Monday, November 8, 2010

New Thanksgiving Decor

Have you guys been checking out some of the great Thanksgiving projects that have popped up all over the blogosphere over the past week or so? I decided to spend a little time this weekend creating some of the wonderful projects that other bloggers have to offer up.

First up was a Pottery Barn Mayflower table centerpiece knockoff. When I received my fall Pottery Barn catalog in the mail, I immediately noticed the centerpiece and thought it would probably be pretty easy to recreate, but I quickly forgot about the whole thing. Then last week I found a tutorial for the centerpiece, and I was blown away! I ran out to Michael's to pick up some supplies. Here's my version...


I love it! The tutorial I used was created by Robyn at The Pink Peony of Le Jardin. I did a couple of things differently than Robyn did. Mine is quite a bit smaller. It's about 11" long and 14" tall. I used sheets of stiffened felt for the hull of the boat (Robyn used bamboo placemats... very cool idea). I also added dowels to the bottoms of my sails and attached them to the vertical dowels so they would poof out a bit. I filled it with acorns and three faux mini pumpkins, and I had a great Thanksgiving centerpiece for my dining room table! This was a quick project, and I really encourage you to try it. There is minimal sewing involved and a lot of hot glue. Oh, in case you're interested, here's the Pottery Barn version...

image source: Pottery Barn

Next up was some wall art. We've had this one blank wall in our hallway since we moved into our current house over a year ago, and I decided it was time to dress it up. There have been some great free fall printables available recently, and I wanted to find a way to use them. I also found a template that I really wanted to use for making some acorn art using scrapbook paper. Luckily all of these pieces ended up complementing each other really well. Here's what they look like all together...




It took me just over an hour to throw this whole thing together. It took me longer to hang everything up than to get them all framed. Here's where you can find each piece...

The acorns were made using scrapbook paper and a template from Christie at A Lemon Squeezy Home. All I had to do was resized the template to fit my frames. I love the way these turned out...


The squirrel and oak leaf silhouettes were free printables from Yellow Mums. She also has a beautiful turkey silhouette to match that is available in her Etsy shop.

The "give thanks." print was a free printable from madigan made. I love the simplicity of it and the classic turkey added at the bottom.

So now I have this beautiful wall, and all I had to come up with were some frames and some paper. I plan to change out the printables with the seasons, so I can't wait to start hunting for some ideas for Christmas.

I hope you check out some of the other blogs I mentioned today. I feel like, as a blogger, I'm always trying to come up with something original and new, so it was nice to stop and smell the roses for once... to take a look at what others were doing and use their great ideas. There are lots of them out there!

Thanks for stopping by today! I told you that I was working on posting my holiday "to make" list. Well, I'm still working on it, but I hope to post it tomorrow or Wednesday in hopes that by sharing my list you might get some ideas for gifts to make this holiday season.




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19 comments:

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Looks so welcoming!!! I love that Mayfair centerpiece and I bet the kids will too. The stiffened felt is a really good idea and of course stuffed with acorn goodness. I think the centrepiece would also look nice on mantel too.

Naturally Carol said...

I think your sails look better than Pottery Barn's and your pictures are fabulous.

Jess said...

very cute fall stuff!

Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home said...

It all looks so great! I'm bookmarking this so I can use the other free printables as well. Thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

Very cute Gwen! Love all the pictures, what a festive vingette. Looks like you were busy this weekend. :)

Lu said...

What fun decorations! I love everyone's holiday cheer. I am lucky to have any decorations in my house, let alone seasonal decorations!

DWYHomemaking said...

Such cute fall decor! Thanks for sharing!!!

Kristin said...

Love the new prints! The acorns are especially cute!!

Kristin said...

I forgot to mention the centerpiece - so, so cool!! Great job Gwen (as usual)!!

Jennifer @ Muse Lodge said...

That's so cool! I might have to add this to my list of things to do. I love the paper you used for the art. So simple but makes such an impact!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

Love all your fall decor! My boys would love the centerpiece as well! :) Where did you get the turkey? Did you make her?

Kathleen said...

Loved the framed pieces. It looks great!

Cristie said...

What a cute idea.

Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

I love your fall decor! So simple.
Great job on that amazing centerpiece!!!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I love the ship. What a great idea?

How do you put two photos side by side? Is it very hard?

Sarahx

RACKS and Mooby said...

Love those framed pieces!! I just visited each of the blogs to get my own downloads (and told them I came over from yours :). Thanks for the fun ideas!

April said...

I love how the centerpiece turned out-great job!

DANA said...

That is awesome! I would love for you to come link up at my Strut Your Stuff Linky Party!
http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/11/strut-your-stuff-party.html

LeAnne said...

Oh, you're so clever!

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