by Jennifer Wieland
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Thanksgiving is a time of family and friends, of sharing a great meal with people you love and appreciate. It’s a time to let those you care about know just how much they mean to you and while I’m sure that means a lot to most people to me it means even more. You see, my birthday always falls right around or on Thanksgiving. So for me not only do I spend the day with people I love giving thanks but also I spend it with people I love celebrating that I was given life at that time too. This year my birthday not only falls on Thanksgiving but it’s a big one for me. This year I turn the big 4-0 and to say that I have spent a lot of time dreading this I have recently come to realize that this day should be a celebration instead and so I am going to give Extra Gum to my family with these festive Thanksgiving place card favors.
I thought a great way to show some thanks to everyone in my family who has been there for me would be to make their place cards this year into a little gift. I created these leaf print place cards that fit perfectly on the packages of Extra Gum so that every member of my family will know that they are special to me and that I appreciate them because while it may be my 40th birthday, I would not have been here without my parents and everything they have done for me and how much they have cared for me. My life without my siblings would have been lonely growing up. Who would I have had to play with or fight with? My brother-in-law and soon to be sister-in-law I am thankful for because they have brought such happiness and completion to my siblings. My nieces and nephews I am thankful for because I love them to bits and am blessed to have each of them in my life. My husband, who I have been with nearly half of my life. Who I have grown and changed into the person I currently am with and who has helped me raise some pretty great kids. Finally, my children who complete me in a way that I could never possibly have imagined before them and who I love to the moon and back. Basically, this is a way for me to thank everyone in my family for putting up with my brand of crazy for all of these years.
To make your own #ExtraGumMoments this Thanksgiving you can print these Thanksgiving place cards and attach them to a package of Extra Gum with some double-sided, sticky tape.
To make the place cards even more festive, wrap the napkins and silverware in some burlap and scrap fabric for a rustic look. Then place the Extra Gum place card favor on top of it.
To download your own copy of the Thanksgiving place cards just click here and then print and cut. For more fun ideas with Extra Gum follow them on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.
by Jennifer Wieland
Fall is officially here this week so it’s time to put away all of the summer decorations and break out with everything that yells horror or harvest. This afternoon I decided to make a quick, easy and most importantly inexpensive fall pumpkin wreath. This wreath came together in under half an hour and is quite cute if I do say so myself. The nice thing is that this can easily be a family project with help from the kids because the felt pumpkins I used to decorate came with sticky backs so once deal with the hot glue gun you can call the kiddie sin to decorate. I love that this wreath is more about the fall harvest than haunting the neighbors. This makes it a great wreath that can easily carry you right through Halloween and Thanksgiving.
This wreath was not only easy to make but it was also so unbelievably inexpensive to make that you will want to make one for everyone you know. The foam wreath came from the dollar store. The burlap I already had on hand from this Fourth of July wreath but it had cost me under $4 at Walmart. The ribbon I used I found on clearance at my local Jo-Ann store for a mere $.50 and the felt pumpkins were eight in a pack for $2.99 but I used a 50% off coupon. So all in all this was super cheap compared to what you would buy a fall pumpkin wreath for at a craft fair or someplace similar.
1 10″ foam wreath
fall colored ribbon
hot glue gun
Using the hot glue gun you’ll need to glue the end of the burlap ribbon to the back side of the foam wreath. Then begin wrapping it around the wreath adjusting as necessary until you have covered the entire thing. Cut off the excess and glue the cut end to the back of the wreath.
Next you will arrange your pumpkins the way you want them on the wreath. If they are self sticking like mine were then go ahead and stick them on. If they are not or you want to make sure they really stick then go ahead and add some hot glue to the back of them and press into place. Finally, cut about a yard of ribbon, fold it in half and place behind the top of the wreath with the loop at the top. Pull the two loose ends of ribbon through the looped end and adjust the ribbon so that it lays nicely. Finally, knot the loose ends together to hang from a wreath hanger or a Command adhesive hook.
Now you have a beautiful fall pumpkin wreath on your door to welcome all of your visitors.