Everyday Living November 15th, 2017

Cardboard Crafts Your Thanksgiving Guests Will Love

As we fully immerse ourselves into autumn, a special feeling overcomes us all.

Family and friends congregate in kitchens and gather around tables. The weather chills and hearts warm as we’re pleasantly overwhelmed with the aroma of pumpkin and cinnamon.

But wait.

With all the beauty that the season brings, it can also be a pretty stressful and costly time for most of us. There’s entertaining to do, big dinners to make, and we won’t even get into all the gifts (and wine!) that needs to be bought.

It can become a bit much. Sometimes, finding a little quiet creation time can bring things back into perspective.

So, since it's the season of giving — and more specifically, giving thanks — we thought we’d give our thanks to nature and repurpose some of the materials that she gives us. This includes our Zappos box! Which maybe, just maybe, is how some of your holiday gifts will arrive. (If not, we suppose any cardboard will do.)

Here are some simple, and hopefully family fun, ways to create unique and charming Thanksgiving décor.

Gather the family together, do more with less, and create some new holiday traditions from the recycled materials found in your home.

Happy crafting!

Cardboard Gourds

What You’ll Need:

Zappos box
Scissors/craft knife
Compass or circular object
Twine/string
Paper straw
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Here’s How:

1.) Trace 15 circles onto your sheet of cardboard in 3 different sizes: small, medium and large. If you’re not using a compass, try tracing both the top and bottom of a drinking glass for the large and medium circles and a shot glass for the smallest circles.
2.) Cut out all of the circles. Recycle the remains.
3.) Using your craft knife, cut out the center of each circle to create a donut shape. For ease, begin by cutting Xs in the center of each circle. Leave one small circle intact and set aside for later.
4.) Once all of the “donuts” are complete, begin stacking them to create a gradual gourd shape. For example: small-medium-large-medium-small.
5.) Using your twine, tie all of the pieces together. Knot your first loop, then continue to wrap through the center and around until the entire gourd is covered.
6.) Glue the small circle that you set aside earlier to the bottom of the gourd.
7.) Place the paper straw through the center and trim to size. Remove and place a dollop of hot glue to the bottom of the straw. Replace and hold ‘til dry.

Utensil Pocket

What You’ll Need:

Zappos box
Pencil
Ruler
Utility knife
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Burlap
Utensils

Here’s How:

1.) Pick out your favorite entertainment silverware. Lay all of the utensils on your sheet of cardboard.
2.) Measure and draw out a rectangle that will comfortably hold all pieces.
3.) Set utensils to the side and cut out a rectangle. Use this piece as a guide to trace and cut out for each guest you’ll be inviting over.
4.) Cut out another piece of cardboard that’s about a 1/4 inch longer in width and about 3/4 the length.
5.) Peel back outer paper layer to expose the corrugate. If you have problems removing the paper, use a butter knife to pry it off gently.
6.) Cut a triangle shape into the top of the corrugated piece.
7.) Glue the corrugate to the base piece to create a pocket.
8.) Cut a strip of burlap about 1 1/2 inches wide and long enough to wrap around the utensil holder. Cut another strip about 1 inch wide for the bow.
9.) Wrap the longer piece of burlap around the pocket and glue in the back.
10.) Tie a knot in the smaller piece of burlap. Cut off excess around the knot to make the bow. Glue it to the front of the pocket in the center of the burlap strip.
11.) Lastly, slip the utensils in the pocket. Before your guests arrive, stage your table settings with a plate, a utensil pocket and a napkin wrapped in burlap.

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