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Thanksgiving Craft Projects 2017

turkey trotters t-shirt thanksgiving craft projectby Richelle Naegle

Did you get a chance to see the Free SVG downloads from Aaron last week? If you haven’t, download them here. I loved his football jersey ideas and thought it would be fun to put my own twist on it for my Thanksgiving craft projects. We don’t play football in my family, but we do participate in a fun run every year. I decided to make t-shirts for our fun run this year. Aaron owed me a favor, so I asked him to make this fun Turkey Trotters design for us. I also did the Thanksgiving Tree project that Aaron designed.

Turkey Trotters Shirts

My boys were in my craft room looking at my fabric transfer paper and they found this Silhouette flocked brown heat transfer material. This gave the turkey fuzzy texture, which makes it a little more fun. For this shirt project, you need:

Cut out the turkey and begin ironing/pressing it. I find it easier to cut out from the bottom layer first, so I cut black first and then the brown, and so on. That way when you’re done weeding the first color, you can immediately iron it on and you don’t have to worry about losing pieces or ruining while you’re working on the other cuts. I use this trick with paper as well. When you have many layers or colors to work with, this will streamline the process.

With the Cricut BrightPad, the lines show better so it makes it easy to see where you are weeding. Note: it didn’t work with the flocked material, I couldn’t see though it. The rest of the material worked really well.

Then using the EasyPress you just use it as you would a regular iron, except you don’t need to move it back and forth you can just hold it in place while it’s working. You can also use a regular household iron to transfer the material. The EasyPress just makes it easier. I added numbers on the back of the shirt just for fun and now we are ready for our run!

Thanksgiving Tree

thanksgiving tree craft project completedThe second Thanksgiving craft project I made was the Thanksgiving Tree. I thought it would be great to have it up for the month and everyday we can write what we are thankful for. By the end of the month, we will have a tree full of leaves and gratitude. I think this is a great way to remind us of all the things we are grateful for. Even my little boys are participating in this.

I cut the tree trunk out of brown vinyl and applied it to my wall and then cut the leaves out of colored cardstock. We then simply tape the leaf to the tree each day.

I think this is definitely a tradition that we will keep doing in our home.

Have you used any of our SVG files? Please share what you have created with us on social media. I would love to see what you are creating with them. Happy creating!

November 2017 – Free Monthly SVG Design Downloads

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite times of year and we are celebrating it by expressing gratitude to our faithful customers with free SVG download designs. Our lead designer, Aaron Meyers, has some fresh new ideas for this fall holiday. He’s come up with (1) Thanksgiving football jersey project, and (1) Thanksgiving tree home decor project.

For the best results with heat transfer projects, try the new Cricut EasyPress machine.

In case you have never used an SVG file, they work with electronic die-cutters, like the Silhouette CAMEO 3 and the Explore Air 2. It’s as simple as uploading the file to your machine, loading the material, and then waiting as the machine quickly does all the work. Here are the designs (scroll to the bottom of the post for the download links):

design concept for turkey bowl football jerseys

Above is the design concept for our Turkey Bowl football jerseys. We made 4 team logos, numbers for the back of the jersey, and also 3 team names. We figure many of you will probably want to come up with your own names with your preferred font, but at least we gave you a few ideas for team monikers. These are broken up into 3 different SVG files that look like this:

turkey bowl jersey team logos concept

These designs are broken up into four downloadable files. From left to right and top-down, these are called Turkey Bowl Football LogoTurkey Bowl Trophy LogoTurkey Bowl Foam Finger Logo, and Turkey Bowl Pie Logo.

turkey bowl jersey team names concept

These are all found in one file called Turkey Bowl Jersey Phrases. These would typically go at the top of the front or the back of the jersey. To do it like the pros, put the team name on the front, then put last names above the numbers on the back.

turkey bowl jersey numbers concept

And these are the Turkey Bowl Jersey Numbers. You’re going to need some material for this project, so save on heat transfer paper here at CraftDirect, and while you’re at it, take a gander at the helpful infographic we made in this how to use Iron-on tutorial.

thankful tree project concept

Last, but not least we have this interesting Thankful Tree project. It’s divided into two files: the Thankful Tree and the Thankful Tree Leaves. The vision here is that you would make the trunk and branches of the tree with vinyl and then make the leaves out of colored cardstock. You can write what you are thankful for on the backs of the leaves and then adhere them to the tree (check out Sticky Thumb for awesome glues and adhesives). It is one of Aaron’s family’s favorite Thanksgiving traditions, which they do at dinner. We thought it would also be fun to do it sort of like an advent calendar and have a family member add something they are thankful for, every day.

Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Projects

If you love these projects, please share this blog post with your friends on social media. How fun would it be to show up to your Turkey Bowl with both teams in matching jerseys! Start a new family tradition with your own Thankful Tree this year. It’s a great way to keep your November positive and focused on the great things in life.

November 2016 – Free Monthly Design Downloads

thanksgiving napkin ring projectMan, Halloween came and went awful fast, didn’t it? Now it’s time to get ready for one of the best holidays for making craft home decorations, Thanksgiving! We’ve made original designs for you to download so that you can make awesome projects for the season. As you’ve come to expect, these free .svg design downloads are made by the talented Aaron Meyers who now has lots of experience making craft designs and we are loving the results.

Scroll down the page to view the links. If you do not see them, it means you are reading this post in the blog feed. Click the link in the post title to reveal the links. The .svg files will work with your preferred electronic cutting machine.

One design we are really excited about is the napkin ring sets (example of completed project with scrapbook paper is pictured top right). There is also a card, a decorative phrase, and of course a calendar with icons. Without further adieu, here are the designs:
napkin ring designs - thanksgiving .svg project

Here are all four of the patterns in the Thanksgiving Dinner napkin ring set.

happy thanksgiving card project

You will love the little fox on this Happy Thanksgiving card.

give thanks quote design - thanksgiving .svg project

This is the Give Thanks quote which will look great as a gallery print on your wall.

calendar designs - thanksgiving .svg project

Last but not least, we have the November calendar and the Harvest Pumpkin and Turkey Day icons.

Christmas is just around the corner and we can’t wait to get to those designs, but alas we must wait another month. Enjoy these November design downloads and please share your projects with us on social media! It doesn’t matter if you have a Cricut Explore or a Sihouette CAMEO, we have all the supplies you need. Check out our awesome selection of Cricut mats and Silhouette blades.

November 2015 – Free Monthly Design Downloads

With Thanksgiving coming up, we here at CraftDirect.com wanted to give thanks to our customers and show some appreciation to you for choosing us. We love doing what we do! We have decided to offer free monthly designs available for download. Our very own Aaron Meyers is the creative mind behind the designs, and his November Thanksgiving-themed card projects are so much fun!

The designs conveniently come in SVG files (see bottom of post where it says Download Attachments) so they are compatible with up-to-date electronic cutting machines.

Download all 3 of November’s designs for free. If you have a minute, please share this post on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) so that your friends and relatives can get their hands on these awesome designs:richelle's happy thanksgiving download design

The above is a completed card made by Richelle using the Cricut Explore Air 2. The design is available for download at the bottom of the post. It’s called Happy Thanksgiving (Turkey)

turkey thanksgiving card design

The above design concept is called Thanksgiving (2015)

give thanks card example

And last, but not least this concept is called Give Thanks (Pumpkin)

So just go ahead and click the links below to enjoy new potential in your Thanksgiving projects. You can look forward to new designs every month. Thanks again for choosing CraftDirect.com, and we hope you have as much to be thankful for as we do! If you need supplies to complete your project, like colored cardstock, tools, etc., we’ve got it all, and we’ve got it on sale. Remember to keep your machines up to date with Cricut blades, or if you fancy the CAMEO, Silhouette blades.

Note: if you are reading this in the blog feed, you need to click on the post title in order to see the attachments. Sorry for any confusion.

Cricut Simple Holiday Ideas

by Richelle Naeglesimple holiday cartridge made this I love you card

Today I will be quickly covering a few cards I made with the Cricut Simple Holiday Cards cartridge. Please offer feedback about your own projects, clarification you may need on any part of my designs, etc. This is an old cartridge, but it’s compatible with all Cricuts, including the Explore Air 2.

I Love You Card

This Cricut card was easy to make. I cut it out at 5 inches making it a finished card size of 4″ x 5″ inches. This cartridge is great for when you are short on time. It is also one of the better Cricut cartridges to use when you are mass manufacturing cards because of how quickly you can produce the cards.

Though this card looks like it’s geared towards Valentine’s the color matches Christmas as well. To tell you the truth, “I love you” as a message works year-round so I guess this is a card for all seasons.

Turkey Day Card

Turkey Day card made with simple holiday cricut cartridgeThis is a great design to go along with the scrapbook memories you preserve from this past holiday.

With just two cuts you can make the perfect card for any holiday, though in this case we obviously went for Thanksgiving. I just love this turkey, he is so stinkin’ cute! The card was cut out at 5.5 inches.

I chose to go with non-traditional Thanksgiving colors to vary things up a little bit, but you may be a little more traditional. Share with us whatever you come up with to commemorate your turkey day. We love to see others’ projects and glean from them our own Cricut Simple Holiday ideas to use in the future.

Be sure to save on all the best products, including quality Cricut paper here at CraftDirect.com. Thanks for reading, and happy creating!