Thanksgiving is almost here… and I can’t wait! I can’t wait for the turkey… the stuffing… all the goodies… and of course being with my family! Every year my mom makes Thanksgiving dinner and we all gather at my parents’ house, except last year for the first time, I made the dinner because my mom was out of town. Yup, I sure did! And surprisingly I made one heck of a turkey… all thanks to my sister! She lives in New York, but I had her on the phone guiding me the whole way through until that turkey was done (all the while she was making her’s). Couldn’t have done it without her. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned how much I dislike cooking. Some people automatically assume if you love to bake, you also love to cook. Nope, definitely not the case with me, and cooking is definitely one of my weak points… so I was so proud of my accomplishment last Thanksgiving! I even put together a nice tablescape and made favors. My mom and I haven’t discussed who’s making the dinner this year yet, but I thought whether it’s at my home or my mom’s I would make some favors to pass out. I had an idea for favors, and just had to make them!
Burlap pumpkins filled with a treat! This idea was actually inspired by Desiree’s burlap pumpkins over at The 36th Avenue. I love Desiree’s blog and all the awesome ideas she shares. I took her burlap pumpkin idea and made them favor size. I’ll show you how I went about making my favors.
Are you all familiar with the candy UNREAL? It’s candy made with natural products. If you are not familiar with it, check out this YouTube video… it’s pretty neat! I give their candy two thumbs up!
Anyway, going back to the favors… I first filled the candy in treat bags (cookie bag size).
I cut out a 10 1/2 inch square burlap and placed the bag of candy in the center. I loosely gathered the burlap to allow it to squat and wrapped jute around the gathered burlap (about 4 times). After tying off the jute, I brought down the top fabric making four leaves (the four corners of the burlap).
I cut off three of the leaves, leaving one behind. Then I inserted a branch in the center to make the stem.
For the next step, I used a book page, gesso, and stamps. I applied gesso to the book page, and once dry, I stamped the phrase Give Thanks. I tore out the phrase and lightly applied glue to the back and placed it on the leaf.
Lastly, I tied on a wooden tag with each guests monogram, but first I stained each tag with ink from the ink pad.
Favors are done! What do you think?
Now my mom and I need to discuss the dinner… should she make it or should I? I’m thinking of leaving it to the pro and I’ll help with the sides… after all, we all LOVE my mom’s turkey! What do you think?
Who’s making the Thanksgiving dinner in your family?
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