It is never too early to start wrapping your holiday gifts. Sometimes I wait to wrap them all at once and it becomes a chore rather than something that is fun and festive. The first gift looks amazing and then they start to get sloppy as I am getting to the end of the pile of presents. Here are some of my ideas to help you get the jump on your gift wrapping. I like to incorporate household and unconventional items into my gift wrap to create beautiful and creative presents for everyone and on any budget.
I love to find interesting and inexpensive ways to wrap gifts. There are so many items that can be found around the house to use to create unique gift wrap. Reused paper towel, wrapping paper tubes and even toilet paper rolls can be used to make pillow boxes accented with items you have on-hand. Scraps of ribbon, buttons, newspaper and anything else you have laying around can create there fun little pillow boxes. Small gifts or candy can be placed in these adorable and easy to make treasures.
These can easily be created by cutting the size of the tube desired and press in the ends to create a pillow box. Use yarn, buttons, fabric and anything else of interest to wrap around the tube and glue. Just be creative and have fun. Insert the gift and use tape to seal each end to secure the gift inside.
I have a lot of fun making these pillow boxes and it is a good time to start creating them so they are ready for you when it is time to give a small gift.
As much as I love a traditional Thanksgiving feast, it is all the leftovers that I look forward to eating. One of my all time favorites is the Thanksgiving sandwich. I layer turkey, stuffing, gravy and even cranberry sauce onto a crusty loaf, with just a touch of mayonnaise. I wrap my creation tightly in foil and bake until all of the flavors meld together. It is so unbelievably delicious and satisfying, it is worth all of the work required to make a Thanksgiving meal just to be able to enjoy this tasty Thanksgiving sandwich the next day.
Spread a small amount of Mayonnaise onto the crusty bread and layer sliced turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce onto the bread.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wrap the sandwich tightly in foil an place in the oven for 10 minutes to warm the sandwich and combine flavors.
I just love Thanksgiving. It is the one day out of the year that combines some of my favorite things…family, food, cooking, decorations, football and an excuse to eat until I explode! I also like to take time today to think of all of the things in my life that I am truly thankful for and cherish.
I hope you and your family have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!
Hand beaded wine glasses for my Thanksgiving feast.
My corn display welcoming guests on a side table in my entrance way.
A display of branches and leaves to accent my piano.
I painted the branches metallic golds and bronze colors, beaded the leaves and attached amber toned jewels with wire to add some sparkle.
I painted fabric leaves in metallic gold and bronze tones and layered the inside of the vase with painted rocks, river stones and leaves to anchor the branches.
With so much preparation and shopping required for Thanksgiving, there isn’t always time to think of fall inspired decorations as well. Sometimes the simplest things I create are the ones I end up liking the best. Here are five of my easy and economical decorations I created for Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy them. I would love to hear what simple things
you create for your Thanksgiving feast.
I used an existing candle holder to create this centerpiece. I cut out an oval piece of cardboard and glued fabric flowers and leaves to it to create the base. I nestled the candle holder onto the flowers and attached sticks I gathered from the woods. The gourds are from the dollar store and I dressed them up with gold and bronze paint. I finished the design by adding Halloween battery tea lights wrapped in gold ribbon and a few fabric leaves to the sticks. Cost to create this centerpiece is less than five dollars because I used on hand items, natural elements, dollar store finds and flowers on clearance at the craft store.
Mini Pumpkin Centerpiece
This centerpiece also cost less than five dollars to make because I used Halloween pumpkins and candle holders that I already owned. I accented the pumpkins with glitter glue and metallic paint. I decorated a candle with a coffee sleeve, a ribbon scrap and beads. I bought the flowers at the craft store on clearance and hot glued them to a cardboard base. Craft stores put seasonal items on sale weeks before the holiday because they want to get them out of the store to make room for the next holiday.
This is fun to create with kids. Use your leftover pumpkins and gourds from Halloween to make fun turkey friends. If you don’t already have feathers and cookie monster eyes, you can cut feathers out of paper or felt and create your own eyes out of white card stock and markers. I tried to make the turkeys look happy but for some reason they still came out looking scared. I guess they know Thanksgiving is near.
This is such a simple idea but I love it. I painted corn leftover from Halloween with gold and bronze paint. I think it came out very elegant. Metallics are big this year in fashion and in decorating so I though why not create my own version for less than a dollar. I used acrylic paint from the craft store and a foam brush to achieve this look. This corn would dress up a powder room, buffet table or anywhere where you just want a little accent.
Powder Room Decor
This is a quick and easy way to add a touch of charm to your powder room. Again I used a Halloween pumpkin decorated with glitter glue and beads. I also brushed a little metallic paint on the pumpkin to make it look fancier. I added some glitter glue to the veins of the leaves to dress them up. The candle I decorated with a coffee sleeve, a ribbon scrap and beads. This didn’t cost anything to make because I already had all of the supplies.
I braved the freezing cold and biting wind this morning to visit my friends at WBAL to demonstrate how to create elegant Thanksgiving decorations and centerpieces using natural elements, on hand items and inexpensive things found at the local craft store.
Here is a centerpiece made from seasonal corn, my Thanksgiving menu, decorated wine bottles and hand beaded wine glasses also shown here. I also have my ink dyed dictionary leaves accenting the table. Click here for instructions to create my dictionary leaves..
I just got back from New York where I had the pleasure of doing a satellite media tour to promote the best holiday gifts for this season. I was interviewed by 15 different TV stations, 5 radio stations along with a lifestyle blogger and I did it all in one day! The two brands I was promoting were Blistex Lip Vibrance and Blistex Fruit Smoothies as well as Command Clear Mini Hooks. These are products I love and use already so it was easy to recommend them to viewers for the holiday season.
I accented this cute snowman gift wrap with Blistex Fruit Smoothies. I think that adding little treats to the top of gifts adds a nice personal touch and makes people smile.
We created this fun Christmas Tree decoration using a strand of lights and a few ornaments. We attached it to the wall with Command Clear Mini Hooks. These hooks have opened up a whole new level of decorating possibilities for the Holidays because they remove easily and cleanly without damaging your walls. I no longer have to patch nail holes after I put away my holiday decorations.
I am on set ready to start my interviews.
Here is the monitor I was looking into while I was doing my TV segments. I am getting ready to start my live interview for FOX TV in San Diego. This was a lot of fun and a great experience and I hope to do it again soon.
I love transforming old books into autumn leaves. I had some dictionaries laying around that I no longer had use for except to weigh down some of my art projects. With the abundance of information accessible through the Internet, I don’t need a dictionary anymore. I hope the word police don’t chase me down for cutting up books for my craft projects.
I went outside to gather some leaves.
I traced some of the perfect leaf shapes on card stock to create my leaf template.
I tore out some pages from an old dictionary and cut out leaves from my template. I stacked about five or six pages together so I could make a lot at one time.
I put on rubber gloves because the ink will stain your hands, laid the leaves down on a paper plate, sprayed them with water and then began with the colors. You don’t need to spray much because it goes a long way. You can rub the leaves together to meld the colors. Spread them out and let dry.
After the leaves have dried, you can use a pencil to curl the edges to simulate the shape of real leaves.
Real leaves and…
My dictionary leaves. I think I like my version better. They really came out beautiful. I am going to spread them around my Thanksgiving table to add a festive touch and also serve as a conversation piece. Maybe everyone will learn a few new words while they are gobbling down the turkey.