Since Rick’s Thanksgiving Birthday Brunch was a nice small gathering, we wanted festive but simple decorations. We chose to make coozies (as gifts), a birthday banner and some cute fun Thanksgiving facts inspired by The World’s Smallest Post.
So as Celine mentioned in the DIY Thanksgiving Brunch she was out on the hunt for mason jars with handles. With no luck, we had to think fast. I was lucky to find some soft foam boards at a local stationary shop to use as insulation and the idea for coozies was born!
Things you’ll need:
- Soft foam board
- Festive material
- Velcro strips
- Fabric glue
- Hot glue gun
- Scissors, a ruler and a paint brush
You’ll need 2 measurements:
1) The height you’d like your coozie to be
2) The length around the glass/jar/can
The foam should be cut to the exact height and 1 1/2″ longer than the length. The festive material should be 2″ taller than the height and 2 1/2″ longer than the original length. Brush the fabric glue onto the foam board and center it on the material. Using a hot glue gun wrap the top of the material over first, then pull tight and glue the bottom. Cut the corners nicely like a gift, fold them and hot glue ‘em down. The Velcro gets attached on opposite sides, so 1 should be on top of the material and the other at the opposite end on the bottom.
Make sure before you attach the Velcro you’re putting them in the right place so the coozie fits nice and snug around your mug.
*We used a backing material to cover the foam because our material was too light, but it’s not necessary*
Enjoy! And don’t burn your fingers… hot glue guns can be sneaky.
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Every party needs a banner and to make yours more unique we’ve taken it back to elementary school. Since Rick’s birthday party was also Thanksgiving themed we of course went fall foliage with our colors.
Things you’ll need:
- Construction paper
- Hot glue gun (you don’t really need it, but they’re amazing)
There are a million options when it comes to banners. We chose to keep ours small and simple. After cutting out the letters individually we centered them on the construction paper, with extra room for a border. Double that on the fold and glue the twine in the crease. Let it dry, and you’ve got the beginnings to a party.
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With a quick internet search we found a couple of sites with interesting Thanksgiving Day facts (did you know, the pilgrims did not eat with forks. They used spoons, knives and their hands). We thought it would be fun to make little tiny proclamations.
Once cut, we rolled the little guys up, wrapped them a few times with brown thread and finished them with a bow! You can download and print here.
Happy Thanksgiving! We hope these help spruce up your party and we’d love to see pictures of your take on our Thanksgiving party decorations. And again, don’t burn your fingers.