Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece. This lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece can be made with basics found at your local dollar store. If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet beautiful craft, you can make this lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece in about 30 minutes with these step-by-step instructions.


This lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece can be made with basics found at your local dollar store. If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet beautiful centerpiece, you can make this lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece in about 30 minutes with these step-by-step instructions.

Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece


When my niece suggested we make a few dollar store crafts, I must admit I was not very enthusiastic. When I think of a “dollar store” I seldom think of it as “quality” or “cute.” Sure I buy a few things at a dollar store, most notably the garden stones for crafts and the clear stone weights for crafts. Those are a real bargain in my opinion. But, as for the rest? That is Hubby’s shopping store, not mine.

However, we did a couple of dollar store crafts including this Fall Centerpiece and Paper Bag Flower Arrangement and I must admit I have seen that lovely crafts can be made with dollar store items.

The flowers are more cheaply made than what you would find over at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or Joann but they are also about 1/5th the price. Still keep in mind that quality of flowers from a dollar store can be suspect. Look them over carefully when you are purchasing.

While I have been sold on the dollar store floral foam (a buck!) while doing past crafts, the foams used in this craft were no where near as nice. Still, the white pieces and the floral ring were each a dollar (so $2 total), and it is difficult to argue with a little bit of extra caution (use a light touch) when the floral foam is that price!

The battery operated lights were so worth the price!! A dollar for a set of leaf lights… that is very difficult to beat anywhere.

A few tips about making a dollar store floral arrangement:

• When selecting flowers, bushier flower will be better for filling in “holes” (see above).
• When choosing flowers, stay in the same theme (fall flowers, spring, etc.) and do not be overly “matchy”. The key to a nice arrangement is height differential.
• Wispy tall grasses and fronds will make the arrangement look more realistic.
• Cut stems longer than you think you will need. You can always cut more off, but you cannot add back length.
• Do not work on one side at a time, try and work the whole arrangement. It will help with balance. This is a three dimensional arrangement, so be conscious of the space. Turn and work to fill in the foam.
• Taller flowers are inserted in the center, and then the other flowers are filled in around.
• Tall wisps are inserted last (first on a wreath, last on a flower arrangement).

If you are looking for more Fall or Thanksgiving centerpieces crafts, you might like:

Dollar Store Craft: Fall Centerpiece – a fun, easy to make fall craft you can make with basics found at your local dollar store. This comes together in about 45 minutes.

Floral Horn of Plenty DIY – This beautiful floral horn of plenty is a wonderful centerpiece or end table decorative piece, perfect for the fall season. This cornucopia is gorgeous (if I do say so myself!)

Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece. This lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece can be made with basics found at your local dollar store. If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet beautiful craft, you can make this lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece in about 30 minutes with these step-by-step instructions.


Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece Materials:

• Circular foam/floral Foam (you want this to look like a cake)
• Leaf Lights (they need 2 AA batteries and small screwdriver to open the battery case)
• Small Haystack
• Assorted Fall Figurines (a boy and a girl farmer were used in this craft… look for Pigrims, etc.)
• Assorted Fall Foliage (leaves, gourds, pumpkins, corn, etc.)
• Brown Wired Ribbon
• Scissors

Please note that even though this is a dollar store craft, you will need a few items that can not be purchased at a dollar store (or at least not at any dollar stores where I have shopped!):

• Wire Cutters
Glue Gun
• Hot Glue Sticks

Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece. This lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece can be made with basics found at your local dollar store. If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet beautiful craft, you can make this lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece in about 30 minutes with these step-by-step instructions.


Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece Directions:

• Glue together white foam pieces.
• Hot glue the brown wired ribbon around the foam.
• Test your lights to see if they work (don’t forget to insert the batteries!)
• Attach the lights in one spot only, with hot glue.
• Hide the wire under the burlap.

Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece. This lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece can be made with basics found at your local dollar store. If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet beautiful craft, you can make this lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece in about 30 minutes with these step-by-step instructions.


• Cut a trough in the bottom green floral foam.
• Tuck the light wire into the trough, and secure the battery pack the to the underside of the floral foam with hot glue.
• Hot glue the brown wired ribbon around the foam.

Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece. This lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece can be made with basics found at your local dollar store. If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet beautiful craft, you can make this lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece in about 30 minutes with these step-by-step instructions.


• Hot glue the top and bottom foam round together.

Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece. This lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece can be made with basics found at your local dollar store. If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet beautiful craft, you can make this lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece in about 30 minutes with these step-by-step instructions.


• Hot glue the haystack in place at the top of the rounds.

Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece. This lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece can be made with basics found at your local dollar store. If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet beautiful craft, you can make this lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece in about 30 minutes with these step-by-step instructions.


• Hot glue the figurines in place on top of the haystack (these are sitting figurines, and they worked great!)

Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece. This lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece can be made with basics found at your local dollar store. If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet beautiful craft, you can make this lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece in about 30 minutes with these step-by-step instructions.


• Glue down the rest of the lights hiding the wire underneath the wired burlap ribbon – make sure the leaves are facing out. Stagger them top and bottom, all on the bottom – you decide how you want your lighting to look.

Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece. This lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece can be made with basics found at your local dollar store. If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet beautiful craft, you can make this lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece in about 30 minutes with these step-by-step instructions.


• Strip any bushy floral and insert piece by piece. If you are using large gourds, Indian corn, or pumpkins, attach them first. It is easier to fill in the leafy or flowery floral after the gourds, then the reverse. This worked very well with a few gold pumpkins.

Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece. This lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece can be made with basics found at your local dollar store. If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet beautiful craft, you can make this lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece in about 30 minutes with these step-by-step instructions.


Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece. This lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece can be made with basics found at your local dollar store. If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet beautiful craft, you can make this lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece in about 30 minutes with these step-by-step instructions.


Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece. This lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece can be made with basics found at your local dollar store. If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet beautiful craft, you can make this lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece in about 30 minutes with these step-by-step instructions.


• When you are inserting your floral be aware of your lights and make certain they don’t get lost in the foliage.

Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece. This lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece can be made with basics found at your local dollar store. If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet beautiful craft, you can make this lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece in about 30 minutes with these step-by-step instructions.


• And you are done!

Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece. This lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece can be made with basics found at your local dollar store. If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet beautiful craft, you can make this lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece in about 30 minutes with these step-by-step instructions.


• This is a super simple craft that yields big results for a half an hour of your time!

Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Thanksgiving Centerpiece. This lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece can be made with basics found at your local dollar store. If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet beautiful craft, you can make this lighted Thanksgiving centerpiece in about 30 minutes with these step-by-step instructions.


• This is what mine ended up looking like. Yours may be different depending on the floral you choose, the figurines, the color ribbon, the type of lightes, etc. Highly customizable, and you can do this for Thanksgiving or Autumn depending on the floral and figurines chosen.


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Christmas Elf Wreath Tutorial

Christmas Elf Wreath Tutorial. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to easily make this darling Christmas Elf Wreath in about 30 minutes. The templates are included in the post.


This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to easily make this darling Christmas Elf Wreath in about 30 minutes.

Christmas Elf Wreath Tutorial


This is a super easy to make wreath. It took less than 30 minutes to put together. I am sure you noticed it is a square framed wreath. That was intentional… just to be different. While I like a round wreath as much as the next person, this square wreath really came out well.

If you go the round-wreath-frame route, please let me know how it worked out for you! Did you use metal or foam, and how did the feet placement go?

Note: The templates are all pdfs. You need a pdf reader to open them. The most common pdf read is Adobe Reader. If your computer did not come with it pre-installed (or if you need to update your adobe), you can download it for free here. Just make sure you unclick that “Yes, install the free McAfee Security Scan Plus utility to check the status of my PC security. It will not modify existing antivirus program or PC settings.” box before you begin the install or update.

Christmas Elf Wreath Tutorial. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to easily make this darling Christmas Elf Wreath in about 30 minutes. The templates are included in the post.


Christmas Elf Wreath Tutorial Materials:

• 14″ Square Wreath Frame
• 2 Green Felt Squares
• 1 Red Felt Square
• 1 Tan or Blush or Pink or Brown Felt Square (pick one, this is the skin color)
Wire Cuttters
• Fiber Fill
Glue Gun
• Hot Glue Sticks
• Scissors
• 2½” Wired Ribbon, 25′
• ½” Ribbon (optional)
Elf Feet
Sparkly PomPoms

Templates:

Elf Hat Template
Circle Template
Elf Hatband Template
Ear Template

Christmas Elf Wreath Tutorial. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to easily make this darling Christmas Elf Wreath in about 30 minutes. The templates are included in the post.


Christmas Elf Wreath Tutorial Instructions:

• Wrap the wreath frame with wired, sparkly ribbon (we used green).
• Hot glue as much necessary to hold in place. To begin, pull the ribbon through about half an inch, line the end with hot glue and flip it up to the underside of the green ribbon. This will hold the ribbon in place.
• If you are not using a wired ribbon, you will have to hot glue much more frequently.
• Hot glue every few wraps to hold the ribbon in place.
• Glue down the corners if they are sticking up.

Christmas Elf Wreath Tutorial. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to easily make this darling Christmas Elf Wreath in about 30 minutes. The templates are included in the post.


• Cut out the hat on green felt using this template: Elf Hat Template Note that you align this template with the bottom of the short side of the felt (of you are using a rectangular piece).
• You need a front and a back. You can stack the two pieces, make one tracing and then cut on top of one another.
• Hot glue the sides of the hat together, but not the bottom!

Christmas Elf Wreath Tutorial. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to easily make this darling Christmas Elf Wreath in about 30 minutes. The templates are included in the post.


• Cut a circle from red felt using this template: Circle Template
• Cut out a hatband from red felt using this template: Elf Hatband Template
Note: the hat orientation in this tutorial is a lefty. If you need a right-sided hat, plan accordingly.
• Glue the red circle to the top of the hat in the corner.
• Glue the hatband to the front of the hat.
• Glue red sparkly pompoms to the center of the red circle, and along the hatband.

Christmas Elf Wreath Tutorial. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to easily make this darling Christmas Elf Wreath in about 30 minutes. The templates are included in the post.


• Insert some fiberfill into the hat. Not a lot, you want to it have some shape but not be overfilled.

Christmas Elf Wreath Tutorial. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to easily make this darling Christmas Elf Wreath in about 30 minutes. The templates are included in the post.


• Open the hat and place it in a corner of your wreath (lefty hat left side, righty hat, right side). This is a left-sided hat, so you are inserting on the left upper corner of the wreath frame.

Christmas Elf Wreath Tutorial. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to easily make this darling Christmas Elf Wreath in about 30 minutes. The templates are included in the post.


• Hot glue in dabs the front and the back of the hat to the wreath.

Christmas Elf Wreath Tutorial. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to easily make this darling Christmas Elf Wreath in about 30 minutes. The templates are included in the post.


• Cut out two elf ears from your skin colored felt using this template: Ear Template
• Hot glue one side of the ear and carefully fold in half (one point to the other) to form an ear.

Christmas Elf Wreath Tutorial. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to easily make this darling Christmas Elf Wreath in about 30 minutes. The templates are included in the post.


• Decide where you want your ears to be placed on the wreath (on either side of the hat? on either side of the frame?)
• Hot glue one ear in place to the wreath.
• Double check the second ear for correct placement (make sure it is even with the first one) and hot glue to wreath.

Christmas Elf Wreath Tutorial. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to easily make this darling Christmas Elf Wreath in about 30 minutes. The templates are included in the post.


• Cut the wire base off the elf’s feet.
• Position your elf’s feet at the bottom of the wreath, making sure the toes are pointing out.
• Hot glue in place.

Christmas Elf Wreath Tutorial. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to easily make this darling Christmas Elf Wreath in about 30 minutes. The templates are included in the post.


• This next step is optional…
• There is a LOT of green on this wreath. To break that up a bit, cut some small, thin, pieces of ribbon and glue them in place around the wreath.

Christmas Elf Wreath Tutorial. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to easily make this darling Christmas Elf Wreath in about 30 minutes. The templates are included in the post.


• That is it! Your wreath is ready to be hung.

Christmas Elf Wreath Tutorial. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to easily make this darling Christmas Elf Wreath in about 30 minutes. The templates are included in the post.



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Baby Apple Walnut Pies Recipe

Baby Apple Walnut Pies Recipe. These simple, six-ingredient, baby apple walnut pies are fabulous! Easy to make, these Baby Apple Walnut Pies will impress your friends and family. A wonderful fall or winter dessert, these baby pies are a wonderful sweet treat.


These simple, six-ingredient, baby apple walnut pies are fabulous! Easy to make, these Baby Apple Walnut Pies will impress your friends and family. A wonderful fall or winter dessert, these baby pies are a wonderful sweet treat.

Baby Apple Walnut Pies Recipe

• These easy to make Baby Apple Walnut Pies will have your friends and relatives thinking you slaved all day in the kitchen! Since prepared dough (you can definitely make your own pastry dough) and prepared apple pie filling (you can absolutely use your own apple pie filling) are used, the preparation time is cut down tremendously.

• While cinnamon is used in this recipe, you can substitute apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice for a different flavor.

• The ratio of the cinnamon to sugar is 2:3. If you do not care for cinnamon all that much, make it 1:3 (one teaspoon of cinnamon to one tablespoon of sugar).

• Half and half was used to brush the tops of these baby apple walnut pies. You could use milk or cream.

• Double the ingredients to make 12 baby pies.

Baby Apple Walnut Pies Ingredients:

• 1 sheet Pie Dough, thawed
• 1 21 oz can http://amzn.to/2y42rab”>Apple Pie Filling
• 2 TBSP Walnuts, chopped
• 2 tsp Cinnamon, ground
• 1 TBSP Sugar
• 2 TBSP Half and Half

Baby Apple Walnut Pies Mise en Place:

• Bowl
• Muffin Tin
• Crisco
Rolling Pin
• Round Cookie Cutter
• Fork
• Spoon
• Knife
Pastry Brush

Baby Apple Walnut Pies Recipe. These simple, six-ingredient, baby apple walnut pies are fabulous! Easy to make, these Baby Apple Walnut Pies will impress your friends and family. A wonderful fall or winter dessert, these baby pies are a wonderful sweet treat.


Baby Apple Walnut Pies Directions:

• Preheat oven to 400°F.
• Grease muffin tin cups; set aside.
• Roll out one sheet (thawed) pie dough.
• With a cookie cutter slightly larger than your muffin pan cups, begin cutting out 6 rounds. Set aside scraps of dough.

Baby Apple Walnut Pies Recipe. These simple, six-ingredient, baby apple walnut pies are fabulous! Easy to make, these Baby Apple Walnut Pies will impress your friends and family. A wonderful fall or winter dessert, these baby pies are a wonderful sweet treat.


• Place dough round into the greased muffin tin cups and form to the bottom and sides.
• Liberally prick the dough all over using a fork. Make sure you do the sides as well as the bottom.
• Mix the chopped walnuts into the prepared apple filling.
• Spoon apple filling into the muffin tins until approximately ¾ full.
• With the remaining scraps of pie dough, gather and re-roll thinly and cut into strips.

Baby Apple Walnut Pies Recipe. These simple, six-ingredient, baby apple walnut pies are fabulous! Easy to make, these Baby Apple Walnut Pies will impress your friends and family. A wonderful fall or winter dessert, these baby pies are a wonderful sweet treat.


Baby Apple Walnut Pies Recipe. These simple, six-ingredient, baby apple walnut pies are fabulous! Easy to make, these Baby Apple Walnut Pies will impress your friends and family. A wonderful fall or winter dessert, these baby pies are a wonderful sweet treat.


• Begin to lattice the dough in a weaving pattern. (An alternate option is to simply cut out smaller rounds or different shapes in the dough to place on top of the pie filling.)

Baby Apple Walnut Pies Recipe. These simple, six-ingredient, baby apple walnut pies are fabulous! Easy to make, these Baby Apple Walnut Pies will impress your friends and family. A wonderful fall or winter dessert, these baby pies are a wonderful sweet treat.


• Mix together sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
• Brush the tops of the pies with cream.
• Sprinkle the cream-coasted dough top with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
• Bake in the oven for approximately 15 – 20 minutes or until the dough is nicely browned.

Baby Apple Walnut Pies Recipe. These simple, six-ingredient, baby apple walnut pies are fabulous! Easy to make, these Baby Apple Walnut Pies will impress your friends and family. A wonderful fall or winter dessert, these baby pies are a wonderful sweet treat.


• Allow the pies to cool.
• When serving, drizzle caramel topping on top of the pies or serve with ice cream or whipped cream.


Baby Apple Walnut Pies Recipe

These simple, six-ingredient, baby apple walnut pies are fabulous! Easy to make, these Baby Apple Walnut Pies will impress your friends and family. A wonderful fall or winter dessert, these baby pies are a wonderful sweet treat.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

1 sheet Pie Dough, thawed
1 21 oz can Apple Pie Filling
2 TBSP Walnuts, chopped
2 tsp Cinnamon, ground
1 TBSP Sugar
2 TBSP Half and Half

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 400°F.
• Grease muffin tin cups; set aside.
• Roll out one sheet (thawed) pie dough.
• With a cookie cutter slightly larger than your muffin pan cups, begin cutting out 6 rounds. Set aside scraps of dough.
• Place dough round into the greased muffin tin cups and form to the bottom and sides.
• Liberally prick the dough all over using a fork. Maske sure you do the sides as well as the bottom.
• Mix the chopped walnuts into the prepared apple filling.
• Spoon apple filling into the muffin tins until approximately ¾ full.
• With the remaining scraps of pie dough, gather and re-roll thinly and cut strips.
• Begin to lattice the dough in a weaving pattern. (An alternate option is to simply cut out smaller rounds or different shapes in the dough to place on top of the pie filling.)
• Mix together sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
• Brush the tops of the pies with cream.
• Sprinkle the cream-coasted dough top with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
• Bake in the oven for approximately 15 – 20 minutes or until the dough is nicely browned.
• Allow the pies to cool.
• When serving, drizzle caramel topping on top of the pies or serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

• Makes 6 Baby Apple Walnut Pies

• To print the Baby Apple Walnut Pies recipe click here.

Baby Apple Walnut Pies Recipe. These simple, six-ingredient, baby apple walnut pies are fabulous! Easy to make, these Baby Apple Walnut Pies will impress your friends and family. A wonderful fall or winter dessert, these baby pies are a wonderful sweet treat.



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