Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Pumpkins

Remember back in October when the boys did Pumpkin Week in school? One of their projects was to make paper mache pumpkins. We decided to make them plain pumpkins and not turn them into jack-o-lanterns. I thought it would be a nice addition to our Thanksgiving decorations. The boys agreed, which surprised me because they love making jack-o-lanterns. So anyway, here is a picture of the final project. We used old wine corks (yeah, I save everything!) for the stems and twisted a green pipe cleaner for the vine. I thought they turned out well and look great with our other decorations -- almost of which are crafts the kids have made.

Do you decorate for Thanksgiving? Our decorations are limited to the dining room and they're only up a short time. And like I said, most everything are crafts the kids have made. We have a few exceptions, like everyone's favorite -- the gravy bowl shaped like a turkey. It's pretty much an annual Thanksgiving tradition to make the turkey barf gravy at dinnertime. And yes, sound effects ARE included! Most everything else are crafts, which is how I like it. The decorations usually get put away the day after Thanksgiving. We seem to be setting up our Christmas stuff earlier, so I try to enjoy the Thanksgiving stuff while it's out. Yesterday the boys made turkey windsocks and today we're making turkeys from bells.

I could devote an entire post to all the things I'm thankful for and the many ways I've been blessed. However, Thanksgiving always makes me sad because of our troops overseas. I wish they were all home. When I think of all the men and women who will not be with their families this Thanksgiving, it really puts things into perspective for me. I have no room to whine about anything. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, however you decide to spend it.


  1. Those are some very nice pumpkins!

    I hope you have a great holiday too.

  2. That is tough to think about the people who cannot be home with loved ones on Thanksgiving--for whatever reason.
    We leave out the gourds and pumpkins through Thanksgiving--fall fest!

  3. Very cute idea. Love the wine corks. I am a decorating fiend. I love to embellish everything ;) Maybe that's why I like to write.

    I'm so thankful to have all the kids home for the holiday :)

    Wishing you and your family a healthy and happy holiday.

  4. You and your boys do such great crafty things!
    Looks awesome!
    Happy Thanksgiving!