First, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and what I love. My name is Heather. I live in Maryland and love anything related to crafts and baking. A few years back, I wanted to do cards for Hanukkah and Christmas for family and friends. I could have taken the easy way out since I was on bed rest for medical reasons. However, I did it the long or harder way as it gave me something to do. I made them on my own. That was where my renewed enthusiasm began for arts and crafts began. Over the last few years, I began to bake for my gifts and celebrations as well as doing more and more crafts. It was so bad that I began to make decorations for the kids area of the gym I used to work at to give into the need to do more with the kids.
A lot of my arts and crafts I want to introduce everyone to, at least in the beginning, will have to do with recycling things you already have. What would you do if you had leftover crayon pieces? What would you do with a jar? By using your imagination and some materials that may seem useless now, can turn out to be fun little things for a special place in the home or just for the holiday dinner. There are endless possibilities. I will do one each week, but they are meant just to help you get the juices flowing and look around to see how to throw away less and reuse more.
Another I like to do is find things that don’t take tons of fine motor skills. For one, this allows kids to participate. Secondly, I sometimes have issues with my fine motor skills due to a medical condition and when it flares the fine motor skills do too. My goal is to still find things that can be done on my worst days because that also means anyone just about can do these projects. So without further ado, here is my first craft here…
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought something to celebrate fall and the holiday would be a bit of fun. I know some people are already working there way up for the winter season but I find it is nice to slow down and enjoy this season as much as possible. Then again, I love pumpkin and the changing of the leaves. In keeping with the idea of recycling materials, I got my thinking cap on and thought of two ways we can recycle materials and make a centerpiece for the Thanksgiving meal.
What you will need:
Mason jars or glass vases (I’d recommend clear glass for visibility but use what you have)
Bean and corn kernels (dried)
Battery operated tea light candles
Raffia ribbon/Twine (or any fall or natural looking ribbon you have on hand)
Cinnamon sticks (optional
Whole Nutmeg (optional)
Keep in mind that you can play with materials and if you see something around the house that works, use it! This is an easy project and brings that original Thanksgiving to mind in a subtle way. You can do as many as you feel will work for your table. In my family we have a few regular sized tables we use for dinner just because of space. When I was younger, we would fill a basement with long folding tables and create a space for over 20 people to sit at once. If you have multiple tables or a large long table, you may want to consider making a couple of groupings of vases to fill the space.
Grab your ribbon and vase/jar. Wrap it with your ribbon or raffia. You can do simple bows or layer multiple materials. Do what you’d like. Stretch your creativity but don’t stress about it. I’m sure you already are worried about food, space, and everything else on the holiday. This isn’t a stressful thing. I find it relaxes me. When all of the wrapping of ribbon is done, be sure to secure it with either hot glue, clear sticky dots, or a simple bow.
Once you finished wrapping how you’d like, you will fill the bottom of your vase/jar with your beans and/or corn kernels. I’d recommend about a half inch but not too much either so don’t fill it to the top.
Now this is why I recommend the creativity and the cinnamon and nutmeg. You may have already all the food preparation on. However, I like to add a bit of flare with my spices. I shave some of the cinnamon and nutmeg on the kernels to give them some scent. It isn’t overpowering and won’t last more than a few days, but it does give a nice added scent for the weekend. I will also tie some of the cinnamon stick is the raffia or twine I used for the vase. Again, another added natural touch.
When it is close to the time everyone sits down, you can turn on the tea lights. You may try real candles with this. I’ve never done it and not sure how stable the heat from the candle will be when you have real candles sitting on top of the beans and corn. Be careful if you try it.
Now, go and enjoy the holiday and the festivities!