All posts tagged: thanksgiving

swatch.

Turn fabric swatches into holiday art! We were semi in the market for a couch upgrade so I requested a fabric swatch pack from JoyBird. In the end, we decided to wait until we really needed a new one / moved to a bigger space, but then I was left with these perfectly cut square fabrics – ahem, unexpected craft supplies! For this holiday garland you will need fabric swatches, fabric scissors, a needle, and nylon cord (find it at jewelry/bead stores). Anything goes with this craft. I made a ‘thankful’ word garland and cut out some flag shapes. For the A (or any letter with a hole in it), fold the fabric and cut a slit before cutting out the hole. Fabric swatches are great because they don’t fray; no finishing required! Plus, they come in so many colors and textures; so fun! Then I sewed each piece onto cord. It you’re using thicker cord or other string, you may need to use a fabric punch first to create holes. These garlands are light …

pumpkin centerpiece.

Thanksgiving is around the corner! Here’s a quick way to add some homemade to your Thanksgiving table. I’ve been wanting to create a felt succulent pumpkin, but I hadn’t found the right pumpkin until now! It’s the perfect size, shape, and material. I was so disappointed in the foam/plastic variations I’ve seen over the years, and I didn’t want to use a real pumpkin for this particular craft because the felt would outlive the pumpkin. Materials: pumpkin vessel, felt succulents, felt for succulent bottoms cut into circles, wire cut into 6″ strips with a coil at one end, mixed berries, fabric scissors, wire cutters, pliers, floral foam or similar I can’t get over the pumpkin shape! I found my container at Joann; I almost bought a whole fleet. The berries were from Joann, too, and I made the felt succulents using wool blend felt (cut a bunch of ‘petal’ shapes and glue them to each other one petal at a time until you get your preferred succulent size and look). To assist with standing in …

thankful.

Hi! I’ve been on a posting hiatus because I’m having too much fun with crafties. I wanted to take a minute to share my Thanksgiving holiday though because I’m super thankful for these special moments in life when we can enjoy the company of loved ones in lovely environments. This year was the first year my husband’s family came to celebrate in my hometown. It was also the first year I got to be fully in charge of the tablescape and the first year we set up Thanksgiving lunch in the backyard! As usual my Dad cooked all the things — pancit, pasta, scalloped potatoes, fried chicken, Spanish rice, corn, lemon shrimp, pork and gravy. Is your mouth salivating yet? The in-laws brought pork buns and desserts, and my niece and nephews made pie! And if that wasn’t enough food, we picked some treats from the tree — pomelo, my fave! My Mom and I decorated the tables with freshly cut bay leaf twigs and grapefruit (from the garden!), and a few decorative pumpkins. The …

chalkboard.

I love simple Thanksgivings at home with the family. We still cook tons of food, plan tablescapes and decor, and host family friendly activities, but it’s totally simple! 😉 This year I’m making chalkboard name plates, mostly because I saw these wood slices in the craft store and exclaimed “I must have them!” These are easy to make and you only need a few materials and patience (for drying). Gather wood slices, chalkboard paint, a foam brush, and chalk. Apply the chalkboard paint as directed on the bottle. Allow to dry. If you want your chalkboards to last / be reusable, make sure you condition your mini chalkboards by rubbing on chalk, then wiping it off with a cloth or paper towel. Otherwise, I find that you can just write directly on them. Pro tip: sand your wood chips for a smoother finish and writing surface. For writing, try regular chalk for a rough look or chalk marker for a more crisp look. Get fancier and paint the perimeter with autumn colors or add sparkle, add …