a smaller pumpkin and some googly eyes and the feathers and feet from cardboard.

Thanksgiving DIY Pine cone place settings

Pine cones make excellent DIY Thanksgiving place holders. Add some recycled white or gold paint to the tips for a more striking effect.

Homemade Mason Jar Pumpkin Pies

OK, this is officially my favorite Thanksgiving thing ever. These individual little homemade pies can be baked in mason jars so that you can have cherry, apple or pumpkin and your Thanksgiving guests can pick their favorite.

Turkey Platter

Be creative with your cheeseboard this Thanksgiving.

DIY Thanksgiving Candle pumpkins

These little Thanksgiving gourds are so sweet and colorful. Use a knife to carve a small opening for a tea light candle and you are good to go.

devilled eggs

Deviled eggs are back in fashion and these sweet little pumpkins use paprika and chopped chives.


Is a whole turkey too big for your family? Do you have a small oven or perhaps your family members fight over who gets the drumsticks. This Thanksgiving hack will solve your turkey troubles; simply roast turkey pieces instead. This will save you tons of time, you can cook them to perfection and you can have as many drumsticks as you like! Cooking the trimmings in a pressure cooker will reduce cooking times and save on energy. 


Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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