Thanksgiving is right around the corner and many of us are already planning our festivities including our dinner menu, guest list and of course, the floral centerpieces. Flowers are an imperative addition to your holiday dining atmosphere (to a florist anyways) but there are other ways to decorate your home using materials naturally located in your house or items requiring very little cost. Zipping up your abode with color, texture and interesting accessories matching the Thanksgiving Day theme will enhance your celebration with more than just a full belly. Try these beautiful arts and crafts for your holiday gathering and quickly watch them become a part of your annual traditions.
If You’re Into the Natural Thing…
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We’re in New England people, so let’s use the gifts that Mother Nature has bestowed on us and tweak both our outdoor and indoor living spaces using these readily available props! Pumpkins should be number 1 on your shopping list because there’s a ton of ways to use these perky little darlings plus they’re cheap. Try lining your walkway with an assortment of different shaded legumes or simply grab a bail of hay and place a few gourds and pumpkins on top to make a seasonal display. Smaller pumpkins are also great to put here and there on your dining room table as part of the setting. A spectrum of red, yellow and orange fall leaves are wonderful for garnishing platters and pinecones are stunning for making candleholders or wreathes.
If You Have Kids…
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If you have kids than its time to put them to work! Easy peasy tracing crafts such as drawing their hands and coloring them in to look like a turkey is one way to get art up on your walls ASAP. Another fun thing for the tots to do is make a turkey body using anything from clay, Styrofoam, Play Doh or even paper and have them cut out feathers with different colored construction paper. Make all of your guests fill a strip out stating what they are thankful for most this holiday and have them place them back into the turkey using toothpicks. Put in the center of the table and Voila you have your perfect centerpiece!
If You’re A Clever Art Lover…
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If you love the idea of decorating but you like to keep things simple and uncluttered, you’re going to adore these fancy yet delicate little add-ins you can whip up for your home this Thanksgiving! For dinner labels, I suggest you get some inexpensive pots and paint them with chalk paint ,which you can find at any hardware store. Give them a coat of black and then with regular paint, outline a band around the middle and a gold square to become a buckle. Grab some chalk, and write your guests names to place at their seats. Now they won't only have a delicious meal to dine on but they can take home their own pilgrims hats as a party favor!