Ok, I have to be honest. Machelle and I have not always been very big fans of Thanksgiving. It is not that we don’t love food (we SO do). Or that we don’t like spending time with family (OF COURSE we do). But we never really saw all the fuss over the holiday. I think it is because our mom always made every Sunday dinner as nice as Thanksgiving with tons of delicious food, a tablecloth, china and centerpieces. On top of that we had family dinner every night. So when Thanksgiving came around it was basically Sunday dinner with less of our favorite food (I mean who really LOVES turkey and cranberries?) and more of our family we were not close to (you know the cousin/aunt you only see at gatherings every few years who always comments on how big you are?).
But I think this year with the blog we can be more creative and do some craft projects to make Thanksgiving more of our own and that will allow the holiday to warm up to us more. But do NOT, and I mean do NOT expect any pilgrims with their historically inaccurate belt buckles to appear here.
Since we are still warming up to Thanksgiving, let’s start with a simple craft: a kraft paper table runner.
- Craft paper //
- Scissors //
- Pen/pencil //
- Tape measurer/ruler //
- Stamp //
- Paint //
- Felt //
- Flat surface (plate, etc.) //
- Tape //
1. First, measure the table you are using to determine length. Measure and cut out the kraft paper to that length plus one inch. For the width I measured and cut 12 inches but you may want to do a little less or more depending on the width of your table.
2. Cut out the kraft paper and lay down on a flat surface.
3. Prepare your stamp pad following the instructions here.
4. Stamp any image unto the paper (I chose a simple maple leaf) and used black paint.
5. Wait for the paper to dry and then place on the table. Secure the ends using scotch tape.
If you’re going for super fancy this might not be for you but for a small gathering or a less fancy dinner it is perfect. It requires no sewing, it is cheap and disposable and you can use any stamp you already have. Or be creative and make your own stamp!