Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2

This is the second in a series of peeks into an Idea House full of beautiful decor and vintage finds for the fall season.In Part 1 of Fall Idea House 2016, I mentioned all the layering that I saw. That trend continues in Part 2 as well. Notice, also, the cool blues and mixed metals.

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Remember, it’s a group of decorators that transform this house three times a year with “what’s new” and repurposed items. I’m taking you on this visual tour of ideas and sharing what I’ve found. Everything is beautifully done. Let’s go…..

First, as you enter this house, the dining room is the room that you notice. The centerpiece on the table is elegant and has lots of texture and cool blue color. The tall birch-like vases are filled with any filler (beans, rice, etc.) and then a votive glass sits on top!

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Here’s a close up of the layering on the table and place-setting. Wallpaper or even wrapping paper would work, too!

Look closely at the centerpiece….. bring out those tiny LED lights and use them anytime to make a centerpiece sparkle!

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In this picture, you can see the wood plank that the centerpiece sits on. It adds another layer to the center of the table.

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Above the buffet, the two pictures alone on the wall wouldn’t look balanced, but by layering with two wood pieces, it looks just right in proportion to the space. (another layering idea)

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Next, we walk into the cute vintage kitchen. In the center is a small vintage looking chopping block. Looks like breakfast is being served to guests!

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Salvaged wooden planks line the open shelving. A large copper plate with a wooden squirrel serves as wall art.

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A deep copper mirror provides a wall shelf above the range. On each side, decorative copper lines the candle holders, too.

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One the side of the stove, a vintage shelving unit serves as an organizer for kitchen supplies.

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Here’s another example of layering….   The wall clock is attached to a salvaged metal grid and under it all is a piece of copper.

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This copper wall planter filled with herbs is another metallic accent.

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This is not the best picture, (I apologize) but I wanted to show this easy idea for a curtain. They used a dish towel and attached it to a piece of salvage wood with upholstery tacks. EASY!

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In the small vintage bathroom, there are two mirrors side by side. Above the stool, three small repurposed drawers are topped with a salvaged board for a shelf.

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The old vintage sink is skirted with a copper metallic fabric to hide the plumbing in keeping with the metal theme.

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In the hallway to the upstairs bedrooms, there are large rectangles painted with copper paint. Then, it is layered with an old fence section and topped with a mirror.

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The last idea for this post is at the top of the stairs. The same theme continues by using a large copper painted rectangle, two fence sections, three metal flowers and a coordinating print. The end product looks beautiful!

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Remember, when you don’t have the right size piece for a large wall space, think of how you can layer and make it work!

Happy Decorating!

Phyllis

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Watercolor and Oil Art

Watercolor and Oil Art explores a science fact in a very fun and colorful way.  Oil and water don’t mix, you see, so you’ll have interesting things happen with your art project.  It’s so exciting to see how oil makes waves and moves the color. By using a glue gun, you can design shapes or squiggles that make a design among the melding colors.

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Using just liquid watercolors, a glue gun, and oil, you never know just what you’ll end up with for color variations. It’s fun to watch. Change this project for any holiday theme or design you would like to use. This is one art project that can be done over and over again. It will never turn out the same. Use your imagination and try different combinations.

The materials include: Watercolor Paper, Glue Gun, Liquid Watercolors, Brushes, Vegetable Oil, tray (optional), and Eye Dropper.

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Here’s an easy way to keep this project from getting messy. I bought 9×13 metal cookie trays at the Dollar Tree. They are the perfect size for any painting or craft project. It keeps the mess contained and if things need to dry, you can just dry them right on the trays. For this watercolor project, they can be stacked to dry by placing one tray horizontal and the next vertical. I have one for each grandchild, and it sure helps to keep glitter, glue, paint, etc. all contained! When the project is done, they are easy to wash off.

Ok, now to the directions….  This project requires watercolor paper. Construction just doesn’t work well. It is better with liquid watercolors, too. If you haven’t tried them, they are very colorful and easier to use than the watercolor paint trays. Have some wider brushes to use such as small sponge brushes.

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I’ve seen paintings that merely cover the entire paper, but I decided to experiment using some shapes outlined with hot glue. I liked the outcome. If you are using a shape, draw it lightly with a pencil and go over it with the glue gun. (I recommend that an adult operates the glue gun.)This will keep the shape from mixing with the other colors and it will stand out from the painting.

 

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Outline a shape with the glue gun.

 

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Paint watercolor inside the glue area.

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Drop oil in several places and watch it work!

Continue on and paint the background.

For our Oma and Opa Camp, I did the kids’ names in bubble letters with hot glue and they used liquid watercolors to make their project colorful and dotted it with oil . Even the boys got into it and thought it was “cool”!

 

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After you have painted a section, while it is still wet, drop oil in squiggles or drops, and watch it change the paint. Continue until the entire paper is painted the way you like. If the watercolors dry too much, just get them wet again with more color or spray with a little water before you drop the oil. The action will continue for a while as it dries.

Let dry for a day and enjoy your watercolor and oil art that you’ve created. 

There are so many ways to vary this project. For instance, you can outline a pumpkin, stars, names, trees, bells, angels, cross, bunnies, fall leaves, and flowers, just to name a few. It is changeable for any season and the outcome is always different. 

For Easter…..

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Christmas…..

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The oil was also dripped on the trees above.

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For Valentines…..

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This cross was painted with the usual watercolor tray instead of the liquid watercolors. It’s not as bright and harder to get the oil action to show. You need to use very deep colors, paint it heavy with color, and still it doesn’t have the same intensity as the liquid colors.

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It’s a good investment to get the liquid watercolors as they last a long time. Your kids will enjoy those bright colors! No messy watercolor trays to clean, either.

Now, what will you plan on making with your watercolor and oil art?  Have fun!

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Enjoy!

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Fall Decor Idea House Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the Fall Decor Idea House! This time we are touring the dining room, kitchen, and small vintage bathroom off the kitchen. You’ll be surprised at some of the re-purposed items. Throughout this home, done by several decorators, you’ll see how they used old wood planks in so many different ways. You will even see how they used them in the dining room. You’d think that with such a formal setting, they wouldn’t work, but they do!

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Here’s a view of the dining room both to the right and then to the left. Do you see any re-purposed items?

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The buffet to the left is actually an old dresser. A door was removed (or perhaps missing) and they added baskets to the shelving. Also, the table has old posts for legs.

On the table they have used multi-layered fabrics along with placemats and large flat gold plastic leaves. It truly is a mixture of gold, silver, salvaged wood and glass. As an extra touch of gold, they wrapped the stems of the wine glasses with gold wire.

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There’s so much detail to this table that it’s hard to take it all in! Notice the candles that are embellished with upholstery tacks. Now, that’s quick and easy to do!

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#1  Use a recycled sheet of paper and folded it for the placement of the tacks. This way it will be even all the way around. Mark off where you want your tacks to go. I used 6 tacks for this candle. (8 works, too)

#2  Push the tacks through at the edge of the paper.

#3 Remove the paper and you’re done! Everything is even all the way around.

Upholstery tacks come in silver, bronze, and gold, along with other variations. I used the plain bronze ones. They used shiny gold tacks. Pretty easy, right?

 

Look at the old wood planks down the middle of the table. At first thought, you’d think it wouldn’t work, but with the pair of wooden finials, and other wood items, it all works together.

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A close look at the place-setting shows the large, flat gold plastic leaves (top left in picture below) that add extra glitz and texture to the table setting. Gold metal leaves adorn the napkin. 

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Next, we travel to the kitchen. Would you think to re-purpose old wooden car ramps? They used them on each side of the stove and tied them together above with salvaged metal for extra kitchen storage. The spice rack is re-purposed hardware drawers. Now that’s total reuse and re-purpose to the max, I think!

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The vintage wooden ironing board fits into the inset. The added hook gives a place to hang an apron.

More salvaged wood!  Yes, in the kitchen you find it used as window valances!  

The cute red-topped kitchen island is a re-purposed workbench. It sits on a wheeled car so it’s easily moved.

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The last room for this post is the small bathroom next to the kitchen. Both the ledge and what is behind the metal wall decor is salvaged wood. This bathroom has an old-fashion corner sink with the plumbing that shows. To hide the plumbing, they used corrugated metal for a skirt.

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Don’t think this is the end of ideas. We still have several rooms to explore with more vintage re-purposed items, fall decor, and salvaged wood. I  hope you got some new ideas from this tour. Don’t forget to come back for Part 3. Be sure to check Fall Decor Idea House Part 1 if you missed it!

Phyllis

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DIY Fall Napkin Rings

DIY Fall Napkin Rings

This DIY idea is probably the easiest, fastest, and most inexpensive way to add style to your fall or Thanksgiving table. These DIY Fall Napkin Rings look so good and add just the right touch to your table setting.  They take so little time and effort to make that even kids can make them! (with adult supervision of the glue gun, of course)

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With just two items for materials and a glue gun, you’re set to start.

I used a thin piece of rope (twine or raffia works, too) and small artificial leaves. My leaves were off a fall plant that I wasn’t using. The colors worked with the colors of the dishes and placemats. 

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Cut a 36 inch piece of rope (this doesn’t need to be exact). With the glue gun, secure one leaf to each end of the rope.  OK! You’re done!

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How long did that take?  Now, that’s EASY! It takes longer to wrap them around a napkin than to make them!

Oh, wait! Besides using as napkin rings, you can use them as accents wrapped around a candle or candy jar….

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Don’t limit this to just leaves. You can certainly change to a flower, too! Whatever you use, make sure it will lay flat. I tried small pumpkins, but you wind up seeing the glued part. They didn’t look good. If they were flat cutouts, then they would be OK. I’ve seen seasonal cutouts at the craft stores which would work, too.

So, are you sold on making these easy DIY Fall Napkin Rings? Bet it takes you less than 10 minutes to make enough for your table. 

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Wow, these are so easy to make!

 

Thanks for stopping by and have fun! Wouldn’t these make a nice gift, too? 

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Fall Tablesetting

Fall Tablesetting

The calendar and the weather all say that fall is here. Using the colors of burgundy, gold, and green together certainly look like fall, too! Combining these colors in the centerpiece, placemats, dishes, goblets, and napkins, it all comes together to make a fall tablesetting.

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Setting a lovely table is what I enjoy most about entertaining. (Oh, I like the guests, too!) This Fall Tablesetting is a mix of various dishes and styles put together. I like that everything doesn’t need to match.

I started with the centerpiece. It is in an antique flour sifter that I found in Europe many years ago. I love the patina of the old wood and it works perfectly for a fall centerpiece. The three gorgeous burgundy sunflowers with fall berries were found this year at Hobby Lobby. The extra fill of burgundy berries and green foliage is from the Dollar Tree. They came as many stems on a bush. I bought them last year and knew that I’d make use of them somehow. ($2.00) Not bad! All in all, it’s a pretty inexpensive centerpiece.

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I bought the green leaf plates at Walmart two years ago. Wish they had them again as I could use more! All I have seen lately is plastic and that won’t do for me. I don’t remember what I paid, but they were inexpensive.

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The two sets of glasses are old (antique?). I like to use them for fall.

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Now, I need to invite some friends for dinner. The table is ready!

Hope this gave you some inspiration for your fall tablesetting.

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Leaf Art for Kids

 Celebrate fall with these two colorful ideas of Leaf Art for Kids. I would consider these middle elementary projects as they need to trace and cut well. This art not only looks great on a wall as a fall decoration, but also looks beautiful used as placemats. Each project uses construction paper which you probably have on hand! Other art tools used are scissors, crayons or markers and glue. 

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The first project is  a negative/positive leaf art. You need a square of construction paper (I used an 8 inch square. ) and a triangle of a different color. (Cut an 8 inch square diagonally) It looks best to do a light color and a dark color for contrast.  Make the squares small or large. Any size will work according to your leaf template size.

Make a leaf template (1/2 of leaf)  

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On the triangle, trace the leaf template. 

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Cut the 1/2 leaf out. Save the piece that you just cut.

Glue the right-angled piece to the square by lining up the corners.

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Glue the cut-out leaf by lining it up to the other half.

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Once the two pieces are glued, you can start the designs. Using a marker, make intricate designs on each piece. Make intricate designs by sectioning off parts of the leaf or background.  Now, make a different design in each area as simple or complicated as you like.

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Do four and arrange like a quilt pattern.

 

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 Another idea is to make 4 inch ones and use as place-cards for your Thanksgiving dinner. Label with the name of each guest.

 

The second Leaf Art for Kids project is a bit shorter. 

Fold a sheet of construction paper in half and cut out a half leaf. Unfold to a full leaf. 

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Fold leaf back in half.

Cut slots in the leaf every inch stopping before you come to the edge of the leaf.

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Using one inch strips of construction paper, weave strips through the leaf. Trim at the edges of the leaf. 

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Fall is so beautiful with the different colors and textures of the leaves. These Leaf Art Projects capture some of the color and texture of the season. I hope you have fun making these with your elementary kids. 

 

Enjoy!

Phyllis

 

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#3 Fall Idea House Tour

Here’s more inspiration and ideas from the Fall Idea House 2014!  Some ideas are simple and quick to do to perk up your decor for fall. Others are more involved so that you’ll want to save them for future inspiration and use.

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Let’s start in the kitchen with some inexpensive ideas for curtains.

I see burlap used for just about everything these days. In the other two posts, burlap was used on the tables in several different ways. In the kitchen, burlap is draped as a window treatment. Artificial stemmed leaves and lights are used as an accents. With a change of season, simply change the corner accents to update the look!

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Another burlap curtain was used in an outdoor building. It is simply looped over a metal rod and accented on the sides with a bow.

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Back to the kitchen….

The open shelving coordinates with the color scheme and makes a big impact!

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Did you see the simple bouquets of wheat in the red vases?

Here’s my version using Dollar Tree vases and wheat…..   Use in a group, as a centerpiece, or as repetition on a long table with other fall items. This is a quick and easy idea!

 

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On the butcher block in the kitchen there’s a casual place-setting idea. The unique part is that the plate is clear glass, but they used a patterned paper plate underneath. Under the place-setting is a rustic colored, small woven rug. The texture and warmth of the fall colors blend with the color scheme. Who says rugs are just for the floor?

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I love the idea of using an old bookshelf and lining the back with vintage ceiling tile! It certainly makes this piece a show stopper! Don’t you agree?

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Into the Dining Room…..

The dining room table has an “over-the-top” display! I don’t think one more thing would fit! On a practical note, no one would see another person at the table! HA!  Notice the beautiful fall sunflower patterned tablecloth!

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Table runners, in the same pattern, are hung as wall art on either side of the shelf unit.

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…..A beautiful arrangement on the buffet!

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One of the bedrooms in the Idea House was set up as a tablescape idea room.  The first tablescape was for a Book Club dinner.

 

Instead of placemats, open books are used to hold the plates. Silverware is wrapped in book pages along with a decorative napkin ring. Candle holders are on different levels of stacked books. Both candle holders and vases have twine wrapped around them.

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Don’t have a tablecloth to fit? Try this idea….. Use a curtain and simply layer with burlap and a decorative runner.

 

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 A second tablescape uses bright orange and blue! Wooden mushrooms are used as candleholders.  A small bird sitting in a dish at each place is used as a place card holder. Bright blue napkins are placed on the back of each chair and held by colored twine.

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 Also, in the room….

a lantern filled with many fall accents.

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In the hallway…..

This artwork has all the right colors, but not the right size. By painting a large graphic square that highlights the artwork, it makes it appear larger and fills the space with color and added interest.

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Another pallet idea! This is one I could do myself!

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 So many great ideas! I’ll bet you found something that would work in your own home! There’s just one post left to share for the Fall Idea House.

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Hydrangea and Wheat Centerpieces

Hydrangea and Wheat Centerpieces are easy to make! Whether you use dried hydrangeas or silk ones depends on the durability and cost you want for your arrangements. By using a silk hydrangea,  it will stay in tact longer, but it is more expensive. Drying your own hydrangeas is easy and they’re free, but the arrangements are very fragile.  I’ll show you combinations of hydrangea and wheat along with simply using them alone.

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Materials Needed:

Floral Foam for Dried Arrangements

Wheat

Dried or Artificial Hydrangeas

Container

Directions:

Everything stays better if you have a piece of floral foam in the container. The stalks of wheat are thin and will stay in place when secured in the floral foam. Place this in first.

Place the artificial or dried hydrangeas in your container.

Add stems of wheat until you get the desired look.

 

This arrangement uses artificial hydrangeas and wheat…

 

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Paint a mayo or canning jar, add your arrangement, and complete with a raffia bow.  Very simple to do!

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Or add a colored bow and set on a rustic crate…..

 

 

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Simply use the wheat by itself. Three slim vases filled with wheat make a great impact of texture and color. The red vases are from the Dollar Tree so this look is very inexpensive!

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I dry my own hydrangeas to use in arrangements. This single hydrangea is simply stuck in an interesting glass bowl. A whimsical owl sits nearby. Not hard to do and only takes a couple of seconds!

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OK, now it’s your turn to try it! These arrangements will fit right into the Thanksgiving season, too! For very little money, they make a big impression!

 

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Fall Idea House #2

 

Ready for another Fall Idea House tour? Well, let’s continue into the porch and living area. Lots of inspiration here! Many ideas are easy to do and I’ll show you how to use materials you may already have on hand to duplicate a couple of ideas. Because the sun was out full force, I apologize that some pictures reflect that bright light. I always like a cloudy day to shoot photos, but this day was really sunny! Probably fitting with all the sunflower motif on the front porch.

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Immediately as you walked into the porch, the theme was very evident with the table setting. They used sunflower wall art as the chargers. Burlap along with black & white ticking table runners gave pattern and texture.

They wrapped candles  in tree wrap (brown), roofing paper (black), twine, and added a sunflower accent.  The candles rested on top of charcoal bits in a bowl.

 

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While I didn’t have tree wrap,  roofing paper or charcoal, I did have other materials that I substituted for my candles. My simple version uses brown paper bag instead of tree wrap. I tore it instead of cutting with a scissors. It gave it an uneven textured edge.

Instead of black roofing paper, I used brown textured cardstock and wrapped it with twine. Instead of black accents, I used brown as an accent color. I happened to have a sunflower on hand and used birdseed as a filler for the bowl instead of charcoal bits.  So that’s my copycat version! Easy, simple and inexpensive. I’ll bet you have most of the same materials on hand.

 

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Theirs……

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Mine……..

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I also made a matching napkin ring out of cardboard tubing, brown cardstock, twine, and a sunflower! I often make my napkin rings for various occasions. For complete directions and ideas, go to DIY Napkin Rings.

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Colorful fall wreaths adorned the porch windows.

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Here’s a look at the beautiful arrangement on the side table of the porch….

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Entering the house, the door had a wreath with one of the black plates used in the center.

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In the living room area, three large dried arrangements catch your eye. Notice the mixing of finishes. There’s copper, gold and silver at varying heights and used all together.

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This combination of birch tree art along with the birch log dried arrangement really caught my eye! I love how it echoed the artwork.

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A closer look…..

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In a small room off the living room,  was a computer area.

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I wanted to give you a closer look at the dried arrangement on the desk.

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I also thought the black pillow on the chair was stunning. If you have a lot of shirt buttons, this might be the DIY project for you! Notice the pillows wrapped in burlap with “Thanks” and “Blessings” on them. (another DIY project)

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I liked the three mirrors over the fireplace! Across the mantle they placed a natural piece of driftwood and added live greenery in front.

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This is not the end of the Fall Idea House!

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Did you get some inspiration? Which idea did you like the best?

Have fun decorating for fall!

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Fall Idea House 2014

The Fall Idea House 2014 has oodles of inspiration for you. It’s time to take you on another tour of this special place. Several decorators come together to plan the entire house. The visitors are left with wonderful ideas showcasing  new products and re-purposed items. Many of these ideas are easily blended into your own home decorating. I don’t know about you, but when I see these ideas, it spurs my imagination and the creative juices run wild in my own mind! I think of ways to incorporate ideas in various ways in my own home. I’ll specify what I have done to use these ideas.

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So were off on the first part of the tour….  Fall Wedding Dinner Table and Outside Containers and Planters

The outside plantings are always beautiful. As you walk toward the house the gardens are rich with fall color and texture.

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Think of adding height to your container gardens!

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Window Boxes:

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Wedding Dinner: (In a Garage) This beautiful fall archway announced the special dinner awaiting the guests. Fall leaves with lace bows, white pumpkins all give a hint of the decor inside.

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In the garage, a wedding dinner table awaited the guests. While a garage is an unusual setting,  the decor made it special by incorporating lace, burlap, vintage pieces and new items! The table was absolutely lovely! The same ideas are useable in any fall table setting.

Table centerpiece…..

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Lace tablecloth with burlap placemats! Great texture combination!

 

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The place-cards are painted white pumpkins adorned with a white dried flower and personalized with each person’s name.

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Chair tie decorations…..

 

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My version using what I had on hand! This is an easy chair decoration to do!

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Isn’t this a super idea for the wall?   The vintage screen has pictures attached by magnets and the windows have all the names of the guests and wedding party!

 

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This is just the start! There’s so many more ideas to come in the next post. Hope this has inspired you!  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss the next posts.

 

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Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons!

 

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Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons!

Do you have some old puzzles that have some pieces missing? If not, you can find them easily at garage sales and thrift stores. Puzzles are frustrating when there are pieces missing so might as well recycle them into some puzzle piece crafts.

I’ve included a few ideas that I have done and then rounded-up lots more for all seasons of the year! Hope they come in handy!

To get started, on a nice calm day, place puzzle pieces in a box and spray paint. If  painting each piece by hand with acrylic paints, the paint stays better on the back side of the puzzle pieces. Otherwise, spray paint is fine on the front.

Paint  pieces with many different colors. It’s a good way to use up extra spray paint, right? You will want a variety of colors so you have them on hand for any season. Let dry and bag them according to color.

Red for Valentines, Apples, Christmas

Green for Christmas Trees, wreaths, Spring leaves, aliens or monsters

Yellow for sun, Easter Cross, lions

Orange for pumpkins, fall leaves

Pink for Valentines

Black for Halloween bats, faces on pumpkins

White for lambs, bunnies, snowflakes, snowmen

Brown for reindeer, trees

 

Here are ideas for each season:

Winter:

 

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                                                       Wreath from www.timesobserver.com

Place a child’s photo inside the wreath!

Reindeer-

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Go to FamilyCrafts.about.com  for a complete tutorial!

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Go to www.daniellesplace.com

Nine other puzzle piece crafts  from Daniellesplace include: lion, cow, whale, turkey, penguin, Frankenstein, butterflies, baby and giraffes!

Now that should be enough to keep you busy for months! But wait! There’s more!

 

Jesus – The missing piece in Christmas….

I love this one – also from  daniellesplace.com

It makes a wonderful Christmas card!

 

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Candy Cane- 

This is one I have done!

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Santa’ s Hat –

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Go to www.familycrafts

Christmas Tree

Another idea from www.familycrafts

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Here’s another variation with a tutorial on both the tree and wreath.

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                                                                                          Go to www.worldofwhimm

 

Add a little bling to your tree….

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visit :   urbanpaisley.blogspot.com

 

Snowflake

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                                                                                  From   mamapapabubba.com

Snowman- 

I love this cute snowman!

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                                                                  For complete directions go to  familycrafts.about.com

 Large Snowman

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This is adorable!   Go to thesenorthernskies

Christmas Garland

 

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Go to  CarolineKiberd for complete instructions!

Valentines

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Go to 123toddlerandme

Some adult crafts for inspiration, too! Great looks for your Valentine decor! Sorry, but I found no identification on these photos or websites for these crafts! Please let me know if you know the source!

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Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons

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Spring:

 

Easter Cross

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Whimsical Lamb

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Found at  freekidscrafts.com

Spring Tree

No need to paint puzzle pieces if you can find similar colors to create a picture!

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Lamb and Lion

 

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Idea from …  thesenorthernskies

Earth Day Idea

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Visit   freekidscrafts.com

Summer:

 Flowers

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Use puzzle pieces that have muted shades of the same color.

Butterflies

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Complete directions found on Makingfriends.com

Fall:

 

Autumn Trees

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Idea from  meaningfulmama

Pumpkin Place Card

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Go to exquisitelyunremarkable

Apple

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Visit savingcentswithsense.net

I love the brown paper bag background!

Jack-O-Lantern

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Go to  Jadaroo

Turkey

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Miscellaneous Ideas:

I thought this idea was so cute. Imagine it on a card.

  Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons   grandparentsplus.com Go to squidoo

Jewelry

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Found on Folksy

Napkin Rings

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Found on hgtv.com

Framed Name Using Puzzle Pieces – Such a great idea!

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Go to NurseryProject to see this!

Aliens, Monsters, and People

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Found on CreationsbyCheryl

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Found on funfamilycrafts

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Found on AllKidsNetwork

Frames

I like the use of denim puzzle pieces on this frame!

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Go to MakingFriends

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Go to BuggyandBuddy for instructions

This by no means is a complete list of possibilities, but it will give you lots of ideas to try. Perhaps,  more than you need!

Hope you found some new ideas of what to do with your old puzzle pieces!

Thanks for stopping by,

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Thanksgiving Place Setting for Kids

If you have kids at your Thanksgiving celebration, this Thanksgiving Place Setting for Kids idea might be just right for you!

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At Thanksgiving, I set a “child-friendly” special table for the grandchildren. This Thanksgiving Place Setting for Kids is perfect to keep them occupied both before and after dinner.

First, I cover the table with paper and secure it underneath with tape. I’ve used butcher paper and newsprint. Hint: Go to a local small newspaper and ask for the ends of the rolls. There is plenty of paper left and usually it is only a couple of dollars. It makes great drawing paper and it will last you for years!

Kids don’t need a huge dinner plate so I use a salad plate at each place.  Draw around the perimeter of the plate with a marker. Add the details, but do not add color!

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When finished, it will look like this…..

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Place a glass with crayons at each place and let them color and fill the center with things for which they are thankful. This goes perfectly with the Turkey Tootsie Pop Holder and the Turkey favor made from a toilet paper roll! Check out those posts, too! Together, these become a perfect Thanksgiving Place Setting for kids

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 Have fun and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

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Turkey Tootsie Pop Holder – Video Tutorial

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This is from the archives……..

 This little Turkey Tootsie Pop Holder makes a fun addition to your Thanksgiving table! Use it as a candy favor for the young ones or a napkin holder for the adults. You probably have the felt and eyes already in your craft supplies so the cost is very inexpensive for this darling turkey! It doesn’t take very long to make. If using as a Thanksgiving craft, cut out the pieces and let the kids put them together!

Turkey Tootsie Pop Holder – Video Tutorial

 Materials

Felt colors (thin felt) : brown, light brown, red, black, white, gold and other colors for feathers

Brown felt – Cut 2   – 3″ x 3  3/4″ rectangles  for body

Cut 7- 2″ x 2  1/2″ felt rectangles for feathers – various colors

Cut 1 – 2″ x 1″ felt rectangle for the head  – light brown

Cut 1- 1″ x 1  1/2″ felt rectangle for wattle – red ( or a red pipe cleaner)

Cut 1 – 1  1/2″ x 1  1/4″ black felt rectangle for hat

Small narrow band from white felt for hat band

Small square of gold felt for buckle on hat

Small gold triangle for beak

2 small  googly eyes or small white circles from felt

embroidery thread or any dark thread (or machine stitched, too)

Watch the video….

http://youtube/k6ZCGLgtrqs

Cut two from brown felt for the body

Stitch around the body making sure the narrowest part is large enough for the Tootsie roll pop (Be sure it is a minimum of  1 and 3/4″ wide at the narrowest part of your stitching.)

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Glue feathers to the back.

Add remaining details. Each one has an individual personality!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Devotional for Families

Five Grains of Corn

This true Thanksgiving story makes a great Thanksgiving Devotional for Families.

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In early New England at Thanksgiving time it was customary to place five grains of corn at every plate. It was a  reminder of those stern days in the first winter when the food of the Pilgrims was so depleted that only five grains of corn were rationed to each individual at a time. They wanted their children to remember the sacrifices,the sufferings, the hardships which made possible the settlement of a free people in a free land. They did not want their descendants to forget those days when only seven healthy colonists remained to nurse the sick, and nearly half their number lay in the “windswept grave yard on the hill.” The use of five grains of corn placed by each plate was a fitting reminder of a heroic past.

Place 5 grains of corn at each place-setting. Read the story above and have each person share five things they are thankful for this Thanksgiving. Perhaps there have been hardships this past year for your family, but remember God’s blessings through both the good and bad times.

After each person shares 5 blessings around the table, read the Thanksgiving Proclamation by George Washington

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

George Washington

(For small kids, simplify the words and explain what they mean)

 

Kids at school are reminded to be thankful for what we have, but who do we thank? The Bible says to thank the Lord God Almighty!

Great Bible verses to read:   (There are so many, but here’s a few…)

Have these each on a slip of paper at each place.  Go around the table and each person reads their verse.

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name
Psalm 69:30

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 95:2

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalm 9:1

 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
Psalm 7:17

I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.

Colossians 3:15

 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

1 Corinthians 15:57

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
Psalm 100

Hope this gives you some ideas for your Thanksgiving Devotional time at your family table.

 Happy Thanksgiving!

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15+ Thanksgiving Games for Family Fun

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Take a little break from football and  liven up the celebration with a few Thanksgiving games. You’ll work off some of those calories (especially the pie) and the kids will have fun, too! While there are hundreds of on-line games, I think Thanksgiving is for interaction and making memories and not sitting in front of the computer. Most of the games I list involve lots of  interaction and laughs.

( Well, I added a few on-line ones, if you insist.)

1.Turkey Feather Toss: I saw this idea in the Family Fun magazine a couple of years ago.  Take a feather and tape a weight (my husband used a  long nail) to the quill end. This gives it some weight and stability.

Nail taped to base of feather.

 

Place a basket or container some distance away and see if kids can toss the feather into it. Have several baskets or containers and place a different value on each one. Take turns and keep score! We used turkey feathers, as we have wild turkeys around us. If you don’t have hunters in your family, buy pheasant feathers at Michael’s Crafts.

Wow! Pretty Close!

He made it!

2. Pin the wattle or feather on the Turkey:  Thanksgiving version of the old standby: Pin the Tail on the Donkey! Materials:  blindfold, cut-out of wattle or feather & large drawing of a turkey.

3. Corn Pitching:  The idea of this games is to take beans, dried corn or candy corn and pitch them into containers of different point value.  Play several rounds and keep score.

4. Corn Hunt or Turkey Hunt:  Hide candy corn or small sticker pictures of turkeys in various places throughout your home. When found, they put them in their bag. The one with the most, wins! 

5. Odds or Evens:  Kids take turns with another partner and place beans or dried corn in their hand behind their back. They  say, “Odds or Evens”. If the other child guesses correctly, they get the beans. Then, it is the other person’s turn. The one with the most beans after an amount of turns, wins!

6. Where is the silly Turkey? I have a silly looking little stuffed animal turkey that I have out each year. The kids like to hide this turkey  in the room. For little kids, I like to hide it with a little piece sticking out so it is easier to spot. Tell them “hot” if they are close and “cold” if they are far away. If you don’t have a little turkey, use a sticker picture of a turkey or any other object.

 

He found it!

 

 

5. Thanksgiving Basket Upset:  Put chairs in a circle and give everyone a “Thanksgiving name such as: pumpkin, turkey, dressing, pilgrim, ship, etc. Caller calls two of the Thanksgiving related names and they need to switch chairs. Caller tries to get to one of the chairs before the others. The one left becomes the caller.

6. Pumpkin Roll: Take a small pumpkin and roll with either hands, broom or wooden spoon. You need a long area to roll so clear an area or do this outside if weather permits. Have some bottles along the way that they have to knock down with the pumpkin before going for the finish line. Take turns and time each one or do as a family relay.

7. What’s missing? Place candy corn, small picture of objects, little turkey, small boat, pilgrims or other Thanksgiving objects on a tray (10-20 items). Have them look carefully at the tray. Take one item away and see if they can tell which one is missing. Another variation for families is to write all the objects they can remember being on the tray.  If you have several families,  have each family work together as a team or work in partners.

8. Thanksgiving  Printable and Computer games:  These are not group interactive, but if you need them, here they are!   http://www.dltk-holidays.com/thanksgiving/games.htm

9.  Spoons: Play the regular game of Spoons, but substitute paper turkey drumsticks on paint stirrers with Thanksgiving pictures on them or plastic spoons with a turkey drawn on them.

10. Lots of printable games: Bingo, Memory, Dominos, Word Mining, and Word Scrambles are available http://holidays.kaboose.com/thanks-games.html  and www.733blog.com

11. Fun group Thanksgiving Games: check the many games on  Familyfun.  http://spoonful.com/thanksgiving/thanksgiving-games-pg

12. Thanksgiving Scattergories:  Divide into two teams. Give a category such as “Fall Words”, “Thanksgiving food”, “Names of Trees” ,  “Fruits and Vegetables” etc. Each team member can generate words and the recorder writes them on a team list.  Score a point for each answer that is not listed on the other team’s sheet.

13. Turkey Shoot: Get out those pom-pom shooters and have a turkey hunt. One person is the turkey and kids take turns trying to hit the “turkey” using pom-poms  or mini-marshmallows in their shooters. The turkey can either stand still for young shooters or move if you want it more challenging. Add a “turkey hat” for the one being hunted. ( I saw these at Target) For pom-pom shooters go here.

 14. Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt: Weather permitting, this is a great outdoor game. Give each family a list of fall items to find. If indoors, hide doubles (or enough for each family unit) of  items in different rooms and give a list of the hidden items to find. Stickers of different objects are easy to use in this game.

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15+ Minute-To-Win-It Games: Many of these games could be altered to the Thanksgiving theme. Check them out at ministry-to-children.com or happyhomefairy.com and summercampprogramdirector.com  Lots of good ideas!

Hope this post is a good reference for some good old family fun!

Check out my other posts on Thanksgiving crafts and Thanksgiving place setting under the heading of “holidays” on the top menu or click here.

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good!

Phyllis

 

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