DIY Coloring Placemat

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Keep little ones entertained at the Thanksgiving table with a coloring placemat made at home in just minutes!

Materials

  • American Crafts Cardstock: Vanilla, Dark Kraft

Tools

  • Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine and Sketch Pens
  • Silhouette Shapes: Pumpkin and Hay Scene (#12988), Grass Border (#39667)
  • Paper adhesive

Directions

Size

12”x12”

DYI Coloring Placemat

1. Using Silhouette Studio software, create placemat design. Place scalloped border around design.

2. Load CAMEO with sketch pen and Vanilla cardstock.

3. In Studio software, select all portions of design except scalloped border. Open the cut settings window, choose Silhouette Sketch Pen and click cut. When complete, replace pen with cutting blade. Do not unload mat.

4. In Studio software, select scalloped border. Click cut. When panel is cut, remove from CAMEO and adhere to Dark Kraft cardstock.

Tip

by Jeana Goodwin for Silhouette America (blog.silhouetteamerica.com)

Turkey Glove Gobblers

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These silly little turkeys are stuffed with a candy surprise! Create several for your child’s Thanksgiving treats for school, or to use as table favors on Thanksgiving Day.

Materials

  • Stretch glove: rust, tan, or brown
  • Craft foam scraps: tan, red, yellow
  • Wiggle eyes, 7mm, two
  • Yellow chenille stem
  • Plastic sandwich bag
  • Candy treat

Tools

  • Thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, measuring cup

Directions

STEP 1

  • Print patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Cut patterns from craft foam as indicated on patterns.

STEP 2

  • Use photo as guide to make turkey. Adhere eyes, beak, and wattle to thumb and wing to palm of glove as shown.

STEP 3

  • For legs, cut chenille stem to measure 9”. Fill sandwich bag with approximately 1/2 cup of candy. Center and twist legs around bag above candy; cut away excess bag. Wrap ends of each leg around feet; twist to secure.

STEP 4

  • Place candy bag inside glove so feet are sticking out. Fold up glove cuff 3/4” and bend legs up.

by Kathy Wegner

Turkey Treat Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fall party guests will smile when they see this adorable treat box filled with candy!

Materials

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Chestnut, Cranberry, Mustard; Simple Stories SNAP Color Vibe Yellow Dot/Chevron
  • Self-adhesive black enamel dots

Tools

  • Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine and Turkey Pillow Box Shape
  • Adhesive runner or adhesive of choice

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, computer

Directions

Size

4″x5″

Turkey Treat Box

1. Gather supplies. Trim cardstock as follows: Chestnut, 6-1/2”x7”; Chevron, 4”x3-3/4”; Cranberry, 2”x2”; Mustard, 2”x2”.

2. Place papers on Silhouette Cutting Mat as shown and load into CAMEO.

3. Open Silhouette Studio software on computer. Ungroup Turkey Pillow Box Shape parts and move each piece to correspond with the placement of papers on the mat in Step 2.

4. Choose the “cardstock” setting in Silhouette Studio and click cut. Remove papers from CAMEO when complete.

5. Assemble pillow box, adhering side flap closed and folding along dotted lines to create top and bottom. Adhere chevron tail feathers to back. Adhere facial features to front and lightly flip up edges of chest “feathers”.

6. Fill with treats.

Tip

  • Googly eyes can be used in place of enamel dots, if desired

by Jeana Goodwin for Silhouette America (blog.silhouetteamerica.com)

We Give Thanks Cross-stitch Breadcover

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Express the sentiment of the holiday when you add an extra-special touch to your Thanksgiving table with this beautiful cross-stitch breadcover. The simplicity of the design makes it easy to stitch in one or two evenings.

 Materials

  • Charles Craft Country Oatmeal 14-count Breadcover, 18” square
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Tapestry needle, #24

Basic Supplies

scissors, iron and pressing surface, contrasting thread

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Size of finished design: 1-1⁄4”x5-3⁄8”x5-3⁄8”; stitch count: 75 w x 75 h

We Give Thanks Breadcover

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Design will be stitched in one corner. Leaving seven rows along outer edge unworked, mark center of one corner with contrasting thread.

3. Following chart, cross-stitch with two strands of floss. Backstitch using two strands DMC 703 Chartreuse.

4. Press cloth on wrong side.

by Alida Macor

Happy Harvest Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

If you love watching the colorful autumn leaves drift gently to the ground, get ready for the change of season with an easy, new fall centerpiece.

Materials

  • Large foam pumpkin
  • Doodlebug Design Happy Harvest Collection 12”x12” Paper Pack
  • Doodlebug Design Happy Harvest Collection Doodle Seals Cardstock Stickers
  • Doodlebug Design Happy Harvest Collection Doodads Pins
  • Bamboo skewers, six
  • Brown/white dotted grosgrain ribbon, 1” wide
  • Brown fabric strip, 1” wide

Tools

  • Xyron *NEW* 3” Sticker Maker
  • Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • EK Success Punches: Circle, 1-1/2”; Scallop Circle, 2”
  • Scallop-edge scissors

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

20″ tall

Happy Harvest Centerpiece

1. Punch one scallop circle and two circles for each of the seven rosettes (“lollies”) from various patterned papers.

2. For each lolly, use scallop-edge scissors to cut two 2”x12” strips from a single patterned paper. (Note: You will need a total of 14 strips for seven lollies; cut strips for each lolly from a different paper.)

3. Accordion-fold strips along “valleys” naturally created by scallops.

4. For each lolly, adhere two matching accordion-folded strips to one another along 2” edge with Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Bring ends together to form a circle and connect them using Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

5. Gather and gently press accordion-folded circle flat to create lolly. Adhere lolly with three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots to center of one punched circle for back of lolly. Adhere scallop circle to center front of lolly using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots. Using Xyron 1/2” High Tack Tape, adhere remaining circle to center of scallop circle. Repeat to create six more lollies.

6. Adhere Doodads pins to centers of six lolly fronts using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots. Embellish front of seventh lolly with turkey sticker; set lolly aside.

7. On back side of six remaining lollies, use three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots to adhere blunt end of bamboo skewer to center of circle. Punch six additional circles from patterned papers and run through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker; cover skewer on lolly back with sticker.

8. Tie length of ribbon in knot around each bamboo skewer.

9. Randomly poke pointed ends of bamboo skewers into foam pumpkin top as shown in photo.

10. Run 1” fabric strip through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker and wrap around center of pumpkin.

11. Use extra fabric to make bow; adhere over fabric strip at center front of pumpkin using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots.

12. Adhere turkey lolly to top of bow using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots.

Tip

  • You may also use the Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape to adhere fabric to the pumpkin for a strong hold.

by Ann Corbiere-Scott for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Cork Turkeys

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, these place cards are a fun and simple way for kids to help with the Thanksgiving Day celebration!

Materials

  • Recycled corks
  • Craft foam: orange, red
  • White paper, scrap
  • Chenille stems, three for each turkey: orange, tan, brown, yellow, or red
  • Wiggle eyes, two for each turkey
  • Toothpick

Tools

  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

pencil, black marker, scissors, ruler, tape

Directions

Size

Size is approximately 3″ tall.

Note

Instructions are for one cork turkey. Repeat to create as many as needed.

Turkey

1. Print and cut out patterns. Adhere beak, wattle, and eyes on top of cork.

2. For feathers, cut three chenille stems in half. Coil each chenille stem around pencil. Use toothpick to poke six holes in back of cork. Push ends of chenille stems in holes.

3. For tag, measure and cut 1-1/2”x2” white paper rectangle. Use black marker to write name and draw outline on tag. Tape tag on end of toothpick. Insert toothpick in cork.

by Linda Valentino

Turkey Pilgrim Favors

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Tom Turkey and mate Mary are so clever to disguise themselves as pilgrims during Thanksgiving! Both little turkeys are easy to make and the perfect decorations for your Thanksgiving table.

Materials

  • Wooden stars (feet), 1-1/4” wide, four
  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Ball (head), 1-1/2”, two
  • Brown print fabric, 1/4 yard
  • Felt scraps: gold, cranberry
  • Silk autumn leaves, six
  • Wiggle eyes, 8mm, four
  • Black satin ribbon, 1⁄4” wide, 1/2 yard
  • For Tom Turkey only: Black felt, 6” square; Wimpole Street white heart-shaped doily, 2” wide; Gold ribbon, 1⁄4” wide, 4-3⁄4” length; Ivory buttons, 7⁄16”, two
  • For Mary Turkey only: White felt, 1-1⁄4”x3-3⁄4”; Wimpole Street white Battenburg doily, 3” across

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Dark Chocolate, Primary Yellow
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Needle and thread
  • Beacon Adhesives Kids Choice Glue, Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, circle template, paintbrush

Directions

Tom Turkey

1. Print and cut out patterns. Cut felt as indicated.

2. For body, cut 7” circle from brown print fabric. Sew gathering stitch around circle, leaving 1⁄4” border. Stuff circle; pull up gathers tightly and stitch opening closed.

3. Slightly flatten bottom of 1-1/2” ball (head). Basecoat head Dark Chocolate and feet Primary Yellow; let dry. Using marker, draw dashed line near edge of feet.

4. Adhere wattle, beak, and eyes to face. Adhere heart doily, head, and feet to body. Cut 8” length of ribbon; tie black bow. Adhere bow to neck. Adhere leaves together, then to back of body.

5. Cut slits in hat as indicated. Adhere gold ribbon to long brim edge, then brim ends together, slightly overlapping edges. Adhere hat top to brim, brim to hat, hat to head, and buttons to body.

Mary Turkey

1. For Mary Turkey, repeat Steps 1-4, using Battenburg doily for Step 4.

2. Adhere white felt hat to head as shown.

by Helen Rafson

Patterns

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.

 Materials

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

Tools

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

Basic Supplies

scissors, plastic drinking straw

Directions

Note

Refer to photo for assembly.

Card

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

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!

 

Materials

  • 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

Tools

  • Sewing needle and black thread

Basic Supplies

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

Directions

STEP 1

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.

STEP 2

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

STEP 3

Print and cut out pattern. Transfer details onto turkeys

STEP 4

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

STEP 5

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

STEP 6

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.

STEP 7

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

STEP 8

Attach sequins, beads, or trims as desired.

by Meggan Maravich

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.

Supplies:

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)