Colorful Last Minute Thanksgiving Decorations

Holy cow November! Maybe slow it down a bit eh? I feel like this month just started and it’s already halfway over, I mean Thanksgiving is next week!  I have pretty much done nothing as far as fall decorations other than make a wreath, which I accidentally broke two weeks later when I was making way for my Halloween door decorations.  But we aren’t having Thanksgiving at our house so I really just didn’t see the point.  That didn’t stop me from pretending like we were and searching Pinterest for projects I will never do.  So without further ado, here are some of my favorite easy internet finds.

Printable Thanksgiving Food Label cards | Lovely Indeed

 Colorful Table Confetti | A Kailo Chic Life

Model Magic Pumpkin Placeholders | Artful Days

Honeycomb Turkeys | Say Yes

 Paper Wreaths | Damask Love

Wire Napkin Rings | Mad in Crafts

Felt Leaf Garland | Cutesy Crafts

Rope Napkin Rings | Flax and Twine

 

Colorful Thanksgiving Balloons | Studio DIY

Colorful Books | Design Improvised

Clay Leaf Charm | Mod Podge Rocks

 Leaf Stamped Towels | Squirrely Minds

 

Cute and Creepy Halloween Bracelets

Halloween is just around the corner and while most people have been planning their costume for weeks, I have put very little thought into it.  I get way more excited planning what my toddler is going to be.  I’m usually stuck somewhere between wanting to show my Halloween spirit but wanting to wear clothes that won’t leave me freezing, itchy or with some form of face paint on.  I’m also one of those people that once I get dressed in the morning, I’m dressed for the day.  That’s where these cute Halloween bracelets come in.

I wanted something that would be easy, cheap, and good looking.  In my opinion that is basically the holy trinity of any craft project.  These bangles can be made to fit any holiday really and with just a few supplies you could make quite a few of these. I made a few plain ones and then added some embellishments to show that I’m representing the holidays even if it is just the bare minimum.  I would say that this is definitely easier for adults and older children.  It can get repetitive and tedious but it is in no way hard.  And the best part of all is that it is super cheap to make these and they can be any size so feel free to not only deck yourself out but throw some of these bangles on your baby, cat and neighbors (with their permission of course!).

What You Will Need:

  • plastic canvas
  • yarn
  • scissors
  • plastic spider rings
  • googly eyes
  • hot glue

First you will need to cut a strip of plastic canvas in the width that you want for  your bracelet. I cut the strip along the shorter side of the plastic canvas sheet so that I could make more.  It doesn’t matter at this point if it is too long because you will want to overlap it anyway.

Next make sure you cut off any of the little “nubbins” from the plastic canvas.  You want it to be smooth on both sides of the strip.  This is an easy step, but a surprisingly messy one.  Those things will go everywhere and if they get in your carpet the only chance of getting them out is vacuuming.

Now you need to determine the size of your bracelet.  It needs to easily go on to your wrist but also not be so big that it falls right off.  This is where the overlapping happens.  Once you get the size you want, you will need to tie the overlapping parts together.  You will only need to do this in one little spot, just to make sure the size stays like you want it.

The next step is going to require you to make a small ball of yarn that can easily go through the ring you have made for your bracelet.  I originally tried to just wrap the yarn around the strip before I folded it into a bracelet but that did not go so well in the end.

Once you have your mini yarn ball, pick a spot and start wrapping it around the strip. This part is the most annoying and time consuming part.  Weaving through the bracelet hole while trying to keep the yarn close together on the strip takes a little bit of effort.  Once you make it all the way around the bracelet you can either stop or go around again just to give it a little something extra.  I went around three times, but on the third time I wrapped it not as tight and spread it out to give it a little different texture.

Once you have your bracelet wrapped you will need to cut the yarn and glue the end down, preferably on the inside of the bracelet.  I glued it down and then tucked it a little so that it would be more hidden.

Finally add all of the finishing touches!  I just simply took the spider rings and cut the ring part to there was an opening and wrapped it around the bracelet.  If you bracelet is smaller in width, you can cut the spiders from the ring and glue them to it.  For eyes I just glued them on.  I think in hindsight I would have used a different color of yarn so that the spiders would stick out more.  I didn’t want to do the traditional orange and black because I’m honestly not a big a fan of the color.  But a green or even a lighter purple would have looked pretty good too. You could easily add some small plastic snakes or skeleton bones if you could find them.  I even tried wrapping one in “spider webs” but it looked a mess so I didn’t post any pictures.  When you are done, slip your creation on and wear it proudly!

Easy Magazine Ghost

My little guy has just discovered the joy of the paper cutter.  He is only two, but cutting paper by sliding a “magic button” as he calls it is way more effective than his plastic kiddie scissors and maybe even a little safer as well.  Obviously I still hover over him while he uses it, but he seems to appreciate the autonomy that it gives him.  To celebrate the discovery of a new tool to use, we decided to do a little Halloween craft with some paper strips.

This one is super easy and can easily be made with things already in your house.  You could easily adapt it be any character or symbol, but we decided to go with a ghost.  I would say that this choice was on purpose but it was really more of a necessity due to lack of pages that were all one color scheme.

What you need:

  • magazine or scrap book paper
  • glue
  • construction paper
  • scissors/paper cutter
  • googly eyes (optional)

If you are using magazine pages, you will first need to go through and find pages that are all one color scheme.  I found that it was a lot easier to find pages that were mostly white.  Even a page mostly full of writing would work.  Colored pages were a lot harder to find, but different scrap book paper patterns in the same color family could also work.

First you will need to cut your paper in to strips.  I made them all different widths but all the same length.

Next, glue the strips to paper making sure to cover the whole page.  I even layered some just to get the patterning that I wanted.

Finally, you will need another sheet of paper in the desired color you want to contrast  your ghost.  Simply draw the outline of the character that you want on to this paper.

Next cut out the character, being sure to cut out from the center.

Place the cutout on top of your strips of paper and glue it down.  Its that easy!  All you have to do is put the finishing touches on!  I love this project because it is easy for every age, and it can be anything.  Even if I didn’t have orange pages I could still use white and then use a translucent paint to make a cute pumpkin, a spider, or a a witch hat.  The possibilities are endless and it can be used for every holiday.

Cozy Fall Yarn Wreath

Fall is by far my favorite time of the year, so much so that I consider August to basically be pre-fall (cue pumpkin spice everything).  I love the weather, the clothes, the smells, the drinks involving whiskey and slow cooker recipes.  To me everything in fall just tastes better too.  On top of that I’m also always cold, even in the summer I tend to wear jeans.  Occasionally if my husband decides that our house needs to double as a giant live in fridge, I can be seen wearing a sweater even if it is 90+ degrees outside.  Wearing jeans and a light sweater with a cute pair of brown sandals seems to attract less confused looks in the fall than it does when you are surrounded by tanned people wearing spaghetti straps and cut-off jean shorts.   It probably has something to do with the fact that I was born in November and came in to this world thinking that trees were supposed to look like fire.

One fall trend that I have always loved is that people tend to get their craft on a little bit more.  It’s the beginning of hardcore crafting season if you will.  I mean, sure people craft during the summer.  But fall/winter has some peak crafting holidays.  One craft in particular that I pin on Pinterest frequently but never actually accomplish is the wreath.  I see so many clever and creative wreaths greeting people on front porches and entryways that have turned into a mini pumpkin patches complete with full sized hay bales and corn stalks.  I have always wanted to make one of my own in hopes that someone would ask me where I got it and I could respond with the ever humble “Oh that little thing, I just made when I had some free time”.  Unfortunately, I have always lived in an apartment.  Don’t get me wrong, apartments can definitely have wreaths on the door, I just didn’t feel the same sense of entryway pride with ours.  Also, I tried hanging a decorative Halloween sign on our door one year and it was stolen by a passerby only a few days later….But this year we have a house!  Not only do we have a house, this house comes with a semi long entryway and wait for it….a red door!  Sadly, the space between the entry “hall” and the door isn’t really wide enough for a full sized hay bale/mini fall wonderland.  I could maybe put a cornstalk in there but alone it seems a bit ridiculous.  So I will just have to settle for my sad lifelong dream of making a wreath.

I decided that I wanted to go clean and simple with this one.  And by decided I mean I had a very small budget.  I decided that I would try out one of these yarn wreaths that I have seen all over the web.  I already had some yellow yarn, so I just needed to get the Styrofoam ring and maybe a sprig of something fall-like.  Luckily, sprigs of something fall-like were on sale for 40% off so instead of paying the whole whopping three dollars for it I had to pay a dollar something.  I could have done more, but I really did like the idea of something simple.  Also, if it turned out terrible then I wouldn’t feel so bad about spending money on it.  I got my foam thing and was ready to go, but the yarn aisle was just begging to casually strolled down.  I came across this beautiful mustard colored yellow that was a little bit more bulky than the basic yarn I had at home so naturally I needed it.  I would say in total this yarn cost me about 15 dollars and maybe and hour and a half of my time.  Sadly, in my excitement to get a wreath done, I didn’t actually get any pictures during the making process.  But I think it is easy enough to understand.

What you will need:

  • styrofoam ring
  • thick or bulky yarn
  • cheap yarn in the same color/general color as the thick yarn
  • sprig of something fall-like
  • scissors?

So to get started, I figured out where I thought I wanted the decorative fall sprig to go on the wreath.  You could tape it down on the wreath where you want it, I chose to stab it into the styrofoam as much as I could.  It probably would have been easier to first make a hole with some scissors but by the time I thought about it I had already started stabbing (I was excited to get my first wreath done!). If you really like making things difficult you could skip this step all together and just hold the thing in place while wrapping yarn around the foam.

Next, start wrapping the cheap yarn around your foam.  This isn’t actually a step that you would have to do.  If you just wanted to use the bulky yarn it would probably by fine, I just thought having that extra layer under it would help hide the ugly green foam.  It also helps because with the bulky yarn I wanted to not pull it as tight so it would keep its sweater-like qualities.  If you wrap it too tightly it can start to look like regular yarn and it loses its bulkiness that was appealing.  Anyway, with the cheap yarn I started right up next to the sprig of something fall-like and went all the way around, making sure to tighten and push together the yarn as close as I could.  You want to end up under your greenery so it can help hide the seem from where you started.  If you think you can do it without it being noticeable, you can also maybe wrap around a branch on the underside of the spring to secure it down a little more.

Next, repeat the same thing with the bulky yarn, only this time you don’t to do it as tightly.  After I made it all the way around once, I decided that I didn’t like how perfect it looked.  I went around again but this time I put a ton of space between each wrap around, then I went around again and kind of criss-crossed over it.  I feel like it kind of gave it a move cozy sweater texture and wasn’t so plain.  I love how it turned out, it wasn’t so bad for my first attempt at a wreath.  If I were to do it again I would maybe try to find a thicker ring, or maybe get two things of bulky yarn so I could wrap the whole thing twice with it.  But overall I love how it turned out, and it looks pretty nice on our red door.