The leaves are changing colors, the air is getting cooler, and pumpkins are popping up on porches everywhere. That can only mean one thing – Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends, reflect on what we’re grateful for, watch some football, and of course, eat deliciously comforting foods. Once the big meal is finished, the tryptophan starts to kick in. All you want to do is unwind and relax. A warm shower sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? Adding a festive Thanksgiving shower curtain to your bathroom decor transforms an ordinary shower into a fun seasonal experience. Shower curtains with Thanksgiving themes are a simple way to get in the holiday spirit. When you pull back that curtain each morning or night, you’ll be reminded of everything that makes Thanksgiving special.
One of the most iconic symbols of Thanksgiving is the turkey. After all, turkey is traditionally the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal. It’s the star attraction that everyone looks forward to. From little turkey chicks to a perfectly roasted bird, there are so many ways to incorporate turkeys into your Thanksgiving shower curtain.
A curtain with a print of cute cartoon turkeys is an adorable option for kids’ bathrooms. The silly turkeys will make them smile and get excited for the Thanksgiving feast. For adults, choose a shower curtain with a realistic painting of a roasted turkey ready to be carved and served. It’ll get your mouth watering just thinking about all those delicious sides to go along with it.
Or go for a humorous turkey curtain, like turkeys photoshopped doing human activities like surfing, wearing pilgrim hats, or dancing. A funny turkey print adds some playfulness and personality to your space. No matter what style you choose, a turkey shower curtain is always seasonally appropriate for Thanksgiving.
Beyond turkeys, one of the sure signs of autumn is the changing fall foliage. The trees erupt into vivid shades of red, orange, and yellow each year as the leaves transition from green to their fall colors. Capture the beauty of autumn leaves with a shower curtain printed or embroidered with fall foliage.
Look for designs with maple leaves, oak leaves, or birch trees. A shower curtain with a woodland scene of colorful falling leaves is a great way to bring those autumn vibes into your bathroom. Feel like you’re showering among the trees in a forest.
You can also find abstract leaf patterns, from scattered leaves across a plain background to artsy leaf prints. Embrace the colors and shapes of the season with a bold leaf shower curtain in autumnal hues. Every time you see it, you’ll think of crisp fall days and the crunch of leaves under your feet.
In addition to leaves changing and turkeys, there are other popular visual symbols that represent the harvest season. Classic Thanksgiving icons like pilgrim hats, pumpkins, gourds, wreaths, cranberries, and cornucopias are commonly featured on festive shower curtains.
Look for a curtain that incorporates a few of your favorite harvest motifs. A pattern of pilgrim hats, autumn wreaths, and turkeys captures the old-fashioned heritage of the Thanksgiving holiday. Or get a more natural design with a still life of pumpkins, gourds, and fall produce like pears and pomegranates.
You can also find shower curtains printed with recipe pages for Thanksgiving staples like turkey, stuffing, casseroles, and pies. Images of pumpkin pies, apple pies, cornbread, roasted veggies, cranberry sauce, and other delicious dishes will fuel your Thanksgiving spirit – and appetite!
At its heart, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on gratitude. After all, the name of the holiday is a reminder to give thanks. Bring some inspiration into your bathroom with a shower curtain that expresses thankfulness.
Look for designs with “give thanks” messages in fun fonts or printed with patterns. You’ll start each day remembering to be grateful, rather than just feeling rushed. For a faith-based shower curtain, choose a design with a Bible verse about giving thanks. “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalms 107:1).
Turkey Day Patterns
In addition to turkey art and autumn icons, Thanksgiving-themed shower curtains also come in playful repeating patterns. These fun and festive designs add personality to your bathroom for the season.
Play up the turkey theme with a curtain covered in cartoon turkeys wearing pilgrim hats. Or go for a more abstract look with a pattern of stylized turkey feathers, chef hats, autumn leaves, pumpkins, and other symbols of the harvest season. There are so many options to choose from!
Look for a colorful, all-over pattern that reflects your personal Thanksgiving style. When you pull back the shower curtain each day, it will instantly transport you into a Thanksgiving state of mind.
Do you prefer a cozy, down-to-earth aesthetic for Thanksgiving? Then you’ll love shower curtains with a rustic charm that evokes the harvest season.
Look for natural-colored curtains printed with a barn, truck filled with hay bales, or farmers tending to their crops. Add a touch of rugged Americana to your bathroom. You can also find curtains that look like vintage feed bags with charming turkey illustrations.
For a more shabby chic style, consider a burlap shower curtain with appliqued leaves, embroidery, or a stenciled saying like “Give Thanks.” The natural texture and earthy tones of burlap give a homespun feel. Create a warm, welcoming bathroom environment for the holiday.
Take your Thanksgiving decor back to the origins of the holiday with a shower curtain featuring the pilgrims and Native Americans. These designs are historically-themed to pay tribute to that first harvest feast in 1621 Plymouth.
Look for artwork depicting the pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe celebrating together, illustrations of the Mayflower ship the pilgrims arrived on, or scenes of the pilgrims’ village. You’ll feel transported back to the very first Thanksgiving.
Or choose a more lighthearted design, like cartoons of pilgrim children or turkeys wearing traditional pilgrim outfits. This will give a fun spin on the historical theme. Add an educational element to your Thanksgiving decor.
Cornucopia of Autumn Produce
Since Thanksgiving marks the peak of the harvest season, decor featuring autumn crops and produce fits the holiday well. Consider a shower curtain with a painted cornucopia spilling over with fruits and veggies like pears, apples, squash, nuts, onions, pumpkins, and gourds.
These horn-shaped baskets overflowing with fall produce symbolize abundance, which is fitting for the Thanksgiving spirit. You can also find watercolor images of heirloom pumpkins, still lifes of cranberries and pinecones, or illustrations of farmers hard at work harvesting their crops. Let your shower curtain reflect the bounty of the season.
Warm Colors and Textures
From crimson maple leaves to faded pumpkins, Thanksgiving is filled with rich warm tones. Look for a shower curtain dominated by shades of orange, yellow, brown, and red. These colors evoke coziness and seasonal cheer.
Consider curtains made from natural textured fabrics like burlap, cotton, or linen. The texture adds to that natural harvest charm. You can also add your own fall touches, like stitching small autumn leaves cut from felt or flannel onto a solid-colored shower curtain. Get creative with your design!
Outdoor Autumn Scenes
Want your bathroom to feel like a peaceful autumn oasis? Choose a shower curtain printed with an outdoor fall scene. Look for landscapes of forests full of fall foliage, farms with trucks of hay or pumpkins, or charming rural villages.
Paintings of fallen leaves covering rolling hills or sidewalks are another great option. Wherever your shower curtain takes you outdoors among the leaves, it’s sure to evoke the spirit of the season.
Nothing represents Thanksgiving more than families coming together generations after generation. It’s a heartwarming holiday centered around quality time with loved ones. Bring some of that familial warmth into your bathroom with a shower curtain featuring family.
Look for sweet drawings of parents cooking Thanksgiving dinner with kids eagerly looking on, an illustrated table scene of a family holding hands to say grace, or lighthearted cartoons of large extended families packed around the Thanksgiving table passing around dish after dish.
Shower curtains with family themes will get you into that loving holiday spirit and prompt gratitude for the people you’ll be gathering with.
For a one-of-a-kind look, check out shower curtains from independent artists and makers on Etsy. You’ll discover charming turkey-shaped appliques, cross-stitched autumn designs, and other handmade details you won’t find anywhere else.
Support small business while giving your bathroom custom vintage flair for the holidays. A handmade shower curtain adds personality you can’t find with mass-produced designs. Let an artist’s creativity set the seasonal mood in your bathroom.
Fun with Decorative Hooks
Don’t forget about your shower curtain hooks! Swap out your standard hooks for decorative ones that complement your Thanksgiving curtain. Some hooked shape ideas include turkeys, autumn leaves, acorns, pumpkins, pilgrim hats, and cornucopias.
Or go for hooks in seasonal metallic hues like bronze, copper, or champagne gold. You can find affordable decorative hooks in all kinds of festive shapes and finishes to complete the look.
Set the Mood with Scent
Beyond the visual design of your Thanksgiving shower curtain, you can also set the seasonal mood with scent. Look for holiday-themed shower gels in scents like:
- Pumpkin Spice – Immerse yourself in classic pumpkin pie aromas
- Apple Cider – Freshen up with a tangy apple cider scent
- Spiced Cider – Warm up with notes of clove, cinnamon, and orange
- Cranberry – Tart and fruity for that signature side dish
- Pecan Pie – Indulge in sweet nutty vanilla and praline
- Maple Bourbon – Get hints of candied sweet potato casserole
Lather up with a festive seasonal fragrance to start your Thanksgiving day or unwind after a big feast.
5 Fun Facts About Thanksgiving Shower Curtains
- They became popular in the 1950s. As consumer culture in post-war America took off, themed home products like holiday curtains gained widespread popularity.
- Early designs featured harvest foods. Vintage Thanksgiving curtains from the 1950s-60s commonly depicted corncucopias, fruits, vegetables, nuts and autumn bounty.
- Today’s designs are more humorous. Contemporary Thanksgiving shower curtains have gotten more lighthearted, featuring fun cartoons, jokes, puns, and pop culture references.
- Unique materials like burlap natural fiber are now used. Companies today make holiday-themed curtains out of natural, rustic-chic fabrics like burlap, cotton, and linen.
- Artists sell handmade designs on Etsy. Custom holiday shower curtains with charming hand-stitched or appliqued details are available on Etsy and other handmade sites.
Setting the Mood with a Festive Shower Curtain
A themed shower curtain is an easy way to get in the holiday spirit. Here are some tips for using a Thanksgiving curtain to set a festive mood in your bathroom:
- Hang it up 1-2 weeks before Thanksgiving to start the excitement.
- Coordinate accessories like bath mats, towels, soap dishes and wastebaskets.
- Add decorative hooks, towels, and other accents in autumnal colors.
- Incorporate scented soaps, candles, or air fresheners with festive fall fragrances.
- Use natural textiles like cotton, burlap, and linen for an earthy feel.
- Display decorative autumn items like dried flowers, leaves or mini pumpkins.
- Play festive background music as you get ready for gatherings.
- Change to wintry decor after Thanksgiving wraps up.
Maintaining Your Festive Fall Curtain
To keep your Thanksgiving curtain looking its best while protecting the material:
- Follow laundering instructions and wash gently in cold water if needed.
- Avoid harsh bleach, fabric softener and dryer heat that could damage fabrics.
- Reshape and lay flat to dry instead of tumble drying.
- Steam or iron on low, avoiding printed designs.
- Prevent sun damage by closing curtains when not in use.
- For extra longevity, use a clear shower liner behind the festive outer curtain.
DIY Thanksgiving Shower Curtain Ideas
Unleash your creativity with a homemade Thanksgiving curtain! Here are some fun DIY ideas you can make yourself:
Felt Applique Curtain: Cut leaf shapes from fall-colored felt and applique them onto a neutral linen or cotton curtain. Use a blanket stitch and embroidery floss around the edges.
Printed Recipe Curtain: Design your own pattern digitally featuring your favorite Thanksgiving recipes, print on linen fabric, and sew into a curtain.
Painted/Stenciled Curtain: Stencil or freehand paint leaves, turkeys, or flowers on a plain shower curtain using textile paint.
Photo Transfer Curtain: Print vintage photos or illustrations on iron-on transfer paper, cut into shapes, iron onto a curtain for an old-fashioned look.
Fabric Collage Curtain: Cut and arrange pieces of fall-colored cotton, burlap, and printed fabrics into a collage design and stitch together.
Most Popular Thanksgiving Shower Curtain Themes
Based on sales data, these are some of the most popular themes and motifs for Thanksgiving shower curtains that customers look for:
- Turkeys – Cartoonish, realistic, funny turkeys
- Fall leaves & foliage – Maple leaves, birch trees, woodland scenes
- Give Thanks messages – Typography, Bible verses
- Pumpkins & gourds – Paintings of heirloom autumn squash
- Pilgrims – Historical Plymouth colony images
- Harvest foods – Cornucopias, fruits, breads, pies
- Rustic – Burlap, trucks of hay, farm landscapes
- Plaid – Buffalo check, tartan, autumnal patterns
- Acorn & oak leaves – Classic harvest motif
- Family gatherings – Illustrations of families around the table
5 Creative Ways to Use Your Thanksgiving Curtain After the Holiday
After Thanksgiving comes and goes, get more life out of your festive curtain:
- Keep it up through autumn until winter holiday decor goes up. The fall themes still fit.
- Repurpose it as a tablecloth for autumnal crafts and activities.
- Cut into pieces and use fabric for DIY holiday gifts like placemats or pillow covers.
- Save it to reuse next Thanksgiving or donate to a thrift store for someone else to enjoy.
- Rethread onto cafe curtain rings and hang in the kitchen window for an autumn-colored valance.
Q: Are Thanksgiving shower curtains waterproof?
A: Most festive printed curtains are designed for decorative outer use and are not waterproof. Use a clear plastic liner on the inside for water protection. Or look for vinyl curtains designed as shower liners.
Q: Where can I buy a Thanksgiving shower curtain?
A: Check big box stores, department stores, home goods stores, online retailers like Amazon, or handmade marketplaces like Etsy. Prices range from $15-$50.
Q: What sizes do Thanksgiving curtains come in?
A: Standard sizes are 60-72″ wide x 70-80″ long. Measure your shower area before purchasing. Use a curtain that is 2-3″ wider than your rod.
Q: Can I wash a fabric Thanksgiving shower curtain?
A: Yes, most can be gently machine washed cold and laid flat to dry. Avoid harsh detergents. Refer to label instructions.
Q: What are Thanksgiving curtains made of?
A: Common materials are polyester, nylon, cotton, linen, vinyl and microfiber. Burlap offers a nice natural option.
With so many festive designs to choose from, let a Thanksgiving shower curtain set the tone for the beloved fall holiday this year. Much like transforming your bathroom into a festive haven for Thanksgiving, finding creative ways to repurpose decorations and prioritize thoughtful gestures can be the key to saving money on the cost of Christmas, allowing you to focus on the true spirit of the season – joy, generosity, and cherished moments with loved ones.