Thanksgiving Game

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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}

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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.

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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!

Teaching Children Gratitude

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It is the season of Thanksgiving and we have gratitude on our minds. Unfortunately gratitude is not always on our children’s minds. Gratitude doesn’t come naturally to our kids. It is a learned trait, not necessarily something we are born with, and they need our help to develop the skill.  Today I will share some tips for teaching children gratitude.

Aside from all the fun activities, crafts, and service projects we do with our kids this time of year, here are five things we can do year round to help raise more grateful children.
Start saying “NO”.
Giving our children everything they ask for and want, is not going to help them be more grateful. (This is a good thing to remember with Christmas around the corner.)  Have you ever had your child beg you for a new toy? You finally give in, only to have them play with it for a few days and then start begging for something else?
The more we give our kids, the less they appreciate what they have. So cut back! Kids don’t need treats every time we go to the store, or a toy every time they see a commercial on TV advertising something new. Kids need our love and our time and opportunities to learn and grow, not more things. At first it might be hard to say “no.” We need to do it any way. Even if there are temper tantrums and tears. Over time this will help our children come to appreciate what they do have and realize that happiness is not built on getting more “stuff.”
Don’t compare.
Theodore Roosevelt said “Comparison is the thief of Joy”, and he was exactly right. Comparing ourselves to others teaches our kids that we are not grateful for what we have or who we are.
Stop talking about material things. 
It is easy for our conversations to be centered around material possessions.
“I wish we had that new car.”
“We really need a new couch before we have people over.”
“That new shirt will make you look really cute.”
As innocent as the statements sound, when our kids hear us talking about material things all the time, and how we need them, or how they define us or make us look a certain way, it sends them the wrong message. We have to be very careful with what we say.
Always say “Please” and “Thank you”
Raising grateful children is all about being a grateful parent. Do we use good manners? Do we say please and thank you? Do we write thank you notes when someone gives us a gift or serves us? Kids watch everything we do. If we are complaining about what we don’t have, and how we wish we had more, they will feel the same. If we don’t express gratitude, then neither will they.
Don’t spare them work
As much as we didn’t like chores and responsibilities when we were children, work is a necessary part of raising moral children. Instead of sparing them work, we need to give them opportunities to work. We need to stop teaching that work is bad and play is good. They are not opposites of one another. Work teaches us to appreciate what our bodies and minds are capable of. And teaches us to be grateful for what we do have as a result of the effort we put into getting it. Work teaches us to appreciate.
Grateful children are more polite and a lot more fun to be around. They get along with their playmates and have an easier time sharing with others. Grateful adults are empathetic, see other’s perspectives and solid research has found that adults who are grateful are happier all around. Gratitude is a valuable life skill, no matter our age.
This time of year, let’s remember that gratitude is not a seasonal skill. We teach it to our children each and every day of the year.
What toy have you gotten your child after they begged, that they never played with again? (For us, it was a telescope for our son. In two years I think he has only looked through it 3-4 times :(. But he wanted it sooooo bad.)
Is it hard for you to say “No” to your children? Why?
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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?

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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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!

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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!

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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:

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

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#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.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Pops | Thanksgiving Game | Thanksgiving Soap Bottles

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Thankful Bucket | Thanksgiving Finger Puppets | Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

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Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece | Oreo Turkeys | Monogrammed Table Runner

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Food Faces Plates | Thanksgiving Table Décor | Bread Cornucopia

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

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DIY Wood Box

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lowe’s.

Another month, another Lowes Creator Challenge.  This time we were given a few different challenges, I chose to make a table centerpiece.  I know I have made some in the past…like the following:

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How to Build a Wood Box

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This time around, instead of building a box, I wanted to see if I could core out a wooden pine beam and make a centerpiece out of it.  This way those of you who are not inclined to build your own box can make one this other unconventional way!  Plus it was fun to challenge myself to try something out of the box (pun intended)!

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We picked up a 4 x 6 pine wood beam from Lowe’s.

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We decided to fill it with succulents so that they would be easy to maintain, especially because I don’t have the greenest thumb.

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We determined how long we wanted it and settled on 28.5 inches in length.  We cut it with a circular saw.

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Determine how deep on the sides how big you want the center cut out hole or trough to be and draw a line with a pencil for a guide.  Then take a 1.5 inch drill bit and drill down into the wood.  Be sure to NOT drill all the way through the wood so that the dirt and water stay in the box.  (You can drill a small drain hole, for the excess water, if you want…we did not).

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Drill 4 holes, one in each corner.  Then take your circular saw and cut lines from the drill holes along the beam.  You are just breaking up the wood so that you can easily chisel it out.

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Take a hammer and chisel and break out the wood carefully.  Please remember to wear protective eye covering and gloves as an extra precaution.

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Clean out the center of the box as cleanly as possible.

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When it is all cleaned out you can sand the inside but it won’t be noticeable so it is up to you.  We sanded along the top edges and a little on the bottom to remove any splinters or really sharp edges.

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Then stain or paint your wood box.  We stained ours with MinWax’s Red Mahogany.

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Fill your planter with a good potting soil and then fill it in with your succulents or plants of your choice.  You could also fill it in with candles or some Christmas ornaments!

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And that is it.  This was one of the easiest projects to complete and really took all of about an hour (if you don’t count the down time waiting for the stain to dry.  I have used it out on our back deck patio all summer.  Now that it is colder we moved it inside and it is now sitting in our laundry room window sill!

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And…this DIY Wood Box project of mine was picked by Lowe’s to be featured in the online November 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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If you are interested in how I made these DIY Table Linens, you can find this post here:

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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.

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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.

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.

Bread Cornucopia

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Looking for a last minute centerpiece to decorate your Thanksgiving Table next week? Make a Cornucopia out of bread.

I have been wanting to make one of these for a while now after seeing one over at Taste of Home.

The process was actually quite simple. I took a piece of paper (an old homework assignment) and rolled it into a cone shape and taped it. Then, I took a sheet of tinfoil and wrapped it around the paper cone to get the correct shape.

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Next, ball up some more tinfoil and fill the inside of the cone. **Make sure you have a single layer on the outside that is separate from the inside. This makes it possible to easily remove the tinfoil from the inside of the cornicopia after it has been in the oven.

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Then I just make some bread dough and let it rise. After the first rising, I rolled the dough out into one LONG rope.

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Take your rope and wrap it around the tinfoil cone shape. Let rise for another 1-2 hours depending on your recipe.

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Then bake in the oven. I baked mine at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Times and temperatures may vary with your recipe and/or oven.

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After your bread cornucopia has cooled, remove all tinfoil carefully (I had to leave some of the foil in the tail end since it was baked into the bread). Fill with fruit or anything you would like to display or serve. The best part is that it is edible. It can easily be made a couple days before Thanksgiving too!

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