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How to Create Your Thanksgiving Tablescape

Your Thanksgiving meal will look even better with this elegant table setting that you can make yourself.

In between preparing your shopping list, baking your desserts and keeping your sanity, soothe your artistic appetite by creating a Thanksgiving tablescape. If you're anything like me, sitting down and submerging yourself into an arts and crafts project brings a bit of solitude to the chaos that envelopes the holidays.

This year, I took a walk around my neighborhood and collected leaves, pine cones, acorns and seed pods from Sycamore trees. I didn't have a clear image in mind as to how my final tablescape would look; I just knew I wanted to incorporate nature. The elements you use to create your own table setting need not match exactly; just use them as a springboard and make it your own.

Click through the photo slideshow above for step-by-step instructions.

There are two crafts I will walk you through in this article. Below you will find the essential elements and a few tips and tricks to help you along the way.

Project #1: The Perfect Place Cards

Essential Elements:

  • small pumpkins, one for every diner
  • metallic acrylic paint (I chose classic gold and copper)
  • a sponge brush
  • green card stock
  • a wire hanger
  • rub on letters or a black marker
  • hot glue gun
  • wire cutters
  • a pencil
  • pumpkin leaf template
  • scissors

Tips & Tricks:

  • Gather all of the essential elements in advance in an easily accessible location like a shoe box, basket or large Tupperware container. This way you will have everything you need at your fingertips.
  • Line your workspace with paper for easy clean-up and to avoid damaging furniture or floors.
  • Give yourself at least two hours to complete this project.
  • Feel free to use floral wire in place of wire hangers.
  • Have fun with paint colors. Mix it up so you have different metallic shades on your pumpkins.
  • If your pumpkin is missing its stem, simply stick the wire directly into the top of the pumpkin.
  • Make it fun. Consider using nicknames instead of formal names to bring a little whimsy into your project.
  • Make sure pumpkins are clean and dry before painting.

Project #2: Waxed Leaves

Essential Elements:

  • beeswax or old candles
  • wax paper
  • leaves
  • a knife, if using old candles
  • cutting board, if using old candles
  • a medium sized saucepan
  • water
  • old glass jar or aluminum can

Tips & Tricks:

  • Gather all of the essential elements in advance in an easily accessible location like a shoe box, basket or large Tupperware container. This way you will have everything you need at your fingertips.
  • Line your workspace with paper for easy clean-up and to avoid damaging furniture or floors.
  • Give yourself about one hour to complete this project. Melting the wax takes up the majority of this time.
  • Use the waxed leaves as coasters for table glasses or as confetti for the table. They also make a great bed for the pumpkin place cards to rest on.
  • Instead of purchasing new wax, use remnants of candles already around your home.
  • Make sure to use dry leaves with stems attached. The stems act as your handle for dipping.
  • When laying leaves down to dry, take advantage of the warm wax to shape them as you please.
  • Add a few drops of cinnamon or vanilla essential oil to your wax.
  • Use an old candle jar as the vessel in your double boiler. You'll have a perfect candle when you're done!
  • Once your leaves are waxed, they are preserved. Pack them away to use again next year or string a garland out of them to bring the autumn indoors.
  • Use a vessel that is disposable to you.

Final Touches

To complete the table, I incorporated natural foliage, produce and candles. Using different shaped glass containers filled with cranberries, pine cones, acorns and seed pods brings the outside in. I had some dried corn leftover from cornstalks that served as decorations for Halloween and filled an antique metal box with the golden cobs. A copper window scarf works perfectly to soften the edges and bring warmth the table. Finally I added some large pine cones, a couple of pumpkins and candles.

About this column: We are glad you clicked on Crafting Corner, a fun how-to column that will foster creativity, encourage artistry and spark your imagination. Be sure to check back regularly for unique holiday ideas that can either be crafted as a family or on your own.

littleyellowloveshack@yahoo.com November 21, 2011 at 02:53 AM
I loved the Thanksgiving tablescape by Breann Kline. Had so many new and fresh ideas. We love that in our town. And promoting the organic whenever possible is not only smart but proves it will be just as beautiful, Can't wait to put her ideas to work in the next days. Keep her coming!
Susan Pascal November 21, 2011 at 02:56 AM
So glad you liked it!

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