Sorry for the delay in posting. I scheduled this post to show up early this morning, but something happened and it didn't work!!!
Welcome to a special edition of One Creative Weekend. Before I get the special party started, I get to announce the winner from last week's Pick Your Plum Giveaway!
Drumroll, please . . . . . The winner (selected at Random by Rafflecopter) is Laura McBride! Congratulations, Laura. I hope you enjoy your prize.
Now, let's party!
Welcome to the Thanksgiving Treats
and Fall Fun Link Party!
November is here, and that means Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It's the perfect time to share all of your delicious Thanksgiving dishes and decor, along with your fun Fall-themed treats and projects. If you have other ideas to share, I want to see them, but please save them for another week. This party is for Fall links only.
Help get us inspired!
One Creative Mommy has joined up with host: Claiming Our Space and co-hosts: Love and Laundry, House on the Way, Mamal Diane, Jane's Adventures in Dinner and 4 You With Love to bring you our own Thanksgiving Treats and Fall projects! Make sure to visit each of the hosts to see what they have created for the party after you have linked up your post.
Family Thankful Tree
Tutorial and Free Printable
For the last few years, we've spent Thanksgiving morning writing things we're thankful for on simple Fall shapes. This year, I decided to turn it into a month-long tradition. Instead of listing what we're thankful for all at once, we'll add them to our tree all month long! This tree may look complicated, but you can do it! (I'll show you how.)
My tree is made from brown-paper packing material that arrived with a package earlier this week (perfect timing). You could also make it out of brown craft paper or recycled paper sacks (just tape the pieces together on the printed side). I want my tree to last from year to year, so I mounted it on a tri-fold presentation board.
- Crumple your tree material. (This is the fun part!) I had way more than I needed. You need just enough to match the height of your board.
- Spread out the top half of the paper.
- Cut the top half into four or five sections. (I used five, but I ended up trimming off most of the fifth branch.)
- Trim each of the five branches into three smaller branches.
- Begin to shape your branches by crumbling them up and then shaping them into swirls.
- Continue with the other branches, allowing them to overlap and trimming branches when they are too long.
- Too many branches? No problem. Cut them off completely, or leave short stubs. (You can hide any crazy spots by creatively arranging the wrinkles and taping or gluing them into place.
- Affix the trunk and branches to the presentation board using masking tape, double-sided tape, glue, or a combination of all three! I used masking tape for the trunk and scrapbook tape runner for the branches.
Now you're ready to display your board and start adding leaves. My dream was to create a silhouette file and let a borrowed machine do all the leaf cutting for me, but life got in the way. If life gets less hectic, I'll post that for you next week. In the meantime, I've created printable leaves for you (but you'll have to cut them out the old fashioned way, I'm afraid). OCM_Thankful Tree Leaf Printable (Click to download.)
Depending on the age of your kids, keep a marker, masking tape and envelope of leaves next to the tree, and let them add leaves whenever they feel inspired. (I plan to let them add more leaves every year until the tree is so full that we need a new one. It will be fun to read the old leaves at the beginning of November each year.) Inspired by this video, I'll be sharing something I'm grateful for on Facebook every day this month. Have fun teaching your family about showing gratitude every day!
Now that you have seem my Thankful Tree, it is time for you to share your projects, crafts, and recipes. Link up whatever you have come up with that is Thanksgiving or Fall related via the linky tool below.
Your project will show up on all the host's blogs so you only need to link up once but, remember, all of us have different things we are sharing for the party. So make sure to visit Love and Laundry, House on the Way, One Creative Mommy, Mamal Diane, Jane's Adventures in Dinner, 4 You With Love and Claiming Our Space to check them all out.
The party will be up until Thursday, November 15 and then on Friday, November 16, each host will pick their favorite two link ups. So mark your calendar to check back to see if you were featured.
Just a few guidelines:
- We would appreciate if you would follow all the hosts.
- Link ups should be Thanksgiving or Fall related. (No shops or other link parties please)
- Try to visit some of the other link ups and leave a comment. Everyone loves visitors!
- You don't need to link back, but we would appreciate it if you would display the button on your blog or in your post to let your readers know about the party.
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Ready to party?
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