November 5th, 2019 | by Christophe Selvais
The winter season is almost upon us and many of us have planned to host dinner guests this year. If then you have family and friends coming to stay with you, then you know that the house will be packed as invitees set out out to devour a heap of food like a pack of wild coyotes.
We’ve sorted out some practical ideas to improve the look of your kitchen just in time for Thanksgiving. All of the crafts featured here require a little bit more forward thinking and effort than your average turkey handprint. Whether you plan to disguise a turkey this year or craft personal gratitude bracelets, we hope to inspire great imaginative ideas for the whole family. Not only are these ideas practical but they also will impress your dinner guests – setting the tone for the entire night. Whichever way you choose to celebrate, we want to help make your home the toast of the town this holiday season.
The craft to roll things out! As much as we love pumpkin crafts, big orange gourds have become a predictable Thanksgiving staple, boring! Concrete pumpkins are hard and tough as your grandma’s fruitcake. Set the shape with a stencil cut out and bring it to a temperature-controlled drying space to allow the pumpkin to cure. All it takes is concrete mix and a little bit of patience and within no time at all you will have a pumpkin patch of versatile decorations to design your interior. Use them as paper weights to way down custom name cards. Find a brush and stylize with colors to assemble a gang of painted gourds. Even form a concavity at the top of the pumpkin to fashion a pumpkin vase. Concrete pumpkins grace the scene with a handy DIY feel. Coarse surface textures of concrete pumpkins send an implicit message that you’re someone who fixes what needs fixing. What attracts us to this idea is the sheer multitude of ways that you can customize your pumpkin. Sourcing the materials is as easy as a trip to the hardware store and the project is not intended to be a big hassle, but a fun mini-project to put to hand.
The fireplace is a source of warmth and light that is a primal progenitor of modern furnaces. Undoubtedly, it would not be even the slightest bit unreasonable to have the desire to embellish the hearth of your home. Humanity has been adding fire keepers to altars of reverence and worship since the dawn of spiritualism and yet the fireplace is often left bare and overwhelmingly derelict. It’s easy to find a banner that sends the right message to your house guests. A visitor that fixes their gaze at the hypnotic flames of your fireplace may also enjoy the lovely view of a heartwarming and grateful banner. Practically speaking, a Thanksgiving banner is a great addition to the fireplace and many other areas around the house. You might want to unfurl the banner cards along a floral removable wallpaper. The location of your banner is up to you and reasonably so. As a banner is ostensibly larger than many of the other crafts, one can view it from a distance without losing some of the features of the banner, maintaining view and readability across gaps. Meaning that you’re able to distance the banner from areas of high traffic which adds depth to the overall decorum.
A Thanksgiving tablescape would not be complete without autumn table sets. Kitchenware artistically beautified with scenes of autumn foliage evoke tender and detail oriented craftsmanship. Todays shopper is barraged with so many choices when it comes to dining room ornamentation, where do you begin? Every table at a banquet is first ordained with tablecloth. A table runner has gained popularity over the course of the years. Table runners are a length of cloth laid down at the center of the table for decoration. Grow the appeal by shopping for a custom table runner this Thanksgiving. Shopping for a table set is easy as you go discovering your options, many stores bundle the plates, bowls, cutlery, and napkins as an all-inclusive set. What isn’t readily available at the store is what we hope to discuss with you. Naturally, the center of the table is the focal point of the tablescape design. A table’s centerpiece is going to require the most care and attention. A nice breadcloch could serve as the centerpiece to keep fresh artisanal bread within arms reach. Also, a wooden box centerpiece garnished with pumpkins and a wax gourd can convey a rustic feeling. Assuming that the likelihood of serving desert after the main course is high enough, then an easy-to-carry diy cake stand will serve the purpose of portability as well as a one-eyed and worn out teddy bear. Ensuring that clearing the table after dinner will be a…piece of cake, ew, puns, we’re sorry 🙁
Along the lines of centerpieces — even more craftworks can be accomplished for the middle of the Thanksgiving table with mason jar centerpieces. Nature is a great provider of inspiration and the autumn leaves that are cast off from trees are beautiful to behold. Craft stores typically carry fake leaves that you can make mason jar flower arrangements out of. Mason jars hold a cornucopia of ideas for our eyes as they are transparent at first. Painting the inside of the glass wall is great for stylizing a mason jar floral arrangement. But what if you want to can or pickle with your mason jars after Thanksgiving? A non-permanent solution is to line the interior with double-sided tape and fasten construction paper to the interior of the can. Then peel off the paper after use.
A good display is what you ultimately want to end up with so that your guests at Thanksgiving can’t help but fall in love with it. Ostentatious arrangements of seasonal crafts bring a personal touch that will steal the show this Thanksgiving. Thank you for your attention and we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.