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Break out the sunglasses because this is probably going to be the most colorful Thanksgiving celebration you'll see this year. There's not a spec of brown to be found. But there is a whole lot of neon!
I teamed up with Astrobrights again this year to bring you an alternative Thanksgiving celebration, filled with DIY paper ideas and loads of...well...color!
If you don't know about Astrobrights already, it's an awesome line of vibrant color paper products. I use their paper for lots and LOTS of craft projects, not just for the holidays. But I especially love using them this time of year because you can make such a big impact with paper, without having to spend a ton of money on decor.
With that in mind, here are 5 (budget-friendly) DIY ways to Colorize your Thanksgiving dinner table...
1. DIY Placemats and Paper Runner
Using larger sheets of Astrobrights paper (12.5 x 19 inch), we created pattern placemats and a table runner. The grid placemats were created using a paint pen and a straightedge. And the table runner was done with acrylic paint and a paint brush to create an abstract pattern of shapes.
2. DIY Hanging Chandelier
My favorite piece! The hanging chandelier is made from rolled up pieces of paper, that were then hot glued together, over and over again. I think we used about 250 pieces of rolled paper (all different heights). After the structure was completed, we used fishing line to hang it over the table. FYI, the string was threaded through cardboard 'buttons' underneath (so that it doesn't stress the paper) that we placed equidistant the length of chandelier and string through the top to hang.
And if you want to add flowers to the top of the chandelier, grab some test tubes (mine are from Amazon), fill them with water, and add your flowers. They fit really well in the rolls of paper, but just be careful to choose ones that are a snug fit because if you have a roll that is too big, the test tube will fall right through.
3. DIY Place Card Favors
Create custom wrapping paper for small gifts for your guests to take home after the Thanksgiving feast is over. Just write each guests name, with a paint pen, over and over again on colorful paper and wrap as usual. Then rest one wrapped gift at each place setting to signal where each guest should sit.
4. DIY 3D Confetti
Cut leftover paper rolls from the chandelier into smaller pieces that can be used a three dimensional tube confetti. Super easy!
5. DIY Pop Out Menu
This is a fun one! Using a stencil as a guide (or freehand it, if you feel comfortable), cut the word MENU in the top center of of at least 6 different colors of paper, with a sharp blade. Be sure not to cut the very top of each letter, so that you can get a pop up look. Once the cut outs are done, fluff up the layers by slightly folding them upward. Then write your menu underneath and glue the pages together.
I realize that a super colorful Thanksgiving table isn't for everyone, but I love the cheerfulness of it. If nothing else, it would be a great Friendsgiving option.
Find more inspiration and ideas to Colorize your life at COLORIZE.tumblr.com.
Think you'll Colorize your Thanksgiving dinner table this year? I'd love to hear what you think of these DIY ideas.
This post is in partnership with Astrobrights. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.
Do you ever compulsively buy craft supplies without a single clue as to what you are going to do with said supplies?!? Because it happens to me all the time. Insert blushing, embarrassed emoji here.
It usually all works out in the end. But sometimes it takes an awful long time to figure out why exactly I felt compelled to buy tiny plastic baby hands in the gardening section at the store down the street. OR 5 yards of upholstery cording when I absolutely do not sew. As it turns out, the answer to the latter is... make a no sew hot pad / trivet.
Take today's DIY for example... I've been trying to come up with something to use these rose gold rivets for, since I left Houston (almost 2 months ago). Luckily, while Linda and I were organizing my supplies last week, I rediscovered these guys and we came up with these little leather bound notepads. Phew.
Anyway, long story short, if nothing else, this project is a great way to feed any rose gold addiction you may currently be harboring. And bonus... will also soothe any notebook / notepad obsessions.
Here's how to make a leather bound notepad in 10 minutes...
- leather scraps
- leather hole punch
- paper scraps
- tubular rivet peening tool
- tubular rivets
1. Using anywhere from 25-200 sheets of paper that are all the same size, begin poking holes (evenly spaced) at the top or along the side of the paper. I used my leather hole punch to punch the holes through the paper. It wasn't perfect, but it worked...I could only poke through 25-50 sheets at a time.
2. Then, cut a piece of scrap leather the same length of the side to be bound and twice the width (as shown). I painted my leather with textile paint and let it dry before using it to add a pop of color.
3. Next, punch holes in the leather in the same spots as the holes in the paper. You can do this easily by placing the paper over the leather and marking the holes. Fold the leather over, line up the holes and poke the bread through the holes. Be sure to go through the leather, the paper, and then the leather again.
4. Flip the notepad over and use the rivet tool to flatten and secure the rivets with a mallet. To do this, lay the notepad on a flat hard surface, put the rivet tool on the part of the rivet poking through and hammer it several times with the mallet. This will split / flower the metal to secure it, which you can see in the photo above.
5. Repeat this process for the remaining holes. Then flip back over and your notepad is ready to use.
Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
Styling and Photography by Brittni Mehlhoff
What supplies have you been hoarding lately? Think you'll give this 10 minutes DIY a try?
Looking for a super fast and easy project to work on? If so, I would definitely recommend trying out some dip dying DIYs. And today's project is actually a good way to dip your toes (couldn't help myself) into this technique...
I originally made these dip dyed gift tags for Project Wedding and they're SO easy, you can make them in less than five minutes. The process is similar to the dip dyed stationery sets I made a couple of months ago, only easier. Want to make your own?
Here's how you can make your own dip dyed gift tags in just a few minutes...
Mix up watercolor paint with water in a small container. I used an old mug, since I happen to have one lying around. Stir well and continue adding paint until you have a highly concentrated color. Next, dip the tags into the watercolor mixture. Then, remove from the paint and let the tags air dry on a paper towel or old rag. Write a message and add to gifts, mini bouquets, etc. Simple as that. Done and done!
For more photos from this DIY, visit Project Wedding.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
What DIY techniques have you been experimenting with lately? Anything in particular?