Quilled Pumpkin Thanksgiving Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


’Tis the season to give thanks, gather with family, and eat lots of pumpkin pie! Roll, coil, and create this unique quilled pumpkin card to make your Thanksgiving wishes extra special.


  • Textured cardstock: brown; burnt orange; green
  • Quilling paper strips, 1/8” wide: orange, brown, green
  • Thanksgiving sentiment rub-on
  • Green brads, four


  • Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip ink pad
  • Hole punch, 1/16”
  • Sponge dauber
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, plastic drinking straw



Refer to photo for assembly.


1. Cut 8-1/2”x5-1/2” piece from burnt orange cardstock; score and fold in half to create side-fold card. Ink edges.

2. Cut 2”x2”, 3/4”x4”, and four 1” wide triangles from green cardstock. Cut 3”x3” piece from brown. Cut 2-1/2”x2-1/2” (diamond) and 1/2”x3-7/8” pieces from burnt orange.

3. Rub sentiment onto burnt orange rectangle; mat to green rectangle. Adhere across bottom of card front.

4. To quill pumpkin, cut plastic drinking straw to 3” length to create tool. Snip end creating slit. Cut three 22”-long orange paper strips. Position one strip into slit. Hold tool in place with one hand and twirl paper around tool with other hand. Remove paper from straw, forming coil shape. Form coil into teardrop shape. Adhere ends. Let dry. Repeat step to create two more teardrop shapes. Using photo as guide, adhere teardrops into pumpkin shape. Coil one brown 10” strip and one green 8” strip. Form brown coil into triangle shape; adhere to top of pumpkin. Form green coil into leaf shape; adhere to stem.

5. Adhere quilled pumpkin to center of green square; adhere green square to burnt orange diamond. Attach brads to diamond corners. Cut corners off brown square; adhere to card front with 1/8” space between square and its corners. Adhere green triangles centered on four sides of brown square. Adhere burnt orange diamond with quilled pumpkin to center of brown square.

by Loretta Mateik

Vintage Button Wire Napkin Rings

The cool, crisp touches of autumn have begun creeping into the air over the last few weeks and I realize it’s that time of year where I need to start making plans for my annual Thanksgiving crafts and ideas. It’s time to start thinking about which fall crafts I will do for my home, which I will do with my children, which I will do with a group of friends. Is this the year I will finally plan some actual Thanksgiving Day crafts…and if so, which easy Thanksgiving craft can I come up with to keep the kids busy while I baste the turkey, brown the bread, and bake the pies?

Well, this year I thought I was well ahead of schedule because I had decided to make some beautiful wire napkin rings as part of my holiday table décor. Sometimes just taking the time to make ONE new item to grace the holiday table is more important that cramming too much into this already busy holiday time. Today, I would like to share with you my idea that could easily be included in your handmade holiday Thanksgiving ideas list. With just the basic jewelry tools and a few great supplies, you too can add a touch of the unique to your holiday décor with this quick and easy Thanksgiving craft!

Vintage Button Wire Napkin Ring

size: approx. 1-1/2” diameter

Whether using true vintage buttons with family memories attached or fabulous replicas like those shown here, these gorgeous napkin rings will lend a touch of nostalgia and charm to any tablescape.


  • Pure copper wire, 14-gauge,  12” length (for each ring)
  • Beadalon Gunmetal Artistic Wire, 20-gauge
  • Buttons Galore & More Gold Vintage Button with Shank Back
  • Connie Crystal Round Bead, 6mm, two (for each ring)


  • Heavy-duty wire cutters
  • Beadalon: Wire Snips, Round-Nose Pliers, Chain-Nose Pliers
  • Midas Black/Brown Patina
  • Wooden dowel, 1-1/2” diameter (or mandrel)
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies



1. Cut 12” length of copper wire. Wrap around around wooden dowel three times. Remove from dowel and dip wire into diluted Black/Brown Patina following manufacturer’s instructions. Let dry.

2. Once wire ring is fully dried, thread gold vintage button onto center of middle wrap. Use hot glue to attach button to ring.

3. Use round-nose pliers to turn ends of wire into small curls at each end.

4. Use wire snips to cut  two 3” lengths of Gunmetal wire. Thread one round crystal onto center of wire. Wrap one end of wire just below top curl at end of wire ring. Wrap three times above and three times below crystal; use wire snips to trim ends. Use chain-nose pliers to press ends of wire against wire ring. Repeat with second length of wire on opposite end of napkin ring.

5. Repeat Steps 1-4 for each additional napkin ring needed.

Keri Lee Sereika (www.pinklemonade.typepad.com)


Thanksgiving Gratitude Journal

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is a little over a week away? Alice Golden with you today to share a holiday tradition that we have been doing with our family and friends for several years now. We started with a simple tradition of passing around a small notebook where each person could write a few lines about something for which they were grateful. As the number of guests expanded, it didn’t take long to run out of room in the original journal and I started looking for a new solution.

Three years ago, I came across a digital kit that seemed like it would work well for what I had in mind. I didn’t have much time to spend creating a journal from scratch and needed something that I could pull together easily. (Did I mention that it was the day before Thanksgiving and we were expecting 30 people for dinner… or that sometimes I have a tendency to procrastinate?)

These turned out better than I had hoped and have already become a new tradition for our family and friends. Here are the journals from Thanksgiving 2010 and 2011.

Let me show you what I did. First, blank journaling cards were printed onto an assortment of cardstock. I used digital software to slightly change some of the colors, but the kit also comes with pdf versions of the journaling cards that don’t require any special software, just a computer and printer.

I found an empty box and covered the outside and inside with Thanksgiving-themed papers. I added ribbon around the middle to dress it up a bit. Blank journaling cards and several archival pens were placed inside the box, all ready for our guests to arrive.

To create the label, I die cut one of the journaling elements that came with the kit and added it to an embossed paper frame from my stash.

The first year, I put my eight- and nine-year-old nieces in charge of asking each guest to fill out a journaling card. The cards were placed back in the box as they were completed. In the whirlwind of activity surrounding getting dinner on the table, I forgot all about taking each person’s photo until dessert was over and folks were starting to leave. Being in such a rush resulted in most of the photos looking like police mug shots.

Some lessons I’ve learned after doing this for a few years:

- If you are hosting Thanksgiving, put someone else in charge of asking guests to create a journaling card (this can be a perfect job for older kids).

- Not everyone will want to participate – and that’s okay. Some people like to write their own card and others prefer to create one per family or couple. Just keep note of how the cards are filled out so you can get corresponding photos.

- Ask someone to be in charge of making sure each person, couple, or group has their picture taken to correspond with how the journaling cards were completed.

- Make previous years’ journals easily accessible to guests so that they will be able to look through them. Not only do they love reminiscing about holiday memories, but I have found they also become more willing to participate in the project going forward.

When you are ready to assemble your journal, all you need to do is to print your photos, trim to size, and adhere them to the completed cards.

Punch a hole in the corner of each card and use a metal binder ring to hold them together. I added a seasonal charm, as well as a cover page with a title and the year.

I love having all these wonderful memories together in one book. This is my dad in 2010.

And here is the book from last year.


Cathy Zielske’s Thankful Album Project No. 02 from DesignerDigitals.com
Assorted cardstock
Thanksgiving-themed papers from Karen Foster Design
Autumn Charms from Karen Foster Design
Ribbon from May Arts
Nestabilities Labels One Die from Spellbinders

So glad you stopped by the Crafts ‘n things blog today. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)

Thanksgiving Scarecrow Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all your blessings. Send wishes of a Happy Thanksgiving to your loved ones with this bright and colorful scarecrow card.


  • Cardstock: Lasting Impressions Cherry Pie, Weathered Beet Red, Weathered White; gold plaid
  • Small sinamay straw hat
  • Red raffia


  • Crimping tool
  • Flower punch, 5/8”
  • Hole punch, 1/8”
  • Computer and printer
  • Dimensional adhesive dots

Basic Supplies


Closeup of scarecrow



Trim Weathered Beet Red to 8-1/2”x11” to fit in printer. Use size 72 font of choice (designer used Chankarmy Garamor font) and computer to print “Happy hanksgiving” as shown. Trim to 7-1/8”x8”, with words ending in bottom right corner; score and fold in half.


Cut 2”x6” piece from Cherry Pie; crimp. Adhere along left side of card front; trim to fit. Punch two flowers from Cherry Pie; adhere over dots in i’s. Use hole punch to punch four dots from Weathered Beet Red. Adhere two to flower centers; set remaining two aside.


Print and cut out pattern. Cut body from gold plaid cardstock and face from Weathered White. Use black marker to draw details on face and overalls. Adhere remaining two red dots to overalls for buttons.


Cut small pieces of raffia; adhere behind body so 1/2” shows for hands and feet. Adhere raffia around face for hair. Cut small portion from sinamay hat and adhere over hair. Use dimensional dots to adhere head and body to card over crimped paper as shown, making sure to line up “T” body with “hanksgiving”.

by Loretta Mateik

Pilgrim Salt & Pepper Shakers

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Create these quick-and-simple pilgrim salt & pepper shakers as the perfect finishing touch to your Thanksgiving table!


  • Salt & pepper shaker set with straight sides (available at Linens ‘n Things #398216-130814)
  • Canvas fabric
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Antique Gold, Burnt Orange, Slate Grey, Warm White, Honey Brown, Toffee, Lamp Black Mississippi Mud
  • Antique metal eyelets, 1/8”, 16
  • Black mini brads, four
  • Ribbon scraps: orange/white, black/ivory stripe
  • Hemp cord, 24” length, two


  • Brown ink pad
  • Hole punches: 1/16”, 1/8”
  • Paintbrush
  • Sewing Machine and black thread
  • Eyelet setting tool
  • Sandpaper

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, transfer paper, sponge scrap



Adjust size of canvas rectangles and pattern if needed. Canvas rectangle should cover most of straight sides of shaker, leaving 1/2” opening at side for lacing.


1. Cut two 2”x5-1/2” canvas rectangles. Paint both sides of rectangles Warm White; let dry.

2. Print and cut out pattern; transfer designs to rectangles, continuing lines across entire rectangle.

3. For girl, paint: top hair Honey Brown; face Toffee. For boy, paint: back of rectangles Mississippi Mud; hat band Lamp Black; buckle Antique Gold; remaining hat Mississippi Mud; hair Burnt Orange; face Toffee. Let dry.

4. Machine sew straight stitch around details and fabric rectangle edges.

5. Antique rectangle edges with brown ink, using dry sponge scrap.

6. Punch 1/16” holes at both ends of fabric rectangles as indicated by pattern; attach eyelets. Tie ribbons and sew to bottom of faces.

7. Wrap fabric rectangles around shakers. Lace hemp cord through eyelets, beginning at bottom and tie bow at top.

by Mary Ayres



Thanksgiving Memories

November for us in the United States is our Thanksgiving holiday. My family celebrates Thanksgiving with my in-laws. We will all gather together for an afternoon of eating, talking, and laughing. My project today is a journal that celebrates the holidays. This was published in Crafts ’n things October 2011.

The concept behind the journal is to create a gratitude journal, to share pictures from the family gatherings and capture the things we are grateful for.

The base of my project is a spiral-bound notebook. I took the pages from the spirals and slid them out to allow me to work on them.

The cover of my gratitude journal was stamped with a lovely “thanks” definition in brown ink to create a background. I inked up my leaves using yellow, orange, and red dye inks and stamped them randomly across the cover.

I die cut the frame and stamped the beautiful sentiment onto the die cut. I placed the die template back over the stamped sentiment and sponged yellow dye ink around the edges.

I stamped two additional leaves and cut them out to accent the front. I attached the sentiment with some tulle and a flower. The finishing touches were glittery accents.

On the inside, I added a family photo on one page and left the second page open for journaling.

On this page, I framed a picture of my kids at Thanksgiving inside a die cut. I placed this over a stamped “Happy Thanksgiving” script background. I added a touch of ribbon, flowers, and more stamped leaves.

On the right-hand page, I stamped a tree with fall leaves and a sentiment. I added the year and distressed the edges of both pages with brown dye ink.

The spiral book allows for adding pages as the years go by. This little journal is great for sticking in your purse and bringing along to the family event; everyone can write a note at the gathering of what they are thankful for. You can take a picture of everyone and add it later.


  • Stamps: Hero Arts Thank You Definition CG268, Leaf Prints CL395, Large Happy Thanksgiving G5463, Old Letter Writing S4878, Ledger CG138; Colorbok/TPC Studio Autumn Harvest Set; Penny Black Snow Dust 4102K; Verses Rubber Stamps Bright Hopes Anniversary
  • Die-cutting system and Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies: Labels Eighteen, Fleur De Lis Squares
  • Ink pads: brown pigment; brown, yellow, red, gold, orange dye
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Tuscany Sun, Daffodil
  • Watercolor pencils: brown, yellow, gold, red, orange

With gratitude,

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Turkey Time

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Silk leaves make up this turkey’s colorful tail. Have the kids make a whole flock to decorate the Thanksgiving table.


  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Balls: 3”, two; 1-1/2”, one
  • Recycled aluminum can
  • Wiggle eyes, two
  • Silk oak leaves
  • Craft sticks, two
  • Candy corn, small amount
  • Raffia


  • Acrylic paints: gloss brown, yellow
  • Adhesives: low-temp glue gun and sticks, thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, skewer, paintbrush, toothpicks, scrap piece of foam, newspaper (to cover work surface)



Approximate Size: 8″x10″


Glue guns are hot and can burn. If using a low-temp glue gun, have the adult in charge handle the glue gun.


1. On covered work surface, paint recycled can glossy brown. Let dry.

2. Insert toothpicks into one 3” and 1-1/2” balls to use as handles while painting. Paint balls brown; let dry. (Note: Insert toothpicks into scrap piece of foam while paint dries.) Paint craft sticks yellow. Let dry.

3. To assemble turkey, apply glue to toothpick and insert into 1-1/2” ball (head); apply glue to other end of toothpick and attach head onto 3” ball (body). Insert and adhere craft sticks (legs) into bottom of body; position sticks toward back of body.

4. Position remaining 3” ball into can. Insert turkey legs into foam ball in can. Remove turkey, add glue to holes, and reinsert turkey.

5. Cut stems from silk leaves; insert leaves into back of turkey, creating fan-shaped tail. If needed, make small holes with pointed skewer; insert leaves. Spot glue to hold leaves in place. Insert one leaf on each side of turkey for wings. Adhere wiggle eyes and candy corn beak on face.

6. Wrap raffia around top of can; adhere in place. Tie 8” raffia length into bow. Adhere raffia bow on center. Adhere candy corn at random on can.

by Michelle LeSage for The Dow Chemical Co.
(www.CraftsnCoffee.com; www.StyrofoamCrafts.com)

Give Thanks Appliquéd Heart Pocket

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Add color and charm to your Thanksgiving décor with this beautiful heart-shaped pocket that’s sure to let your guests know you hold your blessings close to your heart.


  • Wichelt Imports Lambswool 28-count Linen, 10” x 8”
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss: as listed on key; #3033 Very Light Mocha Brown
  • National Nonwovens Rust Polynesian Sunset Woolfelt, 9”x12-1/2”
  • Green grosgrain ribbon, 2/3 yard
  • Yellow buttons, 2/3”, two


  • Embroidery needle
  • Dritz Fray Check

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: as indicated on key
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 1 strand wrapped two times
  • Sheaf Stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, pen, pencil, straight pins, iron and pressing surface


Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 7-1/2″x6″; stitch count: 90 w x 65 h


1. Print heart pocket cross-stitch chart and key. Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads.

2. To create stalks, work sheaf stitch on top of cross-stitched field. For sheaf stitch: Stitch five vertical straight stitches over six squares. After stitching fifth straight stitch, bring threaded needle up from back, under center of stitches. Move needle under, around top and back under five straight stitches to gather gently at center. Secure thread ends on fabric back to hold in place. Continue with remaining stacks.

Sheaf Chart

3. When stitching is complete, carefully press design. Trace heart template onto paper and cut out. Place large heart pattern close to top edge of felt piece. Track around pattern with pen. Flip felt and repeat to make a second heart. Cut out both heart shapes, just inside inked lines. Center small heart pattern on back of stitch design. Check centering by holding up to light. Pin in place and trace heart using pencil on wrong side of stitched piece. Remove pattern and double check tracing. Adjust as needed and carefully cut out on traced lines. Apply Fray Check to raw edges.

4. When dry, center stitched heart on top of one of felt hearts. Pin in place; use two strands DMC #3033 to buttonhole stitch along edge of stitched heart, attaching to felt backing. (Note: To finish off buttonhole stitch at end, catch first stitch with last stitch and knot ends on back.) Place layered heart on top of remaining felt heart. Pin in place; and buttonhole stitch outer edges with two strands DMC #918. To create a pocket, be sure to stitch through only single felt layers along top edges (between large X’s shown on chart) and begin stitching front top edge. Start at upper right and work from right to left continuing around outside of heart.

5. Create hanger by folding 1” flat loops on each end of ribbon. Place looped ends on each side of heart, center small button on each, and stitch through all layers to secure ribbon ends and buttons in place.

by Lettie Eckberg for The Needle’s Notion

Autumn Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Become your own personal florist – it’s easier than you think. Impress family and friends by making this beautiful autumn centerpiece this Thanksgiving season.


  • Dow STRYOFOAM Brand Foam Disc, 2″x8″
  • Silk autumn leaves bush
  • Silk mum and berry bush
  • Autumn fruit and gourd picks, three
  • Glass candleholder, 5-1⁄2″ diameter., 8″ tall
  • Spice-scented candle, 4″ tall
  • Glass floral beads, small bag
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue


  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors


Centerpiece Base

1. Cut foundation foliage to 8″ lengths. Dip ends in glue and insert into side of disc, facing to the right and rotating disc counter-clockwise as you insert foliage. Leave room in center of disc for placement of glass candleholder.

2. Cut flowers into 5″ lengths, dip ends in glue, and insert at various positions within foliage.

3. Dip pick ends in glue and insert at equal intervals throughout.

4. Let dry for two hours. Fluff foliage for a more natural look.


1. Gently place glass beads in bottom of candleholder.

2. Insert candle and place holder in center of base. (Note: Never leave lit candles unattended.)


Substitute the candleholder and candle with a jar candle. You’ll find so many great color and scents!

by Barb Sunderlage

Give Thanks Greeting Sign

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Thanksgiving Day in America is a time to offer thanks… of family gatherings and holiday meals… a time for Indian corn and holiday parades. Why not say it all with this simple front door greeting?Materials

  • Rusty tin plaque, 5-1/2″ x12″, #11-90117 (available from Cupboard Distributing, www.cdwood.com)
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylics: Antique Gold, Autumn Brown, Bamboo, Black, Burnt Umber, Charcoal, Dark Forest Green, Golden Brown, Red Iron Oxide, Rooster Red, Straw, Terra Cotta, Trail Tan


  • Royal & Langnickel Aqualon Paintbrushes: Angular, Series 2160, 3⁄8”, 1/2”; Shader, Series 2150, #8; Liner, Series 2595, #10/0; Round, Series 2250, #4; Angular, Series 2160, 3⁄8”; Glaze/Wash, Series 2700, 3/4”
  • Sponge roller
  • Outdoor water-based varnish

Basic Supplies

transfer paper, pencil, newspaper (to cover work surface)



1. Wipe surface with damp cloth to remove dust. Use sponge roller to base Bamboo.

2. Print pattern; transfer basic details onto sign board.

3. Use glaze/wash to float Autumn Brown along edges of sign board. Use 1/2″ angular and Burnt Umber to run soft float along right side of letters, and along bottom of letters and images sitting on ground; deepen sign board corners. Use #4 round to base letters Black. Use Terra Cotta to base left ear of corn and pumpkin. Use Golden Brown to base center ear of corn, right apple, and every other turkey feather. Use Trail Tan to base corn leaves, remaining turkey feathers, and Indian head band. Use Autumn Brown to base turkey body, head, and wings. Use Antique Gold + Terra Cotta (3:1) to base hat buckle, turkey beak, and center apple. Use Charcoal to base Pilgrim hat and turkey hat. Use Rooster Red to base right ear of corn, wattle, and left apple. Use Red Iron Oxide to base hat band on Pilgrim and turkey hats. Use Dark Forest Green to base pumpkin leaf with one coat; base stem Burnt Umber.

Painting Instructions

Ears of Corn
Shade Red Iron Oxide along inside edges of two outer ears; highlight Straw along outer edges. Shade Burnt Umber along outer edges of center ear; highlight Straw down center. Shade Dark Forest Green along bottom of each leaf and to separate leaves. Use 10/0 liner and Burnt Umber to add corn detail lines.

Pilgrim Hat
Shade Black above and below hat band and buckle. Shade Charcoal on hat band to either side of buckle. Shade Burnt Umber along bottom of buckle. Highlight Straw along top of buckle; add strong highlight lines across top and sides of buckle.

Float Burnt Umber on wings along edges of body to separate wings from body; float along bottom of body and under hat. Use Black to deepen shading separating wings from body; float little “c” stroke feathers on wings. Float little Burnt Umber “c” strokes on body. Float Autumn Brown along outer edges of tail feathers. Starting at top center of tail feathers, float Autumn Brown along left side of right tail feathers, then along right side of left tail feathers. Float Red Iron Oxide along left side of wattle. Highlight Straw on right side of beak and center of hat band. Dot eyes Black. Use Trail Tan to line feathers on body and wings, and to highlight along bottom of hat; highlight dot eyes. Use Burnt Umber for line work on tails feathers, and Red Iron Oxide for bands of color. Use Black to loosely outline entire turkey, body, beak, and wattle.

Indian Head Band
Use Burnt Umber to shade fold of headband; outline edges of band and triangles. Use Red Iron Oxide to paint triangles. Use any color on palette to paint feather. Use liner and work one color at a time to form shape; layer with several other colors. (Note: Artist finished by adding charcoal in tip and center stripe.) Base nail Charcoal; add Bamboo highlight lines.

Float Red Iron Oxide along outer edges; repeat along down side of each as needed. Add strong Straw highlight stroke on each apple. Paint stems Burnt Umber. Add Dark Forest Green stroke on a leaf or two.

Float Red Iron Oxide to separate sections, and to float along bottom and top; deepen with Burnt Umber. Use Straw to dry brush highlight in center of each section; add strong highlight strokes in middle sections. Use Dark Forest Green to shade along bottom edges of leaf and down center for vein; add a couple curly tendrils. Use Trail Tan to highlight along top edge of leaf and down center vein. Use Black to shade along bottom of stem.


Apply several varnish coats

by Robyn Thomas