To be honest, as I am sitting here typing these instructions to this autumnal craft I am seriously wondering why I am spending my time posting about a Thanksgiving place card. I really am reeling from the tragedy in Paris and other heartbreaking and stressful events that have happened over the last week and a half. If I am posting a fun little DIY does that mean that I am not properly acknowledging what has happened? How can I possibly be posting about something so meaningless? Am I allowing my regular activity and desire to get my projects done interfere with the need to fully process things and work through my anger and pain?
Frankly, sometimes I just want to scream “Why are we pretending like life is the same and that things are ok when they clearly are not?!” And lately I have felt the urge to scream much more frequently. This is mainly because I have felt pretty powerless and I hate that feeling. Who doesn’t? Well, my early New Years resolution is that I am going to come up with ways to make an impact, however small, and help increase the light in the world. I am not sure how I will do that yet but I am committed to making sure that the routine of life doesn’t cause me to forget recent heartbreak.
For now, I will share one of my favorite quotes of all time:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Mini gourds //
- Hot glue //
- Hot glue gun //
- Gold Permanent marker //
- Leaves //
- Small wooden dowel //
1. This is the best step – go for a walk outside and collect all the fallen leaves you see!
2. Pick your favorite leaves and write the names of your guests on individual leaves with a gold pen.
3. Use hot glue to secure a small wooden dowel to the back of the leaf.
4. Once the glue has dried, cut the dowel to your desired height (I cut a little more than half the length) and use hot glue to secure it to the top of a small gourd.
5. Since it takes a medium amount of glue to fasten the dowel to the gourd, I added some glitter to the top of the glue to cover it up and make it a bit prettier.
Not much makes me happier than the stunning colors of autumn! Fall is absolutely my favorite season and I am constantly blown away by the beauty of the earth during fall. It only makes sense to add that beauty to your table setting.