It’s been an interesting year.
12 months ago I began the process of transitioning from a stay at home mom to formally re-entering the workforce. It’s been a year of constant uncertainty as I’ve worked for several employers, trying to find my way. It’s a daunting task to discover what you want to be when you grow up, when you are in your 40’s. And just as I was at my lowest point, quitting my most recent job with no plan to speak of, I was blessed with a role at a great company that is perfect for me. It’s one that allows me to work from home and return, after 4 months, to this creative space with you.
Eventually, I may share a few of the crazy stories from the last year… when there is enough distance to look back and laugh about it all. But for now, let’s get our craft on as we kick of the holiday season!
At this point in the month, your Thanksgiving prep is most likely well underway. However, if you are looking for a quick way to personalize your table, here is a super easy craft –
Monogrammed Napkin Rings.
Most of these items I already had on hand.
- Wood tags in 2 sizes – I picked up mine at JoAnn’s for $1 a package. They are a great craft basic to have on hand especially this time of year.
- Chalkboard paint
- Wood stain
- Chalk or chalk pen
1. Apply wood stain to darken the larger wood tags and spray chalkboard paint on the smaller wood tags.
Tip: I used bamboo skewers to make this step quick and easy. I could stain or paint both sides at the same time which was super helpful since waiting for things to dry was the most time consuming part of this craft.
2. With the chalk pen, add a monogram onto the smaller wood tags that you’ve painted with chalkboard paint. You can also use regular chalk and write your guests name on each of the mini chalkboards to create instant place cards for your dining table.
3. Cut 12 inches of raffia and thread both ends through your stacked tags. Leave a loop for your napkin.
5. Trim raffia ends to desired length and you are set with a pretty monogram for your Thanksgiving table.
It’s been a while… Are you adding anything new to your holiday decor? Do you have any basics that you like to keep on hand for crafting with this time of year? Anyone else trying to find their way in a new phase of life?