Thanksgiving Game


Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so grateful for all of you. What an amazing community here on The Idea Room. Thank you Amy, for all you do for all of us!

Many of us will be with family and friends this week. Visiting and eating and enjoying each others company. But waiting for the turkey to be carved can leave us wondering what do to and how to entertain the kids. Here is a great game for you and your family to play around your Thanksgiving table. Perfect for adults and kids alike.



Hand Tap-Double Tap is the name of the game and all you need are your own two hands.

How to Play: As you sit around the table, have each person cross hands with the person on each side of them, so that everyone in the circle has one hand from each neighbor in between their own hands.

Choose one person to start and decide which direction you want the game to go, to the right or to the left. Remember, play is based on hand position, not the position of the person.

Have the person start by tapping the table. The taps go on from hand to hand, as players watch and make sure to only lift their hand on the correct turn. If a person single taps, play continues onto the next hand. If a person double taps, the play reverses direction.

If a player’s hand moves when it is not their turn, or if they forget to tap for longer than two seconds, that player’s hand is out. The game continues until a winner remains.

This game is so much fun, and a much bigger challenge than it sounds. It gets pretty funny to watch everyone try and remember when it is their turn to tap, when their hands are in front of someone else. This game is also really fun to play on the floor, laying on your stomach in a circle. Or even on your knees.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with your family and friends.


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Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  If not, I have a simple and easy Thanksgiving Hostess Gift for you.  This is definitely not a NEW idea…but simply a twist on an old standby gift…but in a pretty package.


Now, I am personally not a drinker…but we do like a good sparkling cider drink.  Either way, you can wrap up the bottled beverage of your choice and gift it to your Thanksgiving Hostess.


This wine bottle gift bag could NOT be any simpler to make.  As I have shared with you before…I am not the best seamstress in the world.  But…I can sew a straight line.  If you can sew a straight line…or if you are willing to learn how to sew a straight line, this is a project you CAN do!


I took a canvas paint drop cloth (weird…I know)…but I had some left over from these earlier projects…Thanksgiving Table Linens, Monogrammed Table Runner and an upcoming project for Lowe’s (which I can’t post just yet).  Canvas Drop Cloths are really inexpensive too…or you can pick up some linen (or the fabric of your choice) at your local fabric store.


Monogrammed Wine Gift Bag Instructions:

1.  Cut a piece of fabric that measures 12.5 inches (for the bottle height) x 11 inches (for the bottle width).

*If your bottle is wider than normal you will need to add some inches to the width.

2.  Fold the material in half with the wrong side of the fabric out.

3.  Sew 1/4 inch seam along the bottom and the side of the bag.  Be sure to backstitch at each end and the corner to reinforce the seams.

4.  Turn the bag inside out.  Fold down the top of the bag 1/4 inch and pin so that the raw edge is inside the top of the bag.

5.  Sew along the folded edge around the entire top of the bag.  This will give you a nice finished edge.

*If you want it extra nice…roll the edge twice and iron before sewing.

6.  Iron the bag…which of course I clearly did not do…

7.  Print out a Monogram Letter of your choice.  To access the free Monogram Letters click the link below:

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{Monogrammed Bottle Gift Bag Letters}


8.  Cut out the stencil.  If you want a black circle like I have (or another color) you will need to cut out the black area.  Tape your stencil in place.  Stencil your black paint onto the bag.  I stenciled mine about 4-5 inches from the bottom of the bag.

OR…use the stencil with some tracing paper to trace it onto the bag and then hand paint the monogram onto the bottle gift bag.

*Try measuring where you want the stencil by putting the bottle in the bag first to see where it will fall.


Now you have a beautiful gift bag for your Thanksgiving gift.

And…I am also sharing these Thanksgiving Gift Tags.  Simply print them out and add a little bit of glitter to the wreath.  You can also use these gift tags with ANY Thanksgiving Gift you might be giving out this Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Sign | Thanksgiving Printable

Last month I shared with you a Fall Sign that I made for Thanksgiving and my fall décor.  I love it so much, and love that it makes me sing and think about one of my all time favorite hyms…”Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”  I had one small wall in my office/craft room that was still empty and I was having a hard time deciding what to put there…till now.


I wanted to have a permanent reminder of my favorite song YEAR ROUND rather than just around Thanksgiving.  I like the way it helps to remind me and put things into perspective.


I simply took a left-over piece of wood from one of our past projects and sanded it to a nice smooth finish.  I spray painted it white.  When it was dry I cut out a stencil on my Silhouette that I designed and then placed it onto the board.


Then I simply made sure to cover the entire board except for the letters that I wanted yellow.  I wanted the sign to be really simple, clean and fresh looking.


My board is 24 inches in length but as you can see you could shorten yours a bit if you don’t like the length.  I personally like it this long with the quote only taking up a small portion of the board.

And…of course I want to share it with you.  So I am sharing the stencil with you so that you can make your own Thanksgiving Sign.  I also quickly turned the stencil into a Thanksgiving Printable for those of you who might just want to print something out and stick it in a picture frame.

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You can download the free printable|stencil here:

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{Thanksgiving Sign}


P.S.  Did you see the mistake I made? :)  Had to fix that one!  Oopsie!


Hostess Gift | Hand Stamped Wooden Utensils

Yesterday I shared with you these fun Hand Stamped Wooden Spoons as part of our monthly free printable blog hop.  Today I am going to show you how you can make some too.  I love these!  I think they would make a great Thanksgiving Hostess Gift or a Christmas gift…don’t you?


I picked up a set of wooden utensils from Home Goods.  And used my metal stamping set to stamp letters into each handle.


I picked up my stamping set from Harbor Freight and used the 1/4 inch size.


Then to make sure that the words were spaced evenly and I didn’t run out of room when I started stamping, I wrote the word on the handle (in pencil) so that I would know about where place the letters.


Be sure to stamp them on a flat concrete surface.  Then I erased the pencil marks.  To make the words dark simply fill in the impression with a thin Black Sharpie marker.


That is it! The fun part is that you can really personalize the utensils with your own special words!  Isn’t this such a simple gift idea?  Loving them!



12 Free Thanksgiving Printables {Thanksgiving Hostess Gift}

*Update 11.7.13–Here is the link for the Hand Stamped Wooden Utensils Tutorial.

It is time once again for our monthly Printable Blog Hop!  This time the focus was on Free Thanksgiving Printables.  If you are just joining us, every month myself and 11 other bloggers share a free themed printable.  To see what we shared before, just scroll to the bottom of this post for links to our other printables.

Want to see what we are sharing this month?


Pretty fun right?!  Lots of really great Thanksgiving Printables!

This month I decided to make some Thanksgiving Labels.  Simply print these out and attach them to any gift you might be giving this year.  Or print them out and use them along with this really fun Thanksgiving Hostess gift!


I think these hand stamped wooden spoons make a great Hostess gift.  The best part is that they are SUPER easy and inexpensive to make!  I think these would also make a fun Christmas gift for a girlfriend or sister!


Come back later and I will be sharing the tutorial for how I made these so that you can make some too!  But go ahead and print out these Happy Thanksgiving Labels or pin them for later!

*Update 11.7.13–Here is the link for the Hand Stamped Wooden Utensils Tutorial.

To download click the link below:

{Thanksgiving Labels}


To see what the other bloggers are sharing and to get their free downloads…click on their links below!

Thanksgiving Banner

#1) {The Dating Divas} – Give your hubby this cute, personalized candy bar wrapper to show your gratitude for him!
#2) {Somewhat Simple} – Count Your Blessings Tree | Includes everything you need to create a beautiful display of all the things you’re grateful for.
#3) {Whipperberry} – Printable bread wrapper to show your friends and family how grateful you are for them.
#4) {Crafting Chicks} – Thanksgiving planning pages to create the best, most organized and most purposeful Thanksgiving yet!
#5) {Tatertots & Jello} – Thanksgiving centerpiece idea and activity.
#6) {L’il Luna} – Free Thanksgiving Coloring Pages perfect for the kids while the adults are busy cooking!
#7) {My Sister’s Suitcase} – Keep the kids busy coloring this Printable Thanksgiving Placemat – full of games, jokes, and puzzles!
#8) {I Heart Nap Time} – Give Thanksgiving leftovers the respect they deserve with these easy to use ‘leftovers’ printables!
#9) {The 36th Avenue} – Timeless “Bee” Thankful Printable and Thankful Tags. Available in two colors.
#10) {Paging Supermom} – “Thankful for Everything” chocolate wrapper coordinates with a collection of FREE Thanksgiving dinner decor!
#11) {The TomKat Studio} – Give thanks with these stylish notecards and gift tags!
#12) {The Idea Room} – Printable Happy Thanksgiving Gift Tags for Thanksgiving or Hostess Gifts.

If you missed our past Printable Blog Hops, you can check out our past Printable Blog Hops below:

12 Free Halloween Printables {Monster Mints}

12 FREE Fall Printables {Caramel Apple Gift Kit}

12 FREE Spring Themed Printables {Homemade Lemonade Gift Kit}

12 FREE Cinco de Mayo Printables

12 FREE 4th of July Themed Printables

12 FREE Summer Printables

12 FREE Back-to-School Themed Printables {Homework Notepad}

Past Thanksgiving Projects

I know a lot of you may be new here…so I thought I would share with you our past Thanksgiving Projects and Thanksgiving Ideas.  Maybe you missed something that you might have some interest in.  I am currently working on some more Thanksgiving Fun…but ran into a bit of a craft failure!  So today’s post will be delayed and instead, I hope you find something here you might be interested in!  To see a specific post simply click on the blue links under the pictures.


Thanksgiving Table Setting

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Thanksgiving Turkey Pops | Thanksgiving Game | Thanksgiving Soap Bottles

Grateful-Tree Thanksgiving Sugar-Scrub

Thankful Bucket | Thanksgiving Finger Puppets | Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

thanksgiving-table-decor Thanksgiving-Turkey DIY-Table-Runner

Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece | Oreo Turkeys | Monogrammed Table Runner

thanksgiving-activities Thanksgiving-Table Thanksgiving-Cornucopia

Food Faces Plates | Thanksgiving Table Décor | Bread Cornucopia


Here is a pin-able image if you would like to pin it so you can save the link to all these Thanksgiving Tutorials.


Fall Sign

For those of you who follow along with The Idea Room on Facebook and Instagram, you might have noticed that I have been on a little adventure this past week.  I was invited by a group of Israeli students (who are part of the Stand With Us organization) and the Israel Tourism of Ministry, to spend 5 days with them on an amazing foodie tour,  Taste of Israel.

It has always been a dream of mine to visit Israel and so you can imagine my excitement when I received the invitation.  Truth be told, I was not sure it was legitimate due to the amount of spam mail I receive on a daily basis.  But it was real…and it happened!  I had an amazing time in so many expected and unexpected ways, and I can’t wait to share more about it with you here in later posts!


But…today, I am going to be sharing with you a Fall Sign that I wanted to share with you while I was in Israel, but I just simply ran out of time and energy to get it ready before I left, and there were more pressing things to attend to…like snuggling with my sweet little girl and watching Despicable Me for the 27th time.


Fall is absolutely one of my favorite seasons of the year.  I am so grateful to be able to live in an area where we have four seasons because each one brings new things to look forward too.  One of my VERY favorite songs is “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing” and I knew that I wanted to be reminded of this in this season of Thanks and Gratitude.

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The sign itself was really easy to make.  And the best part was that I made it with scraps of wood I had laying around from older projects…which means it was pretty much FREE!! Who doesn’t love that?!

I just took some pine tongue and groove boards (which I had left over from the kitchen plank ceiling) and cut them down to 24 inches in length.  The sign is 3 boards high and measured 11 inches in height.

I glued them onto a thin piece of plywood with the same measurements of 11 (h) x 24 (w) inches.  I then stained the wood with one of my favorite stains, Minwax’s Red Mahagony.  After it had dried, I used some thin wood strips of wood (1/4 inch by 1 inch) to make a small frame around the edges of the sign.  I stained it as well and then secured it to the edge of the sign with a couple of really small nails and some wood glue.

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Then, I cut out a stencil for the words with my Silhouette and used the vinyl as a stencil by laying it right where I wanted the words to be on the sign.  Then I covered the rest of the sign with some painters tape and paper so that the sign would not get any spray paint any place other than the words.

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Then I lightly sprayed the words with white spray paint.  This way the words have a really soft quality to them.  Then when the paint was dry, I removed the stencil and paper and ran a light sandpaper over them to give it a distressed look.


I really like how the words are offset to one side as well.  I also love how every time I see this sign, I start singing that song.  I feel like it has been a great reminder to me for the real reason of the upcoming Holiday Season.


And, if you are interested in the Fabric Pumpkins I also have displayed, I shared how I made them a couple of years ago here: Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial.


Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

A couple of months ago, I was already planning ahead for Thanksgiving.  Sounds crazy right?!  But who doesn’t dream about Turkey?  Haha!  As one of Lowes Creative Bloggers, we are challenged to come up with some fun and creative ways to create items within a given theme.  In June we were challenged to come up with a Thanksgiving related creation (since we have to work three months ahead for their magazine publication).

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I decided to make a super easy Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece and some Thanksgiving Table settings.  This was one of the easiest projects I have tackled so far as a Lowe’s Creator Blogger.  This is seriously a project that almost every single one of you could do.

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I used a variety of items that you can pick up right at your local Lowe’s and used them together to make this centerpiece and some Thanksgiving Placemats and Thanksgiving Napkins.

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To make them you will need the following:

a 1×10 pine board (or whatever wood you like)

*Make sure that frame is a bit smaller than your board.  You may have to adjust what you buy depending on the frame you purchase.

Panel Frame (found in the molding aisle)

3 Glass Jars (These are actually light covers and are found in the lighting aisle)

Canvas Drop Cloth (found in the Painting aisle)

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Cut the length of your pine board off so that you have the same amount of space around the frame.  Our board ended up being 25.25 inches in length so that we had a about 1.25 inches of space all around the frame.

Then take some wood glue and glue the frame right onto the board.  Clamp the frame in place so that it will dry properly.

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After it has dried completely, I sanded the edges so that it had a nice smooth finish.  Then you can wipe down all the excess dust and paint it your desired color.  Since I tend to be very simple with my décor I painted it white.

After the paint had dried, I took a piece of gray and white striped scrapbook paper and Mod Podged it into the center of the frame.  I love how it gives it an extra bit of pop!  You will be able to see it depending on what you fill your centerpiece with.  I once again went fairly neutral so that the centerpiece can be used in other areas of my home for other holidays year round.

In the jars, I added some tea lights for ambiance.  I also added some natural elements like some pine cones, sticks and some berries and leaves to the centerpiece.  I love simplicity and the pop of color that it adds to the frame.

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Then if you want to make some super simple Thanksgiving Table Placemats, you can simply cut up the Canvas Drop Cloth.  I used a placemat I already had as a template for how to cut mine and ended up cutting them 13 x 18 inches in size.

I ironed them really well and then took a Sharpie and traced the No. ‘s from a paper I printed on the computer.

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For the napkins, I cut a 20 x 32 inch piece of drop cloth.  I ironed it as well and then folded it into thirds.  Then I traced different words relating to Thanksgiving onto the fronts.

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It really took no time at all and is a great way to add some simple but classy color to your Thanksgiving Table.  This centerpiece will not take up a lot of room either which is good…especially since our Thanksgiving Table usually is overflowing with some amazing food dishes.  It also is low enough that you can actually carry on a conversation with your neighbors and feel like you can look at them while doing so.

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You can find my Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece featured in the online September 2013 edition of Lowes Creative Ideas using the iPhone or iPad app! You might also want to sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. It’s FREE and offers a bunch of DIY inspiration. Go ahead and connect with Lowes Creative Ideas to find a lot more fun and creative ideas.

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

Monogrammed Table Runner

Last week I shared with you the simple Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece that I recently made for our Thanksgiving Feast.  I also shared how to Build Your Own Box for the centerpiece.  Did I mention that Thanksgiving is at my house for the FIRST time with our entire family?!!  I have the centerpiece covered now but it needed a little something extra, so I decided to make a simple Monogrammed DIY Table Runner.


I have ALWAYS wanted a table runner and FINALLY had the perfect excuse to make one.  It could not be easier.  If you can sew a straight line, this project is for you!


I bought 2 yards of burlap, but any heavier fabric like linen or muslin will work too.  Then measured and cut two pieces…14 in x 88 inches.

My table (which actually has not been built yet…long story…more on that later) is going to measure 60 inches square.  I wanted the runner to hang over the edge of the table, 14 inches, on each end.  So that meant that I needed a total length of 88 inches (60 inches for the table + 14 inches +14 inches = 88 inches).

Since everyone has different sized tables, you will need to figure out what length and width you would like your runner to be and plan accordingly.  You can also make a table runner that just lays on the table and doesn’t hang over the edge like I show in some of the final pictures.


Then I took the two pieces and pinned them together with the wrong side of the material facing each other. Then sew some black (or another color) bias tape around the entire table runner.  Now some people freak out about sewing on bias tape.

*Here is a little trick that I do that makes it a LOT easier to work with.  I don’t actually pin mine on.  I sew slowly and put it in the correct place and sew it on as I go.  It makes it so much easier for me and it doesn’t pucker.  Also, make sure to put the side of the bias tape that is slightly wider on the bottom so you are sure to catch it with the thread.

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Then I made a simple stencil with my Silhouette Cameo and some vinyl.  I cut out two of them to stencil a monogram on each end of the table runner.

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This is another project that you could whip up in an hour or during naptime pretty easily.  Now…here is where I fess up to a little secret…I actually have NOT finished this table runner completely.  Gasp!


My sewing machine suddenly just quit working MID Project!! Gah! So I have to get it fixed or run up to my mom’s and finish it before Thanksgiving. BUT—I wanted you to be able to make one if you wanted too and give you enough time to get it done before the big holiday rush. So don’t look TOO closely ;)!! You can see the pins in a couple of places which I just put in there to hold the bias tape on for pictures! #keepingitrealpeople


But even halfway finished, I am really excited about how it turned out!  I love how simple it is but it adds a little extra “umph” to your Holiday setting!


Oh…and as I alluded to above, we currently do not have a kitchen table that fits our entire family.  We have a square table that seats 6 and now that the baby is no longer a baby in a high chair (she’s 5!!) we have to pull out an extra chair to fit us all around.  My boys are both now full sized adults and we are running out of room (and food)!

We have searched high and low for a table that would fit our odd space and our family.  What we have found is way out of our budget…so…we are going to build one.  I KNOW!!  Think we can do it before Thanksgiving?  We will see.  Life gets crazy so we are going to have to play this one by ear and see how it goes…!

Linking up here:  Not Just a Housewife

Build Your Own Wooden Box

I shared with you earlier in the week this simple Thanksgiving Centerpiece I made for our Thanksgiving Table this year.  Today I want to give you some simple instructions so you can make this DIY Wood Box.  The great part about this is that it is a super easy project that can be whipped up in just a couple of hours.  And if you have never built anything this DIY Wood Box is a perfect beginner project.  You can do it…I promise!


Materials you will need:

Two 5.5 inch pieces of 1 x 4 poplar wood boards (ends)

Two 31.5 inch pieces of 1 x 4 poplar wood boards (sides)

*(we used poplar wood because it takes stain better than pine, if you are painting it, pine should be fine…but remember pine can tend to shrink and may split easier when putting nails into)

30 inches of 1 x 6 a pine wood boards (base)



wood glue

wood putty


sand paper

stain or paint



The overall dimensions of our finished box is 31.5 inches long x 7 inches wide x 3.5 inches tall.  Depending on your needs, you may want to adjust your measurements accordingly.

1.  Cut your wood base 30 inches in length.  We used a 1 x 6 pine board.

2.  Cut TWO end pieces of a 1 x 4 poplar wood board.  We cut them so that they were 5.5 inches to match the actual width of the pine board.

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3. Attach the end pieces to the ends of the base. Be sure that they sit evenly with the base. Add some wood glue and then throw a couple of nails on each end of the 5.5 inch pieces. Let glue dry according to your glue’s drying time.

4.  Cut TWO side pieces of a 1 x 4 poplar wood board so that they measure 31.5 inches (which should fit flush with the ends of the box).  Attach to the sides of the base and the end pieces with some glue first and then some nails to secure the hold.  Use clamps if needed and allow your glue to dry.

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5. Fill nail holes with wood putty and let it dry. Sand down any excess wood putty and your box to smooth out any rough edges or spots.

6. Wipe your box down with a damp cloth to remove all dust.

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6. Now you are ready to paint or stain your box. I decided to stain mine a darker color to go with my dark wood floors. I used a Minwax stain called Red Mahogany. I used a couple of coats to get the color I wanted. Then I added a couple of coats of a satin finish Polyurethane.

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These boxes are great because it can be used for so many other projects or home décor items.  You can also build one to fit perfectly in your own space by adjusting the measurements of the wood you use and cut.

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As always, I would love to see if any of you end up making one for your home!  Wouldn’t these also make a great Hostess or Christmas gift?  And if you have any wood scraps lying around like we did, this is a VERY inexpensive project!


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