Posted: Nov 16 2016
Gather the family for some fun crafts to try out together! These DIY’S are perfect to do as a family with Thanksgiving right around the corner.
THANKFUL PUMPKIN DIY: What you’ll need: green paper, orange paper, two brads, green pipe cleaner, hole puncher, scissors, and a brown marker. First, cut five 8 ½ x ¾ inch strips of orange paper. Punch holes in the middle of each strip as well as at both ends of the strips. Grab a brad and gently punch through the center of the strips so they’re all connected. Now, your kids can have ten things to write down that they are thankful for. Create a leaf from green paper. Write: “I’m thankful for . . .” on the green leaf and punch a hole in it so it can connect to the pumpkin. Layer the pumpkin on the second brad. Start with the leaf (words facing down), loop the center of the pipe cleaner on it, then one side of the strips (stacked together and words facing down) looping the other side of the strips on the brad and fasten down the tabs on the brad. Curl a pipe cleaner around your marker to make tendrils. Fan out the strips for form a small round pumpkin. Now you’ve created Thankful Pumpkins with your kids! Keep them so they can remember what they wrote they’re thankful for. Then, next year you can all look at what was written and create a new list of things you’re thankful for, seeing what has changed in the past year!
CINNAMON SALT DOUGH LEAF ORNAMENT DIY: Use Autumn spice scented salt dough and leaf cutters to create some cute ornaments with the kids! What you’ll need: 1 cup pain flour, 1 cup salt, up to 1 cup warm water, food coloring in Autumn shades (i.e. yellow, orange, and red), 1 teaspoon nutmeg and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. Mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Add warm water, mixing as you go (should resemble sticky dough, but not too sticky that it comes off on your fingers). Divide the dough into three and ad food coloring to the different balls of dough. Now add in the spices! Add cinnamon to all of the dough, and nutmeg to the browner shade of dough. Roll out the dough and cut out the leaf shapes. Lay the cut out dough on a baking sheet in the oven at low temperature for three hours. Once cooled, they can be covered in mode lodge, glaze, painted or left as they are.
MARBLED AUTUMN SALT DOUGH ORNAMENT DIY: First, mix a double batch of salt dough. What you’ll need: 2 cups all purpose flour, 1 cup salt, about ¾ cup warm water. Combine the dry ingredients and slowly add in the water. Mix until the dough is close to dry, yet wet enough to stick together. Next, add the color. Divide the batch of dough into four mounds of equal size dough. Add spoonfuls of powdered tempera paint to each mound (creating orange, brown, red and yellow). Knead each color for several minutes so the powder can mix in evenly. Give your children each a hunk of all four colors and tell them to play with it and mix it however they’d like. Let them roll their mounds of mixed dough (helping roll a little) into smooth slabs to create the marbled pattern. If you re-roll the dough it can become more swirly and marbled. After cutting out all the ornaments, use a plastic drinking straw to poke a hole in each ornament and bake them for approximately one hour at 200 degrees. Add a coat of glossy Mod Podge to each ornament. Once dry, add hemp twine, creating small loops to tie through the ornaments for hanging. Now you have adorable Marbled Autumn Salt Dough Ornaments!