Thanksgiving Blog



The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! I’m thinking we are all starting to plan our Thanksgiving menus, finalize our guest lists, put out our cherished decorations, and maybe even plan some family-friendly games.  Now of course you could just buy your decorations, but why not try a fun and simple idea for your home decor, something you could maybe even pass on as well.  We have a cute DIY idea for your turkey day decorations that is simple and easy as pie!  Get your hot glue gun heated up and ready to go!

What We Used:

  • Mohawk Ultra Penetrating Stain – Raw Siena – M520-4776
  • Mohawk Designer Stain Radiant Series – Golden Brown – M547-64086
  • Mohawk Patchal Putty – Raw Sienna – M734-0020
  • Wooden “Gather” sign
  • Artificial fall leaves and twigs
  • Styrofoam pumpkin
  • Wooden board
  • Crafting knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cloth rag
  • Paintbrush or foam brush
  • Disposable gloves
  • Putty knife or leveler card


Step 1:  Before you begin, prepare your work surface.  Staining can be very messy, so be sure to cover your work surface and wear disposable gloves.  Staining should be done in a well-ventilated room or outside.

Step 2:  We started by cutting the twine string off the “Gather” sign.  This left holes in the wood we had to address so we used Mohawk Patchal Putty in Raw Sienna (M734-0020) to fill the holes.   We used a Mohawk leveler card to fill the hole and smooth out the patch before letting it dry for a few minutes.   




Step 3:  Once the putty is somewhat dry, you can begin staining the “Gather” sign with the Mohawk Ultra Penetrating Stain in Raw Sienna (M520-4776).  Be sure to stain the inside and outside of the letters to ensure all areas are covered.  Let dry while you move on to the large wooden board.

Step 4:  Begin with stirring or shaking the can of Mohawk Designer Stain Radiant Series to ensure the solution is thoroughly mixed.  We are using the color Golden Brown (M547-64086).   Apply stain generously to board by wiping or brushing, using a paintbrush, foam brush, or cloth rag.  Use a clean absorbent cloth to remove excess.  Continue applying the stain and wiping off until you have completely stained the board.  Let dry for approximately 30 minutes.




Step 5:  Once the board is dry, hot glue the “Gather” sign onto the board by running a line of hot glue along the back, flip over and stick to your board.  You will have to work quickly as the glue will dry fast.


Step 6:  Continue hot gluing the artificial twigs and leaves on the board.  Be careful with the hot glue and glue gun, it is very hot!



Step 7:  Using a craft knife, cut the small styrofoam pumpkin in half so it sits flush against the board.  Glue pumpkin to the board, centered over leaf stems to cover glue marks. 


We hope this Thanksgiving craft project will inspire you to get creative!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Beth & Matt