turkey placecard to match

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If you’ve made the turkey runner you also must make the placecards. Here’s a scaled down template with a foot so that they stand. The items you need are similar to the runner, except you’ll need craft paper instead of felt and there are no buttons. Here’s a list:

  • Brown, black, orange and yellow craft paper
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors

Simply print the template, cut out the shapes and glue them together starting with the base circles, next the feathers (five per turkey), stand (score it in half) and finally beak (triangle) and eyes (circles).

Happy crafting!

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festive turkey table runner

diy-thanksgiving-turkey-felt-table-runner

Looking for a great way to dress up your Thanksgiving table!? Check out our “no sew” turkey table runner craft. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Brown felt, 19′ x 72′
  • Orange felt, 12′ x 12′ block
  • Light brown felt, 12′ x 12′ block
  • Yellow felt, 12′ x 12′ block
  • 4 black buttons
  • Fabric glue
  • Scallop ruler or medium size bowl

And here are the simple steps and a template:

  1. Take a scallop edge sewing ruler (or a medium size bowl) and mark your scallop ends.
  2. Trim your runner to match the length of your scallop. It should be approximately 17′ x 72′.
  3. Cut your scallop onto each end of the runner and set the fabric aside.
  4. Print off our template and cut out each piece. You’ll need two of each shape with the exception of the leaf where you’ll need 10 (five per turkey). (Orange – leaves; Light brown – large turkey body; Yellow – small turkey body; Orange – beak)
  5. Center the large turkey body circle in the center of your table runner, about 4 inches from the end of your runner and glue down the bottom of the circle. (Tip: Place your runner on the table before gluing and make sure that your turkey will be completely off the end of the table on each end.)
  6. Glue five leaves behind the base body in a fan and then glue down the remaining body circle
  7. Glue on the yellow small turkey body and orange beak.
  8. Sew on button eyes.

And don’t forget the placecards to match!

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thanksgiving placecard ideas

 

Here are a number of fun and very creative ideas for your Thanksgiving table:

Thanksgiving placecards

1. Cookie – the only problem with these would be that they might not make it to dinner!

2. Nature – we found this one on www.thanksgivingcard.blogspot.com. With a few leaves, acorns and a little glue, anyone can pull this one off.

3. Turkey – this placecard from a 2003 issue of Martha Stewart is so very fun and really easy to make.  For the head and beak, bend a 3-inch piece of brown pipe cleaner, and affix it to the top of a pinecone with craft glue. Glue 3 feathers (available at crafts-supply stores) near the base. Station one turkey at each setting with a place card.

4. Pumpkin – these were featured on www.tipjunkie.com and are just too adorable from www.mochamemories.com. Read more on her site for instructions. You’ll need a few crafting tools, but they look worth it.

Happy crafting!

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ghostly

Ghostly

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we were having a block Halloween party. To show our spirit for the evening we made a lot of things… including this ghost. All you need is:

  • 3 yards white bridal tulle
  • 6 inch diameter Styrofoam ball
  • Sheet of black construction paper
  • 48″ dowel
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  1. Scrunch your tulle into several bunches so that it is very wrinkled (this will help it stand up and appear more spooky)
  2. Cut two 2 inch circles out of the black construction paper for the eyes and a large oval for the mouth
  3. Apply the paper to the Styrofoam ball with hot glue
  4. Insert your dowel in the bottom of the ball (use your scissors or a pencil to start the hole)
  5. Snip a 12 inch strip of the tulle and then drape the remaining tulle over the ball
  6. Define the neck by tying the tulle in place at the neck with the 12″ strip

Have fun!

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pirate ship craft

Pirate ship craftFor your next pirate bash, make your very own mini ships as table decoration or even as placecard holders with this fun recycle project from Kaboose!

What you’ll need:

  • 3 cardboard egg cups (or open walnut shells)
  • Brown acrylic craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • ¼ cup modeling clay or play dough
  • 6 toothpicks
  • 1 sheet white paper
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue

For the step-by-step how to, hop over to Kaboose and get crafting!

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picking pumpkins

Picking pumpkinsThere is nothing quite like a pumpkin farm in the fall. The trees are beautiful and the kids are in heaven, always looking for the largest one in the bunch to see if they can move it. For those of you lucky enough to visit a farm this year, here are a few things to look for when you want to be creative:

  • Gnarly stems – a good crooked stem is great when placed on its side to portray a witch
  • Tall and thin – these are great for large stencils and ghost faces
  • Small and squat – these are perfect for the typical jack-o-lantern

No matter what you choose, and whether from a patch or a grocery store, enjoy the moments with your families.

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long legged spider suckers

Spider suckersThis easy craft made my little guys smile. Not only could they make them, but they could quickly pull them apart to eat them! All you need are:

  • Suckers
  • Black pipe cleaners (4 per spider)
  • Plastic eyes
  • Glue

Here’s how:

  • Take four pipe cleaners in one hand and one sucker in the other
  • Wrap the cleaners around the stick portion of the sucker once and then twist the cleaners to make the wrap tighter (the knot will be on the bottom of the spider)
  • Extend four legs onto either side and bend the ends (for feet) about a ½ inch to ¾ inch from the end of each pipe cleaner
  • Next bend the pipe cleaners (legs) so that the spider stands up
  • Finally apply the eyes using any white non-toxic glue (although on the outside of the wrapper, better safe than sorry)

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masquerading pumpkins

Pumpkins MasqueradingThe craft room was abuzz this weekend working on ideas for our block’s Halloween party. My oldest helped with this one; he cut out the Frankenstein template for me, minus the bolts… okay, so I had to cut it out again, but his version was adorable.

Here’s what you need:

  • Halloween cookie cutter shapes (bat, owl and Frankenstein shown)
  • Black or orange ribbon
  • Rectangle hole punch (available at most any craft store)
  • Craft paper (fall and Halloween colors)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape
  • Small pumpkin

I simply picked out a fun cookie cutter, the bat was my favorite, and traced the outline on a piece of craft paper. Once I had the outline, I cut out the shape, punched a rectangle hole on each side and inserted the ribbon, tying a knot in each end. Finally I put a piece of double sided tape on the back of the mask and slipped it over my pumpkin pressing the mask in place.

Have fun!

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witch broom favors

Witch broom favorAll of your guests can fly high (sugar high that is) this Halloween with these fun broomstick favors. For each broomstick you’ll need:

  • Two lunch-size paper bags
  • Small branch (you could use a wooden dowel from the hardware store if you don’t have access to branches, but you’ll lose some of the spooky appeal)
  • Black twine
  • Candy

Steps:

  • Unfold one bag and push out its base (don’t tear the bottom like I did the first time) while folding in the left and right sides (see how)
  • Using scissors (or a rotor cutter and quilters mat if you have them), cut the bag into thin strips, stopping short of the base
  • Cut thin strips into the top inch of the second bag
  • Open both bags, and place the second bag inside the shredded one and fill with candy
  • Insert a small branch 1 to 1 ½ inches into the bag; cinch the top and secure it closed with black twine
Idea source: marthastewart.com

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no carve pumpkins

no carve pumpkinOur boys get so excited about the season each year that we typically buy our pumpkins in mid September. So that we can enjoy our pumpkins longer, we outline a carving template on our pumpkins and then color them in with a black sharpie (we ran through two large ones last year). Our neighbors and guests think they’re carved and marvel at how perfect they are. And since we can’t illuminate them from the inside, we use purple and orange lights all around our display so you can see our creations in the dark.

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