Monday, November 21, 2011

Got Crayons? Nov 21, 2011

This guest post is written by (at least) a fourth generation needlecrafter who also happens to love crayons.   
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after we grow up. ~Pablo Picasso

Why do grown-ups wait to draw with crayons until we're at a restaurant with fresh Italian bread sopped in herbed olive oil? Seems like we're missing out on some fun.

One of my favorite Thanksgiving ideas is to whimsically cover the table with butcher paper, and then place crayons in a paper goodie bags tied with beaded-leather cord (below).

Photo and craft instructions via Martha Stewart

For a new tradition, you might like to start a family tablecloth (below) by inviting each family member present, with pencil in hand, to add something to the tablecloth. They might sign their name and the date, write a few inspiring words, make a small drawing, or trace around their hand.


Before the next holiday season, a family member embroiders each miniature artwork, readying the tablecloth for more. You can use standard-size tablecloths from hotel and restaurant suppliers, department stores or thrift stores. If you sew, sheeting is very affordable and you can tailor the size, shape and other trim.


For other portable projects, choose from our small collection of free coloring pages at bigfamilynews.com. Also, you might like to learn How to Create a PDF Coloring Page Without Special Software on Hub Pages.

Thanksgiving placemat coloring page via Jan Brett

Add your art to our web site! Public and restricted (e.g., only family Sign-in to view Feature) pages are available. Just use the link below to Email the author.

No matter where you're going this holiday season, take some crayons! Have a wonderful week and remember...

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.

What are some of your family's Thanksgiving traditions? Leave a comment!

You might also like
Thanksgiving Tables for Your Kids via Martha Stewart
A Tip for Photographing Your Child's Art via Small Notebook
5 Ways to Organize and Display Your Child's Artwork via Make and Takes
Scan and share children's artwork via HP Digital Photography
9 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Live Simply via Simple Mom
Free Coloring Pages here

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