Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it’s time to get cracking on finalizing your table setting details. For me Thanksgiving is the one time, besides weddings I guess, where a proper table setting is an absolute must have. I mean think about it, the entire holiday basically revolves around food and gathering around a dinner table. Your dishes need to be on point.
If you want to add some flair to your holiday table, but don’t want to go out and spend loads of cash on new plates, here’s a fun project for you.
Painted wish bone plates!
Printer and paper
Basic clear glass plates (I used 7 3/4 inch dessert plates)
Craft Paint (I like Martha Stewart Crafts, it’s oven curable)
Gloss Finish Decoupage Medium
Here’s what you do:
First you need your wish bone shape. You can print the ones I used here. This is scaled to fit 7 3/4 inch dessert plates, but if you want to do larger plates, just scale the image to your desired size. Print and cut out the wish bone shape and use decoupage medium to adhere it to the back of your plate. Cover with another thin layer of decoupage and let dry.
Next, paint over the wish bone and the entire back of the plate. Do a few layers, letting dry between coats. To cure the paint, bake plates at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Turn your oven off and let the plate cool inside of the oven before removing it.
Lastly, to get everything really sealed in, cover the entire back of the plate with gloss decoupage medium and let dry for several hours.
Now you have adorable, custom plates that are safe to eat on and totally washable!
Growing up Mexican-American I grew up celebrating Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). I remember visiting my family in Mexico and going to the cemetery where families would bring gifts, food, and build colorful, elaborate altars (ofrendas) for their loved ones. People would stay all night, often dressing up and painting their faces like skulls.
This tradition is especially popular in LA. For the past 15 years the Hollywood Forever cemetery has been holding yearly Día de los Muertos events with food, contests, and live entertainment. It’s the perfect opportunity to join in and learn more about Mexican culture.
I always try to bring elements of Dia de los Muertos into my October decorating, so for my first pumpkin of the season I decided on a Día de los Muertos theme.
If you celebrate Día de los Muertos and want to make this for your ofrenda, or maybe just want to show some love for Mexican culture at your home, here’s how to make your own skull pumpkin. You can use a real pumpkin or a faux pumpkin. I want to keep mine long term, so I chose faux.
I started by painting a calavera (skull) on to the pumpkin. If you’re bad at drawing, just search Google for “sugar skull templates” and use it to trace a skull on. Then paint it in with lots of color.
Finish your calaca (skeleton character) off by gluing a crown of flowers around the skull. Marigolds, roses, and other colorful flowers are most authentic.
And that’s it!
I’ve always loved the look of bars with fancy liquor decanters adorned with pretty tags naming what liquors they contain. They always remind me of scenes in TV shows and movies where someone grabs a bottle and aggressively pours a shot of some sort of brown liquor into a glass. Then they either shoot it down or just sort of roll it around in their hands while looking very pensive. It’s very dramatic, and I’m all about drama. It’s also super classy and vintage and I’m all about that too. What I’m trying to say is I like decanters with tags and I wanted to add some of that flair to my bar at home.
I always see decanter tags at flea markets, but I never seem to snatch them up. Probably because they’re either too expensive or they’re not the right style. Recently I added some shelves and revamped my bar, so I picked up some new liquor decanters and decided to DIY some decanter tags using my new Martha Stewart Crafts metalworking tools.
Here’s all you have to do. It’s super simple and it took me less than 20 minutes.
Tools I Used-
Martha Stewart Crafts Metalworking Metallic Sheets
Martha Stewart Crafts Metalworking Alphabets Stamp Kit
Martha Stewart Crafts Metalworking Tool Kit
Martha Stewart Crafts Metalworking Awl
All you have to do is just cut a piece of metal to your desired dimensions and shape. I did a simple rectangle shape. I wanted my piece to be a little thicker, so I simply cut it to twice my desired height. That way I could fold it over and the metal would be doubled for more heft.
Then I simply stamped my letters right into the metal. I used the awl to make the holes for my cord and to deepen any letters that didn’t get stamped deep enough. You can also use the awl to add more detail or filigree if you want.
Simple! Done! Think of all the things you can use this technique for. Gift tags, food labels, etc, etc, etc.
Be sure to check out my other 12 Months of Martha projects and keep up with me and the rest of the #12MonthsofMartha bloggers on Instagram!
So you know those paper french fry holders you get at like every fast food place ever? Is it just me or do they somehow make the fries taste better? In any case, I wanted some to hold fries for our BBQ pool parties and realized the pillow box maker tool I got for 12 Months of Martha would be perfect. Using this tool made it so easy. I just followed the directions as I would to make a pillow box, but made a minor adjustment. I used heavy duty paper to print a design I found on Shutterstock.
See that one side where I used an exacto knife to cut out the curve? That’s it. Then fold it up as usual and fill it with delicious greasy fries.
They’re so cute and fun. You can do this with onion rings and other delicious foods. These are perfect for BBQs and cookouts or picnics or whatever really. Who needs a reason other than they’re cute and they hold delicious food? Not meeee.
As you all know by now, I’m participating in Martha Stewart’s “12 Months of Martha” this year. Martha Stewart Living sends me and a handful of other bloggers the latest tools and products from the Martha Stewart Crafts line. We then use those tools to create a new project every month. See what we’re all up to with the hashtag #12monthsofmartha.
This month they sent over the new gift box maker and I LOVE IT. Do you know how many times I’ve needed a random little box for something? Now I can whip one up in seconds. Game changer. There are three sizes in one tool which is also super genius. Bravo MSL, bravo.
I have found that this tool works best with thicker paper and light weight cardboard. Luckily, I always keep a stash of heavier weight printer paper on hand. That way I can print the patterns of my choice without having to go out and buy paper. I told you this is a game changer.
You can find adorable patterns on stock image sites like I did, or you can create your own, and simply print them out on your heavy weight printer paper. The small and medium box templates work perfectly fine with standard letter sized paper.
This tool is really simple to use. You just trace with the stylus to create the fold lines.
Then use the blade to cut out the shape.
Fold it on the scored lines and use double stick tape or glue to seal the edge.
What you end up with are custom DIY pillow boxes that cost pennies to make.
To finish the boxes I used pieces of palm leaves as ribbon and I made paper flowers with left over tissue paper.
These pillow boxes can also be used for things other than gifts. I’m thinking treats, party favors, storage, and more!
I’m no expert on the subject, but what I do know about Saint Patricks Day is that you need a lot of green, shamrocks, and beer. If you’re planning on throwing a St. Patty’s Day shindig, you’re probably going to need coasters for all of the pints of beer that are going to be making their way around your house. Water rings are the worst! Is that just the most obnoxious thing I’ve ever said? Whatever. They totally are.
These round fiberboard coasters are my favorite because they’re like $8 for 50 of them on Amazon, and you can customize them and make them as cute as you want. Obviously I went with green and gold shamrocks for St Patricks Day.
I used my Martha Stewart stencil and paints and just stenciled my little heart out.
That’s seriously all there is to it for the coasters! Just stencil it with a foam pouncer or paint brush, let dry, and then try not to be the crazy host handing coasters out at every turn.
If you get carried away and make too many, no worries, my darlings…
Just string them together with twine to make shamrock garland! All the cool kids are doing it.
I used an upholstery needle and poked it right through the coaster and then pulled my twine through each one. Done and done.