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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 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

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Monday, 12 November 2012 18:03

Budget Thanksgiving Day Decorating: Part 1

Thanksgiving Fall MantelThanksgiving Decor










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.


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!

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