Thanksgiving table ideas for kids

Thanksgiving table ideas for kids

I’m a big fan of the kid’s table for Thanksgiving and I love the idea of making it a celebration and a memorable experience. You can achieve this with some cute decorations, games, and activities. And guess what? We’ve got them all! Plus, I’ll include some jazzy accessories to go with it all.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Table idea

This printable Thanksgiving Day parade theme by far our most popular for Thanksgiving. While I think it would be super fun for any table for Thanksgiving, it’s a pretty appropriate one for the kid’s table. Especially if you watch the parade that morning too–how fun would that be?!

Bonus tip: You can either print off the NYC skyline in advance and make it yourself OR you can have the kids cover boxes and make the DIY version like this one below.

We even have a printable taxi for name cards, which you can also use for the adult table.

Thanksgiving activities for kids

The focus of Thanksgiving is the meal, so let’s focus on the table! This Thanksgiving printable coloring placemat is a fun and decorative idea that also provides some entertainment. Set out some colored pencils or markers and let the kids go wild!

Thanksgiving printable placemat coloring page from The House That Lars Built

We also have this turkey dinner printable coloring placemat. So cute!

Thanksgiving games for kids

After the meal, provide some of the games for kids–they’ll have a ball! We have printable Bingo cards, Mad Libs, and Would you Rather?.

bingo games on a blue background. It's very colorful.

 

Would you rather printable games on a pink background.

Thanksgiving garlands

A festive idea for the kid’s table is to add in a boatload of Thanksgiving inspired paper garlands. We even added in some “gobble gobble” signs at the chairs! Use your craft cutting machine to speed up the time!

Paper bag turkey centerpiece

A fun craft project to make with the kids is this paper bag turkey that you can fill with popcorn. I mean…too cute!

Pie Crust decorations

Let the kids add some food coloring to the pie crust! I love these plant-based food coloring variety packs too, which make it that much safer!

Here are some fun ideas to add to your table:

I’d love to hear what your ideas are for the kid’s table for Thanksgiving! What has worked for you? 

Thanksgiving traditions

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Establishing Thanksgiving Traditions

I didn’t feel this desire to set up many Thanksgiving traditions before having kids. And I’ve been so busy ever since having them that it’s been a race just to get through life let alone doing it thrivingly. But now Jasper is almost 5 and Felix is almost 2 and while we continue to renovate our home and make it more meaningful to us (stay tuned for the reveal!) I feel this need to latch onto the natural ebbs and flows of the seasons.ideas for thanksgiving traditions

I love the idea of life feeling super Stars Hollow this time of year and so I’m constantly thinking how I can slooooooow things down, appreciate the moment, and celebrate the things that are worth noting. I’ll start by sharing some of the ideas that we’ve shared and move onto the ideas that our community shared on Instagram.

Thanksgiving tradition ideas

One of my favorite ideas for the season of gratitude that’s fairly simple is our gratitude tree that we first shared a few years ago. Jasper hasn’t reached an age where we can have that beautiful moment I’ve always pictured of us sitting down and sharing things we’re grateful for while writing them down on a beautiful leaf (ha!), but I’m thinking this is the year. Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors

Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors

I love the idea that the tree becomes decoration and an activity. You can even take the kids to go find the branches for it.

One reader commented on Instagram @joycostin that they “love the gratitude tree! We’ve done it in the past, this year, I’m doing a gratitude garland.” This sounds like a GREAT idea! Love it! I might need to try one too!

Another reader said ”

A beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape

As you know by now, I’m not one to make food, BUT I am all about a beautiful tablescape. I love the idea of either collecting beautiful heirloom Thanksgiving tableware that is used only for the occasion because it keeps the holiday special. I haven’t done that yet so I’m on the hunt.

Here are some of my favorite tablescapes that we’ve done in the past:

Thanksgiving Tablescape

I LOVED this place setting especially with that great turkey dinnerware. We had florals that captured the spirit of the season too.

Below, we tried out two different table settings, both featuring a vegetable and fruit harvest. I still love the idea of just having vegetables on their own.

one table two ways

Thanksgiving napkin folding

Here’s an idea for adding some pizzazz to your table: a special Thanksgiving napkin folds. We have a whole post on it!

I do love to try out something different each year, so I spend some time in the weeks prior to think what I can do differently. This year…I don’t know yet! Any ideas?

Thanksgiving craft

I know most people have great Thanksgiving meal traditions, but I love the accessories that go with it. Leftover box anyone? We have these cute pie boxes for guests to take home.

Or cute Thanksgiving leftover tags to attach to a doggy bag.

Thanksgiving garlands

I’m of the opinion that every holiday deserves a garland so we made these Thanksgiving inspired garlands that you can keep and re-use every year. It makes such an impactful moment! You can see the whole table setting here.

Thanksgiving hat tradition

One of my favorite ideas comes from two former interns who were sisters. They would spend Thanksgiving with their family each concocting a silly hat inspired by Thanksgiving to wear for the meal. Adds some levity to the table for sure!

Friendsgiving

I haven’t put on a Friendsgiving myself, but I have high ambitions to especially with our cute invitation suite. It has printable placemats, name tags, labels, invitations…It’s so cute! Have you ever put on a Friendsgiving? I’d love your ideas!

Friendsgiving Printables

We also have this Friendsgiving suite, which I think is the sweetest.

An epic kid’s table for Thanksgiving

Focusing on making a festive kid’s table is a great way to add in a memorable experience. Our Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade table is one for the books! I mean, what kid wouldn’t want balloons at the table?! We even have printable taxi name cards and printable NYC city skyline.

Thanksgiving table activities for the kids

While we’re at it, every kid’s table also needs some activities like coloring pages, Bingo, mad libs, and would you rather.

Thanksgiving traditions from our readers

Ok! Now, it’s time to share what some of our readers shared with us over on Instagram.

  • @LaurenONeill says: “One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is watching The Fantastic Mr. Fox film by Wes Anderson—settle in with a full belly and an extra helping of pie (or stuffing or stuffing chips, if you are me) for the autumnal vibes, the feasts, the cider, the funky dance moves, the wacky family members, even George Clooney! A cussing cornucopia of crowd pleasers for even the littlest on Thanksgiving.”
  • “We sit outside around the fire pit and drink whiskey and chat into the evening with everyone!”
  • “Making extra pies and then eating them the day after for “pie night”
  • “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles while we prep the night before”

More reader ideas:

  • “Setting the table with very loud singing, dancing while cooking. Charades, always charades.”
  • “Twice baked potatoes that I make. I don’t like this tradition. Too much work. Must change it.”
  • “We have always loved a roasted chicken. So a few years ago we let the turkey go.”
  • “Bingo after pie”
  • “I have T.Hanks-giving. I watch Tom Hanks movies all day.”
  • “Find 5 Native American organizations to donate to and uplift them in my SM.
  • My sister @caitlinwatsonboyes said: “We are going foraging on our walks around the neighborhood. We have found pecan, acorns, walnuts, chestnuts and so many other pretty little pods and berries and leaves. We bring a basket and collect some and then later we make a craft with them, whether it be making a garland of nuts, little critters with acorns hats or leaves with faces on them. We make them all month long and can decorate for thanksgiving. Showing my kids the little beauties that nature creates. Giving thanks to Mother Nature.”

Thanksgiving harvest fruits

More Thanksgiving tradition ideas from our readers

  • @TableTakes said: “A tradition that just needed to take time once, and can be reused: last year I made tiny books as table place cards, then the kid drew ‘biographies’ of each person – and the books had a string at the spine, so they could double as tree ornament.”
  • @SaraElliottMakes: “We put 5 popcorn kernels by each table setting and say our 5 gratitudes – a tradition that my grandmother instilled in me.”
  • @AmyAzzarito, author of said this: “We get Christmas rolling. All the kids get advent calendars and Christmas pjs (with an obligatory photo of all the cousins in their pjs before the drive home and everyone (even the adults) get Christmas socks!”
  • @crazygrandma11: We have white tablecloths on the table with sharpies and have everyone write what they a thankful for and put the year. We have been doing this for 30+ years. 3 kids with spouses, now 11 grands with 2 great grands. They love to read past notes.

Would love to hear some of yours! 

DIY Corn Wreath

Crepe Paper Corn

I’ve always loved fall corn wreaths. They’re such a classic decoration, and so lovely. Well, naturally, we couldn’t help it but try out a new crepe paper take on a classic corn wreath! Based on our popular Easter egg wreath, we replaced easter eggs and greenery with colorful corn and husks. Then we revamped the color palette to your classic corn colorway and gave the husks a metallic glint with some gold and copper crepe paper. 

     

Here’s all you need to make your very own DIY corn wreath:

How to Make a DIY Corn Wreath

Making your own DIY corn wreath is surprisingly simple. Here’s what to do:

Prepping Your Cardboard

  1. Start by prepping your cardboard. Using the corn template found here, cut out as much corn as you want for the size of your wreath form. Our wreath form was 16” in diameter, and we used roughly 30 corn cobs of varying sizes.
  2. Now, tape each of your cardboard pieces into a cylindrical roll with a cone-shaped top.

Prepping Your Crepe Paper

Now it’s time to cut out the crepe paper for your corn cobs and husks.

  1. To prep for wrapping the cobs, cut long, thin strips about ¾” to 1” wide of each color of  crepe paper (except the metallic, save that for the husks). Cut your strips against the grain.
  2. For the husks, use the template found here to cut out three husks per cob, using the metallic crepe paper. Make sure to cut the husks parallel to the grain to mimic the striations on real corn husks.
  3. Since the metallic crepe paper is one-sided, you’ll need to glue two pieces together so the back side doesn’t show.
  4. Now, once the husks are double-sided, shape the husks by gently pulling them out, width wise. Curve and shape them with your hands so they look like real corn husks.

Assembling Your DIY Corn Wreath

Now you can start assembling your corn!

  1. First, wrap each corn lengthwise, from end to end, with the crepe paper. Use a variety of colors and make sure the ends are at the bottom (the side without the cone). Secure with hot glue. 
  2. Now, add the corn husks by shaping them to the body of the corn cob. Secure with hot glue.
  3. Once all the cobs are covered, you’re ready to add the corn to the wreath form! For this, simply arrange the corn on the wreath form until it’s as full as you’d like. We alternated colors of husks and corn for an allover effect of color.
  4. Done!

Styling your DIY Corn Wreath

As always, there are many ways to style a wreath. Of course you can hang it on your door as a classic fall wreath, but don’t feel limited! There are plenty of doors inside that you could hang a wreath on, as well as walls that could use a little extra love. You can even get creative and use the corn as a centerpiece come Thanksgiving, or a garland. 

We would love to see what you do with your corn wreaths! Let us know in the comments!

More Inspiration

Looking for more fall crafts? Right this way. Here’s another lovely fall wreath made with baby’s breath! Also try this color blocked thread wreath or this lovely lemon wreath. And don’t miss this fall porch reveal!

Our Top Ten Posts of 2021

Our Top Ten Posts Of 2021

I have to admit, it was a fun surprise to see which posts came out on top. 2021 was an eventful year and it was nostalgic to go back through those memorable projects we had so much fun with. Keep scrolling to see what your Lars 2021 favorites were! As you reminisce with us, consider this a perfect opportunity to revisit these must-do projects and get inspiration for the coming year.

1. How to Press Flowers in 3 Methods

Winning by a landslide, our number one post of 2021 was How to Press Flowers in 3 Methods. If you didn’t get a chance to see this the first time, I would highly recommend trying out these methods for pressing flowers come Spring. Beci Orpin is a genius, and we were thrilled to feature her tutorial on how to press flowers.

Sunshine Spaces by Beci Orpin

2. (Fall)ing in Love With Quilted Coats

Remember our obsession with quilted coats? We sure do. (Fall)ing in Love With Quilted Coats is a post dedicated to those oh so lovely statement pieces you’ve been seeing everywhere. An element of cottagecore (which you can learn more about in the original post), these coats are surprisingly timeless, while also being unique and one-of-a-kind in both style and class. If this is your first time hearing about quilted coats, you’re in for a real treat.

Now, we know there’s been some debating going on, so don’t worry, we’ve addressed that, too. If you’re interested in reading more about it, see our post here for more.

Brittany wears a pink and neutral quilted coat in front of a white house with green grass.

Oh, and here’s our very own quilted coat! And as an ode to COVID, here’s another variation.

3. Baby Lars’ French-Inspired Rattan Nursery

Our third post in our top ten posts of 2021 was the Baby Lars’ French-Inspired Rattan Nursery. I mean, how could that rattan in all its glory not make the top ten list?! There’s a reason we’re so obsessed with it, and you will be too once you read this post, if you haven’t already.

Dramatic Rattan bed with a criss-crossing rattan headboard

A rattan bassinet with metal legs in a light-filled nursery

4. Meet Brittany’s New Rainbow Office

An ode to all the home renovations we’ve been doing since we moved into our new house, Meet Brittany’s New Rainbow Office was such a fun renovation to add to the list! From the rainbow carpet to the rainbow calendar, I honestly love sitting in my office. Just ask the rest of the team, it’s where you’ll find me most of the time. Can you blame me?

rainbow calendar home office

5. Make The Midsummer Floral Crown

The fifth post of our top ten posts of 2021 was Make The Midsummer Floral Crown. Come summer, you won’t be able to resist dipping your toes in the water and trying out these lovely little floral crowns. Perfect for a summer tea party, picnic, wedding, or gathering with the gals, they also double as a quick and easy summer craft! We love how dainty and refined these customizable crowns feel, and would highly recommend checking them out if you haven’t already.

waxflower and laurel flower crowns are stacked in a pile.

6. 3 DIY Lampshades Made With Unexpected Recycled Materials

Okay, I could go on for a long time about these 3 DIY Lampshades Made With Unexpected Recycled Materials. It’s amazing what lighting can do to complete the look of a room, and these DIY lampshades do just that. We had so much fun making them, and if you haven’t had a chance, head over to the original post and give them a try! The best part is, you can cut down on environmental waste while you make something beautiful for your home. Yes please!

DIY lampshade with Spoonflower fabric

7. 3 Pie Crust Designs To Wow Your Guests This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and a large reason why has to do with the pies. These 3 Pie Crust Designs To Wow Your Guests This Thanksgiving were such a fun way to still do something creative with the Thanksgiving food, while also avoiding the actual cooking (this was a requisite for me, as anyone who knows me can attest–cooking is not my thing). I’m totally okay not cooking, as long as I get to help beautify the already-made foods! And I have to say, these pies do look stunning. So! Keep them in the back of you mind as you prep for this year’s Thanksgiving. I know it’s a ways away, but it can’t hurt to be prepared, right?

8. In The Mood For: Frida Kahlo Inspired Interior Design

Next from our top ten posts of 2021 was In The Mood For: Frida Kahlo Inspired Interior Design. I mean, am I really ever not in the mood for Frida Kahlo inspired interior design? It’s a merging of two of my favorite things! This post, dedicated to helping inspire your inner Frida as you decorate your home, is one that is useful for far more than just a glance through can provide. Take a look, and just see if you aren’t inspired to take a leaf out of Frida Kahlo’s book. Or painting.

9. Printable Summer Pie Boxes

Are you ready for Summer? I know it’s only January, but I have a feeling I’m not the only one already itching for those warm summer days and endless opportunities for outdoor parties and get togethers. Well, if you really want to be prepared to wow your guests, these Printable Summer Pie Boxes are the perfect thing! Everyone knows what a pain it is to get to the end of a party, only to realize there are delicious treats left but no to-go boxes to put them in. That’s where these summer pie boxes come in. They’re adorable, but perfectly functional for all your pie-storing and transporting needs. Oh, and keep them around–you can use them in November for those adorable pies you made.

Leftover summer pie box

10. DIY Doily Honeycomb Decorations

Last but definitely not least on our top ten posts of 2021 are our DIY Doily Honeycomb Decorations. A variation on our Honeycomb ornaments, these delicate little decorations are the perfect thing to celebrate your relationships this Valentine’s Day. And how convenient, it’s just about a month away, so now’s the perfect time to get decorating!

What Would You Like to See This Year?

We loved getting to reminisce with you through our top ten posts of 2021. It’s sparked a lot of ideas, and we’re thrilled for a new year full of engaging projects to keep us all sane and happy!

We would love to know: what would you like to see from us in 2022?

Thanksgiving Table Decor

Thanksgiving Table Decor

To make the magic happen, we needed some help. Luckily for us, we partnered with Spoonflower to make the Thanksgiving table decor ideas happen, and I have to say, they delivered. So, here we go: here’s one table in two different tablescape ideas.

one table two ways

Larsgiving Table Decor

Our first Tablescape rendition is vivid, full of color, and just the thing to brighten up a brown, Utah November. Introducing our classic Larsgiving tablescape! Featuring gold silverware, dusty pink plates, and a magnificent fruit smorgasbord of color, this tablescape is a showstopper. But what really makes the tablescape is the essential addition of the Spoonflower tablecloth and napkins. Combine the warm, cozy colors and geometric pattern with the sprawling, fruit centerpiece and the result is vivid, eye-catching, and just so fun. gold silverware

And the bonus is that Spoonflower not only has an endless amount of patterns to choose from, but you can apply those patterns on a myriad of products like napkins, tablecloths, table runners and more. 

The centerpiece

For our fruit harvest, I used a combination of papaya, dragon fruit, lemons, asian pears, yellow squash, and loquats. These may not be available at your average grocery store. I went to our local Rancho Markets, but you should also be able to find them at a Mexican market in your area. Some specialty grocery stores may also carry them. Bonus–it’s also cheaper!papaya on the table

I wanted it to feel harvesty, colorful, and a bit tropical to go with the pink of the tablecloth. I love how it turned out! Thanksgiving table decor

Dinnerware

Target was our go-to for dinnerware. We found most of our plates, silverware, and cups there! Listed below are the links to the items we used:

Gold Silverware
Brown plates

color block napking

Spoonflower tablecloth

I spent HOURS searching for the right tablecloth for this. Literally, so many hours. And I found SO many great options. I saved them all in this collection here. I chose one from Miamaria, a Norwegian designer as it turns out. She does really great color combinations in awesome geometrics.Thanksgiving harvest fruits

Spoonflower napkins

Last but not least, let’s talk about our napkins! This was such a fun project and I really love how it turned out. I knew I wanted them to be colorblock to go with the geometric pattern of the tablecloth, so I went to Spoonflower once again because they have some great solid options. In fact, the designer made a collection of solids based on the tablecloth, so I picked out one yard of each color. You can pretty much find a solid in every color of your choice. You can find our color choices here. Here are the steps to making your own colorblock napkins.colorblock napkins

how to sew a corner

DIY Colorblock napkins
  1. The first step is to pick out the two colors you’ll be using for your napkin. 
  2. Then, cut out one rectangle of each fabric. The total dimensions of the napkins are 12”x14”, which means each half will be 6”x14”. Important note: don’t forget to take into account the seam allowances and hems! With seam allowances and hems being ½”, cut out two pieces that are 8”x16” (1” all the way around each piece).
  3. Now you’re ready to sew the pieces together! With right sides together, sew the pieces together, lengthwise, using a 1” seam allowance. 
  4. Iron out the two pieces along the sewn line, flattening the two sides of the seam apart. 
  5. Now fold each side of the center seam under, reversed, into the center seam line. Press and secure with a straight stitch. Make sure you don’t sew the top portion of your fabric! You don’t want this showing through to the front of the napkin.
  6. Now you’re ready to do the corners and hems. We used a special technique here, so the corners are especially precise. See our tutorial here! The only difference with this rendition of our napkins is that we used a straight stitch all the way around the outside hem, rather than a zig zag. 
  7. The last step is to simply fold your napkin in thirds, so the colorblock is revealed in its full glory. The napkin should be divided equally in half between the two colors.make a napkin

That’s a wrap for our first Thanksgiving table decor idea. Happy Larsgiving!

My personal Thanksgiving table decor

My personal Thanksgiving tablescape was a whole different game. I wanted to go with something a bit more elegant and bright, but a little more subtle than our Larsgiving tablescape. For my tablescape, I decided to go with a gold and yellow theme, and white accents to brighten things up, but also something a little different than what you normally see. The effect was elegant, sophisticated, festive, and cheery. I was thrilled with the result! 

Here’s what you can do to recreate my personal Thanksgiving tablescape.yellow and neutral fruits and veggies

The centerpiece

My centerpiece consisted of a lovely combination of traditional yellow, golden, and brown Thanksgiving fruits and vegetables. The effect was a soft, magical glow of cozy warmth! To get the effect, try a combination of onions (white or yellow, with the brown outer layers still hanging on), spaghetti squash, cantaloupe, honeydew, asian pears, and yellow squash.

Dinnerware

As with our Larsgiving tablescape, Target was our go-to for dinnerware. We found most of our plates, silverware, and cups there! Listed below are the links to the items we used:

Gold silverware
White plates (similar)

Spoonflower tablecloth

Again, in all my searching, I arrived at this lovely fall-inspired pattern by Danika Herrick. You can find it here along with the rest of the Thanksgiving fabrics I saved here. Follow the link to find the exact tablecloth, as well as some other options that were in the running. We chose a beautiful white and gold option that intertwined beautifully with the fruit, dinnerware, and napkins. The effect was breathtaking!fall tablecloth

Spoonflower napkins

I paired the fall-inspired tablecloth with this golden stripe by Holli Zollinger. No sewing this time, so if you don’t consider yourself a pro at sewing, these napkins are for you! You can pretty much turn any fabric into a napkin (or table runner, tablecloth etc). Adding a touch of class and elegance to the party, I knew these subtly-striped, golden napkins would be the perfect way to complete my personal Thanksgiving tablescape. 

And voilà! There you have it, two jaw-dropping table decor ideas to spice up your Thanksgiving. Would love to hear what you’re doing for Thanksgiving! foraged leaf on napkin

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More Inspiration

Fell in love with these Thanksgiving tablescapes? Us, too. Don’t worry, the fun doesn’t have to be over yet! Here are some more amazing projects featuring Spoonflower fabrics, wallpaper, and more. Lemons care package and tablescape with Spoonflower, DIY Spoonflower picnic blanket tote, and Our office makeover with Spoonflower

That’s a wrap for our first tablescape. Happy Larsgiving!

3 Pie Crust Designs to Wow Your Guests this Thanksgiving

3 Pie Crust Design Ideas

These 3 pie crust designs will give that extra bit of flair to your holiday desserts, and they’re super easy to make! You don’t have to be a baker (or an artist) to ace these pie designs.  Just grab some paper, food coloring, and pies and let’s get started!

Use a Stencil on your Pie

Send a cute or clever message with this stencil technique. This “Give Thanks and Eat Pie” does just that with powdered sugar. Perfect for some extra sweetness too!

I love how simple yet impactful this one is. Just grab some paper and a witty phrase and you’re golden.  Ashley came up with the idea to apply a stencil to a pie and decorate with powdered sugar…genius! This one is great for the Cricut or Silhouette machine. And it’s perfect for your Thanksgiving pie!

Give Thanks and eat pie stencil

Give Thanks and Eat Pie Stencil

Instructions:

  1. Simply download this file and cut it out on your machine or cut it out by hand. I used a piece of scrapbook paper to create the stencil.
  2. Set onto the pie. Not too firmly or it might take a layer of the pie off.
  3.  Sprinkle powdered sugar on top with a sifter.
  4.  Gently take the stencil with hands on either side so you pull it all off at the same time.

Voila!

Give Thanks and Eat pie pie stencil
Matisse inspired pie crust idea.

Paint your Pie Crust with Food Coloring–The Matisse Pie

Last week while I was in NYC I attended the exhibition on Matisse’s cutouts at the MOMA (after getting bummed I couldn’t go to the Tate in London). I was inspired by the colors and shapes, so we came up with the Matisse pie, of course! Put those beautiful shapes to use!
Carli came up with this brilliant idea to paint the pie crust with food coloring. It went on so smoothly and bakes brilliantly.

Instructions:

  1.  Cover your pie with the dough to have a large surface to work with.
  2. Use a paintbrush to paint on your design with food coloring. We used pure food coloring, not watered down. We looked at images from Matisses’ paper cut-outs to mimic the shapes
  3. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes to brown the crust (you should have already baked the pie filling).
Matisse inspired pie crust.
Voila!
And, if you want to throw your own tortured artist 
party, try out this pie crust decoration to incorporate Matisse!
Dot pie crust.

The Polka Dot Pie Crust Decoration

We also wanted to play around with texture on a pie and Victoria delivered.  She came up with this fun and easy idea of decorating your pie crust with, well, more pie crust!  Decide on a shape you want to use.  We decided to go with little circles to make polka dots but I think stars would make for an excellent Fourth of July themed pie.

Instructions:

  1. Roll out your dough
  2. Use the back end of an icing tip to punch holes into the dough like a cookie cutter.
  3.  Apply the dots to the perimeter of the pie then coming into the center of the pie filling and bake for the last 15-20 minutes of the pie cooking time.

Voila!

Pie crust idea.

How will you be making your pies for the holidays? Tell me in the comments!

Have some leftover slices of pie? Check out our printable boxes for Thanksgiving pies and summer pies

Photography by Laura Sumrak
Baking and crafting by Victoria Riza, Carli Randolf, and Ashley Isenhour,

How to make a fall wreath

DIY Fall wreath

I first spotted a dried flower wreath with straw flowers and some colorful baby’s breath awhile back and noted it for a fall project (I can’t remember the source though, does anyone know what I’m talking about?). We had previously done this baby’s breath wreath, which I LOVE, but I loved the idea of adding more to it. I fee like it perfectly captures the season especially when you customize the palette with a little paint. It’s such a great blue!

dried floral fall wreath

Fall Wreaths

I don’t know what it is but I’m obsessed with wreaths in general. I think they run the line of being so cheesy, so I think I’m always trying to think of how NOT to make it cheesy. This one is so sweet and whimsically colorful so I think it works? And the good news is, it’s as easy as it is cute. It’s the perfect DIY project for those cold days when you just want to snuggle up in a cozy sweater and pajamas all day.

straw flowers on a wreath for fall

How to make a fall wreath with baby’s breath and straw flowers

Here’s everything you need to make it yourself!

You will need:

how to make a dried floral wreathdried status on a wreath

Instructions:

  1. If you buy your flowers fresh, hang them to dry for a few days. We bought ours on a Wednesday and started making it on a Friday. It worked great!
  2. Tie small groupings on flowers together and wrap with floral tape. If the stems aren’t long enough, add wire to the ends
  3. Cluster the groupings evenly around the wreath form and secure with floral tape. We started with a baby’s breath base and then tucked in the other flowers as we went.
  4. Some of the flowers were so fragile that we glue gunned them into place.
  5. Add a ribbon on for a final touch!

Finishing touches on the fall wreath

I love the combination of colors and the harvest feel for fall. It’s perfect! Plus, we added on a metallic ribbon from Studio Carta, which works perfectly.

straw flowers on a wreath

baby's breath on wreath

If you’re a pinning type, we made this graphic with a few step photos so you can easily Pin and bookmark it for your future projects.

Who is this project for:

This project would be awesome as a group project because flowers can get expensive to buy. If you buy for a full group then it will lessen the load!

how to make a dried floral fall wreath

If you like this fall wreath, you might also like these ones:

Winter pinecone wreath
Paper mushroom wreath
Dresden Wreath

If you make this project, tag us with #larsmakes so that we can see your beautiful creations!

DIY Dried Flower Turkey Gourds

DIY Dried Flower Turkey Gourds

We have a really simple but beautiful DIY for you today—dried floral arrangements for your Thanksgiving Dinner. These are reminiscent of our gorgeous dried flower pumpkin DIY from a few weeks back, and just like that project, you can re-use these in the years to come! Once again, we used the beautiful preserved flower choices from Terrain and they were perfect! 

Unlike fresh flower arrangements (which we also love, naturally), these dried floral turkey gourds don’t need water to keep them looking great. This arrangement also isn’t specific to Halloween or Thanksgiving—you can keep it up all through autumn (and maybe winter too, if you’re already dreading the cold months and need something to remind you of slightly warmer days).

Dried Flowers

Did you know people used to think dried flowers represented bad luck? The tradition goes that dried flowers no longer have a “soul,” or “chi,” so they bring bad luck to your home. While we don’t quite follow this line of thinking, make sure to keep your dried flowers in a dry, temperature-controlled place to keep them from accumulating mold, mildew, or dust.

Where to Display Them

We like to put our dried flower arrangements as the table centerpiece, but how amazing would they look on a mantle? You could even put them in a windowsill so your neighbors can enjoy the autumn bounty.

Making the Dried Floral Turkey Gourds

Materials

  • Dried flowers (see above for exact links!)
  • gourds
  • glue gun
  • cardboard
  • spray paint

Instructions

  1. Cut out a piece of cardboard that fits behind the gourd. It should be a in a semi circle.
  2. Identify the center of the cardboard and start gluing the pieces starting from the outside and to the middl of the cardboard.
  3. Try different patterns with the florals for a unique pattern.
  4. For more depth and fullness, try different layers of cardboard in front of the other.

To display

  • Pin the cardboard into the back of the gourd. To separate out sprays with different layers, try using a sponge in between each layer.
  • If it’s a centerpiece, make sure you glue the back of the cardboard too.

Let us know if you make them by tagging us with #LarsMakes or #LarsGivesThanks

If you liked this project, I have a feeling that you’ll also like the following:

DIY succulent monogram pumpkins
Friendsgiving Tablescape
Origami Cornucopia

DIY Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Tablescape

We’ve loved using Anagram for other balloon projects, like our DIY Jingle Bell Balloons for Christmas, and more recently, our Halloween Ghost Installation

Balloon projects are awesome because they don’t require a ton of skill (although they can be time-consuming depending on how big you go) but they always look impressive and joyful! They’re one of those projects that are hard to mess up. I am very excited to share this balloon installation because it has just as much impact, but needs significantly less time than our past balloon projects!

The theme for this project is…(drumroll please)…The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! If you’ve been a Lars reader for a while, you might recognize this project from four years ago. I love using the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as a theme for Thanksgiving day parties. It’s so fun and makes for a clever twist on the normal turkeys and leaves everywhere this time of year. I am all for traditions, but this might be the perfect year to replace your mom’s ancient fall tablecloth with this unique theme (though I love that too!)

Bring The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade To Your Own Feast

As soon as the realization hit me that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will not be the same this year, I immediately knew this was the year this project needed to be revamped. We still don’t know all the details for the actual parade, but like everything else this in 2020, it’s sure to be different. We do know that nobody will be watching the parade in person, including New Yorkers, but for most of us that doesn’t change that we can watch the parade on TV. Luckily my panicked googling confirmed at least that much. 

My one consolation is that I can bring the parade to my very own Thanksgiving party this year! We partnered with Anagram to make this Thanksgiving theme bigger and better than ever. This year, create an entire balloon installation with the directions below. We even included printable versions of the cityscape to make your decorating as simple as possible, without sacrificing the wow factor.

How To Make Your Own Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Tablescape

Materials:

Instructions:
  1. Figure out how long your table is and how much you want to fill of it with cityscape. One copy of our printable cityscape should fill about 3’.
  2. Cut out the buildings and attach them to foam core.
  3. Cut out the buildings with a craft knife.
  4. Use glasses to prop up the city scape (or make your own stands by creating a wing attached to each one)
  5. Blow up your balloons with a pump and seal shut. 
  6. Attach them to a balloon stick and then attach to the backs of the city scape with tape
  7. Set your table! We included these printable taxi cab place cards to complete the look.

For our table, we used plates from Knot and Bow, cups from Knot and Bow, napkins from Oh Happy Day. 

Creating this wonderful balloon centerpiece for your Thanksgiving holiday will bring some much-needed cheer. Plus, like all our balloon projects, you can reuse them every year! This balloon installation would go wonderfully with our Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Printables.

This post is sponsored by Anagram. We love our sponsors who allow us to create beautiful original content!

 

Virtual Workshop + Giveaway With Hello!Lucky

Since our big move, all of our schedules have been thrown off a little. It doesn’t help that I am still losing everything (thanks pregnancy brain!) Jasper has been the most affected by the move though. It’s a big change for my little boo! It has helped to get back our sense of normalcy by taking any chance I can to spend some time with Jasper, doing something he is familiar with.

One of Jasper’s favorite activities is reading and, of course, that makes me so happy. Recently I shared “What Children’s Books I am Reading to my Toddler Right Now” and I am happy to share our latest find with you today! It is the perfect addition to your kid’s book collection just in time for Thanksgiving.

My friends at Hello!Lucky – a women-owned and fun shop in San Francisco – offer the most amazing letterpress cards, stationery, and more recently, children’s books! I have read many of them with Jasper and he LOVES them.

With their bold style and side-splitting humor, Hello!Lucky is excited to introduce their latest picture book that’s all about gratitude. Thanks A Ton! 

Thanks a Ton! Is a pun-derful picture book celebrating gratitude! Offering tons of ideas for how to say “thanks” when words just aren’t enough. Written and illustrated by Eunice and Sabrina Moyle from Hello!Lucky. Eunice and Sabrina have created over 15 children’s books selling more than 1 million copies. Their books support children’s social and emotional development, and let them (and their parents) know that they are amazing exactly as they are. Their titles include My Mom is Magical! (my personal favorite ;), a book celebrating moms,  Kindness Rules!, a book about kindness, Thanks a Ton!, a book about gratitude, and I Believe in You, a book about unconditional love. A full list of their amazing books can be found here.

And! Hello!Lucky will donate $5 for every copy of Thanks a Ton! purchased on raredevice.com to Love For Our Elders, a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring joy into the lives of the elderly and you guessed it, writing letters to them is one of those ways!

Enter to Win a Copy of Our Picture Hope Coloring Book + A Copy of Thanks A Ton!

We are jumping on board with Hello!Lucky in the name of gratitude and hope this season. So, we are excited to announce we now offer hardcopies of our Picture Hope Coloring Book!

Picture Hope: The Social Distancing Coloring Book, is a compilation of coloring pages designed by 64 of your favorite artists from around the world. It is meant to lift spirits and calm anxious minds with its bold message of hope. Each artist has contributed a drawing of what hope means to them along with a few of their own words. The pages are designed for all skill levels and ages, kids and adults. It’s a perfect activity for staying at home and practicing mindfulness and meditation while filling in your hope through color. The profits of the book go to seasonal charities, which are announced here. Through downloads of Picture Hope, over $8000 has already donated!

The idea is that the artists provide the blank canvas and YOU add the hope through color. And you know what? It works! I can’t even tell you the goose bumps I got while I was working on it! COVID-19 has indeed changed so much of our routine, yet in the confusion and uncertainty we’ve also witnessed countless moments of compassion and the strength of the human spirit.

I’ve spent my career developing The House That Lars Built, whose mission is to encourage people to make things with their hands. We believe that the act of making has the power to heal and improve your well-being. The goal of this book is the same and it’s needed now more than ever. Coloring is a simple yet profound act that allows for meditation and mindfulness and this coloring book is even more profound because of the many voices of support behind it.

A new version of Picture Hope is available now!

Up until now, Picture Hope has only been available for download to be printed at home. We have been working hard (read: months!) to create this physical copy, so that you can order it totally ready to color! This version is also ideal to gift to others this season. Click here to order your hardcopy of Picture Hope!

This high-quality coloring book includes varying levels of intricacy keeping you inspired to color! There are plenty of beautiful motifs to choose from: including botanicals, flowers, animals, cities, people, decorative, quotes. We designed this book for every skill level and age to enjoy! Each page is it’s own unique art piece from one of the 64 contributing artists. 

For the next month, ALL proceeds from the Picture Hope Coloring Book go to the nonprofit Love For Our Elders. This comforting nonprofit fights loneliness with love in senior communities and has spread to over 70 countries, all 50 states, and hundreds of schools. Keep reading for more info about the impact of this nonprofit! 

How to Enter Our Giveaway

Enter to win your own copy of Picture Hope + Hello!Lucky’s best-selling latest picture book, Thanks A Ton!

To enter, head to our Instagram post here to let us know what you’re grateful for in the comments below, and join the virtual THANKS A TON launch event on November 14th. The winner will be announced live. Click here to RSVP for the virtual event!

Write Gratitude Letters With Us At Our Virtual Party With Hello!Lucky

I (Brittany!) will be hosting this event along with Eunice & Sabrina Moyle founders of Hello!Lucky, Jacob Cramer founder of Love For Our Elders, and Giselle Gyalzen owner of Rare Device.

Letters are especially wonderful during times when physical barriers are keeping us apart. A hand-written and a handmade card is a thoughtful, personal expression of care and kindness and can keep us connected to those we love, and to help everyone feel like they matter. During this event we want to share ways your family can help more people receive hand-written letters and cards during the Thanksgiving season.

Our virtual event will take place on Saturday November 14th at 11 am PST. During this event you will have access to these exclusive free printables created by Hello!Lucky and The House That Lars Built – including printable gratitude cards and a template for a fun DIY card! Download the free printables here and print them out to get ready for the event!

What will happen during the virtual event?

I will be leading a DIY craft tutorial that your whole family can recreate this Thanksgiving season. Plus I will share some of my top tips for holiday card making!

During this event you will also learn more about Love For Our Elders, the charity that proceeds from Picture Hope and Thanks a Ton! will be donated to. The founder of this nonprofit, Jacob Kramer, will be joining the event to share stories of the people your gratitude letters and donations can affect. He will also share tips on how your family can write to people who need it this season!

There will also be a live reading of Thanks a Ton! so this is a virtual event the entire family can log on for. RSVP here and make it a family activity.

At this time we will also announce the winner of our giveaway! (Details above.) 

RSVP here for a creative afternoon full of conversation and crafts on Saturday November 14th at 11 am PST.  All ages welcome! 

 

DIY Friendsgiving Table Spread

Garlands and gratitude galore!  What better way to spend a season of gratitude than with friends.  This year, we wanted to deck out our studio with a Friendsgiving extravaganza!  We used our Friendsgiving invitations, found here, for some perfect garland inspiration.  No party is complete without an eye catching garland full of shapes and color à la Lars.  Because of the bounteous holiday celebrations this time of year, we also wanted everything to be damage free and temporary.  So we set out to find just the thing. Cue the new Command® Adjustables™ Hooks and Clips. 

Rainbow Paper Pumpkin Tablescape

If you’re looking to colorize your Thanksgiving table for the upcoming festivities, this Rainbow Paper Pumpkin tablescape is just the ticket! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and is the ideal time to create a really beautiful tablescape.The beauty with this arrangement is that not only is it colorful, festive, and beautiful, it’s paper and completely disposable, making it perfect for a meal with kids. You don’t need to worry about broken dishes or decor, you can simply enjoy the meal and the company!

Rainbow Paper Pumpkin Tablescape

Each pumpkin is made from 1 piece of ASTROBRIGHTS®paper and some craft wire, making it extremely inexpensive to boot. Astrobrights Paper offers the most vibrant colored paper and we were so enamored that we knew we had to create a rainbow arrangement. We used almost the colors in the Spectrum Assorted Cardstock pack to create a beautiful rainbow.

See how easy it is to replicate with Astrobrights Paper!