Halloween is behind us. We are in November. Thanksgiving is our next big holiday to prepare for. With that in mind, I’m making a farmhouse style Thanksgiving art project.
This farmhouse style Thanksgiving art project has everything that a good farmhouse style art project should have:
- It’s a sign, a scroll actually.
- It’s on rustic looking kraft paper.
- It has twine.
- It has a wonderful saying in a beautiful script font.
- It’s simple in style and message ~ it’s all about being grateful and thankful and prayerful.
I’m so proud of this Thanksgiving art project. Since Halloween is over, the witches and the scarecrows and the ghosts and goblins are packed away. I’ll be hanging this farmhouse style Thanksgiving art project front and center in our house.
Simple Farmhouse Style Thanksgiving Art Project
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Last week, I shared 9 Awesome DIY Thanksgiving Projects that I found on Pinterest. I chose them for these reasons:
- Not too many “ingredients”
- Clear instructions
- Easily replicated
- Not expensive
- Is user friendly
This farmhouse style Thanksgiving art project fits the bill for those criteria.
This Thanksgiving project is a paper scroll. It has a message. It is so easy to make. There are just a few ingredients. You can easily make it yourself because it’s meant to be replicated by anyone. It is not expensive and you can enjoy the results for years. Hopefully, I will give clear instructions.
Supplies for Your Farmhouse Style Thanksgiving Art Project
This project is so easy because you only need a few supplies to complete it. Give Us Our Daily Bread from A Makers’ Studio is the prayerful message of this Thanksgiving art project. These are ink transfers that are used 1 time. The designs are beautiful as are the fonts.
Have you ever worked with an ink transfer? I never had, but it was so easy.
The ink transfers come on special tissue paper and the designs are large, meant to be used as art.
Also gather scissors, a straight edge, a stapler and tape.
You will also need 30~inch wide kraft paper and 3 ~ 6 feet of jute twine. Both are available at your local craft store or online. You will have plenty of kraft paper and jute twine for other projects.
Steps to Create Your Thanksgiving Art Project
This is really such an easy project.
Step 1 ~First, use a small knife to slit open the sticker holding the large roll of kraft paper.
Step 2 ~ Next, roll out the kraft paper on a flat surface.
Use something heavy, like a stabler, a Scotch tape dispenser or even your iPhone to hold down one end of the paper.
Step 3 ~ Roll the end of the paper 2 times to form a tube. Then staple or tape the rolled tube at each end. This will be the top of your scroll art project.
Step 4 ~ Continue to roll out the paper until you have at least 1 1/2 feet. Use another heavy object to hold the paper open.
NOTE: You will make another tube at the bottom of the paper at the end of the project.
Step 5 ~ Open the package with the “Give Us This Day” ink transfer, unfold and spread on the kraft paper. The side with the ink is in reverse.
Turn the ink transfer over so that the frosted side is up; the design will be facing up.
Step 6 ~ Position your transfer on the kraft paper. I used my plastic ruler to determine some negative space between the “tube” at the top of the scroll and the ink transfer. This was my guide where the top of the ink transfer was placed.
Using your hands, spread the ink transfer out from the center to the edges of the kraft paper, centering between the sides of the kraft paper.
NOTE: There will still be wrinkles in the ink transfer paper. That’s O.K.
Use your “weights to hold down the corners of the ink transfer. I found this method easier than taping the ink transfer down.
Step 7 ~ Use a popsicle stick to rub across the design. Use pressure to transfer the ink to the paper. I held the paper down with my other hand.
NOTE: Since I’m left~handed, I went from right to left; if you are right~handed, go from left to right.
As you rub the ink into the paper, the design will turn from black to white.
TIP: It doesn’t matter which way you rub ~ up and down, across; just press hard enough that the ink is transferred to the paper.
When you have completely covered the design with the burnishing tool, your paper will be all white.
TIP: Examine your paper to make sure you haven’t missed any spots.
Step 8 ~ Finally, remove your weights and lift up your ink transfer paper. There is no drying time. You are done! Wasn’t that easy! I love this Thanksgiving art project. It’s perfect for the holidays. It looks like you drew the design directly on the kraft paper. Pretty cool?
Making the Hanger for the Art Project
Step 9 ~ Take the end of the jute twine and push it through the tube at the top of the scroll. I used a yardstick to do this.
Step 10 ~ Pull the jute twine through the tube until the end meets with twine at the other end. Determine how much slack you want for your hanger.
Step 11 ~ Make a knot in the twine and then cut off the excess.
I didn’t want my knot to show so I adjusted the twine until the knot was inside the tube. If you wanted, you could make a bow and let it show at the top.
Step 12 ~ Roll out the bottom of the kraft paper below your ink transfer design. I wanted the same amount of negative space below the design as above it. I used my plastic ruler, which is 3 inches wide to determine the distance and drew my pencil across the kraft paper.
Then I measured down another 6 inches for allowance for my bottom tube. Draw another line and cut your paper.
Step 13 ~ Roll the bottom edge of the kraft paper up twice to form a tube, just like at the top of the scroll, until it meets the first pencil line that you drew. Either use your stapler or scotch tape to secure your tube.
NOTE: If needed, add some paper clips on ends of the backside of the bottom tube to weigh the scroll down.
Now you have completed your Thanksgiving art project.
Displaying Your Farmhouse Style Art Project
I hung my Thanksgiving scroll on the hook above our mantle. We removed the painting that usually hangs there.
You can embellish, garnish or decorate your scroll by adding florals to the jute twine.
Or maybe you could make a bow and add some fall leaves and faux maize. The ribbon and the leaves are from Joann ~ on sale, of course.
I didn’t do this, but you could add stenciled leaves around the design or any other embellishment that you like to the message.
This is the first time that I’ve used one of the new ink transfers and I am totally smitten. The transfer was so easy to apply.
If you are hesitant about paints and stencils, then this is the medium and project for you.
There are currently so many pretty different black ink transfers. These designs can be applied to paper, furniture, glass, fabric, or most any painted surface.
If you have any questions about this wonderful new product, please leave me a comment. I’d love to know what you think.
I hope that you will PIN this project for your Thanksgiving decorations ideas. It will be a good one to PIN for later, but if you want to get one of these black ink transfers, I would order quickly.
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