kid crafts for Thanksgiving

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It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Family Fun magazine. I was perusing through the last two issues with my boys today and thought I would highlight just a few of the fun Thanksgiving crafts you can find on the site. Left to right: turkey luminaries, pilgrim and turkey hats, pom pom pumpkins, Lego turkey, pilgrim hat and mayflower placecards.

Happy crafting everyone!

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toddler to teen Thanksgiving table

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So this year my beautiful neices and nephews are joining my family for Thanksgiving dinner. We all know I love to decorate a table, but because my hubby and I both are the babies of our families our children are much younger than their cousins. My Thanksgiving kid’s table will run the gammet from a three year old toddler to a sixteen year old… oh yeah!

So I decided to look for some modern color combinations (light blue, brown, orange) with a little glitter for sparkle and pair it with some traditional kid type decor (teepees and turkeys). This is what I came up with and I hope they (and you) like it as much as I do. {wink}

I started by going to the fabric section of my craft store and then took my selection to the scrapbook cardstock section. I was able to find beautiful blue, green and brown shimmery cardstock and complementary fall tree design (on the vase). I used the blue for the “give thanks” centerpiece background and the napkin rings. I used the green for the letters on my “give thanks” centerpiece, and I used the brown as my placemats (wish I had gotten a shot of that for you).

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The centerpiece is a simple vase with a cardstock band and glitter branches embellished with a scallop punch “give thanks.”

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With a few swipes of the surger I made napkins out of the fabric, as well as these very fun, and slightly modern, teepees. Here’s what you’ll need to make a few of your own:

  • 22″ x 18″ swatch of fabric (makes two)
  • 6 thin dowels (3 for each teepee)
  • fabric glue
  • fabric pencil
  • surger
  • scissors

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And here’s how you make them:

  1. Cut four small 1/4″ slits of your fabric.
  2. Arrange your teepee poles (aka dowels). Note: Mine are two differnt heights.
  3. Wrap the strips of fabric around your poles and tack them down to the pole and the poles to each other with fabric glue. Allow the poles to set for at least 10 minutes before applying the teepee fabric.
  4. The teepee itself is a fourth of a circle. My tallest one is 11″ and my shortest is 7″.
  5. Using your teepee poles as a guide, mark your height for each teepee. Make sure that the top of your teepee poles are placed at the corner of the fabric and stick out like they will when your craft is completed.
  6. Surge the fabric all the way around.
  7. Gently set it on your teepee frame and tack it closed at the top with fabric glue.

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For the placecards I made little turkeys with real feathers. My boys loved picking out which ones would be at their plate… but my five year old kept calling them chickens… {wink}! Here’s what you’ll need from the craft store:

  • pack of brown/black/tan feathers
  • large and medium brown/black/tan pom poms 
  • brown pipe cleaners
  • brown cardstock
  • hot glue gun
  • wire cutters

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And here are the super simple steps to pull them together:

  1. Start by choosing your pom pom color combinations and your feathers. You’ll want a tall feather for the center and one or two, depending on how dense they are, for each side.
  2. Hot glue your feathers onto the back of your pompom and set them aside.
  3. Cut your turkey legs and turkey toes using a wire cutter.
  4. Hot glue your turkey toes to your turkey legs (and don’t burn yourself like I did!).
  5. Cut out circles, or scallops in my case, as your turkey base.
  6. Hot glue your turkey legs pointing outward slightly to the base.
  7. Hot glue on your turkey body and feathers.
  8. Finally hot glue on the turkey’s head, just on top, closer to the feathers than the feet.

I hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving!

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raise your centerpiece this fall

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I admit, I have a thing for cake plates, cupcake stands… basically any traditional or non-traditional way to stack food as a centerpiece. {wink} These are a few of my recent favorities.

  1. Glass Pedestal Stand & Dome
  2. Laurie Cake Pedestal
  3. Ironstone Cake Plates
  4. Square Cake Stand

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And here are some seasonal ways to dress them up:

  1. Midwest Living
  2. Martha Stewart
  3. Country Living
  4. American Greetings

Be inspired and have a wonderful weekend!

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giggling to gobbled!

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Okay, I swear my obsession with the Thanksgiving turkey cookie and cupcake are going to end soon, but before it could I needed to get into the kitchen myself. And I did just that with my two little ones this week. These are mine. I call them the giggling gobblers. All smiles and happy… little did they know they were about be “gobbled!” {wink}

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And this is what they likely looked like (thanks Alex!) just before the terrible end. Feathers flipped around, wide eyes, melting chocolate, mouth screaming… Ahhhhhhhhh!! Just trying to help you guys get in the Thanksgiving spirit. {giggle}

Oh, and if you’re interested in making the before version, here’s what you’ll need (just so you know, they’re kind of big… but could be fun as a placecard at your Thanksgiving kid’s table):

  • Sugar cookies (round and large flower shapes)
  • Chocolate and white icing (we used Pillsbury cream cheese since there is no egg or dairy)
  • Candy corn (we were lucky and found a dairy free store brand at Kroger)
  • Yellow and orange food coloring (I recommend gel so that you don’t thin your icing)
  • Optional: M&Ms for the after version

And here are the easy steps:

  1. Outline and flood a flower cookie (chocolate or yellow depending on your version) and a round cookie.
  2. Once they’ve almost set, stack them and start decorating.
    •  Candy corn feathers, or
    • Pipe orange outline, like leaf veins, using a plastic bottle (like we did) or a #2 tip would work the same
  3. Pipe on the eyes and add a candy corn nose

Remember, not everything you bake has to be perfect. Enjoy your little ones in the kitchen; it makes for great holiday memories!

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gobble! gobble!

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I periodically have to peek in on Bakerella (I remember when I by chance saw her original appearance on the Martha Stewart Show. I remember thinking “what a cool idea.” It seems so long ago; now she’s everywhere) to see what new goodies she’s come up with.

Well these little guys are from last year, but who cares! Adorable! And I’m sure she’ll come up with something equally as fun this year. Run on over to Bakerella.com to get all the details including some great pics of what you’ll need for this little project.

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turkey cupcake round-up

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You guys know me by now. I’ll have to create at least one turkey cupcake this holiday season (my neices and nephew are coming!) so I thought I would gather up some inspiration.

Here they are left to right: Martha Stewart, Family Fun, Bright Ideas, Family Fun, Bake Space, Betty Crocker.

Now let’s see what I can do. {wink}

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kid’s Thanksgiving table

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Each Thanksgiving we decorate a beautiful table for the adults and this year I’m decorating a very fun kid’s table too. Check out these felt turkey and Pilgrim hat finger puppets. Adorable! (My boys will devour the candy canes immediately. My nieces and nephew will be lucky if they get one!) And what about this Give Thanks! banner, it’s a great reminder of the season.

I could see these plush pom pom turkeysas placecard holders and this fun “what are you thankful for?” yarn turkey as my centerpiece. And of course, last but not least, I made this felt turkey table runner last year. Here are the how tos and a template.

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Start planning now and make sure to engage your kids in the fun. They’ll love showing off their work to the family!

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haunted house, spiders & more

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I’m so loving these bright ideas {wink} and wanted to share with those of you who haven’t visited the site before. Very cute, step-by-step instructions and lots of fun. Enjoy!

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monsters, mummies & more

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Are these all not adorable, creepy and yummy! Betty really out did herself this Halloween. {wink}

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Halloween candy table

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This weekend we had a neighborhood “sweets” potluck. It’s our way of getting together one last time before we all go into hibernation for the winter. {wink} This was our candy table for the kids: crashing witch cupcakes, mummy cupcakes, witch hat cookies… and oh yes, the flying bats over the table were inspiration from Home & Garden Magazine’s October issue. Super easy to make from construction paper and easy to hang with a few straight pins.

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And this is just a shot of the carmel apples I made and my son’s favorite… gummy worms! Yum! (Note the simple and economical embellishments… ribbon can work wonders to a plain cake plate or square vase.)

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