Decorating is something I’ve shied away from in my life.  I have friends that can look in a magazine or on any crafty website and replicate just about anything.  I’m not as gifted, but I like to do projects.  I have a six year old who is pretty artsy and creative.  He likes to stay busy.  When completing projects I always try to let him make the project.  It won’t look perfect, but it will look like a six year old and it will be his.  I love the ownership and pride he takes in his work.  We try to incorporate some of the projects into our holiday/seasonal decorating.  It won’t look like a magazine cover, but that is okay with this mom.  His projects warm my heart and our home.  Perhaps you’ll enjoy trying some of these decorating ideas this season.

Enjoy!

Apple Prints:

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Take one apple, cut in half, so the seeds/star design shows.  Remove seeds and press into various paint colors, or paint the apple with a brush.  Press the apple onto paper.  Let Dry and you’ll have some pretty sassy artwork for your fridge, walls, or countertops.

Place Mats:  Picture4Picture3

Before setting the table this Thanksgiving allow your child to create a placemat for each member of the family.  Let he/she write a little note why he/she is thankful for that family member.  The result will be a cherished memento for mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, and siblings.  You may have to include tissues with your Turkey this year!

Napkin tags:

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Use foam stickers, Popsicle sticks and google eyes to create Thanksgiving turkeys to place on your guest’s napkins this holiday.  Not only will this be a fun activity for you child on a cold, fall afternoon, it will make your Thanksgiving table sparkle!   Guests can take their turkey on a stick with them as a souvenir from dinner.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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Debra Barry

Debra Barry

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Teacher. Writer. Mom. Wife. Domestic Engineer. Shoe Shopper. Coffee Lover. Reader. Runner.

I share my life with my husband, Chauncey, two step-sons, Kevin and Alex, five-year-old son, Brady, and our dog, Lucy. I have spent the last 18 years educating children.