Hello! I hope everyone has been having a great Halloween weekend! We had a lot of fun taking Bugaboo trick-or-treating in our neighborhood for the first time this year. Luckily the lion costume I made him was warm and made of fleece because we woke up Friday to snow!! Now that Halloween has come and gone, I am so excited to start preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas!
I absolutely love this time of year! Christmas is my favorite holiday, but I have recently learned to give Thanksgiving its proper time in the spotlight. We still put up our Christmas tree earlier than most people may, but I have also started decorating for Thanksgiving. I thought I’d share my Thanksgiving mantle with you today.
Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time of year to reflect on the things we are thankful for. I am extremely thankful for my family and knew I needed to center my Thanksgiving decorations on that theme. I printed some of my favorite family photos in sepia and black and white and put them in a mixture of wood and metal frames.
I re-used several of my Halloween decorations including my white pumpkins. I had purposefully kept my clown faces from this project on one side of the pumpkin. Today I painted a leaf and turkey silhouette on the plain sides of the pumpkins. To do this, I found silhouettes of a turkey and leaf on Google, printed them out, cut them out, and then traced them onto the pumpkins in pencil. Using metallic acrylic paint, I painted in the silhouettes. While I had the paints out, I went ahead and painted the branch that used to hold my paper ghosts gold and copper. It really helps the branch to stand out, before it blended right into the red brick.
The largest frame I decided to fill with a beautiful piece of scrapbook paper I found at Michael’s Craft Store. I printed out the word family in thick cursive font and cut it out. To make it pop against the scrapbook paper, I put the word on some gold foil paper. To make it 3-D, I used some little pieces of black foam. I had to remove the glass from the frame so the 3-D word would work.
The banner is something I made last year that I still really like. I found a bunch of vintage Thanksgiving cards and art work and printed them off my computer. I cut them into a triangle and mounted them on cream card stock I cut out with a fancy scissors. I added glitter to some of the cards to give them a little sparkle! The banner is tied together with a black satin ribbon.
I’m so happy to have a new look for the mantle. As much as I loved the Halloween mantle decorations I put up, I am always ready for a change!