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Top 10 Thanksgiving Decorations to Make, Part 2
By: Caley Walsh
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Recently, I published Part 1 of the Top 10 Thanksgiving Decorations to Make. While living aboard for several years, I always missed the quintessential American holiday of Thanksgiving. Therefore, I am a big advocate for honoring Thanksgiving as much as the other end-of-year holidays. As a craft editor, I’ve been gathering the best Thanksgiving decorations to make this holiday.
Turkey craft are an obvious choice for the best Thanksgiving decorations to make, but they also offer a surprisingly amount of variety. Turkey crafts range from easy and fun crafts for kids to more elegant crafts, and all are great for Thanksgiving decorating. With a coat of paint and some craft foam feathers, you can recycle un-carved pumpkins from Halloween into Thanksgiving turkeys. You can also use foam balls for the basic body shape of a turkey. Use a smaller foam ball or egg-shaped foam shape for the head.
For something easy and adorable, take two brown pom-poms, one slightly smaller than the first, in yarn or wool roving. Glue the smaller pom-pom to the top as the head and add feathers to the back in orange, red and yellow felt. Add eyes, beak and waddle to the head pom-pom. Pom-poms are easy to make with a pom-pom maker or cardboard circles. Place each of the pom-pom turkeys on your guests plates.
More turkey Thanksgiving decorations to make:
Update boring table linens with a bit of Thanksgiving crafting. Use stencils and fabric paint to easy add autumn leaves, cornucopias or other harvest images to a plain tablecloth. You can even use permanent fabric dye, stencils and a paintbrush to create a lasting Thanksgiving tablecloth. Use freezer paper to create your own stencil from images on the web.
Try your hand at embroidery or cross-stitch with a leaf or other design in the corner of yours placemats or napkins. You can use an embroidery or cross-stitch chart to make any needlework easier. Create embroidered napkin rings with a ring of embroidered felt or fabric glued over a cardboard tube (toilet paper tubes cut into 1-inch segments for example). Embroider the felt with a simple acorn shape.
Burlap is also a fantastic material for Thanksgiving, with its rustic, harvest appearance. Use looser-weave burlap picked up from your local garden center. You can make a long table runner to extend the length of your dining room table and/or individual placemats. You can certainly sew the edges neat and clean, or simply cut straight and let the edges fray for that rustic look.
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