When I think of Thanksgiving I think of fall and the changing of the seasons. Thanksgiving represents the last days of fall color so I like to make my home reflect this feel. I enjoy keeping the decorations to a minimum and tasteful.
Here are three wonderful DIY ideas for anyone to utilize this Thanksgiving. Each idea seems to celebrate Thanksgiving and give your home a fall feel. Your guests will adore seeing the personal touches in your house to herald in the holiday.
Many people simply do not realize the beauty of dried grasses such as the wide variety of wheat’s. These can be utilized in crafts for dramatic and wonderful effects. Here are three craft idea’s that share the common theme of wheat. These will give your home a true Thanksgiving feel.
1) A Unique Door Ornament
I like to pick wheat early in the year and dry it. I simply cut long shoots of wheat and hang it upside down in a cool dark place to dry. This is a fun activity that I enjoy. You can also simply buy decorative wheat for crafts at many craft stores or you can order it on line. There is a wide variety of wheat stalks available that sport many different looks. They truly are beautiful, amazing, and versatile when it comes to crafts. Many of the hard to find varieties I will order on line.
Here is a website where you can purchase dried wheat for amazing prices. They have a huge variety for crafts and they offer fantastic service. I adore the wheat’s they offer. They are all high quality bundles that show the true beauty that wheat can display.
Once you have your wheat its time to make a door ornament. Here is what you will need.
a. At least three bundles of wheat. Any variety that catches your eye. I normally like to mix three separate varieties to add a unique look.
c. Two yards of fall ribbon that is about two inches thick. I like to choose a fall color like a bright orange or a deep dark brown. I also prefer the wire type ribbon which is ribbon with wire woven into it so you can shape it to a shape that you desire.
d. A spool of thin wire. You can purchase this at a craft store in the jewelry making section. Make it very thin and pliable wire.
e. Three ears of Indian corn that you can buy at your local supermarket.
Now sit down with all your supplies. First take your three bundles of wheat and open them up. I like to sit and arrange the three varieties of wheat to fit my personal taste preference. Make sure the stalks are all pointing in the same direction. The feather part will be pointing down to the ground when you affix your door ornament to the door. Now take your wire and tie the wheat stalks together. Tie them about seven inches from the top or closer to the top of your wheat stalks are short. Now take the three ears of Indian corn. Point these downward and tie them using the wire to the wheat. Be sure to affix them so they look like they are splayed out. Now take your large bow and tie it around where the wire is to hide the wire. Work your bow in a decorate way through the corn and the wheat.
Your wheat stalk door ornament is done. Take it and affix it to your door using a simple thumb tack or if you have a hook on your door for wreaths then hang it from this using the wire in the back.
2) Matching Wheat Centerpiece
Here are the supplies that you will need.
a. three bundles of the same kind of wheat that you used in your door.
b. a yard of the same ribbon as above
d. a large lovely vase or crystal pitcher
Now take your wheat bundles and arrange them into the vase or pitcher just like you are arranging a bouquet of flowers. Some people like to take the wire and tie the wheat together at the base and the spray it outwards for a dramatic look and then place it into the vase or pitcher. Now take the ribbon and simply tie it around the vase or pitcher. Arrange it artfully using the wire to form it into shapes that flow around the vase or the handle of the pitcher. Your lovely centerpiece is done.
3) Napkin Rings Made Out Of Wheat
Take three sprigs of wheat. Tie one end tightly with just a bit of wire and simply braid the three sprigs together. Tie them off when you are done braiding them with wire. Now gently twist the wheat stalks into a ring and affix with tiny wire right below the wheat head. Let the three wheat heads poke out to hide the wire. Now you have wheat napkin rings. Gently slide the napkins into the rings. These match your centerpiece. They look especially amazing if you choose to use the three different kinds of wheat that you utilized in your door ornament and your wheat centerpiece for your napkin rings. It gives an overall appearance of a nice wheat theme.