We are a week and a few days away from one of my favorite holidays. I absolutely love Thanksgiving. I love the family aspect to it and our great traditions and the decor is so warm and inviting. I decided to carry on my mantle makeover series into Thanksgiving and add an easy craft for my readers too!
Once again the Target dollar bins, Michaels and the Dollar Tree were chocked full of some great finds to incorporate into my mantel.
This felt banner was in the target dollar bins for $3.00. I purchased the ball lights and have used them for the last 3 of my mantle designs. I pretty much love the ambiance they create along with my flameless candles. Super relaxing!
I tried to take these pictures at night so you could see the ambiance the ball lights and flameless candles express, however, that just didn't work so well, but you get the idea. I fell in love with these pumpkin towers at Kohl's, but just could not see spending a large sum on them so I made my own and the festive "welcome" sign is a dollar bin find!
I passed up the pumpkin towers because Of this "thankful turkey". I had to have him! He was 7.00 on sale but I just had to have the little guy, I love that he is made up of natural elements and that he just looks so cute. The pumpkin and cornucopia are dollar tree finds and the "gobble 'til you wobble sign is from the dollar bins.
The lighting in this photo is terrible so I apologize. I snagged the little pilgrims from Michaels for 2.00 each and then I made the second pumpkin tower. Want to know how? Check out my DIY instructions below and see how I kept each tower under $5.00
Materials (all purchased at the Dollar Tree):
- 2 different sizes of foam pumpkins (4 @ $1.00 each)
- 1 package of pot liners (4 in a pack for $1.00)
- 2 strands of Fall garland with pinecones and foam squash ($1.00 each)
- 2 foam bead clump decorations ($1.00 each)
- 1 can of black spray paint ($1.00)
- Hot glue
- Ribbon if you would like, I chose not to use it
- Take two of the pot liners and spray paint the outside of them black. These are pretty flimsy but they only need to hold the lightweight foam items so it is ok. Allow to dry.
- On your largest foam pumpkin, remove the stem by just pulling it off.
- Add hot glue to the area that you removed the stem and then place the small pumpkin on top of that.
- Cut apart the garland and foam bead bushels and make some piles of leaves, foam squash & pinecones and foam beads.
- Grab your pot liners and put some rocks in the bottom from outside to give them more stability.
- Next hot glue the bottom of your large pumpkin to the top of the pot liner.
- Start attaching the leaves, squash, pinecones and foam beads around the pot liner and pumpkin junction as well as the large and small pumpkin junction and the top of the tower.
I love the way they turned out. They are small but perfect and much cheaper than the store versions.