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10 Amazing DIY Thanks Giving Deco You Can Make At Home

10 Amazing DIY Thanks Giving Deco You Can Make At Home

One of the best things about decorating for fall and the ensuing holidays is that almost any material or piece you need can be found in your backyard or around your house. It really is unnecessary to spend money on Thanks giving décor as the best ideas center around natural materials. DIY projects can be so much better too because you can include your family to help create each piece.

1. Easy Fall Arrangements

Some of the best centerpieces can be made just by traipsing through your backyard. Gather a few branches full of colorful fall leaves and then place in a sturdy vase (the best kind of vases for a fall theme are ceramic). If you have access to holly, crab apple, or bittersweet berry branches, grab some of those instead! The great thing with these arrangements is that as soon as your pieces start to wither, you just need to run outside to grab fresh ones.

Thanks giving leave center piece

    If the table feels cluttered with the food and decorations, switch your centerpiece over to the buffet table or a side table.

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    buffet table

      2. Garlands

      There are several different kinds of garlands you can create for your door, wall, or mantle. From glittery falling leaves to bunches, to “Give Thanks” pieces. You can use ribbon found in your craft boxes and then just collect large fall leaves from your yard (or you can get some artificial ones for cheap at a Dollar Tree or craft store). To create a “bunch” instead of using only a few leaves, collect a lot of leaves and then string through the center of each. These garlands are perfect for a mantle piece or top of a door especially for your etched glass pantry doors.

      Bunch

        3. Candle Votive

        The great thing about these candle pieces are that you don’t need anything that you can’t find in your home. If you don’t have simple candle holders, you can easily use mason jars or even glasses. Pour a small amount of un-popped popcorn kernels at the bottom of the jars or glasses. Then pour more kernels around the candles, filling about halfway up the height of the candles. If you don’t have popcorn kernels on hand, you can easily replace them with coffee beans for a darker look (or try dried peas or beans).

        coffee bean candles

          4. Placemats & Table Settings

          A great idea for easy and cheap placemats is to take some brown butcher paper and cut them into a rectangle large enough for each place setting. On the right-hand side of each mat, write “I am thankful for:” and then draw a few lines beneath. This will give everyone a chance to write down a few things they are thankful for as they eat.

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          butcher paper placemats

            If you want to keep the focus on your beautiful table, you can create something a little smaller – a thankful holder for silverware. With this idea, you can either use your computer or hand draw/write “thankful for” on a piece of paper and then a few blank lines following. Use this tutorial to see how to fold the paper and where to place the writing.

            table setting

              5. Kids’ Table

              Often times kids get a little restless when the adults are still eating and chatting at the table. A great way to accommodate their little bodies is to make a table cloth they can play with. Cover the table with craft paper or light brown butcher paper. Place a small pot of crayons on the table for the kids to use to draw to keep them content. To give the table a little more fun, draw makeshift placemats around the plates.

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              kids table

                6. Edible Centerpieces

                To give centerpieces a new spin, create something both beautiful and functional. Place a large serving platter on the table and fill with fruits and nuts in colorful or deeper hues.

                edible centerpiece

                  7. Edible Place Settings

                  Along the lines of the edible centerpieces, invest in edible place settings. It’s popular to use pinecones with name tags for place settings, but this year go for something a little more unique and colorful. Place a beautiful pear, persimmon, or apple on each plate. Want to give something a little sweeter? Use a yummy caramel apple.

                  8. Leaf & Branch Mobile

                  A beautiful DIY decoration you can easily make is this leaf and branch mobile. You can check out this tutorial of making watercolor leaves, or collect a handful of fall leaves from your backyard. Grab a branch from outside too and use thread that is similar to the paint color of your wall, tie the string to the end of the stem of each leaf and then tie to the branch.

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                  leaf mobile

                    9. “Give Thanks” Chalkboard Sign

                    With chalkboard signs, easels, and walls becoming more and more popular in the home this DIY piece is easy, and well, priceless. Take your chalkboard or wall and clear it off. Using some beautiful stenciling write “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart” or another thankful phrase. Attach a few small fall leaves to the board as a border and for a pop of color.

                    give thanks board

                      10. Thankful Tree

                      To get everyone more involved in the holiday, you can create this simple yet sweet thankful tree. Gather small branches and twigs and place in a mason jar. Cut out a bunch of small circles from fun scrapbook paper (remember all those pieces of paper that you don’t want to throw away but don’t know what to do with? They’re perfect for this!) and then punch a small hole at the top of each. Place the circles in a small dish next to the “tree” with a pen and then place everything in an area that is often passed. When guests or family members walk past, they can write down something they are thankful for on a little circle and then place on a branch.

                      Featured photo credit: 17-Creative-and-Easy-DIY-Home-Decor-Crafts-for-the-Thanksgiving-Holiday/stylemotivation.com via stylemotivation.com

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                      Last Updated on September 15, 2020

                      4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

                      4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

                      Life changes are constant. Whether it’s in the workplace or our relationships, nothing in life ever remains the same for long.

                      Regardless of the gravity of change, it can always be a little scary. So scary, in fact, that some people are downright crippled by the idea of it, causing them to remain stagnant through anxiety.

                      Have you ever noticed how much of life’s transitional periods are riddled with anxious vibes? The quarter life crisis, the mid-life crisis, cold feet before getting married, retirement anxiety, and teenage angst are just a few examples of transitional periods when people tend to panic.

                      We can’t control every aspect of our lives, and we can’t stop change from happening. However, how we respond to change will greatly affect our overall life experience.

                      Here are 4 ways you can approach life changes in a positive way.

                      1. Don’t Fight It

                      I once heard one of my favorite yoga instructors say “Suffering is what occurs when we resist what is already happening.” The lesson has stuck with me ever since.

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                      Life changes are usually out of our control. Rather than trying to manipulate the situation and wishing things were different, try flowing with it instead.

                      Of course, some initial resistance is natural if we’re going into survival mode. Just make sure you are conscious of when this resistance is no longer serving you.

                      If you’re feeling anxious about impending life changes, it’s time to practice some techniques to address the anxiety directly. These can include meditation, exercise, talking with friends about how you’re feeling, or journaling.

                      If you’re worried about a big life change, such as starting a new job[1] or moving in with your partner, do your best to control your expectations. It may help you to talk with people you know about their experiences going through similar changes. This will help you form a realistic picture in your mind of what things will look like post-change.

                      2. Find Healthy Ways to Deal With Feelings

                      Whenever we’re in transitional periods, it can be easy to lose track of ourselves. Sometimes we feel like we’re being tossed about by life and like we’ve lost our footing, causing some very uncomfortable feelings to arise.

                      One way we can channel these feelings is by finding healthy ways to release them. For instance, whenever I find myself in a difficult transitional phase, I end up in a mixed martial arts studio.

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                      The physical activity helps me channel my emotions and release endorphins. It also helps me get in shape, which generally increases my mood and energy levels.

                      Exercise is important in cultivating positive emotions, but if you’re struggling with anxiety in particular, it’s important to cultivate a regular exercise routine as opposed to a one-off workout. One study found that “Aerobic exercise can promote increase in anxiety acutely and regular aerobic exercise promotes reduction in anxiety levels”[2].

                      If exercise isn’t your thing, there are other, less intense ways of cultivating positive emotions and reducing anxiety around life changes. You can try stretching, meditating, reading in nature, spending time with family and friends, or cooking a healthy meal.

                      Find what makes you feel good and helps you ground yourself in the present moment.

                      3. Reframe Your Perspective

                      Reframing perspectives is a very powerful tool used in life coaching. It helps clients take a situation they are struggling with, such as a major life change, and find some sort of empowerment in it.

                      Some examples of disempowered thinking during life changes include casting blame, focusing on negative details, or victimizing[3]. These perspectives can make awkward transitional phases much worse than they have to be.

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                      Meanwhile, if we utilize a more positive perspective, such as finding a lesson in the situation, realizing that there may be an opportunity for something, or that everything passes, we can come from a greater place of ease.

                      4. Find Time for Self-Reflection

                      Having time to reflect is important at any stage in your life, but it’s especially important during transitional periods. It’s quite simple really: we need our time to step back and get centered when things get a little crazy.

                      As a result, big life changes are perfect for doing some self-reflection. They are opportunities to check in with ourselves and practice getting grounded for a few minutes.

                      Take a look at this reflective cycle adapted from Glibb’s Self-reflection guide (1988):[4]

                      Use self-reflection when facing life changes.

                        Self-reflective exercises include meditating, yoga or journaling,[5] all of which require some quiet time to get yourself together.

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                        One study found that journal improves “self-efficacy, locus of control, and learning”[6]. A healthy sense of self-control can make the process of change easier to bear, so that in itself is a great reason to try self-reflection through journaling.

                        To learn how to start journaling, you can check out this article.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Big life changes may rock us for a little while, but they don’t have to be as bad as we initially perceive them. If handled in a positive manner, transitional periods can pave the way for some serious self-growth, reflection, and awareness.

                        Cultivate a sense of positivity and find ways to diminish the anxiety around life changes. Once you make it to the other side, you’ll be grateful that you made it through in the best way possible.

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                        Featured photo credit: Alora Griffiths via unsplash.com

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