November 9, 2012

DIY thanksgiving placemat

 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!

20 comments:

criscrascrus said...

very beautiful and nice idea!

Jillian Nicole said...

What a beautiful idea! And thank you so much for the template! We're doing Thanksgiving at my In-Law's this year and it'll be their first one--they're British--so this will be a really fun thing to add to our table!

jacin {lovely little details} said...

i absolutely love this. so perfect.

Rebekah said...

Thank you so much for posting this! Great idea, and beautiful!

Allison said...

So adorable! Love the napkins too. Where are they from?

Anonymous said...

what kind of pen is it? I've been looking for a good white pen myself!

she. said...

Super pretty.

Margaret said...

These are gorgeous! I am so in love with your lettering!

P.S. I love that Shea's name is on the leaf. :) I was able to meet her this summer and she's a gem!

Aimee @ byAimee.com said...

this is stunning.. thank you for sharing your place-mat ideas!!

Gaby said...

love this, i just wish aussies celebrated thanksgiving!

amynieuw said...

i am thankful for people who share ideas.
and for Shea :)

Rebekka Seale said...

Awww, Chelsea, I love this!! I'm going to make it for my family's Thanksgiving dinner, and they will love it :)

Lindsay // Shop Ella Lou said...

I absolutely love this idea (and, as a side note, your "Hillbilly Light Table" is genius!). I am a sucker for anything using craft paper - can't get enough!

brit @ landlocked bride said...

Seriously beautiful idea!

Jeran McConnel said...

really lovely. I need one of those white pens :)

Brookette said...

does anyone know if there is a craft store that i can just buy individual sizes of kraft paper and not a whole roll?

Wedding Dresses said...

If I'm rude to you, you've obviously pissed me off to a point where I couldn't take it anymore.

C+S=Love said...

Love this idea! Thank you for sharing. What is the weight of the kraft paper you used?

theyellowbearblog said...

I love this! You could even get people to write one thing they're thankful for and then switch places in between courses, so they can read each others' and add to different placemats.

White Ironstone Cottage said...

We do this every year too
Love the white marker and the brown paper for the placemat
great idea
Thanks for sharing
Have a blessed Thanksgiving
Pam