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Crafting in November

How are we going to make our socially distanced Thanksgiving special?

I’m asking all the family members for input this year. How do they want to spend the day? What do they want to eat? What do they want to create? I read that families are playing Pictionary, Win Lose or Draw and Bingo online with other family members via Zoom. I’ll put that bug in everybody’s ear.

We’re also going to craft together. Here are some easy “family friendly” ideas:

Resin Jewelry

Michael’s is offering free on-line classes at I attended one on Zoom demonstrating how to create jewelry using UV Resin by Blue Moon Studio. I was surprised at how simple it was. I purchased three items to try it: UV Resin Hard Type, the UVResinCraft Fillable Metal Charms (rectangular shapes) and the Resin tape all by Blue Moon Studio.

This brand of resin does not require mixing, which makes it highly desirable to use for me. It requires UV rays to harden. You just place it in the sun for five minutes and it hardens. I used tiny “real” flowers from our Lantana plant. It is really pretty to look at in the sun.

Make sure an adult is around to supervise this project.

Make Your Own Greeting Cards

Here I used 5”X7” Blank White Greeting Cards from Amazon Rainbow colors of Washi tape, buttons, a Pima .05 black marker and some craft glue. That is all you need to create the cards above. You can search the internet for more ideas. Search Greeting Cards made with Washi Tape. I think kids will love creating their own.



Mason Jar Cookie Mix Gift Ideas

Why not start creating gifts for friends and family? These are easy and yummy gifts to make in Mason Jars. They are filled with cookie mixes and granola.

We’ve made homemade Cinnamon Pecan Granola and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Mix (shown here). There are many other recipes online such as Cowgirl Cookie Mix, Chocolate Chocolate Chip Mix in Mason Jars and given them as gifts for holidays, hostess gifts and birthdays.

Don’t forget to add a label listing the contents and the recipe to make the treats complete.

Here’s the link for the Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Mix:

I hope these ideas inspire you. If you do make something from my article, please post it on Instagram at #bhlmcrafts. I’d LOVE to see them!

Have a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving!

By Michelle Barry, Resident since 2018