Thanksgiving Door Plaque

Welcome guests to your home with a quick and simple Thanksgiving themed door plaque.  You can make this design in under 1 hour and it is perfect for using up small scraps of paper.  This was designed for Plaid.

P.S. This is also a great hostess gift!
Materials:

FolkArt Acrylic Colors – Red Velvet
FolkArt Acrylic Colors – Olive Green
Mod Podge Matte
Wood plaque
Foam paintbrush
Scrapbook papers (stripes; dots; checks and floral)
Scissors
Pencil
Paper punches
2 decorative buttons
Wood letters spelling GIVE THANKS
Hot glue and glue gun
Velvet ribbon

Steps:
1. Paint the plaque with two coats of red velvet paint. Allow to dry.

2. Trace around the top of the plaque to make a template of the shape. Cut one shape from a piece of striped scrapbook paper, cut a second one slightly smaller from dotted paper.

3. Coat both sides of the stripe paper with Mod Podge, position on the top of the plaque and topcoat with more Mod Podge. Use your fingers to press out any air bubbles. Smooth your brush strokes. Allow to dry. Layer the dotted paper over the stripe paper in the same fashion using Mod Podge.

4. Use craft punches to punch out scalloped circles and plain circles from scrapbook paper.

5. Using Mod Podge (step three) attach the circles in a layered pattern on the top and bottom of the plaque. Once dry hot glue a button in the center.

6. Paint the wood letters with Olive Green paint. Once dry, hot glue across the plaque.

7. Add a hanger, by hot gluing a ribbon to the back of the plaque.

Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks

Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks

list it: A week before make a check list of what you will be serving. Then create a shopping list of all your needs. Shop in advance.

no mess: I love to use cooking bags for cooking the turkey, they are a “no brainer” way to cook a moist turkey and the clean up is a snap.

Too many cooks in the kitchen: The meal is ready and you need space to dish it out! Keep guests occupied out of the kitchen, make some funny trivia cards or have a camera on hand and designate a guest to take a few pre-dinner pictures.

tight spaces: Carve the turkey in the kitchen and platter the meat with an additional side dish like stuffing.

small dishes: I like to use individual ramekins for making mini sweet potato casseroles (one for each guest). I make them the day before and just re-heat on Thanksgiving day. The ramekins can be placed right on to a guest’s plate and you won’t need any additional serving dishes on the table or space on a buffet table.

enlist help: Ask friends or family to bring extra side dishes.

no buffet no problem: You can create a buffet out of almost any piece of furniture. Just drape the furniture with festive fabric of a tablecloth and use protective trivets – and you got yourself a buffet.

cook early: Make as many dishes ahead of time as possible – like cranberry relish, sweet potato casserole rolls, salad & pies.

oven safe: Try to use serving dishes that are oven safe. You can prepare meals in advance and reheat in the serving dish.

pies: If you are not going to bake pies… just pick a few up at your local bakery. Just remember – you might need to pre order.

no table?: Don’t worry if you don’t have a traditional dining table, A low coffee table can be doctored up with a few floor cushions and a table runner. You can pick up folding tables and chairs at any discount store. If you don’t want to buy – most cities have rental shops that will rent additional chairs for $3-$5 each.

The meal is devoured, the dishes are stacked mile high and you have a house filled with family – what to do? Here are a few fun ideas and activities that everyone can do together.

What to do on Thanksgiving Day !
Take a family walk.
Have a family photo swap.
Compete in a scavenger hunt.
Watch football.
Play games – Apples to Apples is really fun!
Have a family dance off.
Have the kids make a youtube video of your family.
Have a family Wii or Guitar Hero competition.
Play flag football.
What to do the Day After Thanksgiving
Tour an art or history museum.
Go on a fall leaf hunt.
Go to the movies.
Ice skate.
Have a family bowling game.
Make mini scrapbooks.
Make salt dough ornaments with the kids.
Have a wrapping paper swap or craft session.
Have a family member who knits give lessons.
And, of course….SHOP!

Salt Dough Ornaments
1 cup of fine salt
4 cup of flour (add a tiny more for softer dough)
1 1/2 cup of water (may add more)
FolkArt acrylic paint
Paintbrushes
Paper clips
Clear varnish

Make the dough: In a large bowl, combine the salt and the flour. Make a well in the salt/flour mixture and add the water. Knead until smooth and shape into a ball. When not in use, wrap in plastic or store in an airtight container.

Ornaments: Form the dough into holiday shapes. (cookies cutters are great tools for this craft) Press a paper clip into the back of the ornament to create a hanger. bake at 150-200 until firm (around 2 hours) Cool. Paint with FolkArt paints and seal with a clear varnish.

make a glittered cornucopia

cornucopia Thanksgiving Cornucopia – made with Extreme Glitter

I love glitter! I especially love extreme glitter because it has such a fine and sophisticated finish. Plus, it traps all the glitter into the glue base so you have no mess. For the cornucopia, I used some really ugly fall fruit from the craft store and a basket that I found on clearance.
Materials:

FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Gold
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Rose
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Orange
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Peridot
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Black
FolkArt ® Acrylic Paint – Violet Pansy
FolkArt ® Acrylic Paint – Forest Moss
FolkArt ® Acrylic Paint – Country Twill
FolkArt ® Acrylic Paint – Autumn Leaves
FolkArt ® Acrylic Paint – Coffee Bean
Plastic fall fruits and vegetables
Foam paint brushes
Basket cornucopia
Decorative ribbon
Hot glue
Silk flowers

Steps:
1. Paint each of the fruits and vegetables with a base coat of FolkArt craft paint. You can paint two coats if needed. Allow to dry.

2. Cover each of the fruits and vegetables with 2 or 3 coats of Extreme Glitter. Use the color guide as reference. Allow to dry in between coats.

3. Color Guide: Autumn Leaves = Orange Glitter. Forest Moss = Peridot Glitter. Taffy = Gold Glitter. Pansy = Rose Glitter. Coffee Bean = Black Glitter.

4. Using hot glue, attach a ribbon around the outer portion of the cornucopia, glue the fruits and vegetables to the inside of the cornucopia so they are “spilling” out. Fill in any gaps or holes with silk flowers.

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.

Materials:
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
Scissors
Elastic cord
Hot glue and glue gun
Small silk leaves

Steps:
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!

Materials:
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.

Kids Craft: Table Top Turkeys!

Kids Craft: Table Top Turkeys!
Designed For Plaid
See more of my designs for Plaid here.

Kids love Thanksgiving! The mini break from school, the home cooking, holiday movies, backyard games and of course crafting for the season are all experiences that kids of all ages enjoy.

Let’s Make Turkeys!

When I stumbled upon plain wood turkeys in the dollar bin at Jo Ann Fabrics, I knew they would make a perfect kids craft. For these little gobble-gobble pals I used just 1 bottle of Folkart paint, fall printed papers and some Mod Podge.

Materials Needed:
Kids wood turkey from Jo Ann Fabrics
FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Autumn Leaves
Foam paintbrush
Scrapbook paper in fall colors and prints
Scissors
Mod Podge – Matte
1.5” wood disk
Small buttons
Silk leaves
Hot glue and glue gun or craft glue

Steps
1. Paint the entire turkey and wood disk with Autumn Leaves FolkArt paint. Use two coats and allow to dry.

2. Cut three leaf shapes from one print and two leaf shapes from another print. Coat both sides of the leaf shapes with Mod Podge, position on the wood turkey and topcoat with more Mod Podge. Use your fingers to press out any air bubbles. Smooth your brush strokes. Continue until all the leaves are attached.

3. Cut or punch an oval shape and a circle to fit the wood disk. Attach the oval over the tips of the leaves and the circle to the disk using Mod Podge.

4. Hot glue (parents help) the disk to the center of the turkey. Cut a plume, snood and beak from scrapbook paper and hot glue to the disk. Add two button eyes.

5. Hot glue (parents help) silk leaves to the back of the turkey so they face forward.

DIY Fall Leaf Table Runner and Candle Sticks

fall candleholders and table runner Adorned Candle Sticks & Velvet leaf Runner

To create the runner, cut a strip of brown felt slightly longer than the length of your table and 15” wide. Hot glue velvet leaves all over the runner in a random pattern.

Jazz up candle holders by tying bundles of faux pumpkins and flowers around the center of the candle holder. Look for velvet leavers and mini pumpkins at your local craft store.

Fall Centerpiece: Natural Bean Spheres

bean covered styrofoam balls

Fall Centerpiece: Natural Bean Spheres

I adore this time of year. The leaves are starting fall and I am beginning to feel the crisp in the air. It is time to switch out the haunted Halloween decor and opt in for cozy fall decorations.

What you’ll need:
foam balls
mini glue gun
dried beans (pinto, black, kidney, etc)
craft knife/kitchen knife
candle
marker/pen
piece of felt
tacky glue

Making bean covered spheres:

1. Starting in the middle of the ball, hot-glue beans to the ball, making sure to work in a straight line across the surface.

Making candle-holders:

1. Cut a slice off of a foam ball; this will provide a base for the candle-holder.

2. Set the ball on its newly cut base and check to make sure the base is stable. Hold the candle on top of the ball and trace around the outside of the candle. Cut around traced area until the center pops out. Push the candle into the hole.

3. Remove the candle and glue on beans. Place a piece of felt over the (bean-free) base of the ball. Cut around the felt until it fits over the base of the ball.

4. Using tacky glue, glue the felt down over the base. Felt will prevent the foam from possibly scratching a table surface. Stick pieces of cloves in spaces between beans to add fragrance. Place the candle in the candleholder.

make your own silver storage bags

pacific cloth & anti-tarnish silver storage bags

Every year about 3 weeks before Thanksgiving, I do a check of my serving pieces and silver. What needs to be polished? What has chips? And, do I need any additional serving pieces?

I am actually such a big dork that I place small note cards in the dishes and and on the platters so I know what I am serving in what. I also do a trial table setting. This drives my hubby crazy – but for me, it is peace of mind.

If I need new pieces, I always head to my favorite shops for table-top…Target always has great seasonal serving dishes and accessories. TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshalls and Home Goods are also great places to “hunt and peck” for finds. It is not always 100% that you will find the perfect piece – but when you get get lucky, you can get really lucky!

When it comes to silver, I try the “preventative medicine approach”. I have been lucky to inherit my great aunts silver flatware and a few pieces from my grandmother. I have also collected platters, compotes, small dishes and serving pieces though extensive Christmas wish lists (Thank You Parents) and antique shopping.

Silver tarnishes when it is exposed to air over a period of time. Eventually, severe tarnishing can lead to a weakening of the piece and way more work before big family meals. I have few simple tips and tricks for “preventive silver medicine”.1. After each use, wash pieces in warm soapy water. Make sure the pieces are completely dry.

2. For platters and serving dishes, use silver storage bags made from silver cloth. You can purchase these from department stores, home shops or the container store. If you want to make your own – just follow the simple instructions below. (p.s. They also make nice wedding gifts) For flatware, invest in a good storage box. They are generally wood and lined with silver cloth. They will hold a full set of flatware and serving pieces.

3. Don’t wrap pieces in newspaper, cling wrap or wrapping paper. This can cause damage over time.

Make Your Own Bags!

Supplies
Pacific Cloth/Silver Cloth (here is some from amazon)
Tape measure
Tailors chalk
Embroidery hoop
Embroidery floss in light colors
Embroidery needle
Sewing machine

Notes: Pacific cloth or silver cloth is treated to prevent tarnish in silver and other precious metals. Look for this fabric online or at your local fabric shop. Sometimes it has to be ordered.

If you have leftover scraps – use them for making small jewelry storage bags.

Steps:

1. Sew a simple pillow case style bag out of silver cloth by cutting two squares of fabric the same size. (measure your silver trays to obtain the proper size needed – just add an 2″ extra for the seam allowances and an extra 3″ to the top) Sew around three sides of the bag and hem the opening.

2. To add an embroidered embellishment, Slip on side of the bag into a hoop, use tailors chalk to mark a monogram and embroider. A back stitch works well for this project.

Press: AM New York ~ Thanksgiving Leftovers!

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Are you wondering what delicious recipes you can make with all your Thanksgiving leftovers? Well, wonder no more… check out the my recipes & quotes in AM New York.

 Giving leftovers a makeover

By Lucy Cohen Blatter

Don’t let the party end tomorrow night. Chances are your fridge will be stocked with food, and your home filled with friends and family all weekend. So why not give your Thanksgiving meal a second chance to shine?

Cathie Filian, co-host of DIY Network’s “Creative Juice,” suggests turkey potpie as a good option. “Pre-made pie crusts are on super sale this time of year. Just mix the turkey with a can of mushroom soup and veggies and you’re done. You can also make the pies in small ramekins, use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of leftover crusts and use the shapes to decorate the tops of the pies.”

Keep in mind that for leftover turkey to be safe, it must be stored properly. “Be sure to carve the whole thing and let it cool before you put it away; you don’t want to put it in the refrigerator when it’s warm,” Filian says. She also suggests storing it with little oxygen. “You don’t need to go as extreme as vacuum-packing; if you’re using Ziploc, double bag it.”

Filian is such a fan of leftovers that she has them on the brain when she’s cooking for the main event. “If I know there’s a family favorite, I’ll double it to make sure there are plenty of leftovers.”

One of Filian’s go-to family recipes is cranberry salsa. “Thanksgiving weekend is all about football, so I like to have avocado dip and salsa. I buy salsa from the supermarket’s refrigerator section, drain it and stir in about a quarter of a cup of fresh cranberry sauce, adding more to taste. It’s great because it’s sweet and hot.”

 

RECIPES:

Turkey Pot Pie

Ingredients:
1 pound turkey, cut into small cubes
4-5 slices of butter
1 large onion
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 1/2 cups frozen peas, corn and carrots (thawed)
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon water
2 purchased pie crusts (rolled)

Steps:
Over medium heat in a large skillet, brown the turkey pieces in butter. Once brown remove the turkey from the pan and add thinly sliced onion, cook for 2 minutes, add the mushrooms and cook until tender.

Remove the onions and mushrooms from the pan and set aside. Add the wine to the pan; stir to loosen the any pieces. Add the mushroom soup, Bring to a boil. Stir in the peas, corn carrots, onion mushroom and turkey. Remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 425°. Place one crust into a 9” pie, fill with soup mixture. In a small bowl, blend the water and egg with a fork. Brush the edge of the pie crust with the egg and water, place the second piecrust onto top. Use a fork to seal the edges together. Brush the edges with the egg and water.

Bake 30 minutes

Courtesy of Cathie Filian

Leftover Stuffing Casserole

Ingredients:
2 cups of turkey, cut into small cubes
1 1/2 cup leftover stuffing
1 1/4 cups organic chicken stock/broth
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup cold water
1 package frozen broccoli, cooked & drained
1/4 cup sour cream
Cheddar cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the stuffing evenly across the bottom of a greased casserole dish. Next add a layer of turkey.

Heat the chicken stock to boiling. In a small bowl blend the flour and cold water. Add to the boiling stock. Reduce the heat to low and stir constantly until thickened. Add the broccoli and sour cream, stir to blend.

Pour stock mixture over the turkey and stuffing. Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and top with cheese, bake for 5-10 minutes more or until the cheese is melted.

Courtesy of Cathie Filian