Thanksgiving is rolling in, it seemed to have sprung up in a blink of an eye and it’s time we all start preparing for our festivities. In my family, all the girls have a competition each year. We each come up with a new Do It Yourself Thanksgiving themed decoration, craft or recipe. We have been doing this over the last few years as we all have grown up, and have families of our own. While we all still try to make it an effort to travel to the Mid-West during this time of year, it’s been difficult to get everyone’s schedules to match up.
This year will be the first time the entire family will be together and I know all the girls, including myself, have been searching for the most unique DIY ideas over the last few weeks. While exploring every inch of the internet for uncommon and artistic design, I thought I would share a few of my favorites. Each one of these DIY’s are quick, simple, and would look great in anyone’s home on this Thanksgiving!
Autumn Leaf Bowl
Craft store leaf garland, Mod Podge (matte finish), Foam Brush, Balloon, Scissors, Mixing bowl
*Tip: try to find thin, paper-like leaves for your garland. The thinner the leaves, the better they will mold to the shape of your balloon. Also, avoid any plastic-coated leaves.
Step 1. Begin by snipping the leaves off the strand of garland. Leave about 1/8″ at the base
Step 2. Carefully rip the entire plastic stem (and all the veins!) off of the faux leaves (picture above). This will help the leaves mold to the shape of the balloon.
Step 3. Fill up your balloon to size. We stuck ours inside a mixing bowl to keep it in place.
Step 4. With your mod podge in a cup nearby, gently apply a thin layer on top of your balloon, starting in the middle and working your way out.
Step 5. Lay a leaf on top of the wet mod podge and smooth with your fingers or foam brush. Once it’s stuck in place, apply another thin layer of mod podge on top of that leaf. See image below.
Step 6. Repeat, covering any empty spaces with smaller leaves.
Step 7. When you reach about a quarter of the way down the balloon, add one or two leaves to the bottom of the bowl for extra weight and support. Allow to dry at least an hour.
Step 8. When the mod podge is dry, carefully pop your balloon with a pin at the tied end, slowly letting the air out. Don’t be alarmed if the leaves shrink down when the balloon deflates, it will return to its original shape after a minute or so. You may find that some of the mod podge will stick to the edges of your leaves, but you can just pick or cut it off.
Step 9. Fill with desired content.
Pilgrim Hat Cookies
16 chocolate wafer cookies (such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers)
1 tube orange frosting with piping tips
16 small peanut butter cups
Step 1. Place cookies on work surface; squeeze a dime-size dot of frosting in center of each
Step 2. Unwrap and invert peanut butter cups on frosting, pressing down gently
Step 3. Using the round piping tip, pipe a “hat-band” with frosting around peanut butter cup and a square “buckle.” Let frosting set before storing.
Step 1. Choose a large, wide pumpkin and cut off the top third with a serrated knife.
Step 2. Scrape out the seeds and goo from inside the pumpkin.
Step 3. Put a serving bowl inside of the pumpkin. Shave off a little of the pumpkin if it doesn’t fit.
Step 4. Fill with ice and drinks and enjoy your guests’ amazement!