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You guys. I love this project!!! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love getting out my decorations each year and am excited to share how I created my Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece with you today!
Aren’t they just the cutest?! (and how do you like your sneak peek of my new table?!). I’m in LOVE with both the table and the centerpiece.
To make A Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece you’re going to need the following kits from The Wood Connection:
Gather Plank Sign
Along with the kits you’re going to need:
1″ sponge paint brushes
Scrapbook Paper (your choice)
Paint (variety of paints, your choice)
For my Gather Plank Sign I painted the whole base a light cream color and then painted my Gather a golden yellow. Once they were dry I glued Gather to the base using hot glue (you can also use wood glue but it’s so light the hot glue attached it quickly and easily). I love how it turned out and how it looks all together.
For my cute Indians I used a variety of paints and scrapbook papers to create their look. To start I got everything painted. I started with my lighter (easier to paint over) colors and worked my way darker. For the apron and collar pieces I only really painted the edges in a color that coordinates with the paper since the backs would be attached to the base and the fronts would be covered with scrapbook paper. There are two options for attaching the scrapbook paper to your wood.
Option 1 is to trace the pieces onto the back of your paper and cutting the paper out to fit right on the wood then using wood glue to attach the paper to the wood. This isn’t my favorite option because one too many times I’ve ended up cutting my paper just a little too small or off just a little so it doesn’t always fit just right.
The 2nd Option (my favorite option) is to cut a piece of paper just bigger than the area you’re gluing it to, put wood glue on the piece of wood and then lay the scrapbook paper on top smoothing it onto the wood. Once the glue is at least mostly dry and the paper isn’t moving trim the paper as close to the wood as you can then use sandpaper/sanding block/nail file and file the paper away from the front using the edge to crease the paper. You will end up with the paper sanding off right at the edge which gives a perfect fit and helps keep the edges sealed down nice and smooth.
For the faces of the Indians I used the tip of a pencil dipped in black paint for the eyes and basically just drew a small circle letting the paint fill into the tiny middle area creating the eye. You can also use the tip of a pin to get a nice round small eye. For the facial paint marks I again used the tip of a sharpened pencil dipped in paint to draw the lines. It worked well at not applying too much paint at once which was really nice.
Aren’t they so cute?!!
I’ve had my Pilgrims for a few years but because they’re awesome Wood Connection still stocks them every year so you can have them too! Just a note, the Pilgrims are slightly different now than they were when I bought mine. For mine I just used paint a little ribbon and some orange sticker jewels.
If you want to create a Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece just like mine here are the paint colors I used!
The paint colors I used are all Delta Creative Ceramcoat brand.
For the Girl Indian I used Black for her hair and eyes, Fleshtone for her face, Trail Tan for her body, Antique White for the edges of the collar and apron and the war paint on her face.
For the Boy Indian I used Black for his hair and eyes, Fleshtone for his face, Empire Gold for his body and top feather, Terra Cotta for his collar edges, Mendocino Red for the bottom feather and middle war paint stripes, and Antique White for the other stripes.
For the Gather Plank Sign I painted the whole sign Antique White and the Gather Empire Gold.
Because my Pilgrims are a few years old I am not positive on all the colors, I believe I used Antique White for their faces, black for their bodies, eyes, and His hat, white for the collars. I sadly do not remember exactly what color was used for her hat and apron.
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