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Thanksgiving Dessert Toppers DIY + Recipe

With the Thanksgiving holidays fast approaching, I thought I would make some easy dessert toppers that could be used for pumpkin pie, apple pie or whatever sweets are on the menu. These could also be customized as place cards for your table–or how cute would they be for a kids’ table with each kid’s name? I’m also sharing a simple recipe for a no-bake layered pumpkin pie in mason jars. Happy Thanksgiving–it’s my favorite holiday!

Thanksgiving Dessert Toppers DIY + Recipe | Oh Happy Day!

Thanksgiving Dessert Toppers DIY + Recipe | Oh Happy Day!

Thanksgiving Dessert Toppers DIY + Recipe | Oh Happy Day!

Materials: Thanksgiving Dessert Toppers Template, hot glue gun, shimmer paracord in beige, Wilton color mist in gold, heavy duty garden wire, scissors, wooden skewers

Step 1: Print out the Thanksgiving Dessert Toppers Template. Cut off length of shimmer paracord a little longer than what you think you would need for your word.
Step 2: Cut garden wire about the same length as shimmer paracord.
Step 3: Cut off ends of shimmer paracord and pull out the strings from inside. The shimmer paracord should now be hollow.
Step 4: Put garden wire through shimmer paracord.
Step 5: Using the Thanksgiving Dessert Toppers Template as a guide, place shimmer paracord/wire over each word and bend it to form the word.
Step 6: Cut the end of the shimmer paracord after completing the word and hot glue the ends.
Step 7: Hot glue a cross for the letter “t” and use a small piece of cord as a dot for the “i”.
Step 8: In a well ventilated area, place the word onto scrap paper or newspaper. Spray gold color mist over the bottom half of the word, creating a subtle ombre effect.
Step 9: Hot glue the skewer to the back center of the word.

Thanksgiving Dessert Toppers DIY + Recipe | Oh Happy Day!

Thanksgiving Dessert Toppers DIY + Recipe | Oh Happy Day!

Thanksgiving Dessert Toppers DIY + Recipe | Oh Happy Day!

Thanksgiving Dessert Toppers DIY + Recipe | Oh Happy Day!

Thanksgiving Dessert Toppers DIY + Recipe | Oh Happy Day!

Thanksgiving Dessert Toppers DIY + Recipe | Oh Happy Day!

All photos by Good on Paper for Oh Happy Day.

  1. Bella B

    October 26, 2015

    Wow, these look great. I have never heard of this cord but I have got to get some to try this. ♡♡

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

      • lisa
      • October 27, 2015

      Thanks Bella! I actually hadn’t heard of it before either until I took a trip to the hardware store and saw this with the strings coming out of it. :)

  2. Michelle

    October 26, 2015

    Wow, this is such a cool idea, and it would fit to every occasion. I love it!
    https://www.makeandmess.com/

      • lisa
      • October 27, 2015

      I love that you could spell anything out for any occasion! The crossing of the “t’s” and dotting of the “i’s” is the only tricky part. Thanks!

  3. Paige

    October 26, 2015

    These toppers are so cute! I love them!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

      • lisa
      • October 27, 2015

      Thanks Paige! :)

  4. sharon / theprincipledtype.blogspot.com

    October 26, 2015

    well, i quizzed myself before i got to the directions part of your post — on what the heck these were made of! ha! learning again i am not crafty … had no idea (clay?) .. and therefore happily remain generally in the ‘looking at pictures phase’ of crafting :)

  5. Loves the Find

    October 27, 2015

    OMG!! What a great idea and I love the little mason jars!

  6. Maia

    October 27, 2015

    Love all of this! I’m in SF (near your shop!) too and it seems none of the Ace hardware stores in 30 miles have this paracord in stock…and the shipping is the same cost as the cord! Did you find this at a local Ace by any chance? I’m not crafty but I’d love to give this project a try! Thanks!

      • lisa
      • October 27, 2015

      Hi Maia! Oh no! Sorry you couldn’t find it at your local Ace Hardware. I actually got it at the OSH in Berkeley–but looks like you could buy it online at the link to Ace and have it shipped to the store for a free pick up. Hope that helps! Would love to see the final project if you end up making it! :)

      • lisa
      • October 27, 2015

      Hi Maia! Sorry you had trouble finding the shimmer paracord. I actually got it at OSH in Berkeley but found it online at Ace which is the link I provided. I did see that you could order it online at Ace and have it shipped free to the store for pick up. Hope that helps! Would love to see if you end up making it. :) Thanks!

        • Maia
        • November 3, 2015

        Hi Lisa, thanks for the tip on the OSH in Berkeley – I ended up ordering some from an online shop in gold since I knew I’d never get the ombre effect right. Mine are not as cute as yours but it was a fun project. Thanks for the detailed instructions. I would have never thought to put the wire through the paracord! You are so clever!

  7. Lise-Lotte Loomer

    October 27, 2015

    So original and lovely! Great ideas!
    Lise-Lotte

  8. maddie

    November 4, 2015

    Looks yummy and stunning as well. I’ll certainly do that fancy recipe! Thanks.
    Maddie from France
    https://lespetitespieuvres.wordpress.com/

  9. Shira

    November 5, 2015

    this is great – but where do I buy paracord (in NYC)???

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