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Do you smell that? It’s Pumpkin Spice Latte season! Well, most Americans know it as Thanksgiving, the start of a busy holiday season. Our time is so precious and planning holiday crafts that have a double duty purpose is something that we all want. Here are a few ways to dress up your Thanksgiving table with some fun and easy painted rock crafts.
Painted Rock Place-Card Holders
When I get the opportunity to host a holiday dinner, I like to plan a craft that will serve a double-duty purpose. This year, I made these painted rock place-card holders that will also serve as a homemade appreciation gift for my guests. The Autumn season has many earthy/jewel tones that can inspire beautiful fall designs. Consider using gratitude messages like “Grateful,” “Thankful,” “Blessings” and “Harvest” are just a few that I have used for my table setting. Painting rocks can be so relaxing to me, and that’s why I love using painted rocks in all my craft projects.
Prepare the rocks by washing in soapy water and leave out to air dry. Keep your guest in mind when painting their rock. Choose a phrase, colors, or design that will personalize each rock for your guests. Once the rocks are painted, and completely dry apply a coat of sealer. There are many types of sealers from matte to glossy, from spray-on to paint-on.
- Smooth Rocks
- Acrylic Paint
- Copper Craft Wire
- Need Nose Pliers
- Cardstock 8.5×11 paper
Use the copper craft wire to wrap around your painted rock and leave at least 6 inches left over for the stem and loops. You can use a marker with a 1’’ diameter or even a wooden handle of a kitchen spoon to make the loops. Make 3-4 loops to make sure that the place card will be secure. I used Canva.com to make my place cards. It’s a free design software that so easy to use! Open a blank 8.5×11 (US letter) document and make your design. I choose a fall wreath that was 242px by 247px and “Thankful for” font-size 12pt and font- style was Coustard and “name” font-size 28 pt and font-style was Euphoria Script. Canva has guide-lines that will help center your text within your image. Save your place cards as a png file, then print on cardstock 8.5×11 paper. Add a little extra flair to your place cards by using scalloped edge scissors to complete the look. Insert your place card between the wire loops to complete your Thanksgiving painted rock place card holder. Your guests will love their homemade gift.
Thanksgiving Gratitude Conversation Painted Rocks
Make a new holiday tradition by making gratitude conversation painted rocks for your dinner table. I have had these painted rocks on my kitchen table for over a week, and every day my family has picked a rock to read and everyone will chime in with an honest thoughtful answer and sometimes humorous. Be prepared, because you never know what your kids will say! It’s made family dinners more interesting, fun, and more importantly, I’m connecting with my family (device-free). These easy and fun painted rocks can bring meaningful conversations back to the dinner table any time of the year!
- Smooth Rocks
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint Pens
- Modge Podge
- Tissue Paper
- 8.5×11 copy paper
- Scotch tape
Again, you will want to prepare the rocks by washing in soapy water and leave out to air dry. Before painting your rocks, decide on a color scheme that will compliment your holiday dinner table décor. I decided on a pretty burnt orange, ivory, metallic gold, and garnet color to give a nice fall look for my table setting. Apply 1 or 2 coats of paint and let it dry completely. Meanwhile, work on making meaningful questions that your family will enjoy sharing at the dinner table. Here are the ones that I choose for my painted rocks:
What family member are you thankful for today?
What is one thing that you are thankful for?
What is something that makes you happy?
What is something about your teacher that you are grateful for?
What memory are you grateful for?
What change are you grateful for?
FYI… I choose to print out my questions on tissue paper due to the small size of the rocks that I used and the fact that my tiny hand lettering did not look good to me when I was practicing on paper. (Make note to self…practice tiny hand lettering!) It’s up to you if you want to try this technique. This was my first time using the tissue paper decoupage on painted rocks, and I will definitely Cut your tissue paper to fit your 8.5×11 copy paper and tape the edges. Depending on your printer settings, I had my set on best quality, and I had to print it out a couple of times because of the ink smearing. Once the ink is completely dry, cut out questions to fit your painted rocks.
Use Modge Podge matte to brush lightly over your tissue paper onto the painted rock. Start from the center of the tissue paper and brush outwards. I did have some crinkled tissue paper on the more rounded stones, but it can be smoothed out with a dry brush. Again, let your painted rocks dry. Complete your painted rocks with any finishing touches. Lastly, add a coat of sealer of your choice. I used a Krylon clear gloss.
When the big day rolls around, I will decorate my dinner table with my painted rock place card holders, gratitude conversation stones, candles and of course all that delicious food! I also look forward every year last-minute shopping trip to the grocery store for the “forgotten, but so important item!”
Share with me some of your favorite Thanksgiving Day traditions? If you have some holiday inspired painted rocks that you would like to share, go to our community group page on facebook.