Nov 11

Getting Crafty for Thanksgiving

Fullscreen capture 1142015 65842 PMIt is time! I don’t think I can tolerate one more day of sorting, organizing, cleaning, scrubbing, and searching for stuff. I’m done. DONE. Well, I’m not really completely “done,” but I’m done trying to get it all finished before I allow myself time to make stuff for the holidays.

My beautiful new design / sewing studio is still needing some attention, but it is certainly ready enough for some crafty creativity for the upcoming holiday season. So I’ve been thinking about what to create first, and suddenly I have been asked to make a first birthday dress for one of my dearest friend’s first grandchild. That will get me motivated!

Tomorrow (or Friday at the latest!) I plan to get going on that project . . . . buy the fabric, and design a sweet little dress using some of my vintage patterns. I already know what I want it to look like (of course, based on their requested color and style), and I can’t wait to get started. In the meantime, I’m finishing up the holiday 2015 issue of the Ruby for Women magazine, and working on a few editing projects. But once those two things are wrapped up, I’m looking forward to some time in the sewing room.

As I’ve been putting together a couple of articles of the magazine, I came across a few fun craft / home decor  ideas for Thanksgiving and wanted to share them here with you. There’s still time to make a few of these before Thanksgiving, so I’m going to try to make it a priority to do some creative stuff, even if I haven’t finished all of my “work.” We’ll see how that works out.

I grew up with a mama that frequently, and emphatically, reminded me: “First you work, and then you play!” So sometimes it is hard for me to walk past a pile of laundry that needs to be folded, or a sink of dishes that need to be washed, or a floor that needs to be swept, and go out to “play.”

I’ll give it a try – and if you find yourself getting crafty for Thanksgiving, I would love to see what you create!

Pumpkin CandlesSweet and Simple Pumpkin Candles

from All You

Super simple, inexpensive, and so festive! These charming pumpkin candles would make a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner. For complete tutorial, please visit the All You website where you will find even more ideas for holiday DIY projects and home decor ideas.


Thankful BannerThankful Banner
from Centsational Girl

With a few sheets of autumn-themed scrapbook paper, a bit of ribbon, and some autumn leaf cutouts, you can make this whimsical Thankful Banner. It will surely bring some holiday cheer and autumn inspiration to your home! Complete directions can be found on the Centsational Girl blog.


Mason Jar Lid PumpkinMason Jar Lid Pumpkin

found on Pinterest

These sweet little pumpkin centerpieces are so cute! We’ve seen then painted like this, with the cinnamon stick “stems,” but we’ve also seen then left unpainted for a more rustic, primitive look. Either way, a grouping of them on your mantle or Thanksgiving table would look so festive and charming. They look pretty simple to make, we just might have to try a few here at our house! You can find so many more holiday home decor ideas on Pinterest – but then you already knew that!


Autumn Frame WreathAutumn Frame Wreath

from Better Homes and Gardens

As we were looking for something different to create this Thanksgiving, we discovered several ideas for making a wreath from a picture frame. There are so many ways to embellish a frame with seasonal items! Here is an adorable front door wreath that you can make with an old picture frame, some chicken wire, and a few silk leaves and other autumn embellishments.



Maple Leaf Mason JarsMaple Leaf Mason Jars

from Mason Jar Crafts Love

Here’s another way to repurpose those Mason Jars stored in your pantry! With a bit of chalk paint, a leaf stencil, some raffia twine, and a cupful of popcorn or other dried grains or beans, you’ve got an absolutely beautiful candle holder for your Thanksgiving home decor. Super simple, inexpensive, and fun, you could make these candle holders with the kids or grand-kids and then show them off for the whole family to see on Thanksgiving Day. Complete tutorial can be found on the Mason Jar Crafts Love blog.

Folded Paper PumpkinFolded Paper Pumpkin

from Crafts by Amanda

Fun to do with the kids! Scrapbook paper and card stock, a bit of glue and ribbon is all it takes to create a batch of these cute pumpkin decorations. For a vintage look, just use scrapbook paper with an old-fashioned theme, or make your bright and modern. You could even add a bit of glitter and gems if you want your pumpkins to really stand out on Thanksgiving day! Complete tutorial can be found on the Crafts by Amanda blog.


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2 pings

  1. Brenda

    I really like that Thanksgiving banner. Our mantel could use something like that for the holidays.

  2. Kathryn Ross

    Great post with super ideas, Nina!

    I’m partial to the banner and the chicken-wire frame. There are so many scapes one can make with an empty frame–just not enough hours in the day to work out all the ideas.


  3. Katherines Corner

    some wonderful inspirations my friend xo

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