Fall Decorating with Mason Jars

Fall Decorating with Mason Jars

Mason JarsI collect bottles, jars, tins, and other interesting containers.  My kitchen cabinets are filled with empty spaghetti sauce jars, wine bottles, and other stuff I insist I will someday do something creative with.  The recent popularity of Mason jars are right up my alley.

Mason Jars are not only used for canning, they are so versatile and can be used for almost anything.  They can be painted, glued, etched, stenciled, and more.  They can be vases, baking containers, drinking glasses,  gift packaging, and I’m told are used for moonshine!  It only takes a little imagination and very little time to turn jars into something special.

With Thanksgiving this week here are a few ideas on how you can use Mason Jars as part of your holiday decor and gift giving.



Mason JarsOwl Candy Jars by ChicaCircle are a great way to store extra Halloween Candy or would make a great Teacher’s gift, you can fill it with treats, stickers, or just about anything you want.

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Mason JarsRustic Fall Centerpiece by Love of Family & Home are simple and easy to make.  You can personalize them with your own initial.  For Tutorial click here![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Mason Jars“FALL” Mason Jar vases by My Anything & Everything are painted in chalk paint and stenciled.  Simple and lovely on your mantle or Thanksgiving table.
For instructions click here!
Mason Jars Simmering Pot Mason Jar Gift by The Happier Homemaker is easy to make and would be a terrific hostess gift.  Not to mention your house will smell wonderful when you’re making it.
For recipe and instructions click here!

Mason JarsStanding Mason Jars on candle stick holders what a novel idea!  This Aqua and Orange decor by Cherished Bliss is simply lovely!

Instructions click here!


Mason JarsThankful Jars by Positively Splendid are a great to display fall foliage or perhaps you can even place small pots of herbs in them.

For Instructions click here!



Mason JarsCorn Husk Wrapped Jars by Garden Therapy would make a nice centerpiece for your holiday table.

For Instructions click here!

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Mason JarsSpice Kits by Mixing Bowl Kids make wonderful hostess gifts or even party favors for you Thanksgiving events.

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Mason JarsMason Jar drinking glasses and centerpiece by AKA Designs.  Guests can take home their jars as party favors.  Easy and inexpensive.  Jar lids can be replaced by Daisy cut lids, they have holes for the drinking straw.  Otherwise you could drill holes in each lid.  Daisy cut lids can be ordered from Amazon.com. (Affiliate Link)

Mason JarsWondering what to do with the lids you just replaced with the Daisy cut ones?  Don’t toss them out, here’s a fun way by The Country Cook. to use them and incorporate them in your holiday decor.

Instructions click here! 


Need Mason Jars?  You can find Mason and Jelly Jars in all sizes from Amazon.com!
DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces

I recently saw some gorgeous Thanksgiving Centerpieces  online selling for $100 or more.  Most of them were made with mini pumpkins, dried leaves, nuts, berries, and other natural materials.  I love dressing up my holiday tables with beautiful centerpieces, but there’s no way I’m spending that much money on one.  Specially not when I know I can make something similar for much less.

With Thanksgiving just 3 days away  we’re all busy preparing that holiday meal, but have you given any thought to how you’re going to set your Thanksgiving table?  At our house we always have so much food that I end up setting up a Thanksgiving buffet on my kitchen peninsula so that we can actually eat on the dining table.  I like to place Thanksgiving Centerpieces on both the dining table and on the buffet, it makes everything look so much more festive.

With a bit of ingenuity and supplies you may already have at home I’m sure you can make some beautiful Thanksgiving centerpieces to grace your holiday tables.

Think about all the possibilities!  What does autumn call to mind?  Think rich harvest colors; pumpkins, nuts, seeds, and all the bounties of the earth. Making a centerpiece or creating a tablescape may involve as little as digging thru your pantry, clipping blooms from your garden, and a quick trip to the dollar store.

Here are some ideas to inspire you!   And don’t forget the Kids’ table, it needs to be fun and pretty too!

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

For these Thanksgiving centerpieces I used foam pumpkins I got from the post-Halloween clearance at Walmart and promotional glasses I had at home.  I added dried leaves and corn I got from the supermarket, some ribbon and a happy scarecrow. Learn how here![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]


Thanksgiving CenterpiecesLaterns are always popular and very versatile.  Learn how to make this Fall Centerpiece from Sweet Something Designs.

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Thanksgiving CenterpiecesAcorn filled Mason Jar candle holders, how simple and inexpensive is that! You can probably find a bunch of acorns in your backyard!

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Thanksgiving CenterpiecesA quick trip to the dollar store and the farmer’s market for supplies, and a glue gun is basically all you need to make this pumpkin centerpiece by Shanty 2 Chic.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]



Thanksgiving CenterpiecesAnother dollar store project is The Craftinomicon’s Harvest Centerpiece.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]




Thanksgiving CenterpiecesThese beer bottle candle holders by Big City Little Joys will give you a reason to drink more beer.  Just glue on some twine, paint on the letter, and add candles and done!  How fun and easy is that?[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]


Thanksgiving CenterpiecesCalm Cradle nestles votives in a glass filled with coffee beans, ties on some twine and places everything in an old pan.  Simple!  You may not need to leave home to make this one.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]


Thanksgiving CenterpiecesShelterness arranges nuts on assorted stands.  Easy!  You can even make your own stands!  To learn how to make serving stands click here! [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]


For more Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas from Shelterness click here!

Thanksgiving CenterpiecesMy Blessed Life will show you how to DIY Hurricane Vases for this easy centerpiece.  Looks pricey but really uses dollar store supplies![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]


Thanksgiving CenterpiecesThis centerpiece by At the Picket Fence uses corn kernels, beans, and fruit to create this simple tablescape.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]




Thanksgiving CenterpiecesCranberries in over sized Brandy snifters by Shelterness.





Thanksgiving CenterpiecesFor a healthier alternative try these edible centerpieces from Top Inspired.Thanksgiving Centerpieces

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Fun Thanksgiving Treats

Fun Thanksgiving Treats

Thanksgiving is a time to think about all the things we are grateful for, but it’s also a time to EAT!  Many of us will be celebrating the holiday with friends and family, sharing great food and even better company.

Here are some cute Thanksgiving treats that the kids will love, adults will love them too!  They would look great on the Kids’ Thanksgiving Table!

Turkey Pop from lilluna.com is made with Oreos, mini Nutter Butters, and candy corn.  Instructions here![spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

Another treat made with Ores and candies from The Dating Divas are these adorable turkeys.Instructions here! [spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]


Turkey Pretzel Sticks from Frugal Coupon Living is also made with fall candies.

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Thanksgiving TeePee from pre-Kpages.com.

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Pumpkin Patties from Mom on Time Out
Click here
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Turkey Leg rice krispy treats from Bitzngiggles.

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Thanksgiving Pudding Cups from Party Pinching turns pre-packaged pudding cups into turkeys with Milano and candies.

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For a healthier treat try this cute fruit and yogurt dip from Pilsbury.

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Turkey snack bagTurn a plastic glove into a Turkey Snack bag.  This idea from Thats What Che Said.

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Thanksgiving Blessing Mix from This Little Project.  Package them up in Mason Jars for great take home gifts.

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Fruit filled cones make great healthy conricopias.  Fill waffle cones, with berries, melons, and other fruits. [spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

Instead of Ores these little gobblers by 7th. House on the Left uses Nutter Butters.

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These cute Turkeys and Pilgrim Hats by Our Best Bites do double duty as place card holders.  Fun!

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Gracious Rain turns donut holes into Sweet Acorns!

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This Turkey fruit platter by Clean and Scentsible can be served with melted chocolate for a yummy fondue.

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Have you been gobbled?

Have you been gobbled?


The Thanksgiving Turkey has come to town,
To abandon a few treats, I see you’ve found. In the event that you wish to make this a more joyful fall.

Proceed with this welcome, this ghost fall. To begin with, post this Turkey where it can be seen, What’s more, abandon it there yet don’t make a scene.
This will indicate different Phantoms who may happen to visit, Make certain to take part, you would prefer not to miss it.

Second, if capable, make two treats and duplicate this sonnet. Convey them to two different homes. Try not to give them a chance to see you, be subtle, doubtlessly.
What’s more, ensure they put their Phantom Turkey out.

Abandon it at entryways where the Turkey hasn’t hit, Convey at dim when there isn’t much light, Ring the doorbell and run and remain beyond anyone’s ability to see.

What’s more, last, however not minimum, come participate in the season, Try not to stress, be glad, you require no justifiable reason. This is all in great fun and we are simply attempting to state,

Have a superbly Happy Thanksgiving Day!


Savvy Nana’s Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Savvy Nana’s Thanksgiving Dinner Menu


Every year Thanksgiving Dinner is at my house.  My family expects everything to be the same year after year, it’s tradition!  By now I have this whole meal down pat; the menu, shopping list, and  recipes are etched in my brain.

Each year I add a couple of new items to my menu, usually appetizers and desserts.  I figure as long as I don’t mess with the classic menu items my family won’t rebel.  This year I’m trying out 3 appetizers and 2 desserts, maybe some of them will make return appearances next year.

Even tho I can prepare this holiday meal in my sleep I still plan the meal as I would any other event I host.  The key to a successful event is planning, in my world this means lists.  I make a menu, a shopping list, and a timeline.  This helps me budget my time and helps keep the holidays stress free.

Here is this year’s Thanksgiving menu.  Links to recipes are also given.  Click here for printable menu!



Spinach & Artichoke Bites.  So easy to make!

Recipe click here!

Awesome Shrimp Scampi Cheese Dip w/ Crostini

Recipe click here!

Roasted Red Pepper Eggs

Recipe click here!
 Main Course & Sides
Roast Turkey w/ Simple Bread Stuffing
Learn how to roast turkey using large brown grocery bags.  Click here!


Garlic Mashed Potato w/Gravy
Baby Carrots Glace
Potato Macaroni Salad
Candied Yams
Garlic Bread Knots
For recipe click here!


Savvy Nana’s Special Pecan Pie
Once I have my menu I can compile my shopping list with all the ingredients I will need for the menu items.  I check off items I already have in my pantry and buy the rest.
For printable shopping list click here!
I also take the time to jot down a timeline.  This keeps me on track and makes the holiday stress free.  This year I’m using a Fall cleaning schedule I found on line.
For printable timeline click here!
For printable Fall cleaning schedule click here!
Planning Thanksgiving Dinner helps take the stress out of the event and allows me to enjoy my family and other guests on Thanksgiving day.  Don’t forget to schedule some “me” time during this busy week;  you’ll need a bit of R&R.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Inexpensive Fall Mantel Decorations

Inexpensive Fall Mantel Decorations

Fall Mantel


I live in Hawaii and don’t have a fireplace hence no mantel.  When we lived in Texas the mantel was one of my favorite spots to decorate.  But my daughters who live on the mainland have fireplaces with mantels that they decorate for each holiday.  Here’s the one my daughter Jenny made for her Georgia home.

She used the jars that she uses for her children’s  candy buffets  when they have birthday parties.  It’s a great way to use those jars in between parties.  She filled the jars up with candy corn and popcorn kernels she found on sale at her local grocery store.  The glittery foam pumpkins and skull were from Walmart and TJMaxx.  The row of gold pumpkins are real pumpkins that she spray painted with gold metallic paint.  We usually like to use Krylon 1000 Premium Metallic Spray Paint, (affiliate link) for our craft projects, but since she’s using reap pumpkins that she didn’t want to preserve she used the less expensive Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray Paint  (affiliate link) she picked up at Walmart.

If you are going to paint fresh pumpkins follow these steps:

1.  Wash pumpkin thoroughly lightly scrubbing off the wax coating on the skin.

2.  Rinse all soap from pumpkin.

3.  Completely dry pumpkin before you start to paint.

4.  With a sweeping motion lightly spray paint on to the pumpkin for the first coat.  Spray can should be about 1 foot away from the pumpkin to avoid drips. Allow to dry.

5.  Spray more coats of paint on to the pumpkin until you get the desired color.  Allow to dry between coats or paint will drip.

If you don’t want to use fresh pumpkins you can use the foam pumpkins you can buy at the craft store and Walmart.  This way cost a bit more but you can use it for many years to come.

Fill apothecary jars, you can buy them from TJMaxx, Walmart, and craft stores, with candy corn or popcorn kernels.  You can use them separately or layer in the jar.

If you don’t have apothecary jars you make Hurricane Vases from glass vases and candlesticks or goblets.  Click here for instructions on how to make them.

To highlight the mantel Jenny strung a string of acorn lights she found at TJMaxx in front of the fireplace.  For Halloween you can use the Halloween lights with skulls, monsters, ghosts, etc. you can find at Walmart or sometimes even the dollar store.

When Halloween is done you can easily convert this decor for Thanksgiving by replacing the skulls with Thanksgiving themed items such as acorns, dried leaves, or candles.