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For me, this Thanksgiving has more meaning than ever! Hopefully my son will be home for good after serving three years in the U.S. Army. I hope to have him at our table for the first time in four years. I want to help him feel welcomed and loved. The project for Thanksgiving Day Charms outlined below will help you do the same for the people you love and give thanks for having them in your life. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

Thanksgiving Day Charms

Level: Easy, but needs adult supervision


Thanksgiving designs or a creative imagination

Shrink Art or Poly Shrink


Colored pencils or permanent markers

Heat gun or oven

Heat proof pad if using a heat gun


Jump rings

Needle nose pliers

Narrow ribbon

Hole puncher


1. Using the sandpaper, rough up the sheet of plastic before you draw your design.

2. Draw your design at least half the size bigger than you want it to be. Most plastics will shrink down about 45 percent.

3. Cut around your design. Be sure to leave enough room to punch holes at the top. Punch a hole at the top for the wire. Remember the hole will shrink, too! You may have to punch two to make it a little bigger.

4. If using the oven, follow the directions from the manufacturer. I used a heat gun and a Teflon pad. Hold the gun over the plastic until it uncurls from the heat. You may need to flatten it a bit. Be careful it’s hot.

5. Add a jump ring to the hole, then ribbon or a wire wine ring. You can find them in the jewelry section of a craft store.

6. Attach your charm to your glass.

7. If you know who’s coming to dinner this is a great way to personalize your table and make your guests feel welcome.

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