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.

Thanksgiving Game—Turkey Feathers

Entertaining the kids on Thanksgiving morning while preparing for your feast can be challenging.  Why not let them entertain themselves with this fun Thanksgiving Game? 

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The premise of the game is fairly simple.  Simple enough that even the youngest kids can play.  Each player takes a turkey card and gets 6 clothes pins or…Turkey Feathers.  Each player takes turns rolling once dice.   Then you simply put a feather on the number that you rolled.  If you roll a number you already have a feather on, then your turn is over.  First person to get all the feathers on their turkey wins.  Pretty simple right?  As I am typing this, I realized it might be fun to actually write some of the things you are thankful for on the turkey feathers themselves to help your little ones to be thinking of them while they are playing the game.  It would add a little more meaning to the game as well.

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As far as making the game all you will need to do is paint some clothes pins in some fun colors.  Each player will need 6 clothes pins, so depending on how many players you have (this game can have lots so it is perfect for big family get togethers).  Then since I had some fun Martha Stewart Glitter Paint (which is sold exclusively at Michael’s), I painted a layer of glitter over the regular paint colors to give the Turkey Feathers some pizazz!

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You will also need to print a card for each player.  You can find the free download for the game board here:

Thanksgiving Game Turkey Feathers Printable

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Then to make them sturdy, I glued them onto some thin cardboard (or you could use some chipboard) with some Mod Podge on the front and back.  This will help them to last through multiple games with little hands and allow them to be strong enough to hold up the turkey feathers.

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Hope you enjoy them.  I would love to hear from you if you download the games and plan on using them for Thanksgiving this year.  This helps me to gage the kind of projects I share with you and the things that you would maybe like to see more of!

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Thanksgiving Craft—Finger Puppets

I finally finished up these fun Thanksgiving Finger Puppets.  I have had these planned for a while now and was just able to find the time to get them all finished up.  These are the perfect Thanksgiving craft to do for and with some of your kids.  Need some distractions for the kids while you are prepping for Thanksgiving Dinner and preparing for the relatives to come over?  Traveling to be with family this holiday?  These finger puppets will be great for entertaining.

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The patterns for these puppets will be available tomorrow for purchase in The Idea Room Store…or you can try your hand at making some!

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The pattern will sell for $2.50 and comes with pictures, patterns and step by step instructions.

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The patterns are for the boy and girl Indians and Pilgrims and the turkey.

To Purchase the patterns for these puppets click here:

Thanksgiving Finger Puppet Patterns

Thankful Bucket

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Do you have any special Thanksgiving traditions at your house?  This is one Thanksgiving Craft we enjoy each year.

Each year my mom gives each of her children and their families a Thanksgiving Bucket. Then each family is supposed to fill the bucket with things that they are thankful for. Then after our Thanksgiving dinner, we sit around the fireplace, while are tummies are digesting our meal, and take turns sharing what we have written for our buckets.

It always invites a special feeling to our Thanksgiving Celebration. And though some of the kids (and adults…*ahem*) complain a bit, they always end up participating and enjoying the activity.

So this year I spiced up our bucket and have it on the kitchen table to remind of all month long to be thinking and adding things to the bucket that we are thankful for.

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First, I added the word Thankful, then I simply took a rectangle piece of chipboard and decorated it with some scrap book paper. Glued some brown ribbon inbetween the paper and the chipboard and then tied it to the back of the bucket handles.

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Then I added a small green leaf and some red berries that I snipped off the back of a wreath where you wouldn’t notice they were missing.

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Then I whipped up some papers for the family to write down their blessings on. The kids are encouraged to write something each time they think of something they are grateful for and drop it in the bucket. It is a good reminder to us all of just how MANY blessings we enjoy and take for granted on a daily basis! It’s amazing how focusing on all the positives can change your outlook and give you some much needed perspective.

I love Thanksgiving for that very reason!

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I have provided you with a free download of our “Thankful” cards. I simply printed them out on white paper and then glued them onto some colorful scrapbook paper. They aren’t very fancy, but if you would like to use them for your family, you can get them here:

Thankful Bucket Cards

What about you and your family? What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions that you enjoy?


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