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Have you ever been browsing Pinterest and been overwhelmed with trying to recreate on there? Or by the cost of trying to get the look you want?
Honestly that's how I was feeling with this post. So I decided to set some limits for myself. Sometimes working within limitations can help get the creative juices flowing. I decided I wanted to spend no more than $10, and that it would be something I could put together in no more than 15 minutes. Because, let's be honest, with everything going on Thanksgiving Day, who wants to spend tons of time getting the table ready? And in the end I think my centerpiece ended up being beautiful!
(If you're worried about timing for Thanksgiving be sure to check out our 'Thanksgiving Prep 101' post which gives you a timeline from a month in advance on how to prepare for Thanksgiving with a printable checklist to hang on your fridge!)
Easy & Affordable Thanksgiving Centerpiece
I made this little video showing you how I put my centerpiece together. It's really that simple! Feel free to pause it if it goes too fast for you. Below I'll list the supplies I used.
Tips for Making a Thanksgiving Centerpiece
If you're wondering how I got all these for less than $10 the answer is after Halloween Clearance!
Once Halloween is over stores basically start moving on to Christmas and heavily discount their fall merchandise. The 3 picks were $2 each! And my pack of leaves, pinecones, and little pumpkins were $0.25 each. So check out your bargain bins. If you can't find any around you here's some similar I found on Etsy.
I already had some of the supplies in my home. I had some extra greenery from an old wreath I used to fill in gaps. We grew pumpkins in my garden this year so my centerpiece pumpkin and one of the mini orange pumpkins are from my garden. I know most people don't grow pumpkins so a pie pumpkin or two from the grocery store would also look cute in the center.
You could also go on a pinecone hunt outside to help decorate your table. Just be sure to clean them off before using them.
Here's some more tips for making your easy and affordable Thanksgiving centerpiece:
I hope that these tips and tutorial can help you to create your own beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece. Don't let Pinterest overwhelm you, if you do use our tips to make your own centerpiece, tag us in your picture so we can share!
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I don't know if you are like me, but when I see those cute fun foam or felt kits that the craft stores have for kids to do, I just want to buy them all and make them with my grandkids. But then, I end up with a bunch of little cute ornaments or just plain figures that I don't really know what to do with besides sit them on my shelves or hang on the tree. So, when Emily brought me this cute owl with her hand prints as the wings, I thought to myself that there must be better ways to use them and enjoy the memories that come with creating them together.
So, I brainstormed and created with some of my grandkids and we came up with a few ideas that we hope you will love!
Place Cards and Napkin Rings:
Of course the children can give just the craft all by itself as an ornament or a refrigerator magnet. But here are a few of other ideas to expand their choices.
Make a Wreath!
While I was looking at different craft kits at Hobby Lobby, I found a white garland of pom poms. (They have lots of choices.) I thought, what a great idea to make a wreath with this and the felt Santa kits that I have!
It came out so cute! Here is what I did:
My grandkids are going to love it!
There are so many different kits to choose from, you can make any theme. A Nativity Wreath would be a great way to talk about the true meaning of Christmas as you craft it together.
Can you think of other ways to use these festive craft kits? Let me know in the comments!
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Since it's October I thought I would share a fun and easy decoration to make for your home. Your kids or grandkids might enjoy doing this with you as well.
Since we're doing Halloween at home I wanted to make it extra fun with our decorations. I decided to show my kids how to make those little garlands where it looks like all the people are holding hands, but with a Halloween twist!
My kids were so amazed and happy when I unfolded the garlands. They loved them!
So today I have a free subscriber printable of these stencils. I went with fun monster faces for these. They're simple to cut out and would be great practice for your young scissor users.I had my son (5) cut out the big outline and then I cut out the face details. He also traced the stencil onto the construction paper.
I made these stencils to fit a regular sized piece of construction paper when folded into fourths. If your paper is a little different size than mine, no worries, just make sure that you don't cut the sides completely and your garland should still work.
To make the stencils:
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Once a week, I have lunch with my grandchildren and their parents who live near me. I always bring lunch and try to mix it up each week with different things. My 4 year old grandson, and his baby sister LOVE milkshakes. Since the weather here in Phoenix is definitely good milkshake weather, I thought we should have a milkshake contest and find out which fast food restaurant has the BEST milkshakes.
I was amazed at the definite opinions these little ones had! One milkshake, that I usually love and thought would win, must have had something wrong with their machine that day, because it tasted terrible and very chemically. My grandson tasted that one before anyone else and declared it was awful tasting. We all agreed!
I'm not going to tell you yet who won. Actually, it is still an on going process and we may have to have a run-off to find the winner. Besides, I don't want to influence your choices when you try this fun activity with your family! But, here are some tips on how to make the Milkshake Contest work with your kids.
First of all, I created this printable score sheet to give to everyone to use as a tally for their choices. There is space for 5 different milkshake brands. Of course, you don't have to test that many in one day. We did 3 one day and 2 another. I went and purchased all of the milkshakes and took them to the house where we were having the competition. A better and easier way would be to do the following:
We tested Culvers, Jack in the Box, Sonic, McDonalds and Burger King Shakes. If you have a favorite shake in that general price range, let us know in the comments and we will give it a try!
I also got to thinking that you could do this contest with homemade shakes. Get a few blenders together and see who makes the best! Any excuse to have an ice cream treat during 116 degree weather is great! Let us know if you give it a try and who you think makes the BEST CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE!
Fancy glasses make milkshakes more fun! Dollar Tree has a bunch to choose from!
OTHER CONTEST IDEAS:
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!