With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, I thought it'd be nice to post a super easy, super cheap, super quick DIY for your Thanksgiving dinners!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- as many 20"x12" (roughly) pieces of kraft paper as you have people at your table
- white paint pen / I used Recollections' broad tip marker that I picked up from Michaels
- this printable template that reads i am thankful for... to trace onto the kraft paper
- a window or other surface that can be used to trace on
This is a pretty straightforward DIY and if you've ever traced, you're good to go! I included the curve on the left side of the template to give you an idea of where your plate will sit, but it doesn't need to be traced.
Unless you're spoiled like I am and have a light for tracing built into your drafting table, you can trace through a sunny window. Or, if you feel like getting redneck, make yourself a hillbilly light table like I used to do: sit in a chair with a table lamp on the floor, between your feet. Balance a large casserole dish on your lap and use it as your light table! My dad would call that "Redneck Ingenuity."
To give your script the look of calligraphy, go back over the parts of the lettering where you pulled down with the pen to add weight and variation to the script's lines.
Also, as a side note, this new white marker is my new favorite toy! It seems to be pretty opaque on just about everything, which you probably know is hard to find with white pens. It even wrote on the leaves and dried fairly quickly. Oh, and one other side note: These leaves had been pressed and ironed to rid them of their moisture and to keep them fairly flat. I found that lettering on the "back" of the leaf was much easier than the front, FYI. My inspiration for the leaf lettering was from this post on Once Wed.
Place a white colored pencil at each table setting or fill a jar with them and incorporate it into the tablescape. Ask your guests to fill in their placemat with what they're thankful for and then, if everyone is feeling brave and sentimental, take turns reading what you're grateful for!
Happy autumn, happy holiday season, happy two-weeks-til-Thanksgiving!