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Saturday, 21 January 2012 08:44

Budget Thanksgiving Day Decorating: Banner

Thanksgiving Day Garlan

This Thanksgiving Day banner is the perfect touch to decorate your mantel or any area in your home where you will celebrate your Thanksgiving Day meal.  It's very easy to make and it's budget friendly.   I love that you can get very creative with this project and you can involve your kids.

  • For this banner I used cardstock in chocolate, gold and burnt orange.  Think "fall" colors for your color scheme - browns, burnt oranges, dark greens, even golds and purples.  I didn't have any patterned paper on hand, but that would work well too.
  • First, cut your cardstock to the size that you want.   I cu t the gold cardstock to 5x7 pieces. The brown cardstock is from Papersource (my favorite paper store, BTW!) and it was precut.  I cut the burnt orange paper in the oval shape by using a homemade template.
  • Next, I used glue dots to glue the cardstock pieces together.
  • The letters are stickers, so I simply adhered them to the burnt orange paper, but depending on your color choices you can also just print letters directly onto your cardstock and cut them out.
  • Use a long piece of ribbon to string your letters together.
  • Finally, add embellisments. I used an edge trimmer to give the gold paper the rounded look.  I have a few of these around the house from scrapbooking - you can buy them at any number of craft stores.   I outlined the letters with mini beads...you can also use glitter, looks very nice too. You could try adding leaf cutouts or stickers.
  • Get creative!   I made a similar styled banner but in different colors for my son's Baptism, you can see it in this post.
  • This banner reads "Give Thanks" but you could try:  Happy Thanksgiving, Gratitude, Be Grateful, Be Thankful, etc.
  • An internet search for "Thanksgiving Day banner homemade image" will give you lots of ideas too :)

Thanksgiving Day Banner

Monday, 12 November 2012 18:03

Budget Thanksgiving Day Decorating: Part 1

Thanksgiving Fall MantelThanksgiving Decor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TABLES & MANTELS

I love decorating for the Fall season, especially for the Thanksgiving holiday. It must be the beautiful colors that are all around! It may be my weakness for pumpkin anything too! The Fall season is the perfect excuse to surround myself with my favorite colors, smells and tastes.

Thanksgiving Day TableMy favorite way to decorate the house for the season is to bring in the outdoors.  Yesterday, I took my 3 year-old son on a long walk and we found lots of pinecones and these beautiful maple leaves.  We collected enough to decorate our fireplace mantel by simple alternating the leaves and pinecones with some little tea lights that I already owned. You can also buy similar decorating items at craft stores like Michael's or Joann Fabrics for about $10 for the entire look. Take the same idea and make a beautiful centerpiece like the one pictured to the right.

NAPKIN RINGS

I love the napkin rings below.   Simply buy a few sheets of your favorite Autumn or Thanksgiving Day themed paper from any local craft store.  Two sheets will make plenty of holders - about 40!   Buy 1 sheet of stickers - again themed is nice, but any simple design, like gold foil, would be good. Cut 1 inch thick long strips out of the paper and cut those into 2 strips.   You should have 2 strips that are each 1 inch thick. Simply wrap around a rolled napkin and secure with your sticker.  This works well for your nice napkins and easily dresses up your paper napkins.   If you use this idea for paper napkins you can place the utensils inside of the napkin. Super easy - you can even have your kids make them as a craft the day before your get together. The total cost for the napkin rings is about $5 for 20.

Thanksgiving Day napkin holders

 

Stay tuned, more crafting and decorating ideas for the holidays are coming soon! Now for more of my pumpkin latte!

Tuesday, 27 July 2010 03:15

Why Scrapbooking

Making TortillasI love making stuff…today I made playdough with the kids and last weekend I finished a scrapbook for my goddaughter.

At Christmas time, we bake and make all sorts of little treats to give as gifts. I've also been known to make soap with the kiddos (although there was that soap making disaster in 2008!). I know, making stuff can take time and some of the projects are a little corny , but alas I enjoy making them. One of my favorite crafts is scrapbooking. By the way, make sure to visit our scrapbooking section on vidacoco.com.

I always knew that this hobby would be something I would enjoy, long before I was married or had kids. When I was young and I would happen to be in a Jo-Ann Fabrics or a Michaels, I would walk over to the sticker and scrapbooking section. Once in a while I could convince my mom to buy me a little something from this section and I would be so happy – really happy!  You could give me a new pack of colored paper and stickers over any toy anytime!

In college I would often wonder into the craft section of a local mom and pop hobby shop and buy a few items to make cards for my friends.  I would have bought much more stuff at the store, but I guess it was a good thing that I was broke!   When it was time to put together my wedding album, I put it together myself because I was not happy with what my photographer could do or what I could buy.  All very geeky!

Fast forward 7 years and 3 kids and I still enjoy scrapbooking. I actually wonder whether I will ever let my kids keep their scrapbooks because I have spent so much time on them!  Unfortunately, I find that I am having less and less time to work on this little hobby. Every now and then I wll get together with a friend and do some late night scrapbooking.  I like doing it because it's therapeutic for me.  As I sort through pictures, I remember lots of the good moments in my life and I am grateful for them.  I write down something special about a picture or two and I remember that life happens too fast and that I need to slow it down to enjoy the everyday moments.  I sit and chat with a good friend about life....all good stuff. Now if I could only start my son's baby scrapbook - he turns 2 years old tomorrow!

Friday, 16 April 2010 17:45

Shower Them With Baskets and Cakes

Diaper CakeI enjoy giving my friends creative and unique baby shower gifts.  It’s so much fun to put a little effort into making a beautiful gift that your friend will love!  We recently added our guide on how to create a perfect shower basket.  There are countless ways to personalize them. I hope that you will try making one of these baskets for a friend, they will LOVE it!

I am loving making diaper cakes too! I recently made one for my friend's baby shower (pictured to the left) and it looked so nice!  The best part was that it was very inexpensive to create.  The cost to make this medium sized diaper cake is about $40. You will need 1 large pack of diapers, rubber bands and some embellishments.   You can keep your gift to about $30 if you decorate the cake with simple ribbon or tulle, but you can add your own special touches too, like my pink nesting bird.  A larger cake would require more diapers and embellishments. I did not take pictures outlining the different steps to make this cake, I will do so next time, but you can find instructions for similar ones here.  You can make them unique to a baby's room decor, baby's gender or your own style!

The diaper cakes make a great centerpiece too! For more ideas check out this link. Happy crafting and creating!

Monday, 15 March 2010 16:06

Handy Little Things

It's like I just discovered glitter, but better!  I get very excited when I try out new crafting techniques and I recently came across microbeads - my new obsession! Microbeads are such a fantastic way to add shimmer to your scrapbook pages and homemade crafts.  Where have you been all my life?  I know, that's so corny, but I am really looking forward to using mircobeads in upcoming activities in our crafting section of the website. They come in every color of the rainbow and in several sizes.  Best of all, they are a very simple and inexpensive way to add dimension and flare to your projects.  Make sure to check back and see what we are creating or embellishing with these little beads. Meanwhile, take a look at some of the ways other crafters are using microbeads.