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3 Thanksgiving Crafts for a Turkey Table Setting

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I’m a New England girl; imagine anything that represents Thanksgiving, and I’m surrounded by it, including flocks of wild turkeys.

I’ve even cooked a wild turkey, and it was a whole different experience, let me tell you.

However, up until last week, I expected to be spending Thanksgiving in California, so this project could be called “Mainer takes on San Diego”.

3 Thanksgiving Crafts for a Turkey Tablescape 

When I think of California, I think fresh produce, fresh flowers, beautiful weather, Mexican food.

Sounds like a picnic to me! So I planned several crafts around the idea of a #turkeytablescape.

Before you can feast, you have to get the food, and for that, I made a market tote for taking to the farmer’s market.

Farmers Market Tote Bag Instructions:

1. Buy ½ yard burlap fabric. I went for one with a harvest theme print.
2. Cut turkey out of black or grey felt. I printed a turkey silhouette off of the internet for a pattern.
3. Sew turkey to front of bag. I hand-stitched using a plain running stitch.
4. Add trim to the front of the bag and handles. I used a pretty crochet-look lace trim, but I often use grosgrain ribbon for things like handles, as it is sturdier.
5. Cut the fabric into 2 15”x 17” rectangles for the front and back, 2 6”x 17.5” for the sides, and one 6”x16” for the bottom.
6. Sew the sides to the bottom along the short sides. I recommend pressing your seams. I sewed wrong sides together to expose the raw seam for a more rustic look. It depends how shabby you want your shabby chic to be…
7. Sew the sides and bottom to the front and back.

Voila—you are done.

You could, however, add a lining; I’m thinking unbleached muslin would be nice.

Just make the same bag slightly smaller, turn inside out, and sew to the top of the burlap bag.

You could also reinforce the seams with an extra row of stitching, top stitching, etc.

Burlap is very prone to unravel.

Maybe you’ll be able to pick up some flowers for your picnic table at the market, too.

For these, I added a turkey to four mini-vases.

I used white Martha Stewart Glitter Glue [love this stuff.]

Martha Stewart also has a product called “Frost Etching Effect” in the paint section at Jo-Ann that I think could be fun for this project.

I love how easy this craft is, and with consistent results.

I just printed a turkey silhouette in the appropriate size, held it against the inside of the glass [you could use a little piece of tape], and traced it on the outside.

Easy peasy, and cute.

You might even be able to remove the glue to paint a Christmas tree next month, or paint something for a different holiday on each side.

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Toddler DIY – Kid Friendly Christmas Crafts

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Welcome to the holidays, time for Kid Friendly Christmas Crafts.

Only this year, I have a toddler trying to help.

I went searching for kid friendly Christmas crafts and this is what I found.

I found the cutest ornament on Pinterest, so I figured I would give it a shot.

While I am putting the final result on my tree, this is totally a Pinterest fail.

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DIY Polish Star Christmas Ornaments

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My mother-in-law posted a link on Facebook the other day detailing how to make something called Polish Star Ornaments.

I watched the video and immediately fell in love with these easy, yet beautiful ornaments and thought how wonderful they would look on my Christmas tree.

Tradition of the Polish Star

In the Polish tradition of celebrating Christmas, the star has special significance.

On Christmas Eve the first star of the night is named “Gwiazda,” meaning “little star,” in remembrance of the Star of Bethlehem.

At the moment it appears, greetings and good wishes are exchanged.

Families then partake of the Christmas supper, “Wigilia,” the most carefully planned meal of the year.

Polish Star Ornaments

You will need the following supplies to make your Polish Star Christmas Ornaments:

  • A pen or pencil (to form the points)
  • Something sharp to poke a hole through the center of each piece of paper, I used a sewing needle, a toothpick would work too. If you use a compass to draw your circles, you can use that to poke a hole through the circles of paper.
  • Scissors
  • White Glue (to glue the points)
  • Jewelry Cord (to hold the pieces together, string, twine, ribbon etc. can also be used)
  • 2 Jewelry spacing beads, sequins, etc. (to keep the cord on both ends taught)
  • 5 Sheets of 8.5 x 11 Paper (scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, printer paper, brown shipping paper etc.)
  • A Compass or object you can use to draw around about 4″ wide, I used a cardboard ribbon spool
  • A Compass or object you can use to draw around about 1″ wide, I used a nickel

Instructions:

1.  Use a 3″ – 4″ circle (I used a cardboard ribbon spool that is roughly 3.5″) and draw 4 circles onto a piece of paper. Next, use your .09″ – 1″ circle (I used a nickel) and draw the inner circle in the middle of the larger circle. Do this on the remaining pieces of 8.5 x 11 pieces of paper for a total of 10-20 large circles.  Or use the template found here.

2. Cut the larger circles out.  Then Fold the circle in half, fold a second time in half (1/4), then a third time in half (1/8).

3.  Open your circles up. In the center of the circle punch, use a needle, toothpick, etc. to make a hole.

4. Cut along the folds almost to the center, but not quite all the way. You can see in the photos below where the cuts are made.

5. Put a small dab of glue on the point of one tab, then wrap the tab around a pencil or pen hold in place for a few seconds so the glue sets, do this for all 8 tabs. You can also do this without using a pen or pencil as seen in the youTube video posted at the bottom.

6. Slip a spacer bead onto your jewelry cord halfway down the cord (you can also use string, twine, thin ribbon etc.). I didn’t take a photo of this, so I used the diagram from diohomeimprovements.com.

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3 Simple Halloween Crafts to Decorate your Home

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At TotsFamily.com we like to get crafty but we are also a very frugal set of people.

When Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store challenged us to create a #SpookySpaces tablescape we couldn’t refuse.

Our table consists of three separate crafts which together make a lovely scene.

Or you can make just one or two of the crafts and add to your existing decor.

Looking for more Halloween ideas?

3 Simple Halloween Crafts To Decorate Your Home

Framed Holiday Quote

I love framed holiday quotes because you can customize and reuse it for every holiday table scape you create.

I chose the phrase ‘BOO’ for Halloween and decided to just use 1 letter per frame so it really stands out.

You could also choose whole words or phrases for each frame.

Instructions

I drew my letters, cut them out and glued them to a piece of Halloween craft paper.

Next, I trimmed my Halloween paper down and taped it to the back of the mat that is included in the frame.

I then assembled the frame back together and it was done.

Easy and effective. (You can reuse the frames with new paper for each holiday, accordingly)

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