It’s no secret, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It has it all — all my dearest home-cooked comfort foods, quality time with friends and family, lots of pie, leftovers, a parade, and that warm cozy ember of thankfulness for what you’ve got. In that spirit, this week’s How-Tuesday column features ten tutorials centered around the handmade accoutrements of a fall feast and a multitude of ways to say thanks.
Thank You Award
Throughout November and December we are presenting specific Etsy teams with the prestigious Etsy Team Spirit Award, to recognize the work of outstanding teams and to share the importance of connecting and collaborating with our entire community. You can express gratitude to a champion in your life with your own handmade plaque. Etsy Admin, Cheyne Little, took inspiration from the hex symbols coaster project on Design*Sponge, and just added a picture hanger hook on the back to turn it into a medal of honor.
LED Hand Turkey Sweater
How will you crown your dinner table? Create an elegant paper pumpkin centerpiece with the help of Esther Ramirez from Essimar.
Pine Cone Place Card Holders
Ever since I was a kid, it has been my job to make place cards to denote where each Thanksgiving dinner guest will sit to munch and mingle. Over the years I’ve tried everything from scrawled out marker numbers to paper-cut numbers. These pine cone place card holders from Project Wedding add a nice woodsy touch to any dining occasion.
Capture a feeling of thankfulness in thread and vintage linen in this Online Lab detailing how to stitch a gratitude sampler, taught by embroidery artist Joetta Maue at a recent Craft Night at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn, NY.
I’ve always liked the phrase feuille de papier, French for piece of paper. Since feuille means leaf, it paints a nice picture in my head. Make your own leaves of paper to celebrate the season with this tutorial from Bloomize.
Raid your fabric scrap bag and stitch up an autumnal trivet for your family-style feast.
Pinprick Thank You Cards
Sometimes the sweetest projects require the humblest of materials. Send thank you notes with these high-class, low-budget pinprick cards.
Pulled Fringe Napkins
Every year just before Thanksgiving, my mom makes a project similar to these pulled-fringe napkins from Purl Bee with her second grade class, and makes sure to emphasize very seriously that the kids must pull just one thread at a time, to calm eight-year-old hands that are antsy with holiday excitement.
If you try any of these projects, share a photo with us in the Etsy Labs Flickr group!