Hey friends, Adrianne here, and today I’ve got a fun paper turkey craft that you can print and make at home. Not only does it look cute as table decor, but it’s also an activity, and an exercise in thankfulness. There’s also a free printable PDF file to make your own – the shapes are simple, just trace and cut!
The turkey is built around a small paper box interior, and it’s a place where the whole family can write something they’re thankful for on a slip of paper, and drop inside. On Thanksgiving, you can retrieve the papers, and read out load what people have written.
Paper turkey table decor supplies:
- Coredinations Chocolate Box 12×12 sheets, in colors you like best (I used Dewberry, Cool Mint Truffle, and Key Lime for the body, and Maplenut for the beak and feet)
- Core’dinations Core Basics 110 lb. card stock, one 8.5×11 sheet
- Sand-it Gadget
- Scoring board and bone folder
- Optional: Embossing folders, and manual embossing machine like the Sizzix Big Shot
- Optional: Google eyes and other facial embellishments
- Optional: Circle cutter
- Quick-dry liquid glue
- Printable template (click to download and save or print)
Step 1. Print your template, and cut and score your box. If you print the box template directly onto your 8.5 x 11 heavy-duty card stock, you can just cut and score along the lines. Cut the template for tracing your feathers. Then, glue your box sides together and the bottom closed.
Step 2. Trace and cut your feathers and circles. If you have a circle cutter, you’ll find it easiest just to cut two 4″ circles and one 5″ circle. If you don’t have a circle cutter, you can print the circles from the template, cut and trace them onto your card stock, and cut them out. You will need 7 feathers.
Step 3. Trim one inch off the 5 inch circle and one of the 4 inch circles. This will give you a flat edge for assembling it on the box.
Step 4 (optional). Emboss and/or sand your Chocolate Box pieces. I used a Darice brand embossing folder with circles and dots, but any pattern that you have that you like will work well! I also embossed the feathers with a Darice brand folder with a swirling vine pattern. I did not sand the feathers. You can also sand the pieces without embossing them to expose the colored core.
Step 5. Assemble your circles on the front of your box. The trimmed 5-inch circle will be the body, and the intact 4 inch circle will be the head. Then, arrange the feathers on the back side of your box, and cover the raw edges with the final trimmed 4-inch circle.
Step 6. Give it a face! Add embellishments like google eyes, foam stickers, or cut your own face pieces from card stock. I used google eyes, and I also cut a pair of feet to add stability to the bottom. I did not include a template for the facial pieces, because making it your own is half the fun of this craft!
You can leave this little guy out on your table all month, and add “thankful” notes to the box at any time as they occur to you – or, wait until Thanksgiving, and have everyone share together! Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Card by Mary Pat
Hi Everyone! Mary Pat here with you today and with the holidays fast approaching I have a great idea for a Clean and Simple Thanksgiving Day card that is so easy that you will want to mass produce these to send to everyone on your Friends and Family list!
Thanksgiving card supplies:
- Core’dinations Chocolate Box
- Tim Holtz Shattered Collection
- Sand it Gadget
- Dust Buddy
- Simon Says Stamps
For my card I broke out some of the yummy Chocolate Box collection and used the Cherry Cordial. I then scored and sanded my edges. I then used a digi cut file from the Silhouette store and cut out the flower. I backed the negative space with the Tim Holtz Shattered collection. Finally I stamped my sentiment using the back of the Cherry Cordial.
Here is a video on how this card came about:
Thanks so much for joining me. Hope you have a wonderful and crafty day!
Thank You Card by Tami
Hi all!! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share a quick and easy card idea using you’re Core’dinations products.
Thanks card supplies:
- Core’dinations Tim Holtz Nostalgic Kraft Core cardstock (brown)
- Sand-It Gadget
- Core’dinations Core Basics Ivory Card & Envelope
- Unity Stamp Co. Thanks, Thanks & Thanks stamp set
- Clearsnap brown ink pads: Pigment (espresso), Archival (mudslide)
- Clearsnap embossing powder
- May Arts brown burlap string
- Kandicorp hot fit nail heads
- Sizzix Tim Holtz Layered Leaf with Textured Fades embossing folder (#660039)
- Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine
- Fiskars corner rounder
- Kandicorp hot fix setting tool
- Embossing heat tool
- Clearsnap Art Dauber
- Clearsnap glue gloss
- Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L®: EZ runner, 3D foam squares
Step 1: Round top right and bottom left corners of pre-made card using corner rounder punch.
Step 2: Die-cut leaf from brown cardstock retaining negative image for use on envelope.
Step 3: Emboss die-cut leaf using embossing folder; sand lightly with Sand It Gadget. Adhere to card front.
Step 4: Wrap left edge of card with string; tie in a bow.
Step 5: Stamp sentiment onto back side of Kraft Core cardstock using brown dye ink; cut out. Attach to card front using foam squares.
Step 6: Attach nail heads to card front as shown using hot fit tool.
Envelope Instructions: (shown below)
Step 1: Place negative image from die-cut leaf onto envelope at an angle.
Step 2: Sponge pigment ink onto envelope using art dauber.
Step 3: Sprinkle with embossing powder; heat-emboss.
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Adore Card by Shaunte Wadley
I have to admit- I have a hard time using my Petaloo Flower Stash- not because they are hard to use, they are in fact, the easiest! It seems like every project I have added them to has gone from “pretty” to “breathtaking.” They are so detailed, they make your projects look time intensive when in actuality, all you have to do is adhere them. I have a hard time using them- because I am afraid I will run out of them. There. I said it. I am a craft supply hoarder!
Adore Card Supplies:
- Core’dinations Cardmaker Series Pearls in “Tan
- Core’dinations Basics in Smooth Kraft
- Core’dinations Basics Vellum
- Xyron 5″ Create A Sticker Max
- Petaloo Darjeeling line- specifically the “Tea-stained Blue
- Xyron Double Sided Adhesive Tape
Step 1: Cut the “Adore” frame shape using my Silhouette Cameo. I cut the frame from Core’dinations Cardmaker Series Pearls in “Tan.” This cardstock is thick and has a beautiful pearlized sheen. It cuts really nicely in electronic cutting machines, even with shapes as intricate as this one. The base of the card was cut with a Lifestyle Crafts die using Core’dinations Basics in Smooth Kraft.
Step 2: The center of the card is some Core’dinations Basics Vellum, circle cut and embossed with a swiss dot embossing folder. Here is a tip I have learned when embossing vellum. Vellum is tricky, it is hard to get the pressure correct when working with embossing and die cut machines. I have had 100 percent success by using a simple kitchen rolling pin! Insert the vellum inside the embossing folder of your choice. Make sure you are working on a flat surface. Roll the rolling pin over the embossing folder, using steady pressure. Gently open part of the folder and check on the vellum, if it is not quite even, or deep enough, roll it again.Adhere the vellum to the center of the card- using adhesive only on the edges so it will not show through.
Step 3: Then, I ran my cut frame shape through my Xyron 5″ Create A Sticker Max. I prefer to use an adhesive machine for intricate shapes like this one. Otherwise it is a very tedious job to try and apply adhesive onto all of the tiny parts of the shape.
Step 4: This card uses flowers from the Petaloo Darjeeling line- specifically the “Tea-stained Blue.” I used three of the lighter shade of flower, and four of the leaves. These flowers and leaved are thick. I found it easiest to use a little piece of Xyron Double Sided Adhesive Tape to adhere them into place.
Here is a close-up of the card:
Many Thanks Tag by Tami Mayberry
Many Thanks Tag Supplies:
- Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic cardstock
- Core’dinations Sandable Tags (Dark)
- Unity Stamp Company Thanks, Thanks & Thanks stamp set
- Clearsnap espresso pigment ink pad
- Petaloo orange/yellow flowers set
- Petaloo cream rick-rack and stitched edge ribbon
- May Arts brown burlap string
- Sizzix Tattered Florals die (#656640)
- Sizzix Woodgrain embossing folder (#659450)
- Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine
- Core’dinations Sand It Gadget & Dust Buddy
- Clearsnap Art Dauber
- Xyron: Tape Runner, 3 inch Sticker Maker
Step 1: Emboss tag using embossing folder; sand lightly with Sand It Gadget. Trim off top edge just below eyelet.
Step 2: Apply adhesive to back of trimmed tag using 3-inch Sticker Maker.
Step 3: Attach to rust colored tag.
Step 4: Die-cut Tattered Flower shapes from two coordinating colors of Kraft-Core cardstock.
Step 5: Sand and ink edges of flowers as desired; layer together and attach to tag as shown. Attach orange flower.
Step 6: Stamp sentiment banner onto back side of a scrap of kraft core cardstock; cut out.
Step 7: Attach banner to tag. Embellish bottom edge of tag with rick-rack trim. Tie a large loopy bow from string; attach under edge of flower as shown.
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Hi Everyone! Mary Pat here with you today and I have a beautiful fall card using Core’dinations and Petaloo. What a totally fun combo! I love fall and I wanted my card to capture the beautiful fall colors that surround us at this time.
Thanks card supplies:
- Core Basics: Kraft and 110 lb. smooth
- Petaloo flowers
- Xyron adhesive
- Heidi Swapp mist
- Studio Calico mist
- Simon Says Stamp clear stamps
- Memento tuxedo ink
- Stampin’ Up ink
- Spectrum Noir markers
For my card I used the Core Basics collection. I think I am totally hooked on the yummy Kraft and I don’t think I can make a project without using the 100 lb. smooth cardstock. I then added some stamped images and the finishing touch was the addition of the beautiful Petaloo flowers.
Here is a close up of my flowers and pumpkins.
I made a video for you on how this card came about.
Thanks so much for joining me today. Have a wonderful and crafty day!
~ Mary Pat
The Thanksgiving season will be here before we know it. Right now is a great time to be working on those Thanksgiving projects. Every year I enjoy helping my children think about all the things that we are grateful for. This year, I’m so excited to use this fun Thanksgiving We Are Grateful Board to help them think a little more about gratitude. This could be used year after year. You could write things down for the nine days leading up to Thanksgiving, putting the papers in the pockets, or you could write down as many things as you can think of that you are grateful for now, and pull them out and read one pocket full for each of the nine days leading up to Thanksgiving. Today, I am going to show you how I put this together.
‘We Are Grateful’ Board Supplies:
- Core Basics Smooth Kraft Cardstock
- Core Basics Canvas Texture White Cardstock
- Frame (I used a thrifted frame)
- Jute Twine
- Mini Clothes Pins
Step 1: Using the Core Basics Smooth Kraft Cardstock, cut out nine library pockets. Using the Core Basics Canvas Texture White Cardstock, cut out the circles with numbers. I used a digital die cutting machine to do this. Fold the pockets, and using adhesive, glue them together. Adhere the number circles to the front of the pockets.
Step 2: Measure your frame for the lengths of jute twine. Using your scissors, cut four pieces total of the same length.
Step 3: Using whatever adhesive you’d like, attach one length of jute twine to the back of the frame, just below the top. I used masking tape for this. I’m sure a staple gun or some kinds of glue would work well too.
Step 4: Cut letters to spell “WE ARE GRATEFUL.” Turn your frame back over so the front is face you. Using adhesive, put just enough glue on the back of the letters at the top, for them to stick to the jute twine. I used some craft tweezers to help get them just right.
Step 5: Lay out your pockets with the frame upside down. This is to help you see about where your other lengths of jute twine need to be attached. I also used a ruler to help get them straight. Attached your jute twine.
Step 6: Turn your frame over, so the front is forward. Using your mini clothes pins, clip your pockets onto the jute twine.
Step 7: Write down the items you are grateful for and add to the pockets, or add blank pieces of paper to the pockets to be written on later. Now you are all finished!
The little letters hang down, just right.
The pockets do too.
You can hang it on your wall, or set it on a shelf or table, anywhere that your family will see it and be reminded of what they are grateful for.
I love creating holiday projects that are inexpensive and easy to make. That way, I don’t feel bad about throwing them away after the holiday is over, saving storage space. This project certainly fit my quick and easy/cheap criteria- but it doesn’t look like it!
Halloween Ghost Boxes Supply List:
- 12×12 sheet of Core’dinations Vintage Cardstock in Emberglow
- 6×6 (or scrap) of Core’dinations Core Couture Glitter Cardstock in Black Tie
- 12×12 sheet of Core’dinations Core Basics Cardstock in White Canvas Texture
- Google Eyes
- Wooden Skewers
- Floral Foam
- Green Tissue Paper
- Hot Glue Gun/Gluesticks
- Silhouette Cameo (or other electronic cutting machine)
Step 1. The first step in this project is to select a box shape for your electronic cutting machine. You could also select a box template, and hand cut it. You will need three finished boxes.
The best part about the project, is you can resize the boxes to fit three of them on one 12×12 sheet of cardstock. Even though Core’dinations Vintage Collection cardstock is textured to resemble worn demin- it cuts beautifully in electronic cutting machines!
Step 2. Assemble the boxes using a hot glue gun.
Step 3. Trim a small piece of floral foam to fit the inside of the box. It doesn’t need to fill the box, it will just be a base for the ghosts to sit upright.
Step 4. Adhere foam pieces to the bottom of the boxes using hot glue. Cut a section of green tissue paper to cover the floral foam. Adhere tissue paper to the top of the floral foam in the box.
Step 5. Using an electonic cutting machine, cut three ghost shapes from white cardstock. You could also hand cut your ghosts. Trim wooden skewers to desired length, and adhere ghost shapes to skewer using hot glue.
Step 6. Insert your ghosts into the boxes. Using an electronic cutting machine or dies, cut the letters “BOO” from black glitter cardstock. Make sure to save the centers of the “B” and an “O”, this is what I used for the mouths of my ghosts.
Step 7. Adhere “BOO” letters to the box fronts. Adhere the “B” letter centers to the end ghosts, and trim the center of an “O” for the middle ghost. Adhere google eyes to each ghost.
Admire your “BOO”tiful creation!