Hi everyone! Can you believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow?!! Yikes. I just finished up some little favors I’m bringing along to my brother and sister-in-love’s house. I thought I’d share them with you today, even though it would be almost impossible for you to replicate (if you so desired) given how close the holiday is. But you could certainly tuck the idea away (pin it) or use it for Christmas, even. They are sweet, little terra cotta votive holders that take almost no time at all to put together.
Start with some small pots and some sort of heart shapes you’d like to use for decorations. I made my hearts with terra cotta clay, cutting them out with a canape cutter and letting them air dry. You could use Sculpy clay, which you bake for about 20 minutes to harden or small wooden hearts.
Next, give your pots a coat of watered-down paint. I used Americana Decor chalk paint in “Lace,” because I love the softness of the color. I tried both white and off-white craft paint but did not like either result. When you apply the paint, you don’t want to go to crazy worrying about how it looks going on. Have a rag handy and use it to wipe off excess paint and spread it around a little. In a minute, you’re going to make it all look better.
I just became a member of the Deco Art Blogger Outreach Program and have received some free supplies for some of my projects. But you should know that I’ve been using their paints for quite a while now, because I prefer their products.
The trick to getting your pots to look the way you want, is to use some sand paper to both smooth the painted surface and remove some paint here and there. I like to remove it from the lower edge of the rim especially.
For my simple table, I set the votives on the salad plates, but you can put them on your table above the dinner plate or all in a row down the center of your table or on a tray. Mine are meant to be favors for all the adults to take home as a small momento. I’m bring peet pots for the kids to paint and fill with candy. I’ll let them pick out a faux maple leaf to glue to the front as a final touch for their favors.
Just a little something for each guest to take home, a small reminder of the time spent together with family and friends, sharing good food, good conversation, and good times. Happy Thanksgiving friends–
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