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2018 Thanksgiving Craft Projects – Free Pilgrim Turkey SVG Design

by Richelle Naeglethanksgiving turkey card projects completed

Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and I wanted to make a couple of fun Thanksgiving Crafts this year, so I started with these adorable turkeys. You can have the Pilgrim Turkey SVG design to make these feathered friends for free! Just scroll to the bottom of this post, and you can download this SVG File. And don’t miss out on the other Thanksgiving SVG’s we made. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Pilgrim Turkey Cards

I made these cute turkeys originally for a scrapbook layout I was working on, but when they came together, I thought they would make the most adorable cards. I felt compelled to switch up my crafting plan. The cards stand about 4.5″ tall and were cut out using the Cricut Explore Air 2, using mostly colored cardstock.

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November 2018 Free SVG Designs: Scarecrow SVG, Thanksgiving T-Shirt SVG’s

completed scarecrow svg projectIt’s November, the fall colors have changed (depending on where you are, your trees might already be completely bare) and now Thanksgiving is coming up quickly. This month Aaron has come up with some super fun free SVG downloads that you can download for free. The designs include:

  • scarecrow – you can put on a card, scrapbook layout, or use it in your home decorating. Richelle completed this project (and she loved it), as you can see in the image here.
  • silly phrase t-shirt – “Get your fat pants ready.”
  • A set of couple’s turkey t-shirts – for him and her!
  • And check out last year’s most popular design, the Thanksgiving tree decor project.

Every month, we also have a new design that you can download from the order confirmation page if you buy something from the online store. We have all the solid-colored paper and supplies you need to make these projects happen. Here are some great fall/Thanksgiving collections:

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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:

  • T-shirt(s)
  • Black, red, yellow, white and brown fabric transfer material
  • Your favorite electronic cutting machine
  • The free SVG file (download it at the bottom of this post)
  • Heat (I used the new Cricut EasyPress, it worked great)
  • Cricut BrightPad (optional, but really made weeding easier)
  • Weeding tool

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 SVG Designs: Thanksgiving T-Shirt SVG, Thanksgiving Decor SVG’s

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 Free SVG Designs: Napkin Ring SVG’s, Calendar SVG’s

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 December 2015 Free SVG Designs: Thanksgiving Card SVG’s

With Thanksgiving coming up, we here at 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, 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 Thanks for reading, and happy creating!

Cricut Vinyl Projects

by Richelle Naegle
Cricut Vinyl Projects plate for thanksgiving
Creating your own Cricut vinyl projects is very simple and it is less expensive than purchasing something at the store or on-line. By purchasing plates or other pieces from a thrift store or yard sale, you can pick up some great pieces that are perfect for re-purposing and adding a little vinyl to, to make it “new” and a great home décor piece.

For this easy project, I purchased this plate for $.50¢ from the local thrift store. Washed it up and now I’m ready to make a fun Thanksgiving plate/décor. Then used the Cricut Type Candy Font cartridge, (one of my all time favorite font cartridges), to cut out the saying “Give Thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.” The give thanks was cut out at 1” using the taffy script font, and I did use my Gypsy to weld the letters together, the rest of the saying was cut out at .75” using the better than chocolate font. The leaves are from the Autumn Celebrations cartridge (this cartridge is currently discontinued and not available), but you could use any cartridge that you already own that has leaves on it. There are quite a few cartridges that have great leaf images.

Helpful Tip!

If  you are looking for a particular image and don’t want to spend hours searching your Cricut handbooks, you can go to and type in anything you are looking for and it will show you all the cartridges that have that item on it. Such as leafs, or Santa then you can see what each image looks like before you dig out your cartridge. This great website saves me a lot of time and energy looking for images, even is faster than searching my gypsy for the images.

If you are looking for some inspiration for your Cricut vinyl craft ideas you can look on Pinterest or even find them at your favorite craft boutique, then find images and use your favorite Cricut font cartridges to make your home décor project at home, for a fraction of the cost.

Do you have any Cricut Expression vinyl projects that you have made that you would like to share with us? Then just leave us a link to your image here on our blog so we can check them out and be inspired by you. Save on all Cricut cartridges, as well as Cricut Explore Air machines.

Happy creating

Cricut Tablescapes Ideas

by Richelle Naegle

For this blog post we will be covering the Cricut Tablescapes Fall & Winter cartridge, which is great for dining room decorations, especially for the holidays.

Name Card and Basket

card tablescape cricut projectTo finish off the table setting, we have these little name cards. These are super easy to make, the cardstock base is 4.25 x 5.5 then scored in half so they are 4.25 x 2.25 when folded, and then inked the edges brown. This is so easy with a Cricut machine. The inside paper is 4 x 2 and then used a corner rounder to, you guessed it, round the corners, and inked those as well. Finally used the cartridge to cut out the acorn at 2″. I did cut it out twice and cut of the bottom part of the lighter brown.Then sanded the lighter brown. I did cut out a bunch of them and used the same acorn for the treat boxes from Wednesday’s project and for this one. So that will save you time cutting out more at a time.

basket cricut tablescapesThen for this simple design I got a wire basket and filled the bottom with raffia, and cut out the 3D acorns at 2″, 3″, and 4″ just enough to fit on the top of it. These are the same as used for the Banner from Tuesday’s project as well just larger sizes :).

Hope you have enjoyed this cartridge as much as I have, now I have all my decor ready for Thanksgiving dinner.

Tea Time Decoration

teacup cricutI’m not really sure what to call these decorations, so I’m going to call them Cup Decor, because that’s what they look like to me. If you have a better name let me know :).

So back to business These fun acorns were cut out at 4″ using the Tablescapes Fall & Winter. I did cut them out at 2″ and they turned out really cute but didn’t hold to the cup very well. So I recommend cutting them bigger than the 2″.  But the small version does work.

Make sure you fold it backwards well to make it hold better. It’s held on by a little triangle piece of paper, so heavier paper works best as well.

Then I finished them off with a little piece of ribbon to match them to the rest of the table decor.

So come back tomorrow and see our final project to finish off this fun fall table setting.

Treat Boxes

box cricut tablescapesFor these fun treat boxes I used We R paper, the Antique stack (so that all the boxes coordinated together but weren’t all the same), and the Cricut Tablescapes Fall & Winter. I cut the box out at 2″ and you can fit two on a 12 x 12 sheet of paper.

Then I cut out the acorn two more times one in dark brown and the other on the cor’dinations brown paper so I could sand it and give it a little more depth to look like an acorn. Then cut the bottom of the acorn off, these were also cut out at 2″.

I punched two little holes and used brown and gold ribbon to give them more depth. Added some peanuts and candy corns and it’s a fun little treat to enjoy while your waiting for dinner. I think the kids will love them, and make them a little more patient.  🙂

Fall Banner

banner cricut tablescapesFor this fun fall banner, I used the Tablescapes cartridge. The larger acorns are cut out at 5″ so you can fit all 4 on one 12 x 12 sheet. The smaller acorns are actually the 3D acorns, so they have a little dimension. These are super easy to put together, it cuts a slit half way on each so you can just hook them together very easily. Then used lots of raffia and ribbon. A very easy and fun way to make fall more festive.

Napkin Rings

napkin ring cricut tablescapesMaking beautiful table decorations can be easy this year with the Cricut Tablescapes. For the first project this week we have the Napkin holder.

I cut this image out at 2.75″ and then wrapped it around the napkin. You could also cut out the acorn at 2.75 and layer it on top. But I used a pretty paper and didn’t want to cover it up.

For these I used the DCWV Natural Paper Stack so all the napkin rings are similar but able to use different sheets of paper.

Please offer us your feedback and share with us your own Cricut Tablescapes ideas and as always, you can save on Cricut cartridges online with us. Also, check out the Cricut Explore Air 2.

Simply Charmed Cricut Cartridge Projects (Part 1)

by Richelle Naegle

More Simply Charmed ideas Part 2.

One of the most popular cartridges of the last few years, the Simply Charmed Cartridge offers cute options for card-making. Use this classic cartridge with the Cricut Explore Air 2 and many other Cricuts. Here are a few examples of projects I’ve done with this cartridge.

Make Lemonade

make lemonade simply charmed cartridge card ideaThe Simply Charmed cartridge made this summertime card fun and simple.  The overall size of the card is 4 x 6 inches.

The words “Make Lemonade” are cut out at 1.5″ and the Lemonade cup is cut out at 2.5″

I got creative and tied it altogether with a little bit of craft ribbon and a soda tab! We also used the 1/4″ corner rounder on the corners.

The craft paper is from We-R-Memory Keepers and it’s the popular Down the Boardwalk paper collection.  This collection is beautiful and will help you unleash your creativity.

Thanksgiving Turkey

thanksgiving turkey simply charmed cartridgeI wanted to make the perfect turkey, and I’m not talking about baking the turkey in the oven. For this turkey you just need some fun paper, your Cricut Ribbons & Rosettes, and Simply Charmed cartridges. This post is a little long, but I want to make it as easy as possible and have some pictures along the way.

For each of the layers of feathers I cut out the “feathers” and a circle to glue the “feathers” to.

For the large back “feather” layer I cut the rosette at 3″ and the circle at 8″ both from the Ribbons & Rosettes cartridge. Punch a little hole in the very top of the circle if you want to hang it on the wall, it’s probably easier to do before you glue everything together. 🙂

Middle layer is 2.5″ with a 6″ circle

Smaller layer is 2″ with a 5″ Circle

turkey tail card

On the circles cut off the bottom half of the circle about 2.5″ on the large one and 2″ on the middle and 1.5″ on the smaller one. These are approximate, hard to measure exactly how big to cut the cardstock circle so just use your best judgement.

Then using a glue gun (or you could use any quick dry glue. Glue the “feathers from left to right on the circle. I made sure that both ends of my rosette was laying down flat so that it held together better. Here is a picture of that:

turkey tail 2I also did glue about every third one down, so that it held together on the circle.

I did three layers of these, and then used the glue gun to put a small strip of glue on the back of the circle to glue them on top of each other.

Then using the Simply Charmed cartridge I cut just the body of the turkey out at 10″ along with this beak and gobbler. I used Megan Elizabeth Hay Jealousy Sparkle lights for his eyes. You could also use googly eyes, they would be super cute as well. Then just string your ribbon or rope through the hole (if you want to hang it on the wall).

He is about 2″ thick, you could make him ticker by adding more layers, just make them about .5″ larger or smaller depending on how big you want to make him.

turkey with simply charmedNote:  the turkey, I should have made it more clear, when you are cutting out the rosettes, you will need 6 sections for each size so that you can get the length that you need to make it go around.

Happy New Year

happy new year cricut cardThis Happy New Years layout was created using Simply Charmed and the Wild Card Cricut cartridge.

The bottles are cut out at 4” from Simply Charmed and the Happy New Year is 3” (using the real dial size) So it’s 3” high.

The blue and gold squares are 2” and just represent small photo’s placed around the main one, which is for a 5” x 7”  Super easy and quick layout to start out the New Year!

Please feel free to submit your own Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge projects!