MaterialsFreestanding Wood Frame
Thanksgiving is a day for creating memories and celebrating family. My favorite physical manifestation of that are personalized, handmade frames to honor the people whom I consider to be my biggest blessings. They're easy to make, the design possibilities are endless AND they make great, holiday table decor (for birthdays and anniversaries, too!) Get your kids involved by handing them a paint brush or even, just letting them choose the pictures to be displayed. Seeing smiling faces coming out of your awesome little alters is a great reward for being creative. For you, my crafty parent compadres, I am thankful!
Fabric, Vinyl or Decorative Paper
Hot Glue/Gun OR Tacky Glue
- Place frame face down on the fabric, vinyl or paper that you've chosen to embellish the front. With a pen or pencil, trace around the face of the frame and inside square. Cut out; set aside.
- Paint entire frame with desired color; sprinkle glitter over frame feet--I used the leftover orange from the Leaf Print Place Mat and Pumpkin Place Cards. Why not watch our pennies and coordinate our decor all in one swoop, right?
- Trim your fabric (vinyl or paper) to just a wee bit smaller than frame front, so the painted border will show. Spread a thin layer of decoupage medium on back of fabric and center on frame; smooth down. Paint another layer over the fabric AND the rest of the frame back and sides (excluding the glittered feet), to seal. Let dry.
- Glue letters (I found mine in the Scrapbook section of the craft store, but you could also use magazine cut-outs or a paint pen) into place. Since my photo was of my baby girl enjoying her food, I spelled out "Yum". You could also use the date, a child's name, or a word describing the photo. Whatever floats your gravy boat. :)
Tips for Using Frames at Your Holiday Gathering
- Make one with a picture of each guest at your adult table to use as take-home place cards.
- Place 3 or more frames in a grouping as a centerpiece on your main table.
- Place a few frames with pictures from family vacations, parties or other celebrations around the food table. This will likely spark conversations about great memories from those events!
- Every year take a picture of your child eating his or her favorite T-day food and make a special frame for it. Each year bring the frames out to decorate for the holiday, as proof that your yummy food grows beautiful children!
Got any other great ideas for getting the kids involved and making them feel like a special part of this year's Thanksgiving Day celebration? Post in the comments section; we'd love to hear them!
Have a safe, happy holiday filled with family and love!
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Happy November, fellow crafty parents! Chances are you've already started thinking about Thanksgiving Day (but don't worry if you haven't, there's still plenty of time), and how to make your family's celebration extra special. We often put much effort into the main dinner table--making sure that it looks as inviting as the food that will be served on it. A common afterthought however, is the kids' table; a place for the T-Day tots to have their own dining space. Today on Craft Apparent, I show how to honor that space by using fall leaves to print on no-sew place mats (sized down to accommodate smaller plates), and make glittered pumpkin place cards for each of your little guests. Finish decorating by covering their table in colorful burlap and sprinkle with leaves and candy corn--you'll find that even the tiniest of diners will appreciate your thoughtfulness. Who knows, now they may never want to graduate to the "big people's" table!
Unbleached Cotton Fabric
Iron-on Adhesive (found in the Sewing aisle of the craft store)
Fabric Fusion Glue
Letter Stamps & Stamp Pad
Pumpkin Place Card:
Letter Brackets (found in the Scrapbooking aisle of the craft store)
Place Mat How-To
- Cut 2, 9"x13" pieces of fabric and 1, 9"x13" piece of iron-on adhesive. Following adhesive manufacturer's instructions, sandwich between fabric and iron together to make place mat.
- Sponge brush a thin layer of fabric paint over the front side of a leaf. Place face down on fabric and press. Repeat this step across fabric to create printed design; leave blank space for text. Note: If you live in a part of the country that doesn't have a ton of great, fall leaves, fake ones from the craft store will work just as well!
- Using letters and ink, stamp "I am thankful for..." on blank space of mat. Note: If stamps are unavailable, hand write message using fabric markers. They work great, too!
- Cut 9" lengths of decorative ribbon and glue on to each end of mat. Well, fancy mat, you're done! ;-)
- Encourage your children to finish the sentence on their place mat by telling you what they're thankful for.
- For all-day affairs, set up a crafts table for kids to do their own leaf printing and pumpkin glittering!
Pumpkin Place Card How-To
- Sponge brush a liberal amount of Tacky Glue on the top of wee pumpkin. Make glue line uneven, to give more of a dripping effect.
- Pour glitter over glue. Let dry. Shake excess off.
- Push letter brackets (to spell child's name) into pumpkin front.
- Place pumpkin place card at each child's place setting, so they know there's a special seat just for them!
Stay tuned in two weeks for the dish on a picture perfect project, designed with your family photo in mind. Until then, happy Fall crafting!
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