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Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving Day Traditions: Make Yours Fun!

When I decided to write about Thanksgiving traditions, I of course thought about food. After all, the Thanksgiving Day turkey feast is the star of the day. And, I am sure your family has its own set of traditions regarding stuffing vs. dressing, baked turkey vs. fried turkey or canned cranberries vs. homemade cranberry relish.

However, instead of focusing on food traditions I prefer to focus on the experience, not the food. I like a home that feels warm and inviting for its guests. Decorating the front porch or entryway is a good place to start. And, a prettily set table complete with a fall centerpiece makes the day festive.

Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Sticking to a simple color palette, like white and gold makes the occasion special without being stuffy. Or, you can make an impact with wood chargers, candlesticks and napkin rings painted in coordinating colors.

Watch how to create this fall metallic place setting, including how to paint gold designs on plain votive holders.

My ideal Thanksgiving includes an activity. It makes me feel less guilty about all the calories I consume and best of all, it’s fun!

Here are seven Thanksgiving Day activity ideas to get you started:

1. Visit the zoo – my favorite activity! The weather is cool, the animals are frisky and there are no crowds. (Be sure to check ahead to see if your zoo is open or has alternate hours. Restaurants or other attractions may be closed.)

2. Volunteer to serve food at your local shelter. (This is more about having a rewarding experience that makes you feel good about yourself.)

Mason Cookie Jar

Let your guests decorate a Mason Jar with wired jute ribbon and a burlap flower clip. They can then take it home filled with leftover cookies or candies.

3. Gather everyone together and work on a craft project. Choose something easy or kid friendly that doesn’t take a lot of time – something your guests can take home with a feeling of pride.

4. Go outside and play football instead of watching football games on TV.

5. Take the family and the dog out for a walk to burn off some of those calories you consumed.

Boy Holding 2 Handmade Puppets6. Watch the children perform a play or a puppet show and record it on video for playback at next year’s Thanksgiving celebration.

Christmas Tree and Decorations

Ready-made decorations or DIY, Michaels has everything you need for the holidays.

7. Go shopping at Michaels to stock up on great deals on Christmas trees and decorations, as well as gifts.

This Thanksgiving, I hope you pause to count your blessings and savor the experience of having the people you love around you.

You can find more decorating and project ideas for your Thanksgiving celebration on our website.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Are you going to start a new one this year?

Tree Decorating Tips

Michaels Makers Dream Tree Decorating Tips

Did you all hear about the 30 amazing holiday trees our Michaels Makers created this month? Well, if you have been hiding out from this crazy cold weather and did not get a chance to look at them you must do so now! They were given just two short weeks to complete the Third Annual Dream Tree Challenge, and they are truly dreamy. Today the Michaels Makers are sharing with us a closer look at all of the work that went into creating their trees this year. They are also providing some insight on how to decorate our trees in new, creative ways without the stress that comes with it. Check out their tree decorating tips below. We’ve got everything from a countdown-to-Christmas advent tree to an ABC kids Christmas tree and much more!

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How are you going to decorate your dream tree this year?

Tree Decorating Tips

2014 Dream Tree Challenge

Michaels Makers 2014 Dream Tree Challenge Reveal

We just can’t wait any longer! Today is a very special day for all of us at Michaels… that’s right – it’s the Third Annual Dream Tree Reveal! It’s time to get inspired for the holidays and we know just how to do it. Michaels’ Annual Dream Tree Challenge is our one-of-a-kind holiday kick-off and the Michaels Makers did not disappoint. Each of them has spent weeks creating a dream tree of their own, and we now have 30 fully decorated, fabulous and unique trees that will blow you away! We know that getting ready for the holidays is a huge undertaking, but after seeing what they came up with, you’ll be so inspired, you won’t be able to stop yourself. Enjoy!

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Which tree is going to be your inspiration this year? Stop by our Make it Merry inspiration book for more helpful tips and holiday projects!


Guy DIY: Cork Wallboard

I recently came across this cork U.S.A. wallboard on a home décor website. They were asking nearly $50 for this particular piece, but I knew I could achieve a similar look for a fraction of the price. Below is my Guy DIY take on the corkboard map.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Cork Wall Board

Step 1: Choose Your Shape

Find the perfect shape for your corkboard creation.

TIP: If you need to print an oversized image to use as your guide, you can always go to your local office supply store. Ask for an engineering print. It’s an inexpensive way to make large prints, and perfect for a project like this.

Step 2: Cut Foam Board


Cut out your foam board shape with an X-ACTO® knife.

NOTE: I’ve seen similar designs without the foam board, but foam gives you the extra thickness you need to ensure your pushpins will stay in your map.

Step 3: Cut Your Cork

Cork Wall Board State

You will want to cut out your cork shape a little smaller than your foam board in order to achieve a layered effect. I used the outside of my pattern (black line) for the foam board shape and the inside (black line) for my cork shape.

TIP: Cork tears easily, so you may want to cut it one section at a time.

Step 4: Spray Adhesive, Let Dry.

Cork Wall Board

Glue your newly cut foam board and cork shapes together with spray adhesive.

TIP: Make sure to lay your project flat when drying. You may even want to weigh it down with some books to ensure that it lays flat. If you don’t your project may curl up.

Step 5: Decorate Your Board


Pin places you plan to visit, memories of places you’ve been and everything in between. Fill your board as much or as little as you want. It’s entirely up to you!

Happy Pinning!


Patriotic Flip Flops

Patriotic Flip Flops

How many of you have big Independence Day plans? Perhaps you’re hosting a patriotic picnic or maybe just taking a dip in the pool and venturing out for a night full of fireworks. Whatever your plans may be, there’s no doubt that you will be rocking some sort of red, white and blue. Plus, it’s summertime so why not craft yourself a pair of Patriotic Flip Flops? These are so simple to make that you’ll want to craft them for the whole family!

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:Flip Flop Materials

1. Cut T-shirtsCut T-shirt

Lay T-shirts flat on a cutting surface. Using the scissors, cut off the bottom hem of both T-shirts.

Fold the shirt in half and cut strips about 1″ apart. Continue cutting strips all the way up to the sleeve.

Take all the pieces and cut them in half-lengths. Now cut all the pieces into 6″ strips.

2. Tie onto Flip FlopsTie on Strips

Take one 6″ strip and stretch it. Now wrap around the outer side of the flip flop strap and tie it in a double knot. Continue with the rest of the strips and alternate colors until you have reached the inner side of the flip flop.

Trim the strips to desired length.

Continue with the other flip flop, doing the same technique.

3. Show Your PridePatriotic Flip Flops

In just a few steps, you have fancy firework flip flops! How easy is that?

Did you craft anything for the 4th of July? I’d love to see what you made in the comments!

Patriotic Ribbon Wreath

How To: Patriotic Ribbon Wreath

FlagsThe 4th of July is easily one of my favorite holidays. Sun, swimming, BBQs, fireworks and celebrating our nation’s independence. What more could you want? I love that nostalgic feeling I get when driving down a street lined with little American flags. There’s just something that makes me so proud.

This Patriotic Ribbon Wreath is a fun and unique way to show your pride for Independence Day. Let’s get crafty!


Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Step 1: Wrap Wreath with Ribbon

patriotic-ribbon-wreathWrap the wreath with red and white stripes. Pull the ribbon tightly as you wrap. Save a few inches of this ribbon to create the bunting in the middle later. Use hot glue to secure the ends. Next, wrap 1/3 of the wreath with the blue ribbon and secure with hot glue.

2. Add Stars

patriotic-wreath-3 Paint wood stars with white paint. Set aside to dry. Once they are completely dry, attached them to the blue ribbon, using hot glue.

3.  Create a Bunting

patriotic-wreath-4First, cut a 15″ piece of white yarn. Then cut a small piece of red and white striped ribbon. Fold it over the center of the white yarn. Use hot glue to secure. Cut two small pieces of blue ribbon. Fold one either side of red and white striped ribbon and hot glue. Trim into flag shapes to complete the bunting.

4. Hang the Bunting in the Wreathpatriotic-wreath

String the white yarn bunting across the center of the wreath and secure in the back with hot glue. Trim the ends.

Now you can create a hanger our of ribbon and attach it to the top and your wreath is ready for display. What a patriotic way to show your pride!

How do you show your red, white and blue?