Hey friends! Adrianne here today, and I’ve got a fun way to show gratitude as we come up on (American) Thanksgiving and the holiday season in general. I have a confession: I am not the best at speaking my gratitude. I know that a simple “thank you” goes a long way. I try my best to say it often! But honestly, I’m just better at showing how thankful I am through actions. And gifts. So I made up this big accordion-fold card to give to my husband, to try to put into words some of the things I’m most thankful for. This actually makes a great gift for grandparents from the kids because there’s lots of space to include photos and artwork, and it’s the perfect style for a group to give so that everyone has room to write a sweet sentiment. I’ll show you how to fold up this easy card, and give you a few ideas to make it your own, too!
Accordion fold pop-up card supplies:
- Three 12 x 12 sheets Core’dinations Chocolate Box card stock (I used Blueberry & Cool Mint Truffle)
- Core’dinations Sand-It Gadget
- Paper trimmer
- Scoring board and bone folder
- Baker’s twine
- Liquid glue
- Photos and embellishments that are meaningful to you such as Silhouette text cuts, heart punches, and Sizzix’s Love Set of Embossing folders
Step 1. Choose three coordinated sheets of card stock, and trim them to 8 inches square. (Keep the scraps close by for making your embellishments.) Score them vertically and horizontally at 4″, and then along ONE of the diagonals.
Step 2. You will be gluing all 3 papers together, with the un-scored squares overlapping. Glue one side of the card to the center panel, and then cut a 3-foot length of baker’s twine. Lay it across the glue, and sandwich it inside when you glue the final panel onto the center panel.
You should have a card that now looks like this. The side (green) panels will fold upward, and the center (blue) panel will fold downward.
Step 3. Embellish it! Fill it up with gratitude. I trimmed photos to 4 x 4 and glued them down the center. Then, I embossed and sanded some heart accents with my Sizzix machine.
I listed 12 things about my husband that I’m thankful for, and trimmed them to fit inside the card on the folding panels. I also used a punch to create heart shapes to glue on.
Step 4. Create a front for your card to finish it off. I wanted something personal for the front of the card, so I created a text file in the Silhouette Studio that said “12 ways I’m thankful for you”. Instead of using the words, I used the outer “stencil” part of the phrase. (Since I wasn’t using the words, I snagged the “thankful” cut and used it inside the card.) I also sanded the edges of the card for a more vintage feel.
Let it dry, then fold it up! Use the baker’s twine to hold it closed, until it’s time to give it to someone special.
I have made cards for my husband before, but this one was far and away his favorite! Part of it was just me saying “thank you” for all the things he does, but he loved that I included pictures, too. It’s like a tiny scrapbook, with some photos of us at some of our best times – one of our first dates, our honeymoon, and some other special memories.
Who do you know who could use a great big card full of gratitude?
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 is my favorite holiday of the year. I love the warmth of an amazing meal and the gathering of my family each year. It’s just a wonderful time to enjoy each other and remember to give thanks for the blessings my family and I enjoy on a daily basis.
So I like to decorate for Thanksgiving as well. Bring on the visual reminders of gratitude, thankfulness, and even those reminders that some blessings come with a cost. So I wanted something to reflect those sentiments and help me remember to be openly thankful AND giving this season.
This Thankful Banner fits the bill. Since it hangs from a branch, you can hang it anywhere from your front door to the mantel–all you need is a hook, nail, or knob!
Thankful Banner Supplies:
- Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection
- Darice Pearl White Berry Garland
- 1″ Twill Tape
- Small branch
- Hot glue gun
- Glue Dots
Step 1: Start with a piece of muslin-covered cardboard approximately 15″ x 10″. Hot glue the fabric to the back side of the cardboard to get a nice smooth front.
Step 2: Adhere two pieces of twill tape to the back of the cardboard.
Step 3: Cut paper banner, “Thankful” greeting, and leaves from card stock using electronic cutter or craft knife. The greeting was cut from the back side of the card stock for a different color.
Step 4: Adhere greeting to paper banner, and adhere paper banner to your fabric banner at the top and centered.
Step 5: Create different leaf looks. Fold 1/3 of your leaves in half length wise to mimic a leaf stem, then distress. Take the other 2/3 of the leaves and use the back and front sides for different effects. You should now have a variety similar to this. You might want to add a few different colors of leaves.
Step 6: Curl the leaves by rolling them between your fingers. The more you break down the fibers in the paper by rolling, the easier it is to get the shape you want.
Step 7: Cut section of berry garland, and twist into a mini wreath shape. Adhere leaves to the wreath as desired.
Step 8: Adhere wreath to fabric banner.
Step 9: Insert the small branch through the twill tape loops, and hang.
It has been a long time since I made a wreath but I have seen so many awesome paper ones lately that I knew I wanted to make one this fall. I pulled out my Core’dinations supplies and got to work making a Harvest Wreath with some non-traditional colors.
Give Thanks Wreath Supplies:
- Core Basics Smooth Kraft Cardstock
- Sand It Gadget & Dust Buddy
- Jillian Dot Assorted Pack
- Foam Wreath
- Coordinating Buttons
Step 2: Sand the cardstock bringing out the core color.
Step 3: Add adhesive to the back side of the strips and then begin to loop them around the wreath (I used a 10 inch wreath). Overlap slightly so that the wreath form doesn’t show. Notch the end of each strip as you go.
Step 6: Add flowers, twine, buttons, or other small embellishments to bring in some additional textures.
Don’t you just love all the decorating possibilities you have when you play with paper!?!
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.
A joyful and pleasant thing is to be Thankful.
Fall is upon us and giving thanks is so important and it resonates on every level with this layout from Cari Locken.
Just some simple sanding on the Core’dinations Core Impressions from Cosmo Cricket is all you need with these gorgeous Imaginisce papers.
Have a Great week!