Easy Last Minute Thanksgiving Decorations

Need a few ideas to get your home or tablescape a little bit more in the Thanksgiving spirit? We’ve got you covered!

Be sure to read the tips from our design team, many of which use items found around your house! Or if you are still looking for the perfect finishing touch or a gift for your host stop by your local Machine Shed Restaurant to see the unique items in our gift shops! 



This quick napkin fold from Smarty had a Party adds dimension and texture to your table.



Kitchen Basics: most commonly called for seasoning cheat sheet

Knowing what to have on hand in your spice cabinet can be a bit tricky, that’s why we created a cheat sheet of the most commonly called for seasonings & spices. Just print it out and tape it inside your cabinet door to always be prepared.

Kitchen Basics

Fall Paper Flower Wreath

Paper Flower Wreath

It’s that time of year again … FALL DECORATING!  If you are looking for an addition to your fall decor collection look no further than this irresistibly cute DIY floral wreath.


The great thing about this tutorial is that the size and color scheme can be customized for your space.  Also, it can be hung on your front door if sprayed with a paper preserver, like Krylon Preserve It Aerosol Spray.

Floral Wreath


  • 1- 14inch foam wreath
  • Pins, about 250
  • 1- 4.5in x 6.5in card stock paper pack, at least a 40 sheet pack
  • Martha Stewart hydrangea paper punch
  • 2.5 yards of 3 inch ribbon



Punch out paper flowers. Our wreath has 20 different patterned papers, more or less can be used.  Your wreath should take about 40 sheets of paper, feel free to only punch 30 sheets to start and punch more if/when you run out.


Layer two flowers together and stick a pin thru the center, then curl the edges up slightly. Repeat until all of the punched flowers are used.



Wrap the ribbon around the foam wreath so the foam color can not be seen.



Starting with the inner circle, push the flowers into the foam clockwise to form one, single layer of flowers that flows around the entire wreath.  Applying the same technique, add another flower layer directly above the previous. Repeat this 3 more times.  Rotate the color and pattern of each flower to create a more rustic look.  Make sure that each flower and layer are overlapping with the next, covering as much of the ribbon as possible.



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Make Your Own Dryer Sheets


Reuseable Dryer Sheets

You will need …

  • Fabric softener
  • Water
  • 1 cup measuring cup
  • 3 sponges
  • Air tight container



Add the fabric softener and water to your container using a 2:1 ratio. However, using 6 cups of fabric softener and 3 cups of water is a great amount that should last you for months. Next, cut the sponges in half the “hotdog” or long direction. Submerge them in the mixture, and wah-lah, you’re done!

To use: put 2 or 3 sponges (depending on the load size) with your clothes in the dryer, just ring out the excess liquid first. Once the dryer is done the sponges will be completely dry, just put them back in the liquid the next use.

Rustic Home Decor Sign

DIY rustic barn wood sign


  • 2 colors of paint
  • Stencils
  • 2 foam brushes
  • Board
  • Masking or painters tape
  • Sander or sanding pad (larger grit is better)

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1. Paint a 1 1/2 inch boarder on the front side of the board 1 of the 2 paint colors (this will also be the color of the stenciled letters).  Let dry completely.
MS- outside paint


2. Cover the entire front and sides with a thick coat of the other paint color.  You will cover the boarder that you painted in step 1.  Let dry completely.  If necessary, apply another thick coat.  Let dry completely.

MS- plain board


3. Tape your stencils together, then center the combined stencils on the board and tape it down using a minimal amount of tape.  Fill in the stencils with the paint from step 1.  Warning, if you apply too much at once it can seep out of the stencil. If this happens you can leave it for a more rustic look, paint over the excess, or if it is still wet wipe it off with a damp cloth.   To (hopefully) avoid this problem apply multiple light coats.  Let dry.

MS- stencil


4. Pull of the stencil.

MS- SIgn

5. Using a sander (or sander pad and some muscle) sand the board. Apply more pressure around the outer edges to reveal some of the bare board and the hidden paint.

TIP- To get a more weathered look apply varying amounts of pressure while sanding.

Untitled design

Printable Fourth of July Sign

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Need a little extra something for your Fourth of July festivities or a gift for the hostess? Print off this sign, place it in a frame, and in less than 5 minutes you have a unique gift or patriotic decor.

Click the link to print Printable 4th of July Sign

Printing the sign on card stock is recommended, but your standard printer paper will work too.

Don’t forget to SHARE WITH US, here or on Facebook, how you used the printable sign!


Barn Wood Welcome Sign

MS Blog Welcome Sign

Brighten up your outdoor or indoor space with this DIY barn wood welcome sign! It is sure to give a little extra character to any area you display it in.


  • Barn wood approximately 2ft wide x 1ft tall (If you don’t have a piece of barn wood no worries, use wood from a pallet or a wood from a hardware store)
  • Stain (We used Rust-Oleum wood stain cognac oil-based, but any shade or brand will work)
  • Paint- any color (We used a Valspar tester paint purchased at Lowes. They are only $3, come in hundreds of colors, and dry quickly!
  • Old rag to stain the board with
  • Thin paint brush
  • Charcoal stick
  • “Welcome” printable
  • Masking tape
  • Mason Jar
  • Wire
  • Drill
  • Pen
  • Brackets
  • Silk flowers


  1. Cut wood
  2. Attach a bracket to the back of the board to hang it from once completed
  3. Put a coat of stain on the board, let dry fully- you may want to do multiple coat if your board is not very aged to start
  4. Print MS Welcome Printable (Click to Print)
  5. Cut off excess paper above and below “Welcome”
  6. Using a medium amount of pressure, rub the stick of charcoal over the back of the welcome sign
  7. Position welcome where you would like on the board, tape to the board with the charcoal side down
  8. Using a pen, trace around the outside of the letters in “Welcome”
  9. Remove the paper, fill in the letters with paint
  10. Place the mason jar where you would like it on the board, make a mark on each side of the neck
  11. Drill a small hole on each of the dots
  12. Attach the mason jar to the board using wire, fasten wire together in back
  13. Place silk flowers in the jar


Mason Jar Dispenser and Kitchen Towel Giveaway!!!!!!

MS- Mason Jar and Towel Give AwayThere are so many things you can use this mason jar dispenser for, besides the obvious soap option! The jar provides the perfect way to have necessities sitting on your counter without being in an unsightly bottle.  Today we are going to teach you how to make an all-purpose cleaner, a stain remover, and hydrating lotion. Want this mason jar dispenser and mason jar kitchen towel? WIN IT by commenting on the post other creative uses for the jar OR purchase both of these in your local Machine Shed Gift Shop!

All-Purpose Cleaner


  • Distilled Water
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Hydrogen Peroxide


  1. Combine 1 TBS of distilled white vinegar, 1 TBS of hydrogen peroxide, & 1 cup of distilled water
  2. Repeat step 1 until your container is full
  3. Apply to a damp cloth and clean away


Stain Remover


  • Distilled Water
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Baking Soda


  1.  Combine 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup baking soda, & 1 cup distilled water
  2. Repeat step 1 until container is full
  3. Apply directly to clothing as needed


Hydrating Lotion


  • 4oz jar of vitamin E cream
  • 15oz bottle of baby lotion
  • 7.5oz jar of vaseline
  • Mixer


  1. Completely mix together vitamin E cream and vaseline
  2. Slowly add baby lotion to the mixture, mix completely
  3. Apply as needed

Mason Jar Tiki Torch

MS- Mason Jar Tiki Torch

Every summer it seems like we spend our outdoor time battling with mosquitoes! Well, this quick mason jar craft is sure to solve this never ending problem, there are just a few simple steps between you and an itch-free summer.


Mason Jar (any size will work)

Tiki Wick

Citronella Torch Fuel


Masking Tape


1. Place a small piece of masking tape in the center of the mason jar’s lid to keep the drill bit from slipping

2. Using a 1/4 drill bit, drill a hole in the center of the masking tape

3. Repeat step 2 using a 3/8 drill bit

4. Remove the masking tape and put the tiki wick through the hole

5. Position the wick 1/2 an inch from the bottom of the jar

6. Cut the top of the wick to about 2 inches

7. Fill the jar 3/4 of the way with citronella torch fuel

8. Light your mason jar tiki torch and enjoy a bug-free summer



Make Your Own Mason Jar Candles!


2 pounds soy wax flakes

4 wicks and wick tabs (we used wooden wicks)

essential oils (optional)

4 mason jars

glue dots

microwave safe bowl


1.  Melt the wax in a microwave safe bowl.  When completely melted add, essential oils.  The amount of essential oil you use is up to you based on your desired level of scent.

2.  We used glue dots to secure the wicks at the bottom of the jar.

3.  Carefully pour the wax into the jars.  It is easier if you use a funnel or a large glass measuring cup.

4.  Let the wax set.  Candles will be ready to use in 4 hours!



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