Tuesday, November 22, 2011

THANK Goodness for Thanksgiving!

My mom recently hosted a Thank Offering luncheon at church, and she came to me looking for ideas on a centerpiece and thank you gifts.  For the centerpiece, she wanted something easy to make and inexpensive. I wanted to find something that had a personal touch as well. What I found on Playful Craft Creations was perfect...
This is very easy to make AND personal.  You can customize the strips to say whatever you are thankful for. You can even change the color scheme and use this as a Halloween centerpiece if you wanted to add to your Halloween decor.  Here is how we made them:

2 Sheets of Cardstock (2 colors)
2 Brads
Green Construction Paper
Brown Pipe Cleaner

1.  Type your "I am thankful for (insert your idea)" spaced out evenly on strips of cardstock.
2.  Cut cardstock paper into strips -- 1.5" x 8.5"  (need 10 strips for pumpkin)
3.  Make a small hole in the center of both ends of each strip. 
(Use small hole puncher or another tool to make the small holes.)
4.  Alternate the "I am thankful" strips by color and put them into a stack.
5.  Feed the prongs of a brad thru the holes on one end of the stack with the metal circle 
of the brad resting on the side with the writing.  Secure Brad.
6.  Fan out the slips with the writing side facing the table.
7.  Pull up one strip and feed the prongs of the 2nd brad thru the hole with the metal circle 
resting on the blank side of the strips.  Continue putting strips on brad going in a circular pattern.
8.  When all of the strips are on the brad and you have formed a ball, 
secure the brad by pushing the prongs down in opposite directions.
9. Cut 2 leaf shapes from the green construction paper.  Make a small hole at bottom of each leaf.
10. Wrap the brown pipe cleaner around a pencil to make a spiral shape.  
Gently slide the pipe cleaner off to keep spiral shape.
11. Lift up prongs of brad, hold brad in place from below, and slide on leaves.
12. Place brown pipe cleaner next to prongs, push prongs down on top of pipe cleaner 
to securely attach the leaves and "stem".

These cute turkey magnets are also very easy to make. To make these cuties you need:

An artificial sunflower or gerbera daisy
Beige, red, and orange cardstock
Googly eyes
Small magnet

 1.  Trim the petals from one side of the flower as shown in photo. 
2. Make the turkey's face by gluing two googly eyes and a colored card-stock beak and wattle onto a large brown button or paper circle (cardstock was used here). 
3.  Glue the face to the flower center.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

1 comment:

SillyTeacher said...

Very cute Carole:) Maybe I will have the boys make them:) Thanks!