Things to do:
1. First, paint your wooden block with orange acrylic paint. Let it dry before moving on to the next step.
2. Next, we get to add the details! Gather a tight bunch of angel hair vine filler and use hot glue to attach it to the top of the wooden block.
3. Snap a cinnamon stick in half and glue it to the top center of your wooden block to create a pumpkin stem.
4. The final step is adding your name tag. Wrap a piece of green wired ribbon around the handle of your foam brush to add a curl. Slide the name tag onto the wired ribbon and wrap it around the cinnamon stick stem.
5. Write your guests’ names on the name tags and enjoy!
These corkboard placeholders are perfect for a school lunch or child’s birthday party! Use them as a napkin ring or let the kids get crafty and make their own nametags! They’re super cute and super simple to make. perfect for an afternoon activity.
Difficulty level: Beginner Time to complete: 5 Minutes Age range: 10 and Up
Placeholders put the perfect finishing touch on your table for an intimate dinner party. These rustic forest placeholders perfectly complement an informal, family-style meal, creating a warm, handcrafted atmosphere.
Difficulty level: Beginner Time to complete: 5 Minutes Age range: 12 and Up
Things to do:
1. First, use hot glue to attach the pinecone to the small log slice. Let the hot glue dry.
2. Next, we’re going to cover the tips of the pinecone with Epsom salts. Apply a generous amount of mod podge to the tips using a paintbrush and sprinkle Epsom salts. Allow time to dry. Repeat this step until all of the tips have been covered.
3. The final step is writing on a chalk circle. Once you’ve written your guest’s name, slide the circle into the top of the pinecone.
Things to do:
1. First, use a pencil to sketch an outline of the table number onto your log slice. Once you’ve found a look that you like, use your wood burner to burn it on. For my numbers, I used the medium sized tip.
2. Use hot glue to attach a mini clothespin to the back.
3. Cut a 12-inch piece of jute and use it to tie a bow through the hole on the chalk circle. Trim any excess.
4. Use a chalk ink pen to write the name of your guest on the circle.
5. Clip the chalk circle into the clothespin and enjoy your event!
Origami Place Holders are an easy way to make dinner guests feel welcome. You can make large numbers of these place card holders very quickly with just a few simple folds and cuts. Use colorful paper to create handmade placeholders for your wedding or your next dinner party. Special markers or pens add an artistic touch to your place cards as well. Make sure to use a straight edge or ruler to measure out your place cards before cutting them so that they will all be the same size, or just use pre-measured name cards.
Difficulty level: Beginner Age: Adult Required time: less than 5 minutes (for about 6 place card holders)
Things you’ll need:
Colorful origami paper
Thick card stock paper (for your name cards)
Artistic pens or markers Scissors
Things to do:
1. Fold your origami paper in half.
2. Cut along the fold.
3. Take one of the cut halves of your paper and fold down one short edge about 1/4 in.
4. Begin folding the paper back and forth on top of itself, creating 1/4 in folds all along the rectangular paper.
5. Open the folded paper and make a cut between every 2 folds.
6. Place your name cards between the two folds of each place holder.
7. Set your place holders above each guest’s table setting so they know where to sit.
Every year, my parents host a Thanksgiving Dinner for the international graduate students in my Father’s department. It’s a great opportunity to get to know these kids and to help them feel a little more at home in their temporary country. It’s also the perfect time to share traditions since Thanksgiving is pretty much Unique to North America. Over the years there have been a lot of laughs and questioning looks over Thanksgiving fare. Spray whipped cream? Dessert made from a squash? Do you eat like this everyday?
This year I’m helping out by getting the table decorations set for the big meal, and along with the centerpieces and the white tablecloths, I’m making one of these turkey place cards for each guest. They’ll help get everyone seated in good order and are pretty, without being stuffy, after all, this will be a multi-generational meal, so the crystal is staying in the cupboard. Gobble Gobble!
Things to do:
1. Using the guide in your button kit, cut circles from your wool scraps.
2. Press the fabric and button cover down into the holder and insert button back according to the package directions. Repeat for the number of placecards needed.
3. Cut 5 feathers and one head from your cardstock for each place card.
4. Cut a 4″ x 5″ square of cardstock for each place card and fold in half along the longer side.
5. Fan out the feathers and glue onto one side of the card, centering the head in the middle.
6. Glue the button in place for the body.
7. Inscribe each card with the name of a guest and set the table for Turkey Day!
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