Fall Lantern Centerpiece

 I have a fun fall lantern centerpiece that you can make today.  It is so darn quick and easy!  This one is perfect for the center of your table at Thanksgiving.  Take 15 minutes and make this colorful fall display for your home.  This one was originally posted over at Crafts Unleashed as part of my design team status but I thought I would post here in case you missed it.

Fall Lantern Centerpiece -- a quick and easy way to add fall to the center of your table of any room in your home.
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How to Make Paper Feathers

 I am back again this month with another fun post with my Cricut Explore.  You can learn how to make paper feathers below for your own home.  This post is not sponsored by Cricut in any way however I am entering it into a design competition.  So y’all cross your fingers and toes for me m’kay?  You can see even more nature inspired crafts from my fellow Cricut team at the bottom of this post.

Learn how to make paper feathers here!  Love these!
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Thanksgiving Place Cards

The fabulous Jen Goode with 100 Directions is back again this month with a free printable for y’all.  This time she has made a printable place card that you can customize with your own words.  I love that!  Download the cards below, add words, and even a little paint!  

Whether you are decorating your table or a labeling items on a dinner buffet, Thanksgiving place cards are a really nice detail you can make easily. When you are creating your table place settings, add a little name card to each setting to personalize your decor. If you don’t want to tell everyone where to sit, you could also use a name card to leave an inspiring quote or thoughtful message. Today I’m sharing a free place card printable you can use to add a personal detail to your Thanksgiving gathering.

Make a personalized place card

Make a personalized place card

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Tiered Fall Dessert Stand (make this in minutes!)

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

This tiered fall dessert stand is perfect for your Thanksgiving celebration or any fall themed party that you are hosting.  You can literally make your own version of this in minutes with just a few supplies.  Be sure to shop Dollar General for all of the supplies you need today. 


Make your own tiered fall dessert stand for Thanksgiving or fall parties. Can be made in 5 minutes!
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Make Your Own Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

 Are you starting to prepare for you Thanksgiving meal?  You can easily make your own Thanksgiving napkin rings just like the ones below.  I make one in a video LIVE in about 6 minutes so you CAN do this!  Everyone has time to craft!  These napkin rings are actually from the thrift store and were extremely inexpensive.  Just by adding some embellishments I was able to make them perfect for my Thanksgiving table.  This post is sponsored by Adtech and is part of a series of posts this year where I am compensated for my participation.  However all projects and opinions are my own. 

Make your own Thanksgiving Napkin Rings -- a quick and easy craft that will leave you with customized napkin rings for your fall table.

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Thanksgiving Dessert Tags

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Marie Callender’s for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have some free printable Thanksgiving dessert tags for you today as well as a great way for you to help your U.S. military service members.  You will need your Marie Callender’s small apple pies, the free printable tags below, bags, paper plates, ribbon, plus a computer to enter codes only found on Marie Callender’s frozen products.

Thanksgiving dessert tags -- print these for free and send dessert home with your Thanksgiving dinner guests!

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Button Pumpkins

 I am continuing this week of Craft Lightning Halloween crafts that can be completed in 15 minutes or less.  Today it is button pumpkins.  These fun mini pumpkins can decorate your home for Halloween and the entire fall season.  Grab a few buttons to make a dozen or so of these for your home in 15 minutes!  If you missed any of the Craft Lightning fun here this week, be sure to check out the round ups from day 1, day 2, day 3, and day 4.

A quick and easy fall craft.  Make these button pumpkins with just some buttons, hot glue, and twine!

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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!