Burlap Pumpkin Thanksgiving Favors

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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  1. November 9, 2012  9:40 am by Maha Reply

    A wonderful Fall Favor idea!

  2. November 9, 2012  9:57 am by Amy of while wearing heels Reply

    What a beautiful place card/favor. Really well done. I love that it is filled with candy...I'll have to check that out. I am sure who ever makes dinner it will be delicious and you'll make lots of great memories! I'll be headed to the in laws!

  3. November 9, 2012  10:07 am by ColleenB. Reply

    What great looking favors and very clever. Think I'll come to your Thanksgiving as I don't make favors.....but just maybe.......... I might just do so. (you got me to thinking now) I just might consider making up some of that Thanksgiving bugles party mix stuff.
    I will be doing the Thanksgivng feast at my house

  4. November 9, 2012  10:09 am by Doreen Reply

    These are so adorable, and easy! I love the look of burlap.

  5. November 9, 2012  12:52 pm by sahara Reply

    Mayse!, your ideas are always so inspirational....i love that.... "give thanks"

  6. November 11, 2012  7:58 pm by Karen @ Folk Haven Reply

    These are fantastic, both in appearance and in contents!

    • November 22, 2012  11:09 pm by Karen @ Folk Haven Reply

      Maysem, I just found the time this evening to watch the video. I am so excited because I haven't been able to let Eli have much candy at all due to not being able to have artificial colors and milk. It's actually been bumming me out, not that I want him to be a candy fiend, but I don't want to be overly restrictive either and want him to enjoy the pleasures of childhood. Now I still have to check to see if they have dairy free candy, but the M&M looking candy would be perfect if I were to do something like a gingerbread house or gingerbread men with him! Thanks for providing the link... I'm definitely going to be checking out this company's products!

  7. November 12, 2012  9:30 am by Sara Reply

    Those are so cute!

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  9. November 15, 2012  3:29 pm by Petie Reply

    So cute! That could be used for lots of holiday favors. I haven't tried that candy, but now I'm curious :)

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  12. November 21, 2012  4:31 pm by Seaweed & Raine Reply

    So Cute! I love this idea - and even better that you have them done and ready to go. I'm sure the table will look fantastic.

  13. November 22, 2012  3:47 pm by Ginger@gingersnapcrafts.com Reply

    Featuring YOU today! Hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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