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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

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

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.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

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.

THANKSGIVING CHALKBOARD MENU

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

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.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

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.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

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

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

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.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

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.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

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