I don’t normally decorate for Thanksgiving or fall, so this week was extra challenging for me!

First up, I decided I would make some wall art. I have some three-panel frames I’m not using, so I knew I would use one of those for the projects. I knew I wanted it to say “give thanks,” so I just used Word to type up the words,print them onto some cream resume paper I had, and attached them to the first and last panel.

I also knew I wanted to use some brown wrapping paper I had, and thought I would make a turkey with Colton’s hand for the middle panel. I didn’t like the way that turned out, so it was on to Plan B. One of our backyard trees has some beautiful red leaves, so I placed one in the middle panel, popped the glass on the frame, and was done!

I’m not sure how well the leaf will hold it’s color over time, but it’s something that will be pretty easy to change out. Really, the whole idea can be modified for different seasons (I’m thinking “Here Comes Santa Clause” for Christmas), or simply be used for family pictures.

I also made some Autumn Luminaries, an idea I stole from Martha Stewart. Now, Martha’s directions said to use a specific kind of bag, acrylic paint, and a special paint sprayer. I had none of those things, and didn’t want to buy any, so I used plain brown paper bags and some red spray paint I already had on hand.

These took literally five minutes to make. I grabbed three leaves, four bags, laid the leaves on the bag, and sprayed. By the time I finished the last one, the first one had dried! I also think they look pretty cute during the day, but when I lit them at night, the effect wasn’t really what I thought it would be, and it was hard to see the leaf shape. Maybe if I lit them at dusk? I’m not sure if this would be a problem with the acrylic paint or not, but the moral of the story is that maybe you should listen to Martha. There’s probably a reason she has a show and I don’t.

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