Cheap and Chic: Fun and Festive Finds for Thanksgiving

Courtesy of www.foodnetwork.com

Courtesy of www.foodnetwork.com

“How to decorate for thanksgiving?” The stores don’t sell anything but decorations for Christmas. Instead of buying decoration you can make cheap, easy cute crafts to decorate your house for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Turkeys: www.foodnetwork.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 30 candy corn candies, plus 6 white tips of candy corn
  • 6 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 6 mini peanut butter cups
  • 6 malt balls
  • Red Frosting
  • 6 chocolate sandwich cookies with top cookies removed

 

Direction:

  • Place the chocolate chips in a medium stainless steel or glass bowl. Set the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate has melted, about 4 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • For each turkey, push 5 candy corn candies, tip-side down, into the cream filling of a chocolate sandwich cookie to make the feathers for the turkey. Lay the cookie on a work surface.
  • Dip the flat, larger end of a peanut butter cup in the melted chocolate allowing any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Place the peanut butter cup, chocolate-dipped end down, onto the sandwich cookie.
  • Dip a malt ball into the melted chocolate allowing any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Place the malt ball above the peanut butter cup to make the head of the turkey.
  • Dip the flat end of the white candy corn tip in the chocolate. Place on the malt ball, to make the turkey beak. Refrigerate until the chocolate has set, about 10 minutes.
  • Place the Red Frosting in a piping bag. Using scissors, cut a small opening in the end of the piping bag. Pipe a small piece of frosting under the malt ball to make the turkey’s beard.
  • Place a cookie (with top half removed) on a platter. Stand the turkey upright into the cream filling. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Turkey Tulle Wreath: www.acmoore.com

Supplies:

  • Brown yarn
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Dark and light red, orange, and yellow tulle
  • Tiny cone ( turkeys beak )
  • Black felt
  • Small durafoam balls ( turkeys eyes )

Direction:

  • Wrap ¼ of the wreath with yarn for the turkey’s “body”. Start by gluing end of yarn to the wreath to anchor it and continue to wrap yarn around ¼ of wreath in one direction and back again so there are two layers of yarn. Glue yarn end down. Tip: leave the straw wreath in its wrapping so straw doesn’t become loose from wreath.
  • Cut 2-1/2 feet lengths of the tulle, approximately 10 of each color.
  • The tulle turkey feathers will cover the remaining ¾ of the wreath. Fold each piece of tulle in half and tie around with a Lark’s Knot. To do this, fold tulle in half lengthwise; pull the ends through the loop (created by folding the tulle) and tighten. The loop should be at the top (outside edge) so the feathers stand up. Rotate between Burgundy, Orange and Red tulle. Use the Yellow glitter tulle as an accent color. Use pins to secure loop to wreath.
  • Wrap the cone in Yellow to create the turkey’s beak. Cut off any excess and then glue beak to the center of the yarn body portion of wreath.
  • Cut a piece of Red felt that is approximately 6 inch x 1/2 inch to serve as the turkey’s wattle. Glue it to the beak so that it hangs down on either side.
  • Cut two, 1 inch circles from Black felt and glue to durafoam balls for the turkey’s eyes. Glue eyes to the wreath above the beak.

 

Pumpkin Candles: www.allyou.com

Supplies:

  • Newspaper
  • Serrated knife
  • 5 pumpkins or Funkins (com), approximately 5″ tall
  • Large spoon or scoop
  • 5 6″ column candles, 1½” to 2″ diameter

 

Directions

  • Spread newspaper over work area. Carve a hole in top of pumpkin slightly smaller than diameter of candle. Scoop out pulp and seeds. (If hole is too small to pull out seeds, carve another hole in bottom for this purpose.) Rinse inside of pumpkin. Repeat for each pumpkin.
  • Insert a candle into each pumpkin. Candle should stick out of top by about 2″. (If candle is too short, place it on an inverted votive holder, an inverted cap from a shaving-cream can or something similar.)