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Thanksgiving Centerpiece

This was my last chance to make a Thanksgiving decor item for my 30 before 30 list (my time will be up before next Thanksgiving). Unfortunately, I did not think of this before leaving on my recent trip. We returned after Halloween, and word to the wise, if you need any kind of fall decor get it before Halloween. Because as soon as we hit Halloween the stores pack in the Christmas. I literally could not find anything fall-related at any stores. Luckily, I had some stuff at home, some of what I needed is not necessarily seasonal, and luckily I have free 2-day shipping on Amazon to get what other items I needed. I didn’t want to do anything complicated and I kind of made up this candle center piece. I twas very simple and only took about 30 minutes to make! It works best on a small table – or you can make a larger one for a larger table!

Simple Thanksgiving Centerpiece What you need:

  • candle – whatever size/color you want
  • glass jar or vase – size depends on the candle
  • burlap ribbon (I had the wired kind already)
  • indian corn nibblers (or full size if needed)
  • raffia ribbon (I used this because I already had it, but liked the look)
  • hot glue gun
  1. Glue the burlap ribbon to the glass. This size of the burlap perfectly matched the size of the jar luckily. I just glued the end together and to the glass. Let cool a couple minutes.
  2. Glue each corn piece to the burlap. Hold each one on a couple minutes until glue has cooled.
  3. Tie raffia ribbon around the top of the jar above the corn.
  4. Place candle in jar!


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#18. Home Decor

Another item completed off my 101 list!! #18: make my own piece of home decor. So I made a french memo board to clean up some of the clutter from the refrigerator and it just looks cuter! They are super easy to make. I wish I had taken picture of the process, but I forgot I had this on my list! There are lots of ways to make them, but I’ll share how I did!

You need:

-an old bulletin board

-quilting batting (amount will depend on size of board)

-cotton fabric (amount will depend on size of board)

-ribbon (size will depend on size of board)

-buttons

-push pin picture hangers

-staple gun

-glue gun

1. Cover the bulletin board with quilt batting. For this one I did 3 layers, but it depends on how plushy you want the board. Wrap it around the board like a gift and use the staple gun to staple the ends to the back of the board.

2. Cover the batting/board with your choice of fabric. Wrap it around like a gift and staple the ends to the back.

3. Cut strips of ribbon and lay on the board however wide you want them apart. I use straight pins to position ribbon before securing it. Leave enough to wrap the end around to the back, and staple the end to the back of the board. Staple all ribbon ends.

4. On the front of the board, put a staple where the ribbons criss-cross each other.

5. Using the hot glue gun, glue a button to cover each staple of the front of the board where the ribbons criss-cross.

6. Put push pin hangers on the back of the board and hang!

*If you notice I am missing some buttons….I bought all that JoAnn had but it wasn’t enough, so I have to wait for them to get more in to finish!