DIY THANKSGIVING ETCHED DRINK BOTTLE

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

I’ve always been a fan of restaurants that serve chilled water from glass bottles. Not that the quality of the water is any better but subconsciously it makes it taste better, right? Besides, it just looks lovely sitting on the table.

I wanted to do the same for my Thanksgiving table so guests (and myself) wouldn’t have to keep getting up to refill our glasses. If you plan to have a large table with several guests, I would recommend making a few bottles to place across the table. Be sure to check out my DIY Wood Burned Place Card Coasters to complete the look!

THANKSGIVING ETCHED DRINK BOTTLE

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MATERIALS
Glass bottle with clamp from World Market
Glass etching cream
Medium-size soft bristle paintbrush
Brookie Craft Premium Design Vinyl
Xacto knife
Ruler
Pencil

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

INSTRUCTIONS
1. remove any labels.
2. wash bottle with warm soapy water and dry off.
3. decide on the design you want for your bottle, I chose an easy square pattern but you could really do anything.
4. using your pencil, draw your design onto the vinyl (I wanted my squares to look a little more hand-drawn and uneven so I didn’t use a ruler to make the perfect square).
5. place the vinyl on a safe cutting surface and cut out using Xacto. You could also place the vinyl on the bottle and then cut out the design, whichever you’re most comfortable with.
6. use your fingers to rub all areas and make sure the template is firmly adhered, no bubbles.
7. follow instructions on the bottle of your etching cream. You want to work fairly quickly and have good, thick coverage with the etching cream for best results.
8. once etching cream has set, rinse and dry it off. Look over the design to make sure all areas are etched well (I had to fill in a few areas of my design, it wasn’t a big deal to do a second application).
9. rinse bottle off with warm soapy water and pat dry.

DIY WOOD BURNED PLACE CARD COASTERS

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

No matter how much I prepare, Thanksgiving always seems to sneak up on me. This year, I wanted to create a gift for my dinner quests which serves the purpose of both a place card at the table and coaster for their drink of choice. I found these great wood bark coasters from World Market. Or if you live in a woodsy area (not exactly Phoenix) and have some nice branches to repurpose, those would be beautiful too (just make sure to dust them off).

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

DIY WOOD BURNED PLACE CARD COASTERS

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MATERIALS
Wood bark coasters
Wood burning tool
Pencil
Eraser
Scrap wood

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

INSTRUCTIONS
1. attach the cone point tip to your wood burning tool (mine came with several options, but I wanted more control and cleaner lines for lettering).
2. plug it in and allow it to heat up (follow instructions on the package).
3. once it’s hot, practice on scrap wood to get a feel for how to hold the tool and how hard to press for the results you’d like.
4. next, use a pencil to lightly draw names onto the coasters.
5. start tracing over your pencil design with the wood burning tool until it’s complete.
6. go back over areas you feel need a little more work and erase any pencil marks if needed.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

Here are just a few that I created for myself, husband and little ones. Just remember to have fun crafting! Be sure to stop by Baked by Joanna for some great Thanksgiving recipes too.

DIY SHARPIE DESSERT PLATE

 

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

I’m absolutely in love with this DIY Sharpie Dessert Plate I collaborated on with Joanna Meyers of Baked by Joanna. It’s inexpensive and you may already have the materials in your kitchen cupboard to get started. 

I love to sketch and have always been drawn to the illustrations in children’s books. I wanted to design the plate to look just as adorable with the dessert as it would be without. The circular shape of the Oatmeal Cream Pie inspired me to use a hot air ballon to frame the dessert. The design wouldn’t have been complete without a whimsical little bird floating in a tea cup below. Find out how to get started on your own dessert plate.

DIY SHARPIE DESSERT PLATE

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

MATERIALS
white ceramic plate (I chose a circular salad plate)
new Sharpie (so the tip is pointed)
pencil
oven
cookie sheet

INSTRUCTIONS
1. choose a simple, white, inexpensive ceramic plate.
2. remove all stickers.
3. wash with soap and water; let dry (this will help Sharpie adhere to plate).
4. using a pencil, lightly sketch a design onto the plate (I like to sketch my idea on paper first).
5. once your design is penciled on, use your Sharpie to trace over it (make sure not to touch the lines as you work, smears are no good).
6. keep a damp paper towel nearby in case you make a mistake or want to change the design a little as you work (you can wipe away the pencil marks too).
7. now that all the lines are traced, take one last look at the design in case you need to add anything.
8. place the plate on a cookie sheet in a cool oven.
9. turn the oven on to 425 degrees F, and set the timer to 30 minutes.
10. after 30 minutes, turn off the oven and let the plate cool completely before removing.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

To clean your beautiful dessert plate and not to damage your hard work, I would recommend hand washing the plate with mild soap and a soft cloth to help preserve your design. Have fun creating an entire dessert plate set for yourself or friends. And enjoy many other treats on it as well! 

THANKSGIVING CHALKBOARD MENU

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

I don’t know about you but I love Thanksgiving, possibly one of my favorite holidays! The smell of turkey roasting, pies baking and family gathering to watch the parade and football on TV. It’s a time to gather, appreciate one another and be grateful for all we have. I’m still wishing for a chilly, fall Thanksgiving in Phoenix though.

I was honored to collaborate with World Market and an amazing group of friends on how to create a beautiful World Market Thanksgiving table for your family & friends this season. I find it helpful to first choose a color scheme, traditional or unexpected, think of it as putting together an outfit to dress your table. My friends at Salt and Pepper Moms have fabulous tips when it comes to fashion. And thanks to Just Destiny Mag, the plum, mustard, teal and cream looked amazing with accents of wood, gold and silver sprinkled around the table.

Farmhouse Chalkboard World Market

Now for the best part, food & dessert! Baked by Joanna made some delicious treats & recipes. One thing I love to do is share the menu with my guests when the arrive. I often make the traditional Thanksgiving menu but usually add a few new recipes to the mix. So I found this adorable Farmhouse Chalkboard at World Market to create this simple menu.

THANKSGIVING CHALKBOARD MENU

MATERIALS
World Market Farmhouse Chalkboard
Thanksgiving menu
white chalk
eraser

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Know what food & desserts you’ll be serving for Thanksgiving.
2. Create a more authentic looking chalkboard by pre-dusting the surface. Rub a good amount of chalk onto the eraser and erase your board (this seems silly but it creates a more modeled surface which I love and you can hide mistakes more easily).
3. Now, just have fun writing your menu on the board. I added the phrase “be grateful” to the top of my menu since the holiday is all about being grateful.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

Once your menu is finished, prop it on your buffet or hang it on the wall. I just love this DIY lamp by Dream Book Design, so simple and makes such a statement. And as a little bonus, send your guests home with fabulous party favors from A Night Owl Blog.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Location: Dream Book Design
Chalkboard and DIY Expert: LURLY
Photo Stylist and Photographer: Just Destiny Mag
Style and Fashion Expert: Salt and Pepper Moms
Food Stylist and Recipes: Baked by Joanna
DIY Expert: Dream Book Design
Craft Expert: A Night Owl Blog

DIY WOODBLOCK CANDLE HOLDER

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

Inspired by the upcoming Thanksgiving season, I’m excited to share with you a little collaboration I participated in for World Market, styled and photographed by the wonderful Just Destiny Mag. I had so much fun spending the afternoon with these talented ladies and look forward to future collaborations.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

Growing up, the dinner table has always been a place to gather and talk about the days events. For Thanksgiving, it’s a place to slow down, reflect on what we’re grateful for, mom’s hard work preparing the meal, putting olives on all 10 fingers and creating new memories together that will last a lifetime. But, not one of those Thanksgivings went by where candlelight wasn’t front and center (the meal just couldn’t start without those candles lit).

In sticking with tradition of having candles on the table, I wanted to create a sturdy, no-mess candle holder with Thanksgiving inspired words to adorn to table. You’ll need a few power tools and possibly a husband to help as mine so graciously does, thanks T. Here’s how to get started…

DIY WOODBLOCK CANDLE HOLDER

MATERIALS
4×4 wood posts
saw
drill
1 1/2″ spade drill bit
100 grit sand paper
pencil
ruler
acrylic paint
fine tip paint brush
tealight candles

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Determine how tall and how many candle holders you’d like (3 makes a good cluster on the table).
2. Measure and mark the post with a pencil for cutting.
3. Grab your husband and saw (miter preferably) and cut the post.
4. Now stand your post up to sit vertically, use your ruler and pencil to mark the center of one end of the post.
5. With center marked and drill in hand, place the point of the spade drill bit on your center point.
6. Hold post and drill down to the desired depth for your tealight candle to sit in.
7. Once drilled, use your sand paper to smooth any rough edges.
8. Pencil (or stencil) your words onto one side of the candle holder.
9. Use paint brush and acrylic paint to trace over your letters and let dry.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

Arrange your DIY Woodblock Candle Holders on your Thanksgiving table or buffet and your guests will surely be impressed. Find more World Market Thanksgiving inspirations from these talented ladies, be sure to check them out!

Location: Dream Book Design
Chalkboard and DIY Expert: LURLY
Photo Stylist and Photographer: Just Destiny Mag
Style and Fashion Expert: Salt and Pepper Moms
Food Stylist and Recipes: Baked by Joanna
DIY Expert: Dream Book Design
Craft Expert: A Night Owl Blog

3D HALLOWEEN TABLE RUNNER

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

I love paper and pop-up books so why not create a pop-up 3D Halloween table runner for your party. Make it spooky and place on a dark table cloth surrounded by creepy crawly desserts or make it a black and white theme with these adorable Ghost Meringue Cookies from my friend Baked by Joanna. 

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

We all know hosting a party can be fun but finding those decorations and clean-up after the party can be exhausting to some. So, to keep it simple, I’ve created the table decor for you and then just toss it out when the parties over, no storing decorations.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

3D HALLOWEEN TABLE RUNNER

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MATERIALS
12” x 12” black scrapbook paper
3D Halloween Table Runner templates
Bone folder
Xacto

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Download the 3D Halloween Table Runner templates.
2. Print either or both of the templates that you’d like to use.
3. Place the template on top of the black scrapbook paper. I repositioned my template a few times on the paper so the tree and haunted house were farther apart to add more depth.
4. Firmly press your Xacto to carefully trace/cut the solid lines; you’ll be folding the dotted lines at the end. If your hand gets cramped when cutting, take a break and shake it out.
5. Once all solid lines are cut, remove the template and carefully fold the design upward to a standing position.
6. Cut as many templates as needed for the size of your table.
7. Cover your table with black fabric and arrange finished pieces down the center to create a spooky, festive table runner for your halloween party. Your guest will surely enjoy the details.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA