Thank You Jars

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, a few friends and I decided to make thank you jars. Instead of a traditional thank you card, this was a fun and clever way to tell someone thanks! We love the color blue, so all the jars were filled with assorted blue candy 🙂

Shopping List:

  • Burlap
  • Fray Check
  • Ribbon
  • Color coordinated candy
  • Small mason jars like these
  • Cardstock for circles and letters
  • Hot glue gun

Start by cutting the burlap into strips 1 foot long, and 1 1/2 inches wide. Use fray check on all sides.

Then cut the ribbon into 1 foot long pieces.

Glue the burlap around the center of the mason jar. I used dots of glue the whole way around the top and bottom to make sure the burlap was secure.

Glue the ribbon on top of the burlap and let dry.

Now you can add the letters. My “thanks” letters are Cooper Black font, size 112. To make the letters stand out, I backed them on a white circle. Use a small dot of glue so it doesn’t show through the paper.

And add the candy!!

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Beaded Napkin Rings

In preparation for Thanksgiving dinner I wanted to make something to brighten up the table. I came up with the idea of creating my own napkin rings. You can easily change the whole character of your table by adding these fun accessories.

Trick to make these super affordable- use clear shower rings. A set of 12 was about $1 at Target!!

Other items for your shopping list:

  • Ribbon- I used a dark green with gold trim
  • Gold sequins
  • Multi color glass beads- I used Bead Gallery Amber Mix from Michaels
  • Hot glue gun
  • Needle and thread or fishing wire

Each ring will need about 10 inches of ribbon. Start by gluing one end of the ribbon diagonally on the ring.

Wrap the ribbon around the ring and secure it with a dab of glue after each twist.

Once you are done covering each ring- on to the fun part and time to add color and sparkle!

Thread a small bead to start and secure the thread. Alternate one bead, then one sequin and so on.

Wrap the beads and sequins diagonally around the ring, leaving a little gap so the ribbon shows through. About every 10-15 pieces I sewed a stitch into the ribbon so it would keep its shape. When you get to the other end of the ring, use a small bead to secure the last stitch.

Can’t wait for to display these for Thanksgiving dinner! 🙂

I coordinated with Pier1 accessories: Dark brown napkin, sheer bronze napkin & beaded placement.

Creative Ideas

Get in the creative zone and let the ideas flow! 🙂

 

Gobble Gobble S’mores

Looking for a fun Thanksgiving treat to make? Look no further! These turkey s’mores are so tasty you’ll gobble them up.

Not trying to steal the spotlight from the “real” turkey- but these are sure to be a hit!

Shopping List:

  • Graham crackers
  • Kraft Jet-Puffed Jumbo Mallows
  • Baker’s dipping chocolate
  • Reese’s peanut butter chips
  • White frosting
  • Red, orange and yellow food coloring
  • Black sprinkles
  • White lollipops sticks
  • Decorating bags

The first step is to draw on the feathers. I separated the frosting into three bowls to make red, orange and yellow.

Frosting colors

Use decorating bags to draw the feathers on each graham crackers.

Feathers

Next comes the marshmallows! Place all marshmallows on lollipop sticks and once the chocolate is heated fully cover each marshmallow, then set aside on wax paper. The Baker’s dipping chocolate is so so so easy and convenient to use!

Chocolate dipped marshmallows

Before the chocolate fully dries add on the Reese’s chips for the beak. But wait until the chocolate is fully dry(patience!) before adding any frosting. I used white frosting and black sprinkles for the eyes. And of course draw on the wattle!

Last step! A dab of frosting will hold the marshmallow to the graham cracker. And your turkey s’more is complete!

Last step!

Turkey S’mores!

Gobble gobble

How cute will these look at the dessert table! 🙂

Sunday’s Sighting- Harvest Owl

I came across this unique owl that has a lot of character- glitter, colorful leaves and metal detail.

It’s a versatile piece that can be used for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Find the owl at Pier1 Imports!

Pier1 glitter owl

Give Thanks

Without any hesitation all the Halloween decorations were taken down and packed away for next year. On to the next holiday! The stores seem to forget there’s a holiday in November- the Thanksgiving decorations are slim next to none.  Motivation for a DIY project!

I searched through Michael’s and piece by piece I found everything I needed for the perfect Thanksgiving decoration.

What you need:

  • Two bundles of dried wheat
  • 1 small cornucopia
  • 1 package of autumn vegetables(found at Michael’s or Target!)
  • Two vases of any size
  • Vase fillers- pumpkin gems and clear gems
  • Gold ribbon
  • Unfinished square wood blocks(1 inch or 1 1/2 inch)
  • Acrylic paint and paintbrushes

Some of the essentials

Autumn vegetables

The fun part was painting the blocks. I used Lara’s Crafts 1 inch unfinished square blocks. I drilled a small hole through the top of each, just big enough for the string to fit through.

Wood blocks

Block color: Craft smart- burnt sienna

Writing: Americana- sand

Painted blocks

Let the blocks dry (~30 minutes) and then string across gold ribbon. Leave enough ribbon on each side to tie around a vase.

Letters on gold ribbon

I filled the bottom of the vases with a mix of pumpkin gems and clear gems. It’s easier to hold the bundle of dried wheat in the vase first, and then place all the gems around.

Pretty vases

Now it’s just a matter of placing everything together! Use the vases to hold up the block letters. Arrange the autumn vegetables in the cornucopia- place on a charger for extra color(I love these gold ones)! Top it off with a bow around the cornucopia too!

Give thanks!

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