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.
Photography by Amelia Tatnall
Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Assisted by Rachel Brewer and Anissa Saxton
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.
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