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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 August 15, 2018

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                      Video Summary

                      Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                      There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                      This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                      Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                      In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                      One Exercise, multiple benefits

                      There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                      By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                      When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                      Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                      In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                      What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                      What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                        1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                        Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                        • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                        • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                        • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                        • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                        2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                          Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                          Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                          3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                            Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                            4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                              Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                              A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                              A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                              On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                              5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                  Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                  7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                    Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                    How to hold a plank position

                                    1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                    2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                    3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                    4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                    5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                    6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                    7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                    Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                    Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                      How to improve your plank time gradually

                                      1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                      2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                      3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                      Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                      Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                      You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                      • Prolapse
                                      • After prolapse surgery
                                      • Pelvic pain conditions
                                      • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                      • Previous childbirth
                                      • Overweight

                                      Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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