Thanksgiving craft ideas that show why you are thankful this year

Want to make this Thanksgiving more meaningful than just turkey and football? Then, maybe it is time to introduce some holiday traditions that will create memories and give more meaning to this holiday. We have a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Show and express thanks: Ask each member of the family to create two items that represent what they are giving thanks for this year. Whether it is a card or collage of photos of important memories, you will get a glimpse into what they cherish.
  2. Cook something together: It will be memorable if you cook something together with the family from a recipe that everyone likes.
  3. Catch up with the family that is away: Make a family tree with photos of each member and then connect with these family members. Call them by phone or do an audio or video chat. This will help kids understand the importance of the extended family and know the different family members who are away.
  4. Design your appreciation: Make a gratitude wreath or turkey and make a cut out of labels writing down things you and your family are grateful for this year.
  5. Thankfulness branch: Pick a large branch with lots of branches and make it stand in a jar/ bottle. String, cut out leaf shaped foam or color paper and write down what each of you is grateful for this year. You could also make a box out of cigar box, shoebox or even a basket or jar and keep adding your gratitude notes throughout the year.
  6. Make a pocketed wall organizer: Make a canvas pocket paper organizer with different color pockets for each member. Let each member fill their individual pockets up with notes, photos and items of gratitude throughout the year, to be shared next thanksgiving!

Make your holiday more memorable and meaningful with these fun family traditions.

How to make a bottle cap necklace

There’s a new trend right now in the jewelry world that’s catching on fast: the bottle cap necklace. These necklaces are a great way to recycle old bottle caps, but they’re also a great statement piece that will give the perfect vintage aesthetic to your wardrobe.

And the best part? You can make your own bottle cap necklace in a few easy steps!

You’ll need:

  • 1 bottle cap
  • Scissors
  • 1 inch circle image to use for your pendant
  • Glue
  • 6 mm jump ring
  • Drill with small drill bit
  • Chain necklace
  • Resin coating

 

To start, you’ll first want to find the image for your bottle cap. You can search the internet for digital collage sheets or just to find an image that will fit well in a 1 inch circle. Cut out the circle image with scissors and glue the image into the center of the bottle cap.

If you’d like to flatten you bottle cap, you can do so at this point by placing a rubber mat over the bottle cap and taking a hammer to gently fold the rough sides of the bottle cap over.

Take your drill and your smallest drill bit, then drill a hole at the top of your bottle cap. (If you’ve flattened your bottle cap, you can drill a hole in the ridged edge of the bottle cap.) Once you have a hole, you can string your jump ring through the hole and then squeeze the jump ring tightly back together.

Apply the resin to the image inside your bottle cap by following the manufacturer’s instructions on the bottle. Make sure there are no bubbles when applying the resin, and then cover the bottle cap while the resin cures. Applying the resin to your bottle cap will protect it from dust and other elements, which will help preserve your bottle cap necklace.

Once the bottle cap is dry you can string your chain necklace through the jump ring and proudly wear your new, personalized, statement piece for all to see!

How to decorate a baby’s room

 

Every parent is excited to welcome their child into this world months before it is even born. Buying all the baby stuff, decorating its room and taking parenting classes is a thrilling experience for parents. So how do you decorate a baby’s room and adequately equip it with baby things.

Theme

Start with a theme that you want for your baby’s room. You can choose a cartoon character theme or an animal jungle theme or a vintage inspired theme and decorate the room with things revolving around that theme.

Wall color

You can also decorate a baby’s room keeping in mind with the patterns and colors you choose for the wall. You can opt for gender neutral colors such as lemon yellow and light green for the wall paint or opt for more traditional colors like pink and blue. Wall decal is also a great way to add personality to the wall. It is also easy replace the wall decals and place new ones in the future.

Furnishings

You can buy baby crib that meets the safety standards for the room. Make sure that the mattress fits well along the sides of the crib. Lavender crib bedding is wonderful choice for a baby girl as the color is very soothing and peaceful. A baby bassinet is used until the baby is three to four months old. So if you are on a tight budget, then you can forgo it. A changing table is a very useful piece for furniture that new parents swear by. It helps to prevent any back injury to the parents while tending to their baby’s needs.

Others

While the above mentioned furniture is vital to a nursery, a rocking chair, baby bouncer,black pink baby mobiles and baby bath tub is at parent’s discretion. They can wait until the baby is a few months old before considering buying it for the nursery.

Kids craft ideas: Homemade playdough recipe

Homemade playdough – All of us have enjoyed experimenting with play dough as kids. However, for those of us who missed out on the joy of make their own play dough from the scratch, we are here to share a play dough recipe that works! Not only works, but also makes amazing, easy, great quality play dough. This can be a great rainy or snowy day project you could do with the kids. Making your own play dough with your child can be fun. So try this play dough recipe and have fun.

Ingredients needed:
1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup salt
1 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)
food coloring (liquid, powder, or unsweetened drink mix)
scented oils

Steps to make play dough:

a.      Start with one cup of flour and two-tablespoon cream of tartar. Sieve them first.

b.      Add in 1/2 cup of fine salt.

c.       Stir in 1 cup warm water with one tablespoon of vegetable oil with a spoon or fork. Mix until there are no more lumps.

d.      Pour into a non-stick pan. Then stir over low heat. Keep on stirring. The dough will begin to thicken and look somewhat like mashed potatoes.

e.       When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If your play dough is still sticky, you simply need to cook it longer. Keep stirring and cooking until the dough is dry and feels like play dough.

f.        Turn the dough out onto an aluminum foil on an activity table with storage. Knead vigorously until it becomes soft and smooth. Divide the dough into balls for coloring.

g.      Make a divot in the center of the ball, and drop some food coloring in. Fold the dough over, working the food color through the body of the play dough, trying to keep the raw dye away from your hands and the counter. You could use gloves to keep your hands clean. Work the dye through, adding as necessary to achieve your chosen color.

h.      When you are done, store your play dough in an airtight container.

Precautions:

1. The dry and wet ingredients need to be mixed separately and then combined. This makes all the difference.

2. If it begins to dry out, you can knead a bit of water in again to soften the dough back to usability. Once it dries past a certain point, you will just have to start over.

How to make a wine cork board

How to make a wine cork board? Do you have an endless collection of wine corks cluttering your apartment or home? Well I have perfect project to help you recycle some of those wine corks and tidy up your place a little bit. I’m going to teach you how to make a wine cork board! There are many wine cork holder options out there, but I found that making a wine cork board is the most useful way to use up those wine corks.

Here’s what you need:

Here’s what you do:

  1. Take your picture frame and play around with the corks to see what type of pattern you want to make. You could a mix of some horizontal and vertical, or all of them in the same directions.
  2. Once you have your plan ready, you start hot gluing your corks in one corner of the picture frame. Just put a line of hot glue on one side of the cork, so that you don’t a have a visible hot glue mess on your cork board.
  3. Work your way across the whole center of the picture frame until you’ve completely cover the whole center of the picture portion of the frame.
  4. Once you’ve completed your frame, you can use 3M adhesive utility hooks to securely hang up your new wine cork bulletin board. These hooks will support up to five pounds of weight.
  5. Pin your favorite photos, important reminders and business cards to your new cork bulletin board and enjoy!

The best alternative Thanksgiving dessert idea

Everyone loves having the inevitable pumpkin and apple pie for dessert after Thanksgiving dinner. You can still have that, but why not make something that the kids can help you with? You can make festive cookie corn husks out of ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. This is a super fun activity that will help you create new happy memories with your family and friends this Thanksgiving.

Here’s what you need:

– Packaged sugar cookie dough

– Pre-packaged or home-made frosting

Professional cookie press

– Skittles or M&Ms

– Green fruit-roll ups

Here’s what you do:

  1. Prepare your sugar cookie mix. Some mixes will call for eggs, butter, oil and water. Just keep it simple and get one that you already have ingredients for. Prepare the dough, but do not bake!
  2. Use your professional cookie press, to make different shapes for the kids to decorate. Use the cookie press or your hands to make long corn-husk shapes for the base of these festive cookies.
  3. Follow the directions on the cookie package and bake the cookies accordingly.
  4.  While the cookies are baking you can prepare you own frosting if you’d like. To make your own frosting use a beater to mix 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of butter, 2 tablespoons of milk and a half tablespoon of vanilla.
  5. After the cookies have baked and cooled for about 20 minutes, then you or the kiddos can spread a layer of your vanilla frosting on the top of your corn husk cookies.
  6. Then use skittles or M&M’s to make rows up and down the cookie. Remember it’s supposed to look like corn, but it should also be fun. So don’t worry too much.
  7. Lastly, take you fruit-roll ups, preferably green and tear them into triangles or cut them with kitchen scissors to make triangles. Then angle them at the top of your corn husks to complete your cookies.
  8. As tasty as these cookies are, you will likely have leftovers. Store the extra cookies in a hinged plastic cookie container so that you can enjoy them over the next few days. Happy Thanksgiving!

How to make your couch more comfortable

Ouch! Is that clunky couch so uncomfortable you can’t stand looking at it? It would be nice if money grew on trees and we could all buy new couches, but that isn’t the case. Here are some things you can do to your couch to significantly make it more comfortable.


    1. First try adding some fluff to those fluff-less cushions. In most cases this remedy makes a huge difference to a couch.
    2. Another thing you can try is adding some festive and comfortable throw pillows. Here are some recommendations for throw pillows you can use:

    You can really use whatever pillows you want just make sure they are comfortable for you. If you have a throw pillow you really like, but it’s lost its comfort you could replace/add more fluff.

    One other thing you can do to make your couch cozier is to add a comfortable throw blanket. This can either be one that’s large enough to cover the entire couch, like a couch cover, or it can be large enough size to just cover the cushioning. If you’re looking for some sofa slip covers here are some to consider:

    • Ballard sofa covers
    • Quilted sofa covers
    • Soft Jersey slip covers (personal recommendation)

    Your couch should be feeling extra comfortable and you did it without having to spend a fortune on a new sofa. Now you can have a relaxing evening as you dive into a good movie from the comfort of your couch.

    DIY Bath Towel Wrap

     

    Bath Towel wrap – Create stylish spa wraps and towels with just a couple pieces of fabric. You can make them for yourself or for your family members. These towel wraps are really easy to make and with the right supplies you can create these chic spa wraps in just a couple minutes! Follow the following steps to make the perfect bath towel wraps!

    What you’ll need:

    • A large towel
    • Matching thread
    • Elastic strip
    • Velcro strip
    • Men’s handkerchiefs

    What to do:

    1. Choose the right towel- Choose a plain or printed towel that is large enough to cover your whole body. It should be long as well as wide enough to cover half or more than half of your body. The thinner the towel the better it is. You can also consider selecting a bath sheet or simple bath towel wrap instead of a large towel if you want to make a big bath wrap. Hanover Company Store and Nice Price Favors offer affordable bath wraps which can be embellished with different accessories.
    2. Measure your size- You can now wrap the towel around yourself to determine the appropriate size.
    3. Stitch the Velcro strip vertically- Stitch your velcro strip on the inner side of your towel. You must stitch it vertically at the edge of the towel from top to bottom.
    4. Make two straps- Take a wide or sleek elastic strip and cut out two pieces  measuring 1.5 to 2 inches each. Now stitch them on the upper left and right side of your towel wrap so that it begins from the back of your shoulder and end in the front.
    5. Use men’s cotton handkerchiefs to make borders- Pick stylish men’s cotton handkerchiefs for the borders of your towel wrap. You can stitch the pieces of these handkerchiefs on the borders and straps.

    You may also want buy a plain bath towel wrap and decorate it if you don’t have a large towel at home. Men’s handkerchiefs or other fabrics can beautify these wraps. So, use your creativity, buy some economical items and make a nice bath wrap sitting at home!

    How to make your own chalk

    DIY chalk – It is no secret that kids love to play in the outdoors during summer.  As a parent, you want to find some fun and safe activities for them to do while they are out there.  If you are a bit short on ideas, I just might have a good one for you.

    You may have a lot of boring gray cement in your backyard or driveway and your children would enjoy spending some time using it as a canvas for their chalk artwork.  But, before you even get them started, how about you show them how to make their own liquid chalk?

    Making liquid chalk is a fun (if not a bit messy) project.  I suggest you don’t do this indoors as the concoction can stain your carpet tile.

    Here’s everything you need:

    • Water
    • Flour
    • Paint brushes
    • Food coloring (various colors)
    • Containers

    Once you have those together, all you have to do is follow these simple directions:

    Step 1

    Pour half a cup of water into one of the containers.  Then think about how thick you want the liquid chalk to be.  If you want it fairly thick, add half a cup of flour as well; if not, one-fourth of a cup will be enough.

    Step 2

    Add about 12 drops of your favorite color food coloring.  At first, try just one color per container so that the colors come out clearly defined.  Stir all this until you have a smooth paste without any lumps.

    Step 3

    Paint!  Let your kids unleash their creative instincts on the pavement.  Once liquid chalk dries up, it looks just as though you’d been painting with regular chalk.

    Also, like regular chalk, it will wash right off with a hose.  But, before you do that, make sure to take pictures of the creations that will come to life on concrete.

    How to make your own beach picture frame

    Beach picture frame – Now that it’s officially fall, you probably have a few great pictures from your trips to the beach over the summer. A great way to display those pictures is by making your own beach picture frames. You might think it’s a daunting task, but it’s really simple and these picture frames make great gifts as well.

    Here’s what you need:

    – Your favorite beach picture

    – A wooden frame from the craft store

    – Old newspaper

    – Seashells

    – Sand (optional)

    – Hot glue gun

    – Elmer’s glue

    – Paint brush

    Here’s how you do it:

    1. Put down a sheet of old newspaper on your working space for easy clean up.
    2. Spread a layer of Elmer’s glue on the frame. You can use your fingers or a paint brush to do so.
    3. Quickly pour some sand on top of the glue. Lift the frame and gently shake off the excess sand from the frame on the newspaper. Then repeat this until there is enough sand covering your picture frame.
    4. Use a hot glue gun to secure your favorite sea shells on to the sand portion of the picture frame. You can use as many sea shells as you would like. You just add a few or cover most of the picture frame. Adult supervision is needed when using a hot glue gun.
    5. Let the frame dry for about four hours to be on the safe side.
    6. Once the picture frame is complete add the photo and display in your home!
    CraftCorners.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.