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DIY Thanksgiving art

November 17, 2013
My version of the 'thankful' art

We are hosting Thanksgiving again this year, so I’m not quite ready to dig into Christmas decor … just yet. That will have to wait until the Friday after Thanksgiving. Until then, we’re gearing up for Thanksgiving around here.

I have pinned lots of signs and artwork that look so simple to create … something I (with very limited artistic ability) could probably even make. One that really stuck with me was this awesome pallet art (I found it here … not sure about the original source):

LOVE this!

LOVE this!

I love the pallet … and I especially love the quote.

So, here’s my take on it:

My version of the 'thankful' art

My version of the ‘thankful’ art

Sorry for the weird angle … This particular spot faces a wall of windows, and I’m not skilled enough to figure out how to take a good picture, without glare.

Here’s another odd shot:

Yep ... those trees are not supposed to be in the picture.  Glare...ugh

Yep … those trees are not supposed to be in the picture. Glare…ugh

Last attempt:

No glare when I take a picture down here

No glare when I take a picture from down here … again, sorry for the odd angle

I love how this project turned out! In person, it’s much better even with the glare … take my word for it. :)

These two frames have been sitting on our bar for, oh, about 3 months just waiting for some art. They’re IKEA frames that my Mom bought for me at a consignment store (even cheaper than IKEA prices… can’t beat that)!

Empty frames in need of some art!

Empty frames in need of some art!

Interested? Here’s how it went down ….

Materials:

  1. 22″ x 30″ Gold Chevron paper from Paper Source (2 sheets)
  2. 2″ black vinyl stick on letters from Target (in the poster-making aisle). I needed 4 packs to get enough H’s and P’s for this project.
  3. Frames from IKEA (or consignment store).

The process was super simple:

1. Cut chevron paper to fit frame.

2. Set mat on paper, figure out spacing of each row. I worked from the bottom up. One inch between each row.

3. Use a yardstick to keep your letters straight, and stick ’em on!

4. Frame and display!

I started from the bottom, then spaced each row 1" apart

I started from the bottom, then spaced each row 1″ apart

I used a ruler to help align the letters of each row

I used a ruler to help align the letters of each row

One H short!  Back to Target for more letters!

One H short! Back to Target for more letters!

That’s it! Simple DIY Thanksgiving art that reminds us to be Thankful. I just might leave it up all year :)

 

Now…what to do about my front porch. The two planters filled with dead mums just don’t shout, “Be Thankful.” Hmmm….

Want to see more great DIY hoilday signs? Check out the link party below:

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Also linking up at these great parties!

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11 Comments

  • Reply Tammy November 22, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Lovely Thanksgiving decor. Love the quote you chose.

    • Reply Katie November 22, 2013 at 12:20 am

      Thanks so much! I love this quote, too! Just might leave it up all year!

  • Reply rory November 23, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Hi, I’ve recently been a lurker about your blog for a few months. I really like this article plus your entire site! Looking forward to looking at more!

  • Reply Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer November 23, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Katie, I love this! I’ll be featuring it at our Get Your DIY on party tomorrow night! I hope you can join us again. Our new theme is “Set the Table”, so link up anything that has to do with making a holiday table festive :) Thanks again for sharing at our party!
    XO,
    Christy

    • Reply Katie November 24, 2013 at 3:11 am

      Awesome! Thanks so much, Christy! Love your link parties … they are my weekly inspiration! Happy Thanksgiving!!
      ~Katie

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  • Reply Krista @ the happy housie November 27, 2013 at 4:55 am

    I love this -it turned out so well!! The chevron backdrop is perfect and I LOVE that quote:) Thanks for sharing it at Work it Wednesday this week, hope to see you back tomorrow morning:)
    ~Krista from the happy housie

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  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney January 23, 2014 at 12:32 am

    I’ve seen these before and have always thought they were super cute. Love what you did with them. Your so creative!

  • Reply Sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living January 23, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    You did such a great job! I love how you lined up the letters and chose the chevron background it is perfect.

  • Reply Marissa October 29, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Great job using two frames and the way you used the chevron as your backdrop and the yardstick to keep the margins flush. You for got the apostrophes in your contractions, though.

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