Monika Wright here sharing more ideas to keep you in the thankful frame of mind.
Today we'll be preparing our home for that big day. Decorating the mantle. Setting the table. Preparing the place cards. Let's see, what else could there be to do? A. LOT.
But, I'll leave the rest up to you.
We're going to use that same download again today to craft the place cards you see below for our holiday table.
I printed my download onto kraft paper. You might notice that I cut each of the place cards to different heights to show you the versatility of this download.
- For the first place card, I rounded just the top two corners, used my label maker, a small scrap of patterned paper and a felt flower.
- For the second one, I rounded all four corners, punched a heart and used a pop dot, some letter stickers, another scrap of patterned paper and a punch so that I could thread some twine through and tie off a square knot.
- For the third card, I rounded just the bottom two corners and used my paper scraps to add a border strip across the top and punch some butterflies. I then used a small tag and attached it with a grommet.
See that banner hanging from our mantle? That's what we're going to make next!
After printing your free download, trim on the lines provided.
I used the same patterned paper I've used all week, this time to embellish the part of the tag that I folded over the twine I am using to string my banner.
To add just a bit more cuteness, I cut into the tag in an inverted V pattern. (Does that line have you thinking of Tom Cruise in Top Gun explaining his gutsy maneuver while fighting off those pesky MiGs?...sorry, back to our regular programming.) Now fold your pennant over your twine, or ribbon, or even raffia...wouldn't that be cute and attach it with a mini clothespin. You could also use your adhesive to hold it in place, or a colored staple. As another alternative, use your Crop-o-Dile and a grommet.
Take a look at this gorgeous table setting by Beth Proudfoot.
Says Beth: "Inspired by Pottery Barn, I filled the bottom of three glass hurricanes with mixed nuts and added pillar candles. I then arranged five small votive holders within orange-berried branches and called it done! Not only was it simple and elegant, but you could actually see the people sitting across the table from you."
Celeste Smith wows us with this layout here:
As Celeste details, "A layout about some of the improvements we've been making to the house in preparation for Thanksgiving."
I've had fun this week sharing my thoughts of thankfulness and gratitude. A big thanks to our write.click.scrapbook. Design Team for allowing me to share their crafty, creative and inspirational projects. And an even bigger thanks to you for reading and following along on our week-long crafting adventure together.
Each day, I've been signing off with the reminder to Have Fun and Craft On. If you'd like to win one of these art prints in your choice of color, just leave a comment on this post sharing with us a subject you'd like to have us feature in 2011.
A winner will be announced this evening at 7pm.