Happy Thanksgiving to our American family and friends! It’s always great to celebrate and give God thanks for all His blessings!
There were a couple of extra Thanksgiving ideas that I forgot to add to my Canadian Thanksgiving post so I thought I’d quickly share them here. I’m always doing things last minute and I’m wondering if anyone else does it too….so here are some free printables and ideas for some last minute Thanksgiving decor!
These lovely printable pages are from Hope Ink, and I printed them off on kraft colored cardstock. Here is the cozy house coloring page and the cute turkey coloring page. Perfect for Thanksgiving! I used them for decorating my piano, and then forgot to let the kids color them! They would look great colored in with those really nice colored pencils (Prismacolor I think?)
I found another great printable at The Creativity Exchange for a child’s chalkboard place-mat. This is such a fun idea, to have a black area that can be used as a chalkboard. I printed out the regular-paper sized one, also on kraft cardstock, so the plate is oval shaped, but if you print out the larger size the plate is round. My printer’s out of colored ink, so the color you see here isn’t what would print out on your printer! 🙂 Here’s our Menu for today: It would make a great place setting with your guest’s name written on it in chalk….or just a fun place-mat for the kids to write on!
Oh yes, there’s also the printable that I came up with for my living room frame…you can find the link here.
Some more last minute Thanksgiving decor ideas….use fruit. Wooden fruit, plastic fruit or real fruit. I was looking through some old Thanksgiving photos and noticed that that is what I tend to do. Especially grapes. Grapes appear adorning a naked turkey (in the family photo), and around jello salad and on plates, cake stands, everywhere! So that’s my big advice. Have some grapes on hand, and maybe a few other fruits. Just in case. You never know. And if you are really running last minute and the turkey isn’t thawed and the pies aren’t baked….You can always do what Charlie Brown did……serve them buttered toast, popcorn, jelly beans and pretzels!!! 🙂 The idea is to be together and to be grateful. The rest is all “dressing”!!
Thanksgiving is almost here for us Canadians, are you ready? I’m still housecleaning and baking like a crazy. Kind of. I keep getting distracted by little fun things, like decorating or going through boxes that I haven’t seen for a while. I saw a list yesterday that said countdown to Thanksgiving, and shows you what to do each week, for 4 weeks before the event!! Things like start baking, send out invitations, etc. And it says 4 weeks before: finish major housecleaning! I figure that if I changed weeks to days, I’d be right on schedule.
Decorating is so much more fun than cleaning and de-cluttering. I have a frame in my living room that is for changing, with the seasons, or with the birthdays, whatever. It’s easy to pop out the picture and add something new. I was looking around for a “free Thanksgiving printable” to print and frame, and I found lots of nice ones, but they were in color. And even if I switched them to black and white, they’d be all grey and use up tons of ink. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m down to only black ink, so I made up something myself to print out for my frame, and thought I’d post it here, in case anyone else with a black-ink-only printer problem would like to have one for their Thanksgiving decor. All the fonts I used are by Kimberly Geswein, I really like her stuff! Ooh, I just saw some new ones on her blog that I want, nice very nice! There are links on her blog to download all her fonts, and she has examples, so you can see what the fonts look like in a paragraph form. The border is artwork by the Gypsy Chick, that I had for commercial use. (warning: blurry photos ahead!)
The printable is for a 8 1/2 by 11″ page, but my frame takes 12×12″, so I printed off 2 and cut one up to go behind the other. My printer also didn’t print to the edge of the page, so I had to shave some off. The printable should go to the edge of your page, if you can set your printer to do that. So this is what I did:
I don’t like the placement of the red leaf, but am trying to tell myself to just leave it, to not take everything down to rearrange!!! grrrrr. Oh well. So this is what it looks like, and you can click on the folder below to download a zipped folder. Unzip and print! Let me know if it’s not working, since, ahem, it’s been awhile since I’ve uploaded a printable…. This photo below is just the example, and somehow one of the words is cut off and there’s a watermark that says personal use only, so that means it’s just for you to use in your home, y’know, no copying or selling or that kind of thing!
Have some more birthday cake!! Here’s the paper cake topper that goes along with my last post for a Baby Boy Birthday card. I saw these printables for a paper jungle train…usually they are used for favor boxes at a party…but I thought I could shrink them down and use them for a cake topper, just for something different for a One Year Birthday cake.
You can find the jungle animals and paper carts for downloading here at Paperglitter. As I mentioned in my last post, I used 2 kits, the colorized version and the blank Color-Me version….I felt like mixing and matching! First I printed out the color-me carts on kraft paper, shrinking them down to 45%. The colorized animals I printed at 48% to get them just a tad larger.
You can customize the text, so I wrote something different on each cart. On one side of the first cart was HAPPY HAPPY, and on the other side of the same cart it said FELIZ FELIZ. the next cart said BIRTHDAY and CUMPLEANOS. So each cart had the English on one side and the Spanish on the other…so later on I could decide which side I wanted to have facing the front. I don’t know why, but I put the English side facing out….here’s the back view, I should have done it the other way around!! Oh well, everyone at the party spoke both languages! 🙂In planning it all out, it helped to jot down a plan (so I wouldn’t mess something up!), like which animal was going with with word on which cart! After cutting out the carts, sticking the edges together with double sided tape, I printed out the color-me jungle leaves on light green cardstock and cut them out. For the wheels, I decided to use my new button punch and a solid color cardstock instead of the printable wheels. Here’s the button punch/embosser (from Martha Stewart) I love it!:After assembling the carts and cutting out the animals, I taped each animal onto a toothpick and then taped one inside of each cart. Then before I glued the wheels on I taped a toothpick (the flat kind) to the back of each cart, right where a wheel would go, and stuck the wheel on over it. (note: also a good idea to plan out which side of each cart the toothpick should go!) Back view:(I was in a rush, that’s why the tape is visible. The best way would be to glue, or maybe even hot glue, everything on with time for them to dry, then you wouldn’t see any tape!) Here’s the front of the cart:After the four carts are all assembled with wheels and animals, then make your cake!! haha. Long pause…………I wanted 2 different sized layers, since I wasn’t sure if the whole jungle train would fit across the 6 inch layer cake. ( The cake ended up being yellow and light teal alternating layers inside). I was trying reallly hard to match the icing color up with the cardstock wheel color!!
After the cake was iced, I carefully stuck each little cart on. Some of them could have probably used 2 toothpicks to help stabilize them, but I just tried to push the wheels of the end carts into the sides of the cake!Without too much rearranging, I was pleased with the “random” train across the cake. Looks like they are going for a wild ride!When the carts were pushed into the cake, I joined them up with the little jungle leaves (with little slits cut into them).I photographed the cake at home, and then took it to the party….not realizing how windy is was outside!! The little paper train shifted a bit, but we were able to get it to the party intact!! (Just a few leaves needed to be stuck back on).
Did you know that it’s World Cardmaking Day today? Here’s the (only) card that I made today. It’s for a little boy who is turning ONE this weekend! I decided to use these cute jungle animal printables for the card, since I’m using them for a cake-topper, too.
I used 2 kits, the Color-Me version, and the version that’s already colored. You can find the jungle animal kits here at Paperglitter.
When I printed out the color-me little cart, I printed it at 60%, just to make it a little bigger to fit on the front of my 5 in.x4in. card. The jungle leaves from the color-me verision were printed at 45% on light green cardstock. When you open the cart page in Adobe Reader on your computer, you can customize the text, so I typed in Happy Birthday (and the name of the b-day boy).
Cut out everything! I liked the dotted lines around the animals, so I left them showing! I wanted the cart to be a little pocket to hold the jungle animals. Cut out one side of the cart, leaving flaps of either side to glue down and make a pocket. Score on the lines so they are easier to fold, then fold them over. I also made a pocket of the lion side of the cart, to put inside the card.
Instead of using the wheels that came with the kit, I used my new (and first Martha Stewart) paper punch. It punches out and embosses a cute little button! (the punches are on sale at Michaels right now).
This card came together quickly using the little jungle animals designs! Are you a card maker? What did you make today? (I squeezed this card in instead of doing 2 other things I had been planning to do…but after all, world card making day only comes once a year! now I must run!)
I have had so much fun with these little “paper cake slices”! They are such a cute paper craft idea. Since we were having a mermaid party for my daughter, I wanted to make them look like mermaidy cake! I saw these printable cake favor boxes a long time ago and just drooled over them! There are so many cute styles, most of them are already colored, but these ones have just the outlines so they can be colored in by you or your children. There is also a spot for customizable text, so the birthday child’s name and age or something like that can be printed on the cake.
Ending up with lots of mermaidy-colored cardstock from my other decorations, it was an easy choice to print out the cake boxes on shades of purple and green…I wasn’t worried about the paper being too dark to color in, because I have my new Prismacolor colored pencils! yay! I printed out the boxes and candles…lots of them, because we ended up using them as a party craft and I also made favor boxes. I pulled out my party craft tub where I had all the
junk stuff I used to decorate for the party, so there were ribbons, ric rac, glitter glue, all sorts of things!
At the party, the little girls went to town with markers and glitter glue on their cake box printout! Some of them started the cutting-out (I think) but that job went faster with an adult doing it! Here’s my daughter’s decorating job:It seemed like the best idea was to decorate the boxes before they were cut out and while they were still flat.Sparkle holograph wrapping paper was easy to punch out and paste on. But then I was the one going to town with ric rac, rhinestones and my shell stamp and silver embossing powder…I like details!!! And when I get on a roll, there’s no stopping me!Oh! and seashells, for mermaids of course, glued on with some glitter glue.Use a circle punch for mermaid scales:(in case you are wondering, I glued the ric rac over the text that says “Tasya’s Mermaid Party” on this box). After all the decorating is done and the glitter glue is dried, then cut the box out.I just used the tip of the scissors to score over the dotted lines, but you can also use a fancy scoring tool 😉This will make it very easy to fold up the box:There are only 2 spots that need some double-sided tape to keep them closed:I used my double-sided scrapbook tape,The end of the box stays open so you can fill it with treats.
Something that works well is to buy velco fasteners, the round ones, from the dollar store, then cut the circles in half and use them to keep the box lid fastened but still openable! (do I make sense?) And don’t forget to color or decorate the candles!! It’s 2 to a cake, then they are folded and glued so that they are double sided, and they just fit snuggly into the slit on the top of the cake! Love those candles!Rhinestones!!Here are my daughter’s assembled boxes.And some of mine:Taking it to the next level: hahaha! Something “extra” for those candles= ribbons and (dollor store) stretchy pearl bracelets:
Of course I tried to color the boxes to look like the real cake! 😉Also of course, I did a little photoshoot of the boxes. I always do that and my kids know that I prefer to photograph “still life” because it holds still, unlike wiggly funny-face-making kids! ha.
Whew, the weekend is over. Our Independence Day celebration is over, my daughter’s birthday is over. The parties are over. For this week. 😉
Well, maybe not. We should probably watch a few videos from the parades in Guatemala, look at some photos and listen to the national anthem. It was such a crazy busy weekend that there were several things that never got done! 4 birthday parties this weekend that someone from this house was involved in! (plus Guatemala’s b-day).
Anyways, I just wanted to do one more little post about el 15 de septiembre because of this cute thing that I just couldn’t resist: (and there’s one other reason after the photos)I printed out a party cake favor box and colored it. And glitter-glued it.Specially for my dear Guatemala.
with all my heart….and all my glitter 🙂I have been going wild with these cute printable cake boxes…
Aren’t they cute?
Ahhh, the details!! You can find these adorable printable party favor cake boxes at Paperglitter’s Etsy shop here.
And I also wanted to mention a very cool blog that I found (or that found me) this morning….
Growing Up Bilingual at growingupbilingual.com. I’m excited to have found it! Please check out Paula’s home page and scroll down a bit to see some of the posts….I’ve already found a bunch that interest me about encouraging my kids in their bilingualism, stuff about Guate and some yummy recipes! (among other things!) There are some lists of books for kids in Spanish, too.
I can’t seem to stop myself from making paper crafts. And so I made something for our Guatemalan Independence Day celebrations. Out of paper, of course. (As I’ve been working on this post I’ve been cutting out paper sea horses. Sounds weird, I know, but later I’ll post about those babies.) So without further blabbiness, I’ll show you the photos of some simple crafts to make from paper to decorate with. (Lo siento que no estoy escribiendo en español, pero es que estoy muy cansada, y todavia es más fácil el ingles, perdonenme!)
I’m all into banners. So I made one for this special day. Please feel free to download the printable pattern for this banner and use it to decorate at your house! The download is HERE. Included in the zipped file are 4 sheets of patterned paper that the pennants are made from. I had hoped to get some origami boxes and things made…anyways, you could cut out other things or do some Independence Day origami. And here are the photos. Easy to do: print out papers, cut on grey lines, punch holes in corners, string up, decorate! 😉And another paper craft:
A paper flower centerpiece! I used my assortment of paper punches, but you can really do anything, like just cut a few circles from paper and then glue them to skewers. The main thing is that they are blue and white for this holiday! (we made red and white for valentines and Canada Day!)Glue circles on the back and front of the bamboo skewer.The leaves are punched out with paper punches, too.