Rustic Gold Centerpiece

I had this idea to cover barn wood with some metallic gold paint.  It turned out awesome.  But I just couldn’t stop there.  This rustic gold centerpiece was the result.  Use this for a dinner party or even for Thanksgiving.  A few bottles and some barn wood can become this rustic beauty in just a few minutes.  This post is a part of my design team status with DecoArt.  I am compensated for my participation however all projects and opinions are my own.  

Rustic Gold Centerpiece -- mix gold with barn wood for an elegant yet rustic table centerpiece.
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DIY Deer Painted Plates

We are back with Crafty Hangouts again this week y’all and I am kicking things off with my DIY deer painted plates.  These plates are so easy to make yet will really impress your holiday guests.  You can literally make a plate in less than 10 minutes.  Don’t believe me?  Check out the video below for the proof.

DIY Deer Painted Plates -- a quick 10 minute way to make gorgeous custom designed plates with a sharpie and paint!

Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and myself are hanging out in the video below and painting together with DecoArt Multi Surface paint.  We were both sent some paint to play with from DecoArt.  Join us in our Google+ Hangout as we craft together even though we are across the country from each other.  You can see how to make my plates as well as an adorable reindeer from Carolina.  Her reindeer is perfect for a napkin ring y’all so be sure to watch below.

For any of you that don’t like video, the brief step by step instructions are:

  1. Wash plate well with rubbing alcohol.
  2. Print image you want to use on just plain paper and tape to the front of your clear plate.
  3. Trace image on the back of your plate with a gold sharpie marker.  Fill in with marker as well.
  4. Paint with DecoArt mutli surface paint on the back of your plate right over the top of your sharpie marker.  You will need at least two coats of paint on your plate.
  5. I recommend adding Americana Decoupage Outdoor formula to the back of your plate (2 coats) to help protect your design.

 

DIY Deer Painted Plates -- a quick 10 minute way to make gorgeous custom designed plates with a sharpie and paint!
 
You are left with a really awesome rustic design that almost looks worn.  Really all you did was draw with a sharpie and paint white over the top.  So darn simple yet so gorgeous!  Perfect for any holiday party you are throwing this holiday season.  I think this would be so fun to try with the kids as well.  Let them doodle on a plate then paint over it to see what type of effects you can create.  I hope y’all enjoyed these fun DIY deer painted plates.    
DIY Deer Painted Plates -- a quick 10 minute way to make gorgeous custom designed plates with a sharpie and paint!

25 Make Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

It is almost Thanksgiving y’all.  Can you believe it?  I have rounded up 25 make ahead Thanksgiving recipes for you today.  If you have been following along, I already posted a Thanksgiving Preparation Checklist.  Now I am going to help you even more for your big day.  Make these recipes weeks or days ahead of time to save you the stress on the actual day.  Sounds great right?  Visit the links below to get the recipes.
 

25 Make Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

 

 
 
Make ahead of time and freeze:

 

Make two days ahead:

 

Make the day before:

Now get started on these 25 make ahead Thanksgiving recipes soon!

Washi Tape Fall Leaf Garland

I have one more fall craft for y’all before we jump full into Christmas.  My washi tape fall leaf garland is perfect for your Thanksgiving or fall decor.  I posted this on Crafts Unleashed earlier this year but wanted to post here in case y’all missed it.  Grab the washi tape of your choice and go wild making fun patterned leaves for your garland.
Washi Tape Fall Leaf Garland -- a fun craft project that you can make in minutes for your Thanksgiving or fall decor.
 

Supplies needed to make your own fall decor washi tape leaf garland:

 

Washi Tape Fall Leaf Garland -- a fun craft project that you can make in minutes for your Thanksgiving or fall decor.

I really need to say here that I love washi tape for quick crafts.  It goes on easily but you can re-position if you need to.  It is budget friendly and comes in so many fun colors and patterns.  Just get the washi y’all….you won’t regret it!  Now to our tutorial….at a slight angle, apply strips of washi tape to cover the front of the cutouts (I alternated with solid and printed washi tapes). Tear the washi tape and leave excess hanging over the edges of the leaf.

Washi Tape Fall Leaf Garland -- a fun craft project that you can make in minutes for your Thanksgiving or fall decor.
Flip the leaf over.  With a cutting mat, magazine, or other protective surface under your leaf, trim away the excess washi tape with your craft knife.  Note that I did leave my leaf raw and the edges are exposed in the final product.  I like the raw wood look for my version, but feel free to paint the leaves before you apply washi tape.
Washi Tape Fall Leaf Garland -- a fun craft project that you can make in minutes for your Thanksgiving or fall decor.

I made leaves in a few different variations to start out with.  The ease of making the leaves makes it simple to experiment.  I ended up liking the rustic feel of the leaf on the right in the below photo, so I went with that style for my entire garland.  With tons of colors and patterns of washi tape to choose from, it’s so easy to make this project match your home and style just by switching up the washi tape!  Plus you can just remove the washi tape from the version you don’t like and start over.  Easy peasy.

Washi Tape Fall Leaf Garland -- a fun craft project that you can make in minutes for your Thanksgiving or fall decor.

So I made many, many leaves in a variety of rustic patterns.  There are 12 in all.  The washi has a tendency to lift up on the edges, so I applied a thin coat of decoupage medium on top and along the edges of each leaf so they last for the entire fall season.

Washi Tape Fall Leaf Garland -- a fun craft project that you can make in minutes for your Thanksgiving or fall decor.

Next, I used my Crop-a-dile to punch two holes in each leaf.  You could also try a small drill or another method for adding the holes.  Then, just string your fall decor leaves from a strand of twine and hang.

Washi Tape Fall Leaf Garland -- a fun craft project that you can make in minutes for your Thanksgiving or fall decor.

Whip this one up tonight and add to your home for your Thanksgiving guests.  They will marvel at the lovely addition to your home.  You don’t even have to tell them it only took a few minutes!  Y’all enjoy this tutorial for my washi tape fall leaf garland.  I promise I will be completely committed to Christmas now.

Washi Tape Fall Leaf Garland -- a fun craft project that you can make in minutes for your Thanksgiving or fall decor.

 

Thanksgiving Cootie Catcher

Thanksgiving is almost here and my Thanksgiving cootie catcher is a fun way to share the holidays with your kids.  This great free printable cootie catcher encourages kids to share what they are thankful for this holiday season.  We all want them to do that right?  Fortunes will inspire your kids to think of what they are thankful for, to think of something good that has happened to them this year…..plus many more.    

Thanksgiving Cootie Catcher -- a fun way for kids to show what they are thankful for.

Click here or on the image below to print your own.  For this version of the cootie catcher, the kids pick a picture (turkey, leaves, owl, pumpkin) then move it back and forth while spelling the word.  Then pick a number and again go back and forth but this time while counting.  Pick another number and lift the flap to read what is inside.  There are folding instructions on the bottom but if you have trouble there is also a great description over on wikipedia (yes cootie catchers are even on wikipedia).

Our past cootie catchers can all be found in our paper project gallery.  Now print your cootie catcher and let the fun begin.  Print a few of these and include them in your kids table during Thanksgiving dinner.  A fun way to keep the kids occupied while the adults talk.  My Thanksgiving cootie catcher is sure to be the hit of the party.
 

Rustic Burlap Napkin Rings for Thanksgiving

I am back with some more Thanksgiving fun and my rustic burlap napkin rings.  The perfect accessory for your Thanksgiving table plus they are super easy to make.  If you missed it, I shared my bottle cap turkey napkin rings for the kids’ table earlier this week.  This is a more sophisticated napkin ring for the adults.  As a bonus, these napkin rings double as place cards as well.

DIY Rustic Burlap Napkin Rings for Thanksgiving -- learn how to make your own fun napkin rings with this video tutorial.
 

You will need a wood burning tool for my version of these rustic burlap napkin rings.  Don’t be scared!  This was only my second time working with a wood burning tool and it is so super simple and easy to use.  Don’t believe me?  Just watch me LIVE as I make these napkin rings with my friend Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts.  Then you will see that burning wood is a piece of cake.

See it is perfectly easy to make these!  Can’t watch the video or missing some instructions?  Here is a brief recap for you:

  1. Grab your wood burning tool, wood shapes, brown ink pad, burlap ribbon, baker’s twine, and buttons.
  2. Burn the initials into the wood with your wood burning tool.  Be sure to follow all instructions and safety precautions with the tool.
  3. Rub edges of wood shape with brown ink to distress.
  4. Cut a length of burlap ribbon and tie it around your napkin.
  5. Tie on your wood shape with a bit of baker’s twine and a button.
  6. Enjoy your rustic Thanksgiving dinner table!

 

DIY Rustic Burlap Napkin Rings for Thanksgiving -- learn how to make your own fun napkin rings with this video tutorial.

These great rustic burlap napkin rings will be the hit of your Thanksgiving meal.  Make a set of these today in preparation for the big day.
Don’t forget these would work perfectly with my DIY burlap placemats!
 

DIY Bottle Cap Turkey Napkin Rings

I have the perfect accessory for your Thanksgiving kids’ table today.  My DIY bottle cap turkey napkin rings are sure to be the hit of the meal.  Your kids can even help make them!  Plus they are made out of bottle caps and paper towel rolls so they are also the ultimate recycled craft.  Make these cute little turkeys today.

DIY Bottle Cap Turkey Napkin Rings -- make this craft for the kids table at Thanksgiving!  Made with bottle caps and paper towel rolls these are also the ultimate recycled craft!
 
 

This craft is part of the fall hangout on air series over at Crafty Hangouts.  The short video below will show you how to make the napkin rings as well as how to make a turkey mason jar favor for your Thanksgiving table as well.  Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts is showing you the mason jar turkey craft.
 

 

For those that cannot watch the video here is a brief recap of the instructions to make your own DIY bottle cap turkey napkin rings:

  1. Gather bottle caps, a paper towel roll, washi tape, google eyes, a red sharpie, hot glue, and scissors.
  2. Cut your paper towel roll to the appropriate length for a napkin ring.
  3. Add washi tape in three strips to the paper towel roll making sure to overlap your ends in the same area.
  4. Fold the washi tape over on itself for the feathers then cut to a feather shape.
  5. Glue the feathers on the back of the bottle cap.
  6. Glue the eyes and a beak made from folded over washi tape to the front.
  7. Draw a waddle with a red sharpie.
  8. Glue your bottle cap turkey to the napkin ring and use to cover up the seams in the washi tape.
  9. Add your napkin and place on the table.

 

DIY Bottle Cap Turkey Napkin Rings -- make this craft for the kids table at Thanksgiving!  Made with bottle caps and paper towel rolls these are also the ultimate recycled craft!

A perfectly silly craft to keep the kids entertained this Thanksgiving.  Decorating the kids table is one of my personal favorites!  Grab your supplies and make your DIY bottle cap turkey napkin rings.  Be sure to watch the Thanksgiving and fall hangouts all week on Crafty Hangouts.  There you can access a list of coming attractions!  You don’t want to miss them!
 

DIY Burlap Placemats for Thanksgiving

My DIY burlap placemats for Thanksgiving are the perfect easy project to get your Thanksgiving table setting started off with a bang.  Are you saying….Thanksgiving already?  I want to give y’all plenty of time to get these made and on your table this holiday season.  See…I am thinking of you!  This tutorial was originally posted over at Crafts Unleashed last year but I thought I would repost here just in case you missed it.  Now lets get started on these fun and colorful placemats.

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

DIY Burlap Placemats for Thanksgiving Supplies needed:

  • Burlap (you will need two of these pieces to get 4 placemats)
  • Stencils
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic in white
  • Ribbon
  • Stencil Brush
My supplies all came from ConsumerCrafts as part of my design team status.  But you can purchase all of the supplies needed to make 4 placemats for under $10.  A steal right? 

 

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

DIY Burlap Placemats for Thanksgiving Instructions:

 I used a place mat I had at home and cut the burlap to the proper size.

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

I then pulled away about 3 strings from each side to create a frayed edge.  If you are worried about your place mat continuing to fray, you can use fray check all around the edges of your finished product.

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

Then count in from one edge about 8 strings and start pulling strings out.  You can literally just pull a middle string easily.

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

Pull enough strings so that your ribbon will fit through the burlap.  In my case it was around 8 strings.

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

Start threading through your ribbon.  I went 5 strings and then repeated — in and out of my place mat all the way down the burlap.

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

Now it is time to add why we are all gathered together on Thanksgiving.  I spelled “THANKFUL” down the side of each of my place mats with the stencil and white paint.

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

You could of course add different words to each of your place mats.  I loved the thankful sentiment so I kept all four of mine consistent.

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

After your paint has dried, iron your placemats and they are ready to add to your Thanksgiving table!

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.
You can also make my DIY burlap placecards, button stamped table runner, and Thanskgiving table centerpiece.  Your Thanksgiving table will be complete before you know it! 

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

Burlap is the perfect natural element to add to your Thanksgiving tablescape this year.  Add my DIY burlap placemats for your Thanksgiving meal and remind your guests to be thankful.
I was given supplies and compensated for portions of this post through design teams.  All opinions and projects are my own.

 

Fall Felt Leaf Garland

Do you feel that slight chill in the air that says fall is on its way?  Grab a few simple supplies and make my fall felt leaf garland to dress up your home for the season.  This one was posted over at Crafts Unleashed last year but I wanted to share the full tutorial here with y’all.  This is a super simple craft project that you could even get the kids to help with.  

Fall Felt Leaf Garland -- add this to your fall decor.  Super simple to make with pre-cut felt leaves and some thread.  Come get the full instructions.

Fall Felt Leaf Garland Supplies:  

Items were supplied to me from Consumer Crafts but all opinions and projects are my own.

 

Fall Felt Leaf Garland -- add this to your fall decor.  Super simple to make with pre-cut felt leaves and some thread.  Come get the full instructions.

I received two of the wreath kits from ConsumerCrafts, expecting them to be smaller.  There are so many leaves in one kit.  I used almost an entire kit and have over 10 feet of garland!  The leaves that you get in the kit are pictured below.  The variety of types and colors appears to be random.

Fall Felt Leaf Garland -- add this to your fall decor.  Super simple to make with pre-cut felt leaves and some thread.  Come get the full instructions.

The floss pictured above is 6 strand embroidery thread.  I separated it into three strands and threaded through a large needle.

Fall Felt Leaf Garland -- add this to your fall decor.  Super simple to make with pre-cut felt leaves and some thread.  Come get the full instructions.

Then, I just hand stitched the leaves together.  I made it where there was only a small stitch visible on the “front”.

Fall Felt Leaf Garland -- add this to your fall decor.  Super simple to make with pre-cut felt leaves and some thread.  Come get the full instructions.

And the larger leaf length stitch on the back.  The leaves have somewhat of a pattern to how I stitched them together.  But like I said before, the package is random so you might have to use more of one type or color than another.

Fall Felt Leaf Garland -- add this to your fall decor.  Super simple to make with pre-cut felt leaves and some thread.  Come get the full instructions.

That is all there is to this one!  Just a few TV episodes over a few days and I had over 10 feet of garland.   I love that I could walk away from this one at any time.  I just worked on it a little at a time.

Fall Felt Leaf Garland -- add this to your fall decor.  Super simple to make with pre-cut felt leaves and some thread.  Come get the full instructions.

I strung my fall felt leaf garland around the light in my kitchen.  A super simple craft and so simple to just drape over a light or onto a mantle.

Fall Felt Leaf Garland -- add this to your fall decor.  Super simple to make with pre-cut felt leaves and some thread.  Come get the full instructions.

Order yourself a leaf kit today and string some together for your fall decor.  A perfect addition to your fall home.  These lovely leaves will look great until the Christmas decor is ready to be displayed (oh my goodness….it is getting closer isn’t it???).  Y’all have fun with my fall felt leaf garland.

Fall Felt Leaf Garland -- add this to your fall decor.  Super simple to make with pre-cut felt leaves and some thread.  Come get the full instructions.

 

Using Mason Jars for Decorating LIVE Video

Hey y’all!  Time for another LIVE crafting video!  Don’t worry if you don’t catch us live RIGHT NOW you can always watch the video later.  I am going to join up with Carolina (30 Minute Crafts) and Colleen (Just Paint It) to bring you last minute was you can use mason jars for decorating.  We will be doing some Thanksgiving themed jars but the techniques could easily be transferred to any season of the year.

Scroll down a bit for the video.  You can feast your eyes on a sneak peak of my projects first!  This one has a doily Mod Podged to the inside then painted after that.  Perfect don’t ya think? 

This jar is actually poured paint that is swirled around.  The full tutorial for it can be found on this old post.  But it looks great for Thanksgiving as well.

So tune into the video below for further instructions on the jars above plus more jars from Carolina and Colleen.  I will also try to give y’all a sneak peek of some Christmas jars I have coming up next week!