Helping Hands Apron

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Won’t the chef for Thanksgiving Day dinner absolutely love this apron? Kids and adults can make these together, using their own hand prints as patterns!



  • Canvas aprons: adult-size tan, child-size orange
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Adobe Red, Cinnamon, Spice Brown, White, Terra Cotta, Raw Sienna, Espresso, Barn Red;
  • Delta Ceramcoat Textile Medium
  • Embellishment ideas: assorted sequins, bugle beads, seed beads, rick rack trim, ribbon, glitter


  • Sewing needle and black thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, black marker, tracing paper, white copy paper, paintbrush and sponge scrap



Trace hand print, with fingers together and thumb extended, onto white paper. Outline each hand print with black marker. Trace hand prints onto tracing paper and transfer onto aprons.


Follow manufacturer’s instructions to mix textile medium with paint. Sponge paint turkeys and small rectangles (legs) Spice Brown. Let dry


Print and cut out pattern. Transfer details onto turkeys


Paint heads with mixture of Adobe Red + Cinnamon (4:1). Paint feet and beaks Terra Cotta.


Paint feathers White, Black, Terra Cotta and Adobe Red + Cinnamon (4:1) mixture. See photo for guide. Lightly highlight feathers Barn Red.


Paint wings White, Raw Sienna, Espresso and mixture of Adobe Red + Cinnamon (4:1). Highlight wings Barn Red. Paint wattle Barn Red. Let dry. Outline feathers and details with marker.


Sew beads onto heads for eyes or dot eyes with marker.


Attach sequins, beads, or trims as desired.

by Meggan Maravich

Ribbed Möbius Crocheted Cowl

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


This reversible ribbed pattern by Kollabora, created with front and back post crochet stitches, makes a stretchy cowl and is a fun, one-skein project. The cowl is worked as one rectangle, crocheted on the long edge, and then twisted once to create a Mobius effect before joining the short edges.


  • Kollabora Glam Rocker Chunky Hunk Yarn, 1 skein


  • Crochet hook, size N (or size needed to obtain gauge)
  • Yarn needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler


BPdc = back-post double crochet (see Special Sts)
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
ea = each
FPdc = front-post double crochet (see Special Sts)
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
st(s) = stitch(es)
yo = yarn over



One size fits most. Length: 29″.


14 sts in patt = 4″. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Special Stitches

BPdc: Back-post double crochet – Yo, insert hook from back around post of next st from previous row. Yo and draw up a loop around post. *Yo and draw through two loops.* Repeat from * once.

FPdc: Front-post double crochet – Yo, insert hook from front around post of next st from previous row. Yo and draw up a loop around post. *Yo and draw through two loops. Repeat from * once.


1. Ch 108.

2. Set up row: Turn. Sk 2 ch, dc in next st and in ea st across.

3. Row 1: Turn. Ch 2 Dc in first st. FPdc. *2 BPdc, 2 FPdc.* Repeat from * across to last 4 sts. 2 BPdc, FPdc, dc.

4. Row 2: Turn Ch 2. Dc in first st. BPdc. *2 FPdc, 2 BPdc.* Repeat from * across to last 4 sts 2 FPdc, BPdc, Dc.

5. Rows 3 – 7: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 twice. Repeat Row 1 once more.

Join Cowl

1. Twist cowl once to create Möbius strip. Hold short edges together, lining up dc on each side. Join by working 2 sc in ea set of dc across edge. Fasten off.

2. Turn cowl inside out so sc join is on inside. With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails on inside of cowl.

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by Marie Segares for Kollabora (

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
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 (

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 (

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.

Lace Cane Beaded Earrings

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Bring new life to your wardrobe by accenting with these beautiful lace cane earrings you can create to match any attire.

Materials (for one pair)

  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Polymer Clay, 2 oz. bars: White, Transluscent, color of choice
  • Sterling silver wire, 3″ length
  • Sterling silver earring findings, two
  • Sterling silver beads, 3mm, two


  • Polyform Sculpey Super Slicer Clay Blade
  • Clay-dedicated: pasta machine or acrylic brayer, baking sheet, oven thermometer
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Oven
  • Cyanoacrylate (super) glue

Basic Supplies

index card or light-colored cardstock scrap



View all figure art on Lace Cane Figure Art Worksheet.


1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay. For base bead, roll two 1⁄2″ colored clay balls and shape into soft cubes (Fig.1).

2. Roll 1⁄2 bar Translucent into 3⁄4″-wide, 3″ long cylinder. Use thickest pasta machine setting to roll 1⁄2 bar White into 2″x3″ sheet. Trim 3″ end. Wrap sheet around cylinder and trim, butting White ends together (Fig.2). Gently roll cylinder with both hands, pressing lightly and “reducing” cane in diameter as it lengthens. Slowly roll, keeping cane evenly reduced along its length. When cane measures 12″, trim off ends (Fig.3), then cut into thirds (Fig.4). Stack three canes together (Fig.5) and compress into one round cane from middle toward ends, squeezing out air pockets (Fig.6). Roll into 12″ length and trim off ends; cut into thirds and compress together three more times (Fig.7). Press cane end into soft square shape to same size as base beads (Fig.8).

3. Cut tissue-thin slices from lace cane end and layer them on each side of cube-shaped base bead (Fig.9). Stretch ends of lace cane slices toward each edge of cube until they meet. When entire base bead is covered, carefully trim off thick sections; base bead should be evenly covered with lace cane slices, letting some base bead color show through. Roll beads into round shape (Fig.10).

4. Cut wire in half. Use pliers to bend zigzag in one end of each (Fig.11). Press zigzag end into bead, slightly pinching to embed wire (Fig.12).

5. Fold index card into zigzag shape; place on baking tray. Place round beads in valleys of card to prevent flat spots. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clay beads. Remove from oven and immediately plunge beads into cold water to increase translucency.

6. Pull on wire to ensure it is firmly embedded in bead; if not, apply drop of cyanoacrylate glue to wire and insert into bead hole. Thread silver bead onto wire. Bend wire at 90° angle to bead hole, and use round-nose pliers to make loop. Trim excess wire and add earring finding (Fig.13).


  • Use mini cookie cutter to cut shapes from clay sheet for same-sized base beads.
  • Use brighter or darker colors for base bead since Transluscent overlay softens color underneath.

by Jenny Bezingue



Cupcake Recipe Holder

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Keep your recipe easily accessible when making your favorite dish with this adorable cupcake recipe holder.


  • Polyform Sculpey III: Ultralight, Chocolate (053), colors of choice (sprinkles)
  • Silicone baking cup
  • Metal coil ring


  • Clay-dedicated rolling pin or wooden dowel
  • Old or promo credit card (for cutter)
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven



5″ tall


Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.


1. On clean work surface, remove clay from packages. To condition, roll clay separately in hands until soft, bending and rolling until pliable. If clay cracks, keep conditioning.

2. Roll Chocolate clay into extra-large ball. Press ball in silicone baking cup. Slightly flatten top.

3. For icing, roll Ultralight clay into long and thick log. Wrap log around top of cupcake.

4. Carefully press metal ring (to hold recipe) in top of icing.

5. From scrap clay, roll tiny different-color squares (sprinkles). Press sprinkles on top of icing.

6. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake recipe holder on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool completely.

by Karen Prince

Simple Autumn Napkin Rings

Just like that, the shorter days of autumn are on us. Cooler, crisper days often kick up our creativity, but the demands of life such as school and work leave us with little time to create. If you have been searching for simple fall crafts to make, consider creating these miniature wreaths to adorn your fall table.

With just a few supplies, you will be creating these fall crafts that are as simple as they are fun. You might want to make one for the fall celebration hostess or even your neighbors and friends. They will be delighted to receive these fun fall crafts perfect for autumn decorating.

Gather some unfinished wood pieces such as wood rings, beveled napkin rings, and small ovals. Paint them brown, adding a coat of white to the small ovals when they are dry.

Choose a die cut that is leaf shaped or contains leaf-shaped elements such as this flower layer die by Sizzix. Cut several leaves from various fall colors of wool felt.

Adhere them around the wood ring to resemble a tiny wreath.


To add a fun touch to this simple fall craft, apply a rub-on sentiment on the white oval.

Adhere the oval to the center of the wreath.

Adhere the napkin ring to the wood ring to complete this colorful, festive craft!

Melony Bradley (