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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Today On Good Things Utah! Thanksgiving Table Scape

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to feel and show others how blessed you are.  I personally feel that doing things hand made can give that "personal touch" that shows some that you spent the TIME to make the event special.  I also love using the pictures I get from Camera Shy to put in each of my decorations.  My kids don't pick them apart because they feel good about how they look and we get a CD so we don't have to worry and can print them in any way that we want!  This centerpiece, napkin holder, place mat, Thanksgiving pie in a jar, and place card are all VERY simple hand made touches you can use for your dinner and with things you may just find around your house!
BLESSINGS TREE
Pictures of people at your table.  (I used my pictures taken at Camera Shy)
Apothecary Jar
4x4 Chipboard Album
Branches from your yard or craft store
Papers that you love (I used We R Memory Keepers Antique Chic)
Metal Flower Brads
adhesive
Bakers Twine
Ribbon
Misc. Punches (I used a scallop circle and a circle that was slightly smaller for the "Blossoms")

1) Get an apothecary jar and some branches from either your yard or craft store.
2) Trace and adhere each picture on the chipboard as desired (like little scrapbook pages!)
3) Punch a hole and hang the pictures from the tree
4) Using the same Bakers twine hang the embellishments in the tree
5) Cut and prepare each "Blessing blossom" and leave the bakers twine out to use on Thanksgiving day.
6) Tie a ribbon around the outside of the jar. 

Here is the word art I had made.  You can print it by clicking on it to make it larger, then drag it to your desktop if you have an apple, or right click and save it if you are on a PC.

This is the original size...

PIE IN A JAR
Small Jar.  (I got mine from Hobby Lobby but small Mason Jars would work to!)
Scrap Papers
Left over embellishment and ribbon

1) Cut a circle to decorate the top and then tie a ribbon around the middle
2) Fill with pie in a jar recipe which I found on this blog.

Here it is:
Recipe for Pumpkin Cream Pie:
  • 1 cup pumpkin (pureed)
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 2 boxes of instant vanilla pudding (3.5 oz. size)
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed (such as Cool Whip–or make your own whipping cream)
  • Extra whipped topping for the top of the pies
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together on low speed for 1 minute. Spoon filling into mason jars on top of the graham cracker crust. Top with a layer of whipped topping and chill in the fridge until set, for about 3 hours.
 PLACE SETTING
Pictures of your family (I used mine from CAMERA SHY)
Small Block of Wood

1) I used a picture to show people where to sit.  I think the more pictures around the house (and table) the better.  I think the kids really feel more loved when they see they are the actual focus of the decorations!
2) Fill the remaining sides with things you love about each person.
PLACE MAT
We R Memory Keepers lucky 8 punch
12x12 sheet of peper
Crayons

1)  Boy oh boy is this easy! 
2) Cut each side as the directions state and you have an awesome personalized, disposable place mat!
3) Include crayons at the place setting for children so they can color on their place mat.  Or better yet, use Butcher paper as a table covering at their table and they can draw as they wait for the adults to recover from their turkey toxins!
NAPKINS
This is a very easy Napkin design.  Use the bakers twine from the Blessing tree.  Cut several pieces of twine and use them along with the blossoms you made for the blessing tree to the napkin.  When taken apart, these will be the blossoms each person will use for their part in the tree!
CANDLES
Candles
Lace
Spray Paint

1) Cover the candle in the lace design you love
2) Spray Paint the Candle in any color that will match your table!
3)  Take the lace off the candle!
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