Sunday, November 10, 2019

how to make a thanksgiving tablescape with the foil quill freestyle pens

Happy November crafters! It is time to get my Thanksgiving on! This year it's all about foiling and rich colors for fall, and I've got some easy ideas for making a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape with the Freestyle Pens and another new release from We R Memory Keepers, the Revolution die cutting and embossing tool. Click below to learn how to cut and foil some paper fall leaves, and how to use them in your Thanksgiving decor!

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One of our favorite Thanksgiving family traditions is recording things we're grateful for during the month of November, and then reading them together at Thanksgiving dinner. It helps us focus on all the good things we have in our lives, and makes the holiday more meaningful for us. Over the years we've done this several different ways, from lists to turkeys with feathers to thankful trees and more.

This year I came up with a fun interactive way to record our blessings for Thanksgiving! I used the Foil Quill Freestyle Pens to write them down in foil on die cut paper leaves.

Foil Quill Freestyle Pen Thanksgiving tablescape by Aly Dosdall


My plan is to have a Freestyle Pen station in our family room with pre-cut paper leaves, a Freestyle Pen, a USB battery pack, and some foil out where family members can write blessings down as they think of them. I'll collect the gold foil leaves and display them on the table at Thanksgiving dinner so we can all see them and discuss them. 

Foil Quill Freestyle Pen Thanksgiving napkin ring place card


I also created napkin ring place cards using the same design and technique to coordinate with the blessing leaves. This was a super easy and fun project! Let me tell you how to make your own:

  1. Start by die cutting paper leaves from fall themed patterned paper. I used my new We R Memory Keepers Revolution and the DCWV Inc Fall Forest paper stack. Tip: dark, rich solid or semi-solid paper works best for foiling on.
  2. Heat up your Freestyle Pen (I used the Standard Tip Pen) for 5-10 minutes by plugging it into a USB power source. My favorite is the We R Memory Keepers USB Battery Pack. It's lightweight, has two USB ports and holds a charge for days.
  3. Place your die cut leaf on your work surface. Secure gold foil over the top of the paper leaf with washi tape or Foil Quill placement tape. My favorite work surface for foiling it the We R Magnetic Mat. You don't need to use it to foil, but it sure is convenient and saves on placement tape since you can secure your project and foil with the incluced magnet strips.
  4. Using a metal ruler, draw diagonal lines in the top left corner of the leaves. Then write down either something you're grateful for or the name of the guest for a place card. 
  5. Scatter the gold foil blessing leaves around the table, and make a simple napkin ring for the place cards for your guests. Enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving feast!



I love the elevated and elegant touch that the gold foil adds to my Thanksgiving decor. It doesn't take long to make, but it sure looks cool with gold foil details, and it creates a memorable experience for my entire family!

Foil Quill Freestyle Pen Thanksgiving tablescape by Aly Dosdall

Foil Quill Freestyle Pen Thanksgiving tablescape by Aly Dosdall


Thanks for stopping by. I hope this Thanksgiving tablescape idea has inspired you to create something memborable for your holiday. Be sure to share what you make on your social media and tag me or leave a link here so I can see! Happy crafting and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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