How to Make a Magnolia Leaf Charger
Add a touch of natural sophistication to your Thanksgiving table with these easy-to-create magnolia leaf chargers.
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- faux magnolia leaves
- inexpensive plastic chargers (don't worry about their color or condition, neither of those will be visible)
Check local thrift or big-box stores for plastic chargers. These can often be found for as low as one dollar each. Gather as many charger plates as you'll need to serve each person sitting at the table.
Remove several magnolia leaves from artificial magnolia stems.
Arrange magnolia leaves around the entire edge of each charger plate, overlapping them slightly so the charger plate is completely covered. Magnolia leaves are green on the front side and brown on the back, so to create visual interest, alternate which side of each leaf is facing up.
Secure leaves to the outer edge of each charger with a small dab of hot glue at the charger's edge and also along the leaf's center and stem.
Plaster Leaf Napkin Ring and Place Card
Coat silk leaves in budget-friendly plaster of Paris to create sleek napkin rings and place cards for your Thanksgiving table.
How to Make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath
Wreaths don't have to be full and fluffy to be beautiful. Try making this simple, modern take on the traditional holiday wreath with preserved or freshly cut magnolia leaves.
How to Make a Ship Centerpiece for Thanksgiving
Kids will love helping to make this large sailing ship centerpiece, which is reminiscent of the vessels that brought colonists to the new world. It's a cinch to make and will definitely bring a boat-load of fun to any Thanksgiving table.
Easy-to-Craft Fall Leaf Centerpiece
Looking for an inexpensive, seasonal centerpiece that will last through the fall? All you need is some patterned scrapbook paper, twine, glitter spray and a few branches from your backyard.
Make a Chain of Thanks for Thanksgiving
Turn giving thanks into a game. Print out our free printable template, attach to twine and ask your Thanksgiving guests to write down what they're thankful for, then take turns reading the sentiments aloud during dinner.
How to Make a Plaster Leaf Tray
Turn inexpensive silk leaves and plaster of Paris into an oversized tray that resembles fine porcelain. Leave the tray white or paint it to coordinate with your decor.
How to Make Pomegranate Place-Card Holders
Easily turn real or faux pomegranates into gilded place-card holders to add an organic, rustic touch to your Thanksgiving place settings.
How to Create a Fall Leaf Lampshade
Give an ordinary lampshade autumnal appeal by stenciling it with fall leaves. This project is an easy and inexpensive way to give a subtle nod to the changing seasons.
Make a Rustic Twig Table Runner
Bring an organic touch to your Thanksgiving table by creating a beautiful runner made of twigs. Kids will love scavenging for twigs in the yard, and assembly is easy enough that they can help craft it, too.
How to Make a Custom Dining Chair Slipcover
Give everyday dining chairs a stylish makeover with easy-to-create linen slipcovers with flirty ruffled skirts. Slipcovers are a great way to disguise mismatched seating or give dated chairs a quick update.
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