Homemade Thanksgiving Table Decorations & More Frugal Thanksgiving Decor Ideas!

Homemade Thanksgiving Table Decorations & More Frugal Fall Decor

 Homemade Thanksgiving Table Decorations &

More Frugal Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year & are still debating about how to decorate your table  & around your home on a budget, we’ve got a variety of different ideas for you to give you some inspiration. Many of these are homemade / DIY ideas you can do at home & others involve frugal items from the stores to compile together to make a beautiful table display for your Thanksgiving table as well as add some other fall touches around your home.

We’d love to hear some of your favorite ways to decorate for Thanksgiving too!

Frugal Thanksgiving Decor & Table Decorations:

 

Burlap Fall Leaves Table Runner & Other Fall Tablescape Ideas from Architecture of a Mom

DIY Wooden Crate Centerpiece for Fall from DIY Inspired Home

Easy Fall Candle Centerpiece from Albion Gould

Fall Table Decor from A Mitten Full of Savings

Fast & Frugal Fall Decor from One Creative Mommy

Fall Tablescape with Pressed Leaves  from Thrifty Jinxy

Starbucks Bottle Fall / Thanksgiving Place Card Holders from The Grant Life

Easy Fall Decor Idea from Ann’s Entitled Life

” Thankful” Burlap Canvases  from The Love Nerds

Fall Nature Vase & Autumn Paper Tree from Happy Deal Happy Day

Rustic Give Thanks Sign from Homemade Interest

Fall Table Decor Ideas from A Mom’s Take

DIY Glitter Pumpkins from A Dose of Paige

Fall Wreath from Second Chance to Dream

Dry Erase Thankful Frame from Happy Deal Happy Day

Rustic Fall Pumpkin Decor from Thrifty NW Mom

Pine Cone Mason Jar Centerpiece from Robyn’s Online World

Glittered Fall Leaves DIY from Typically Simple

Fall Flower Table Centerpiece from A Dose of Paige

Turkey Relish Tray from Neat Nest Organizing (this is more of a food item, but would be a great display for table too!)

Fall Foliage Mason Jar Luminary from Raking in the Savings

5 Frugal Fall Entertaining Ideas from Thrifty NW Mom 

Blessed Thanksgiving Decor from Coffee with Us 3

Wall Thankful Tree from Digital Mom Blog

Pumpkin Centerpiece Ideas from Thrifty NW Mom

Let us know if you have any more great Thanksgiving decor ideas you use in our home!

Make Disney’s Olaf (From Frozen) Using Pumpkins this Fall!

Olaf Pumpkin

We recently took the kids out to the pumpkin patch, and found so many beautiful pumpkins in all kids of shades of orange and white! Like many other kids, my girls want to be the Frozen characters this Halloween (Elsa and Anna), but they needed an Olaf! A good friend looked at the white pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, and had the brilliant idea of turning those into Olaf. He turned out so cute, and was so affordable to make that I thought some of you might want an Olaf for your front yard this Fall!

Supplies Needed:

  • 3 white pumpkins (that will stack on each other like a snowman). We picked ours up at the Pumpkin Patch
  • Googlie Eyes ( or you could just draw these on with a black sharpie paint pen too)
  • Carrot for the nose
  • Branches for the arms
  • 3 Black Buttons (or again you could just draw these on). We skipped this step, but you could add them!
  • Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks

Frozen pumpkins

To Make Olaf out of pumpkins:

1) Stack the three pumpkins on top of each other so they balance well and make a snowman figure.

2) Hot glue on the Googlie eyes to the top pumpkin (or you could draw them on, or if your kids love to carve pumpkins you could carve out the eyes and whole for a nose, and mouth from the top pumpkin).

3) Hot glue on the carrot for the nose to the top pumpkin (or insert into hole if you carved your pumpkin). This step was tricky in that the carrot had some moisture in it so it did not want to glue on directly. I ended up sticking a tack in the carrot and then attaching the glue to the tack and the pumpkin (and then gluing all around the carrot as seen in the picture above).

4) Either carve holes in the side of the 2nd pumpkin, and insert twigs for arms (or you could hot glue these too). I hot glued the arms to the top of the second pumpkin and then stacked the top pumpkin on top of the arms for added stability.

5) Glue or draw on the black buttons down the center of the 2nd pumpkin. Draw on the mouth of you want to include one of those. I used a paint pen, as the oils on the pumpkin can make it hard for markers to stick.

Its that easy. My girls LOVE their Olaf pumpkin, and it was the easiest pumpkin project I have gotten away with (we opted not to carve this year), so it worked for us all!


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Simple Halloween Crafts for Kids – 20 Fun Fall & Halloween Ideas!

Simple Halloween Crafts for Kids

Simple Halloween Crafts for Kids 

Are you looking for a fun & simple Halloween or fall harvest craft to do with your kids? We’ve got a variety of ideas that we’ve compiled for you – everything from spiders, bats, pumpkins, black cats & more!

Make sure to check out our Fall Family Fun page with even more great ideas for this time of the year – delicious fall recipes, Halloween party ideas, family fun activities & more!

Simple Halloween Crafts for Kids:

1. Paper Plate Spiders from I Heart Crafty Things

2. Lego Stamped Pumpkin Craft from Crafty Morning

3. Hand Print Spiders from The Chirping Moms

4. Masking Tape Mummy from No Time For Flash Cards

5. Bat Slime from Little Bins for Little Hands

6. Monster Mobile from Toilet Paper Rolls from Happy Hooligans

7. Spooky Spiders from Simple as That

8. Scissor Skill Pumpkin from Nurture Store

9. Kool-Aid Pumpkins from Housing a Forest

10. Water Bottle Pumpkin Jack-O-Lantern from Motherhood on a Dime

11. Q-Tip Skeleton from How Wee Learn

12. Halloween Surprise Eruption from Simple Fun for Kids

13. No Sew Ghost Hand Puppet from Mama Smiles

14. Toilet Paper Black Cat from Easy Child Crafts

15. Easy Dress Up Hats from Reading Confetti

16. Glow In The Dark Trick or Treat Bucket from Not Just a Housewife

17. Halloween Wreath from No Time For Flash Cards

18. Water Color Resist Spider Web Art from I Heart Arts n Crafts

19. Fingerprint Bat Silhouette from Crafty Morning

20. Candy Corn Man craft from Meaningful Mama


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Rustic Fall Pumpkin Decor Using Reclaimed Wood!

Wooden Pumpkins

 

I love rustic decor, but shopping for many of these rustic fall pieces in the stores can get pricey. This year we got creative and made these fun rustic fall wooden pumpkins from scrap wood. It does not take a large amount of wood for each pumpkin, so its a great project if you have a few boards laying around (old pallets would be perfect)!

My mom lives on some property, where wood is ample, so her and my husband helped me with these pumpkins.

What you will need to make these wooden pumpkins:

  • Jigsaw
  • Scrap wood (the amount you will need depends on how many pumpkins you want to make, and how large (one plank from a pallet could make a smaller pumpkin)
  • Large Staple gun, or small hammer and small nails
  • Wood Glue
  • Stick from outside for the stem at the top of the pumkin

How to make these Wooden Pumpkins:

1) Line up the slats together to form a square around the size of the pumpkin you want to end up with.

how to make wooden pumpkins

 

2) Take another slat of wood and run it horizontally across the other slats (like in picture above)

3) Staple the horizontal slat of wood to each vertical slat of wood (see image above)

4) Once you have the vertical slats held together with the horizontal slat, you can draw your pumpkin shape on the wood (use a paper template to draw it on if that is easier).

Note – if you plan to create a base for them to sit on (see step #7 below) then you will want a flat bottom of your pumpkin, vs rounded, so keep that in mind when drawing your pumpkin.

5) Use the jigsaw to carefully cut along the lines of the pumpkin you drew on each set of wood

6) Once you have your pumpkin shape cut out, you can use wood glue to attach a branch/stick as the stem to the top of your pumpkin

7) You can now either add picture hanging wire to the backif you want to hang them on your door or wall, or you can build a base for them to stand up on (thats what we have in the image above so they can sit on flat surfaces. To build the base cut one of the slats approx. 1 inch longer then the base of your pumpkin (so it is 1/2 inch longer on each side). Staple it to the bottom of each pumpkin base.

Pumpkins on mantle

 

Pumpkins on mantle 2

And here is what they look like sitting on my mantle! The best part is that since we used scrap materials they were free to us to make, and so not only do I love them but they can be a very frugal option to Halloween or Fall decorating!

Credit: We got our inspiration from Finding Home Online here. She made hers a little different then we did, but be sure to check out her reclaimed wood pumpkins too for more ideas!

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DIY Scarecrow

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5 Frugal Fall Entertaining Ideas

DIY Scarecrow – How to Make A Scarecrow with Items Around The House!

scarecrow

DIY Scarecrow

This project is so fun! The scarecrow above was made to look like my kids papa (that’s what they call their grandpa), and my mom (his wife) did a great job, simply by using his old clothes. Whenever we drive past him the kids all yell “hi papa!”. In fact when I was getting the photo above ready, one of my little ones saw me working on it and said “look, there’s papa!”. Whether you choose to make your scarecrow look like a family member or not, they are fun, and easy to make. Best part is you can use many items you may already have lying around the house.

To start with you will need the following supplies:

  • Old clothes (go through your closets, ask friends or hit the goodwill)
  • Wood (large enough stake to attach Scarecrow too and put in in the ground. Alternatively, you can attach a hook to the back and hang from your front door or some other spot)
  • Bubble wrap (we used what we had left over from packages being delivered)
  • 4 Rubber bands (or string to tie off hands and feet for your scarecrow)
  • 1 balloon, blown up, and fabric to cover balloon (this will be used for the head – you could just use stuffing too if you prefer)
  • Hot glue and two large buttons if you want to add eyes to your head

Optional – pick up some real hay to stuff in the arms and legs (and neck) if you want a more traditional look.

That is just about all you need to make your own DIY scarecrow!!

Diy Scarecrow 2

To make your scarecrow:

Lay your outfit out and tie off each arm and each leg with a rubberband a few inches in. This will keep your stuffing in, and also creates the illusion of hands and feet.

Once you have the arms and legs tied off you can start stuffing. Add your bubble wrap to your pants and then top. We secured top to the pants with suspenders. You could also use safety pins instead.

If you do not have bubble wrap you could use old newspaper or whatever recyclable material you have. In that case, you would probably want to keep the scarecrow under cover.

To make our head we used a large balloon and covered it with burlap and tied it to the top of our stick. If you are using your scarecrow someplace you are concerned that birds may land on it or other critter, you may want to opt to stuff the head rather then use the balloon method.

We then used a hot glue gun to attach to large buttons for eyes (you could use bottle caps too – if you don’t have buttons).

Attach either to your stick or add a hook to the back to hang on a door!  We cut a small hole in the back of the pants (so you cannot see it from the front). We then ran the stick up through that hole, and out the neck of the shirt to attach our scarecrow to the stake (make sure you do this all behind the bubble wrap).

Lastly, top it off your scarecrow with a hat, and enjoy! Want a more authentic scarecrow look? Pick up a little hay and add it as hands and feet, and a little coming out the neck area.

My kids just love this scarecrow, and will remember it each year I am sure. It was so worth a little effort and a few materials we were able to scavenger from around the house, for the memories I know they kids will always have of “papa”!

Making A Doll Clothes Closet with Dollar Store Items (Perfect For American Girl Dolls)!

American Girl Doll Furniture

My girls have been asking for a doll clothes closet for their doll items for quite awhile. One has an American Girl Doll, and the other has two different 18 inch dolls, so between the three dolls they have started to accumulate many items. I noticed they were not using them much though, and figured that must be because I had them all thrown in a pile in a basket.

The only thing was, everywhere I looked, the doll closets were pricey. Then there was the issue of space. Where do I put a doll closet, in their already packed room. So, we decided to head to the dollar store, and convert one shelf in their closet into a doll closet. If you are looking for American Girl doll furniture, this is a great budget friendly option! American Girl furniture can cost you over $100, so $7 for a closet was the perfect alternative for us.

We used an existing closet shelf, but if you did not have something like this existing already you could either buy a cheap small bookshelf, or take a drawer out of a dresser and convert that space into a closet like this.  We spent $7 to make the closet you see above. It might be more or less for you, depending on what items you have on hand. If you needed to add in a cheap bookcase, you could still make one for less then $20, which is likely still much cheaper then you can buy a doll closet for.

Shelf

If you don’t have an existing closet space, something like this shelf organizer on Amazon could work (just add the dowel, rather then the middle shelf). Its only $12.95, so it would be an affordable option.

Supplies you will need (we got most of these at our local dollar store):

  • Space to make the closet (a shelf from a bookshelf, or part of a dresser, etc)
  • Wooden Dowel the length of your shelf space (we got one at the dollar store, and cut it down to size. You can also find these at JoAnnes and Michaels, but they may be cheapest at Home Depot if you don’t have them at your dollar store).
  • Kid size Hangers (we had a ton of these on hand, so we used our own, but they had packs at the dollar store too)
  • 1 package of Clothes pins (we found a large pack of the wooden ones for $1 at  the dollar store)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Two Screws or Nails (to attach Dowel)
  • Canvas Bin to hold small items like shoes (we also found ours at the dollar store)

Metal clothespins final

We also found these colored metal pins at the dollar store. The plus to using them is that you will not need a glue gun, they will fit right over the hanger and still clip the clothes. The downside, is that you will need more packages (it would take about 6 to put together a closet the size of the one above). So, depending on whether you have a glue gun already, it may cost you less or more to use these).

 

Clothes pins final

How to Make the Hangers with Wooden Clothes Pins:

If you want to keep it really simple you can buy doll hangers. We found this 10 pack for $7.95 on Amazon. If you are looking for a more budget friendly alternative, you can make your own for as little as $2 (enough to fill the closet shown above) if you have a hot glue gun.

These are so simple, and really affordable to make if you have a hot glue gun. Grab one of your kid size hangers, and add a dab of hot glue onto one side of your first wooden clothes pin. Place it approximately 2 inches in from the center of the hanger and hold it for a few seconds until the glue starts to dry and its secure. Do the same thing with a second clothes pin on the opposite side of the hanger. Now, to secure them better (since little hands would be tugging on them) I flipped the hangers over and added a bead of hot glue on the back, so that the hot glue went all the way around the hanger (see image #2 above). Let the hot glue dry fully.

Once the hot glue is dry, you simply attach the doll clothes with the clothes pins (like in picture #3).

american girl doll closet

How to put your doll closet together:

This part is so simple once you have your space planned out and supplies ready:

#1 Measure the length of your shelf and cut your wooden dowel to that size

#2 Screw or nail your dowel into your shelf walls (screwing it in will create a more secure connection, but its also easier to split the dowel).

#3 Start hanging your doll clothes, and organize your Canvas bin with the items that don’t hang up. I purchased two plastic organizers in the bathroom section of my dollar store (see photo above) to organize the shoes in and it worked perfectly!

My kids have started to play with their dolls much more since we put the closet in. Clothes that used to sit in a basket, are exciting to the kids again. They get the dolls dressed for the day, and get them in their PJs at night. It was not much effort, but resulted more fun for the kids!

If you are really handy with woodworking, Ana White has these plans to build an actual American Girl Doll Closet here too.

Other articles you might be interested in:

 

4th of July Flag Craft

 

Want to pass time before the fireworks festivities. Here is a fun patriotic craft you can do with the kids!

By  Contributor Sarah from Chickie Momma Crafts:

There is just something about my kid’s handprints-I just love them!!  It seems to freeze in time their cuteness.  I love looking at their footprints taken at the hospital and think, “Were they really that little?”  Because of that, I am a sucker for crafts with my kiddos’ hands or footprints.

Supplies:

  • Poster paint-I recently found this in three packs at the dollar bins at Target
  • Poster paper (if I was doing this again I think I would use the Dollar Tree’s foam poster board-that way the flag would keep it’s shape and be more durable)
  • Paint brush and drop cloth

Instructions:

  • Start by cutting your paper  in the shape of a rectangle (mine is 14” by 18”).
  • Lightly mark with pencil the “star-hand” section and the “stripe”-feet section.
  • I started with the hand of my three year old.  I painted the paint on his hand, then helped him press it in the star section.  He loved this-he loves all things squishy and dirty.  I did all the stars first then gave him his own sheet to do more “stars” on.
  • After that section was dry, I did the stripe section using my 5 year old’s foot. He hated this!  He hates all things dirty.  He had no desire to do his own stripes, but he did want to use the paint brush and paint his own flag.

I love how it turned out.  I am planning on mounting it on a navy blue poster board so I can use it above our mantle on patriotic holidays.  I like that it could be for more than just the Fourth of July.

So, what are your favorite 4th of July crafts?

Fourth Of July Marshmallow Flag – Easy Holiday Dessert or Decoration!

How cute is this simple idea that Jens husband Ben came up with last year, to do with their girls for 4th of July (they also threw a fun Red, White and Blue Smores party in their backyard that you can read about here).

A couple of ideas on how to use the Marshmallow Flag:

  • Its so simple, that if you are short on time its a great way to put together a centerpiece for a picnic or potluck event. 
  • Build a bonfire in the back yard and let folks grab a marshmallow from the flag to roast for smores.
  • Use the marshmallow flag for a dessert station if you are BBQ’ing on the fourth. Put out some popsicle sticks (get a pack at the Dollar Store), and a few bowls of icing and sprinkles. Let kids insert a popsicle stick into the bottom of a marshmallow and then frost the top, and dip in their favorite color of sprinkles – then eat away!

How to make the Fourth Of July Marshmallow Flag:

Ingredients – 

  • One bag of regular sized marshmallows (you could buy a bag of the red, white and blue marshmallows they sell this time of the year as a shortcut – but you may need two to make sure you have enough of each color).
  • Red and blue food coloring
  • A platter to display the flag on

Directions -
The flag pictured above uses 56 marshmallows.

6- Blue
24- Red
26 – White

  • To color the marshmallows you will want to use a bowl for the blue and a seperate bowl for the red. 
  • Next fill the bowls with enough water to submerge your marshmallows in (you can do this one at a time, like eggs at easter, or in batches if you have some disposable gloves you can use to make sure they all get submerged. 
  • Add Food coloring (the more you add the darker the color will be, so you can eye ball this part. Rule of thumb is one drop per tablespoon).
  • Dip your marshmallow in the colored water and make sure to get it completely submerged using gloves or a spoon.
  • Remove and let it dry on a cookie sheet (you can pat dry with paper towels too). 
  • Once they are dry arrange marshmallows on a platter in a design pattern as shown in photo above!

(note – food color can stain to be sure you are working on a covered surface)

You might also like this post on how to make a 4th of July Flag out of hand and footprints of your kids!

Thanks a Latte FREE Printable – Great for End of Year Teacher Gifts, Father’s Day gift & more!

Thanks a Latte Free Printable

 

Thanks a Latte FREE Printable – Perfect for Teacher Gifts, Father’s Day & more!

We’ve got a fun, FREE printable we created that you could use for a variety of different gifts for the coffee lover in your life! It’s a fun way to dress up a gift card in a creative way, or add it to a little gift you put together for a coffee lover! This would be great for an End of the Year teacher gift – instead of giving a traditional coffee mug, give a reusable water cup, so they can use it all summer long & in the classroom & fill it up with their favorite drinks.

This also makes a great gift for dad or grandpa for Father’s Day! Grab a Starbucks card or better yet, find their favorite coffee stand and buy a gift card (my husband prefer this as he can then earn his stamps towards free drinks). You can just give them the card with the gift card attached or give them a little gift set with the reusable drink as well!

Free “Thanks a LATTE” Printable Card:

Free Printable for Coffee Lovers

You could just print this out on cardstock at home for a quick, simple gift or if you have  time, you could upload the PDF  to a photo site & print it off at a place such as Costco, Walgreens, etc. so that it will be glossy & professional looking. I just printed mine on cardstock and I think it turned out great (I used cream cardstock since that’s what I had on hand).

How to Make the Card:

This card is so simple to make – if you want to make it really easy, just print off the FREE printable on cardstock or photo paper and then glue your coffee gift card right on there. That makes a unique card right there!

Or you can add a few more touches to it:

  • Add the cardboard to look like a sleeve holder for gift card (I just used the inside of a coffee sleeve cover from Starbucks & cut it to fit)
  • Add twine or baker’s twine
  • Punch a hole & add a ribbon to attach to the straw of your reusable drink cup

Coffee Lovers Gift Set:

For the gift set, I had a cute plastic, mason jar reusable cup that I got from a friend a few weeks ago & I thought it was the perfect cup! They sell similar ones at Costco in 3 packs in fun colors  – just $19.99 for 3 reusable mason jar cups (with 3 different colors). Perfect if you have several people to buy for or just keep one or two for yourself!  I also found out from a friend that Walmart carries these same type of mugs in various colors & they’re around $5 for the 16 oz cups & there are even some smaller ones in 4 packs, too.

I added in some Starbucks Via ($5.95 for a 5 pack of Iced Coffee or Refreshers; $6.95 for a 5 pack of Vanilla Latte or Caffe Mocha, $9.95 for a 12 pk of coffee or $10.95 for a 12 pk of Decaf coffee) as well as some yummy chocolates!

Free Printable Thanks a Latte for Coffee Lovers

You could also use a Starbucks reusable cup, which are $8.95 for the regular size (shown above) & $10.95 for the tall size.  These cups hold up so well – I love mine!

Starbucks Chalkboard Mug

Another fun idea for a Father’s Day Coffee Gift is to pick up this Starbucks Chalkboard mug – not the most frugal at $14.95, but you can all sign it with the special pen (or just have the kids sign/decorate the mug) & then you bake it so that it sets it & what a unique Father’s Day gift. Add our fun FREE printable card along with a gift card & some chocolates for a unique, personalized gift for Dad!

There are some many fun uses for this FREE “Thanks a Latte” printable, so make sure to pin it now so you don’t forget about this fun gift printable for those coffee lovers in your life!

If you’re looking for more End of the Year teacher gifts, make sure to check out all of these Teacher Gift Ideas we have.

Flower Bed in a Wagon – ReUsing Found Items as Planters!

planting flowers in a wagon

Planting Flowers in a Wagon!

Here is a fun little planter box that we made for a recent auction at my kids school. We had an old wagon that we reinforced and filled with dirt and some flowers. We then added a few pieces of garden art (an onion head guy, glass flower and bird house). The idea here is that you can make a fun planter for your garden, that will really stand out from many items. I have seen these done with the radio flyer wagons, old sinks, chairs and even bathtubs and bed frames as garden art. As a matter of fact we have an old bathtub we put in the ground in our backyard that we use to plant strawberries in. The kids love it!

For something smaller think about using old watering cans, or coffee cans as planters for smaller plants. You can even use washed out tin cans (from your soup or canned vegetables) to plant herbs for your use this summer.

As garage selling season starts, its a great time to look for fun items you can add a flower or plant to, that will cost much less then traditional planters, and add more fun to your garden!

More inspiration on making garden art from found items: