Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thanksgiving centerpiece

Before you recycle that empty tea box, hold onto it - you never know what you can make with it! For example, here's a centerpiece I made a couple weeks ago for Thanksgiving:

Just the night before, the centerpiece looked like this:

Here's how to make your own: 

1) Cut the top flaps off your box. 
2) Measure the front, back, and sides of your tea box, then cut cardstock to fit each side. 
3) Emboss a pattern onto some cardstock and use die cuts, pins, flowers, and any other embellishment you like to frame the embossed pattern. 
4) Decorate the other sides of your box.

I just bought a little thingy of styrofoam today, which I plan on putting inside my box. I'll stick sticks and leaves into the styrofoam to make my centerpiece truly stand out! Pictures to come later. Till then, here are some other shots of my recycled Thanksgiving centerpiece: 

A little sidenote (and a recent blessing to be thankful for): my husband finally found a full time job! He gets to work for a great company with plenty of room to grow in his career. We are both so excited and so grateful. One of the hardest lessons we've had to learn has been to thank God (not to mention, to completely rely on him) for everything in our lives, even the hardest moments when our circumstances seem so hopeless that we can't see anything to be thankful for. So we've been in a different kind of thanksgiving for a while ... and now, we have something new to be thankful for!


Jenni Bowlin paper
Bo Bunny paper
Sizzix Texture Fadez - Thankful
Sizzix Decorative strip - Harvest Gatherings
Mulberry Street flower
Maya Road pin
Tim Holtz Distress Ink & Distress Stain


So Truly Lovely said...

Wahoo!!!!! Did you get the time off to come to Portland for that weekend? We are so excited for you guys and the blessings that have come to those who patiently, very patiently, wait! love you, sis!

Maria said...

Good morning, lovely!! Yes, found out for sure yesterday that I can go!! Woo hoo!! Thank you so much for your prayers, we need this soooo much!! Love YOU!!