Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day
Turn your front porch into the envy of the neighborhood with this trio of quick-and-simple rustic pumpkins.
- Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Sheets: 1″x12″x18″, 1⁄2″x12″x12″
- Modern Options Paints: Metallic Surfacer, Iron; Antiquing Solution, Rust
- Brown acrylic paint (optional)
- Paintbrush, 1″
- Utility knife or serrated kitchen knife
scissors, pencil, soap, newspaper (to cover work surface)
9-1⁄2″, 14-1⁄4″, 17-1⁄2″ tall
1. Print and cut out pattern. Transfer design. Use knife to cut materials from plastic-foam as indicated. (Note: Rub blade with bar soap to help blade glide through foam easily.) Make 1⁄4″-deep, “V”-shaped cuts along section lines. Use edge of spoon to smooth cut edges and tip of spoon to press central vein line on each leaf.
2. Adhere leaves to pumpkins.
3. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to paint pumpkins and leaves two coats Iron. Paint backs Iron or Brown. Follow manufacturer’s instructions and use disposable brush to paint pumpkins and leaves Rust.
by Kathleen George for The Dow Chemical Co.
Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day
To make this Thanksgiving season truly special, ask family members to list a blessing on this chalkboard each day until the holiday arrives. Or, make several as placecards for the holiday meal.
- Chalkboard, 5″x7″
- Wooden items: beehive, 2″; tulip, 1″; sign, 2″; acorn, 1″; pre-stained easel, 6″
- Glitter maple leaves
- Assorted beads and spacers
- Wire: brass, 20-gauge, 4′ length; black, 22-gauge, 4″ length
- Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Black, White, Empire Gold, Antique Gold, Moroccan Red, Terra Cotta, Raw Sienna, Spice Brown
- Black fine-tip permanent marker
- Powdered blush
- Matte sealer
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Drill with 1⁄16″ bit
- Wood glue
- Bead board (optional)
paintbrush, wire cutter, sandpaper, newspaper (to cover work surface)
1. Use wood glue to glue tulip (head) to top of beehive (body). Drill hole in top of chalkboard frame and two holes in opposite sides of sign top.
2. Paint: frame and sign Empire Gold, shade Raw Sienna; acorn Raw Sienna; acorn cap Spice Brown with Antique Gold + Terra Cotta (3:1) brush strokes; turkey head and body Terra Cotta. Draw face as shown. Paint: beak Empire Gold; wattle Moroccan Red. Sand turkey until smooth and shade edges Spice Brown. Apply blush to cheeks. Dot eyes White and pupils Black. Apply sealer. Let dry. Use marker to add line details to turkey edges and to write sign lettering.
3. Use Fig. 1 as tail feather bending guide. Cut 3′ wire length. Working from center feather out to edges, thread beads as desired for a total of five tail sections. (Note: For easier beading, use a bead board to place bead combinations in desired order.) After each section is complete, twist wire to secure. Push feathers together and bend wire ends out at bottom for turkey’s feet (Fig. 2).
4. Use hot glue gun to glue leaves and acorn as desired to frame and turkey to tail. Adhere turkey to frame. Wrap remaining brass wire length around chalk several times and thread end through frame front; twist wire at back to secure. Attach beads to wire end. Thread black wire ends through sign holes and wrap each end around wire to secure.
Chalking in Thanks
The days fly by and the seasons change without a moment’s notice. In today’s busy world, taking a moment to sit back with loved ones and reflect upon all of life’s precious gifts is a priceless luxury. The holidays bring families closer together and heighten everyone’s appreciation for even the small things too often taken for granted. If you choose to create the placecards, ask each guest before the meal begins to write down at least one thing they’re thankful for this past year. Maybe someone overcame an illness, came home from patriotic duties, or was blessed with the birth of a new child. Even in the aftermath of personal and family hardships, take the time to try and find the day’s and future’s silver lining.
by Meggan Maravich