Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thanksgiving Guest Post at Passionately Artistic

Hello!  I'm so excited.  I'm guest posting over at Passionately Artistic today.  I was asked to share something about Thanksgiving so I chose this DIY decor project.  

I am all about decorating on a budget without things looking cheap.  That's where the thrift store and some decoupage come in handy.  I purchased this platter at the local thrift store for under $5.  I really like it for Thanksgiving/fall because of the corn husks etched in it.  

I wanted the platter to be a clear orange so I mixed 2 tbsp of decoupage with one drop of red and three drops of yellow food coloring.  I painted the mixture onto the bottom of the platter.

I was a little nervous at first because it went on the color of orange frosting.   

But "thank" fully it dried the color I wanted -- clear orange.  I purchased some split peas in the bulk section of our local grocery store and placed the apples on top.  

Then I filled this little vase thingy with split peas.  You can get this type of vase at thrift stores for under $2.

One home staging tip that I'm going to give you today is to tie rooms in with each other.  That's why I did this next project, to go with this R that is on my mantle -- which you can see from the dining room (tutorial here).

I had left over [dollar store] leaves from the project so I started gluing them together...

...and ended with this, which I placed in the middle of the dining table.

I filled the vase with green and yellow split peas and placed candles all around and one inside the vase.

And now the kitchen and dining areas tie into each other, as well as the living room to the left of the dining.

And it all cost less than $10 because I used stuff I already had and a little something from the thrift store.


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Thank you for reading this post and thanks, Passionately Artistic, for having me over there!  

Linking up at the great Linky parties found at the bottom of the blog.  They are where I find most of my inspiration!  Check them out!



  1. Very creative! So simple but beautiful!!

  2. I too love the simplicity of it...it's so pretty! And the colors are perfect for Thanksgiving!

  3. Like this idea....especially the painting of your plate! :) I'm going to feature this sometime soon on my FB page! :)

  4. The platter looks great! I can't believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

  5. Very nice! Thank you for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!


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