DIY Burlap Candle and Glittered Pumpkin Centerpiece


thanksgiving diy centerpiece burlap mod podge

Here is a simple idea for making a Thanksgiving centerpiece that will last for years. The pumpkin was coated with gold extreme glitter to add some sparkle and the glass cylinder was covered with burlap.  We used some fall floral pics for some embellishment!

What we used:
Plaid ® Hot Glue Gun Helpers
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Gold, 5 oz.
Mod Podge ® Fabric, 8 oz.
Woven fiber placemat (round)
Large craft bowl
Tin foil
Medium craft bowl
Burlap fabric
Glass candleholder cylinder
Fall fabric motif
Foam pumpkin
Craft knife
Fall floral picks
Fall leaf trim
Fall silk flowers
Fall felt leaf ribbon
Hot glue

1. Trim the burlap so it will fit around the glass candleholder cylinder. Make sure you leave a little extra for overlapping. Coat the outside of the cylinder fabric Mod Podge. Use a thick coat. Position the burlap on the cylinder. Smooth with your fingers. Use fabric Mod Podge to attach the fall fabric motif to the top-center of design. Allow to dry. Once dry, trim around the edge to get a smooth edge if needed.

2. Using a craft knife, cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin. Continue carving until the space is large enough to hold the burlap wrapped cylinder.

3. Using a foam paintbrush, apply 2 coats of Gold Extreme Glitter to the outside of the pumpkin. Allow to dry.

4. Place the candleholder cylinder in the carved hole. Using hot glue, attach silk flowers and fall trim to the base of the candleholder.

DIY Burlap Plates and Leaf Chargers made with Mod Podge

mod podge burlap plates

Have you ever thought of eating off burlap?  No way!  But with the easy technique you can make a rustic designer set of plates and chargers using burlap, scrapbook paper and Mod Podge.  The plates are not dishwasher safe.  They will need to be gently hand-wiped clean.  They are great for salads, desserts and cheeses.  Look for glass plates and chargers at your dollar store and jazz them up!

The Plate: What you need:

Fall themed scrapbook papers, Scissors, Glass plate, Foam Paintbrush, Mod Podge Matte, Mod Podge Fabric, Burlap fabric

How To:

1. Cut a fall leaf shape from scrapbook paper.   Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the top of a paper leaf.  Working on the backside of the plate, position the leaf in the center of plate. Press with your fingers to remove any air bubbles and allow to dry.

2. Trim the burlap so it is just larger than the plate. Coat the entire backside of the plate with fabric Mod Podge.  Use a thick coat.  Position the burlap on the back of the plate.  Smooth with your fingers.  Place the wet side up and allow to dry over night.  Once dry, trim around the edge to get a smooth edge.

3. This is not waterproof.  Should be used for cheese or cookies.  Wipe the top clean.

The Charger: What you need:

Fall themed scrapbook papers, Fall leaf paper punch, Foam paintbrush, Gold charger, Mod Podge Gloss

How To:

1. Using a paper punch, punch fall leaf shapes from scrapbook papers.

2. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the back of a paper leaves.  Position the leaves on the edge of the charger, press with your fingers to remove any air bubbles and allow to dry.  Once dry, top coat with a thin coat of Mod Podge.

DIY Halloween Table Runner with Mod Podge Photo Transfer


vintage label halloween table runner photo transfer

This DIY Halloween table runner is a so easy to make!  I started with a spider web table runner and attached the labels with Mod Podge Photo Transfer.  Enjoy!

Mod Podge ® Photo Transfer Medium, 2 oz.
Table Runner
Photocopies of Halloween images
Wax paper
Wet sponge

1. Gather the images that you would like to transfer. Photocopy them on a toner copier. Be sure to reverse your image if you have any text. Trim around your images so only the part you want to transfer is showing.

2. Squeeze a dollop of Transfer Medium onto the top of the image. Apply a thick layer over the image. (1/16 thick) Slip a piece of wax paper under the table runner.

3. Position image (wet side down) on the table runner. Allow to dry 24 hours. With a wet sponge, wet the image and let it soak for 2 min. Working in a circular motion, rub away the paper. The image magically stays! Enjoy! Allow to dry. Wash cold and Hang dry.


vintage label halloween table runner photo transfer 2

PROJECT TIP: Mix up your images! Use old postcards, vintage labels or Halloween clip-art. The ideas are endless.

DIY: Fabric Appliqué Thanksgiving Placemat {no sew}

Use up your fabric scraps and burlap bits to make this quick and easy Thanksgiving placemat.  This project was designed for Plaid.  For more crafty ideas… check out all of our Plaid projects here and visit our “All About Cathie and Steve” board at Pinterest.

What you will need:
Fall themed fabric
Burlap fabric
Foam paintbrush
Mod Podge Fabric
Mod Podge Craft Glue
Felt leaf rim


1. Cut a fall leaf shape from the fabrics. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge Fabric to the back of the leaves. Working on the corner of the placemat, glue the leaves to the corner. Tear a strip of fabric to fit the side edge of the placemat, attach with Mod Podge Fabric.

2. Glue a strip of felt leaves down the edge and cut leaves to the leaves. Glue a button in the center of the leaf motif.

DIY Rustic Wood Burned Chargers and Altered Glass Plates

It’s time for a rustic table-setting.  The chargers really make a statement and they make a wonderful gift too.  The wood burning is easy to do (it’s a little stinky but easy) They are awesome on a Thanksgiving table and add a touch of rustic-elegance to your table.  The plates have a temporary altered element (skeleton leaves) that can be washed off and the plates.  The plates can then be reused for any occasion.

To get started, Use tracing paper and a printed graphic of the initials you want to place on the charger.

This charger was from Walnut Hollow.  I just love the rustic bark edge.

Next, use the wood burning tool and the tip of your choice to burn the letters into the wood charger.

You can add additional elements and designs.  Make sure you follow the instructions on the tool package.

This is not kid friendly…the tip of the tool gets very hot!

Next, add a stain or a clear finish to seal the design.

To create the skeleton leaf design on the plates we used Mod Podge to glue the leaves to the underside of the plates.

Pour a little Mod Podge onto a craft mat.

Dip the leaf into the Mod Podge.  (Skeleton leaves are available at most craft stores.)

Position onto the backside of a glass plate.  Use a damp cotton swab to clean the edges if needed.

Allow to dry.  This plate is designed to be temporary as this will not withstand washing.

You can hand wash the top of the plate.

To remove the leaf… soak the plate in soapy water and wash clean.  Mod Podge is non-toxic.

Weddings: DIY Rustic Bridal Brunch – The Table and Flowers

rustic center pieces

The Final Table Setting

This wedding shower/brunch idea is from one of my favorite episodes of Creative Juice.  We had so much fun making all the bits and baubles that go into a table setting.  I’ll be posting the recipes and crafts over the next few days.

Posts to come:
Chocolate Birds and Nests
Wood Burned Chargers
Skeleton Leaf Plates
Bloody Mary Drinks
Garlic Toasted Bread
Homemade Pesto
Fruit Kobobs
The Centerpieces
For the centerpieces we wanted something that a garden and rustic feel.  The vases were from Mosketels in downtown Los Angeles.  I have seen similar styles at floral supply and decorator shops.  For the flowers we chose large bloomed flowers (hydrangeas), stalk flowers (delphiniums) and delicate accent flowers (Queen Anne’s lace).
The Tablecloth

The final touch on the brunch table was the tablecloth itself. We laced ribbon trough a piece of fax suede fabric. Super easy and the results were stunning.

How to make the Tablecloth:

60” wide faux suede, cut 2 times the length of your dining table
Iron-on hem tape
1” wide blue painters tape
Craft knife
Self-healing mat
1” wide ribbon, 3 times the length of your dining table

1. Hem the edges of the faux suede by folding in each side 1” and ironing on hem tape.

2. Place fabric length on your table and apply painters tape down each side length, approximately 6” from the edge of the table.

3. Using the ruler and pen, mark 1” increments down the length of each taped line.

4. Protecting the table surface with a self-healing mat, slit the tape at each mark with the craft knife. Work down the length of the table on both sides.

5. Remove tape. Lace ribbon through the slits. Gather and cinch the cloth where it drapes off the table by pulling on the ribbon and tying in a bow.

DIY Scissor Cut Fabric Leaves for Your Thanksgiving Table

Fabric Leaves – with Mod Podge Stiffy

These leaves are so easy to make and create an elegant look. {{great for using up scraps of fabric}} Sprinkle them on the table, create garland with them or eyelet them together to make place-card holders.

DIY Thanksgiving Napkin Rings: Poppy Fall Colors!

Making customized napkin rings with a few wood beads, disks and letters is snap and they will look so festive on a Thanksgiving Table!  For these I used an assortment of poppy fall colors of FolkArt paint.  This project was designed for Plaid!  To see more Thanksgiving ideas go here.

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Red Velvet
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Violet Pansy
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Olive Green
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Buttercup
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Autumn Leaves
Foam paintbrush
1.5” wood disk; 1 per napkin ring
Wood letter; 1 per napkin ring
1/2” wood beads;9 per napkin ring
CS11301 – Mod Podge ® Matte
Scrapbook papers in fall colors
Elastic cord
Hot glue and glue gun
Small silk leaves

1. Paint the wood disks, wood letters and the wood beads with the color of your choice using the selected colors. Use two coats and allow to dry.

2. Cut a circle of paper to fit the wood disk. Working with the circle of paper, coat both sides with Mod Podge, position on the wood disk and topcoat with more Mod Podge. Use your fingers to press out any air bubbles. Smooth your brush strokes. Continue until all the disks are papered.

3. Thread nine beads onto the elastic cord and tie in a double knot. Trim the ends.

4. Hot glue a silk leaf over the two beads next to the knot. Hot glue a letter in the center of the wood disk and glue the disk to the leaf.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Place-card Holders

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Place-card Holders

These little cuties will look perfect propped up on your table. Customize them with your guests names or with sentimental words of thanks.

This project was designed for Plaid! If you like this idea then you should pop over to my page at Plaid to see lots more ideas and craft projects!

FolkArt ® Shiny™ Acrylic Paint – Pure Orange
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Orange
FolkArt ® Artists Pigments™ – Pure Black
Mod Podge ® Gloss
Mini pumpkins – 1 for each guest
Detail paintbrush
Printed guest names
Foam paintbrush

1. Paint the mini pumpkins with Orange paint. Top coat with two or three layers of Orange Extreme Glitter. Once dry paint the stem with Pure Black paint.

2. Coat both sides of the printed guests names with Mod Podge, position onto the pumpkin and top coat with more Mod Podge. Use your fingers to press out any air bubbles. Smooth your brush strokes. Allow to dry.

Textured Pumpkins for a Thanksgiving Table

Textured Pumpkins

Have you ever seen those paper pumpkins and wondered what to make with them? They really are quite cool and inexpensive. You have so many different options when it come to making something with them. You can decoupage them with Mod Podge, paint them, dip them in glitter or my favorite, add texture paint to them.


FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Pumpkin
FolkArt Texture Paint – Sparkle
FolkArt Metallics – Sequin Black
FolkArt Metallics – Copper
FolkArt Metallics – Antique Copper
FolkArt Acrylic Colors – Autumn Leaves
Mod Podge Glitter – Hologram Gold
Paper mache pumpkin
Plastic knife
2 Foam paint brushes
Wax paper

1. Add 1 teaspoon of Autumn Leave paint, 1 teaspoon of Pumpkin paint and a squirt of Metallic Antique Copper paint to the texture paint. Mix well with a plastic knife. Working over wax paper, apply one coat of the texture paint to the pumpkin and allow to dry overnight.

2. Add depth to the pumpkin by highlighting the creases in the Paper mache pumpkin with Metallic Sequin Black paint. Using a semi-dry foam brush, paint around the stem and down the creases. Allow to dry 1 hour. If your pumpkin does not have creases, draw your own.

3. Apply a second coat of the texture paint to the pumpkin and allow to dry overnight.

4. Paint the stem and the surrounding area with the Metallic Copper Paint, allow to dry 1 hour.

5. Using a foam brush, coat the entire pumpkin with Glitter Gold Mod Podge.