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Thankful Marquee Banner

I always feel like “Thanksgiving” gets a little lost in between Halloween and Christmas! But I LOVE Thanksgiving… I love everything that it’s about! I love the focus on gratitude, and the overall feeling of gathering friends and family together and really taking time to acknowledge blessings. This year I wanted to create a beautiful banner that I could hang on my mantel to celebrate the season. I wanted to use my brand new 4” Marquee Letters. They are PERFECT! Choose a word, string it together and hang it, it’s that easy!


These mini marquee letters are designed to be linked together to create words!


Each letter kit includes the paper letter shape, a template used for the inside of the letter, the light strand and mini bulb caps. The battery pack is sold separately, along with the new remote. You will need one battery pack for each word you want to spell.

The letters come all white and are made out of paper. You can totally decorate them with tape, paint, or even paper inserts!


For this “thankful” banner, I traced the templates onto a woodgrain printed paper, and cut them out for the inside of the letters. I also spray painted the letters with gold spray paint.

After I had the letters painted, the paper inserts tucked inside, and the bulb caps in place, I followed the instructions for each letter to insert the lights in the correct order.


Once you have all the light strands popped into the bulb caps, you can link up the letters with the clips…


Be sure that you hear a little click as they make the connection!


I decided that I wanted the light strand to also be gold to match my letters, so once I had them all linked together, I quickly painted the strands.

To add just a little “fall” touch, I took some wood grain printed paper and cut them into the shapes of leaves. Then I added a little metallic touch by painting half the leaf with the Minc reactive paint and gold foil with my Minc machine!


I stuck them on back to back using fishing line, and hung them just above the letters…


I can’t wait to hang festive holiday words on my Christmas tree this year! I loved how this “merry” turned out with red painted on the inside. So many fun possibilities! I have a feeling I need the whole alphabet!



These mini marquee letters are in stores now! Just remember that you have to make sure you pick up a battery pack and remote for each letter you plan on spelling! From what I have noticed the optimal number of letters on one battery pack is 8.

I would love to see your creations light up!! Be sure to tag me in any of your social media posts with #hsmarqueelove

Check out my video for more detailed directions:




Printable Thanksgiving Coloring Page

Just in time for Turkey Day, we’ve got a very special free printable coloring page for you!

Not only will this Thanksgiving coloring page keep your kiddos busy long enough for you to carefully roast the marshmallows on top of your sweet potatoes, but it doubles as a fun and interactive placemat for your table! So grab some markers and crayons and download this cute illustration now!Thanksgiving Coloring PageDownload this free printable by clicking here:

Gobble Til’ You Wobble

Tip: It’s best if you adjust your printer settings to print this coloring page on 11×17 tabloid size. Or if you don’t have that size paper, shrink the image to fit!

Gobble, gobble!

Simple & Elegant Thanksgiving Decorations

Turkey day is quickly approaching and for the first time ever I will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner in my home. Like many of you, I am busy planning our menu but I’m also looking for beautiful ways to decorate my table for my guests.

These tablescape projects are really very simple to do, which means that I don’t have to stress about getting complex projects done before the big day. I think cooking a turkey is stressful enough!


When creating a tablescape, I like to start with a center focal point. Here they’ve used a small floral centerpiece with really gorgeous autumnal colors. It’s a good idea to keep sight lines in mind when adding centerpieces to your table. You don’t want them interrupting your guests’ conversation.Fall Floral Centerpiece

Adding candles to your table is a great way to set the mood. These glass candlesticks are simply spray painted with a brushed metallic silver for a muted, but elegant look. Dried Floral Table Garland

Instead of using a table runner, swag a garland down the middle of your table. This beautiful dried fall garland is store bought! We only added the silver satin ribbon bows to match the rest of the décor. Fall Floral Table GarlandMetallic Fall Leaves

Adding some simple metallic fall leaves to the table is a great way to fill open gaps and add a bit of glam.Metallic Fall Leaves

Add an elegant touch to your wine glasses by painting the bottoms! These copper based glasses will be perfect for Thanksgiving and many more gatherings in the future. Copper Base Wine GlassesFall Cake Ball

Our Thanksgiving get-togethers usually involve multiple desserts. I love the idea of sending a treat home with your guests in a tiny personalized box. These cake balls are the perfect fit.Treat Box

Just by adding some leather, metallic cording and a piece of floral, this treat box is completely transformed into the sweetest place setting.Treat Boxfavorboxcloseup

All of these Thanksgiving decorations set a beautiful scene, but it’s the people around the table that really help make the memories.  I hope you get to take some time this holiday and reflect on what you are thankful for with the ones you love.

Craft Crush | November

Craft Crush

It’s about that time everyone! I really struggled to round up my crushes this month. There’s just SO much magic happening in the DIY world right now with upcoming holidays and events. Am I right? My Pinterest board runneth over. But seriously, my goal this holiday season is to pin less and make more.  Also on my list of goals: don’t over do the holiday sweets. I’ll report back and let you know how that one goes.

Without further ado, here’s my November Craft Crush:

Craft Crush November

Clockwise from top left:

Maple Glazed Apple Donuts from A Pumpkin and A Princess // If you don’t already know, I have a bit of a donut obsession and these babies make my mouth water. I’m definitely making them soon.

Pom Pom Pumpkins from One Sheepish Girl // Our very own Meredith is a pom pom prodigy. These little pumpkins are super simple to make and serve as perfect Thanksgiving decorations.

Framed Toy Story Dolls Shadowbox by By Stephanie Lynn // What a genius idea to custom frame favorite toys and preserve childhood memories! No worries folks, I’m pretty sure they can still escape to go on adventures.

Advent Christmas Tree by Lil’ Luna // I love how Lil’ Luna combined the tradition of an Advent Calendar into her tree design. It’s absolutely stunning.

Mercury Glass Mason Jars by Mason Jar Crafts Love // I’m a sucker for vintage. But, sometimes it’s hard to find the good stuff. This tutorial shows you have to create mercury glass look perfection.

So, tell me … what have you been crushin’ on lately?



Handmade Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

In just a few weeks your home will be flooded with friends and family, ready to enjoy a delicious feast around your Thanksgiving table. I’m sure this happens in every household around the holidays, but the upcoming presence of relatives ignites an intense need to deep clean every room in the house. However, is this really practical? No matter what you do to the rest of your home, the kitchen and the Thanksgiving table is like a magnet during the holiday season. The other rooms in the house can’t hold a candle to a room filled with pie and memories. As you prepare for the colorful conversations and full stomachs, check out these creative Thanksgiving table setting ideas.thanksgiving table ideas 2

Harvest Pumpkin Place Card HolderGive Thanks Charger

Add glittered pumpkin place card holders and customized chargers to make your family feel special during the best meal of the year.

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Leaf Wine Glass Clips

Top off glasses and cups with a fall leaf wine glass clip.

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Kids Table Thankful Turkey

The kids table will be the cool place to sit when this crochet turkey is in the middle of it all.

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Tissue Paper Pumpkin JarAutumn Placemat and Coaster

Place tissue paper pumpkin jars among plates and platters on your Thanksgiving buffet table. Last but not least, set your feast on top of these festive autumn placemats.

Need more ideas? Stop by our Thanksgiving Pinterest board for more inspiration. What are you making for the upcoming holiday?