Free Thanksgiving Printables!

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For many of us, the meaning of Thanksgiving includes a large feast with friends and family, an extended weekend, probably some football, and quite possibly a last look at “normal” life before Christmas decorations cover every nook and cranny of the world. This wonderfully busy holiday is, somehow, already here—just one week away! As hostesses of the festivities, it is our job to make sure that people are fed, happy, and generally having a good time. Doing all of these things while keeping everyone mindful of what they have to be grateful for is no easy feat. And then, because we are also the family historians, or memory keepers, we will want to scrapbook the whole experience afterward.

Challenge accepted!

Since we can’t come over to each of your homes to assist in meal preparation (or the aftermath!), we came up with a printable to help with the gratitude portion of the holiday.

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(Download printable cards, here.)

As your guests arrive, or whenever it naturally fits during your celebrations, ask each of them to fill out one of these cards. During a designated time, a lot of people like doing this sort of thing before dinner, have everyone share their thoughts. Make sure to keep the cards so that later you can use them to scrapbook about your evening.

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Another fun way to use these printables is within your own family. Have each family member complete one of the cards and then create a banner to display in your home as a reminder of all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for.

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Even though Thanksgiving is right around the corner, it is not too late to add some personal touches to your plans! For additional free Thanksgiving printables, including conversation starters and thank you cards, make sure to revisit our post from a couple of years ago, here.

What are some ways that you keep the spirit of gratitude during Thanksgiving? Let’s help each other out—the more ideas we share the better! 🙂


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Blessed Beyond Measure Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
X7237B Grateful Heart Paper Packet, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, X6010 Mink Cardstock, X6028 Black Cardstock, X6002 Espresso Cardstock, X6004 Glacier Cardstock, X7237C Grateful Heart Complements, Z4215 Fern-stitched Ribbon, Z3371 Gold Pearls, Z4181 Thin Cuts—Stitched Circles, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

Gratitude Banner
X7237B Grateful Heart Paper Packet, X9000 Seasons Mix-in Paper Packet, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, X6011 New England Ivy Cardstock, Z4221 Mink Twine, Z3379 Gold Arrow Clips, Z4242 Watercolor Pencils, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z2465 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Turquoise Blue Marker, Z2456 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Mahogany Marker, Z2451 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Clay Marker, Z2448 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Carmine Marker, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker, Z2457 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marigold Marker, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

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5 Quick Ways to Dress Up Your Thanksgiving Table!

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When preparing for Thanksgiving, it seems that one of the most often overlooked aspects of the dinner is the actual place setting. You think of the food—how to prepare it, how to get it all to cook on time, how to keep it all warm. You think of the pies—if it’s the day of the big event and you don’t have a pie, then you’re already too late. Then there’s the guest list—do you admit you’re actually related to all of those crazy people and have them over to your house? ☺

Who has the time to think of a place setting? We do! And we want to share with you how quickly you can put together a few pieces using our Basics Fundamental paper collection that will leave your guests feeling like you’ve been planning this for weeks!

The very first thing that will go on your table (after a tablecloth, if that’s your thing) is a placemat.

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Make a 12″ x 16″ placemat by sewing a 4½” x 12″ piece of coordinating paper to one of our 12″ x 12″ paper sheets. Use the extra ½” to overlap in the back for attaching.

Let your guests know where to sit with a personalized name place pumpkin!

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This little gourd is easier to make than it looks. First, cut 12 kidney shaped pieces of the same size from the paper of your choice. We created our own template and cut each piece by hand, each measuring approximately 3″ x 4½” (there are also plenty of Cricut® shapes that will fit the bill). Then, score each piece down the middle and start gluing them together, aligning the round edges and leaving the scored part exposed, creating a “book” of sorts.

(These two images are from a different project illustrating the same technique.)

Once all of your pieces are stacked and glued to each other, attach a small straw or dowel to the “binding” and wrap the pumpkin around it, gluing the top and bottom of your stack together, creating the pumpkin shape. Add some embellishments to the top, including your guest’s name, and you’re done!

Next, you will need a napkin band.

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Wrap some Kraft paper around your napkin and utensils to see how big of a piece you will need for your setting. For ours, we used a 2″ x 9″ piece that overlapped about 2″ in the back for easy securing with glue dots. We added a zip strip around the middle before attaching a 2½” circle with a thoughtful stamped sentiment for the guest. (Earn some extra brownie points here by making each sentiment unique to the person reading it!). At this point you can either leave your band as is, for that “minimalist” look, or add some embellishments.

Complete your guest’s dining experience with a few final touches.

Using our trusty Cricut® You Are Here Collection, we cut up a bunch of these 3½” leaves from silver foil, vellum, and patterned paper. Before cutting the foil, we embossed it with our leaves embossing folder to add some textured details. And to add a touch of color to our vellum leaves, we simple used a waterbrush with some watercolor paints. Before you’re ready to scatter these leaves, curl them slightly by wrapping them around your finger or another rounded edge.

Lastly, make a card!

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Make a card for your guests and write a message inside thanking them for coming to your home. Or, use this card as an opportunity for everyone at the table to consider what they are grateful for and have them write it down inside.

There you have it! Five quick ways to dress up your Thanksgiving table!

The holidays can be stressful when trying to make everything look and taste just right. We hope you take a few of these ideas and make them your own, taking some of that stress away and allowing you to enjoy the reason for the season a little bit more.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Recipes

 12″ x 16″ Placemat
X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, Sewing Machine

Name Place Pumpkin
Z4041 Falling for You Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, X7223C Falling for You Complements, Z4029 Bronze Sequins, Z3363 Enchantment Ribbon Pack, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida™ LePen™ Journaling Pen, Pumpkin Template, Straw

 Napkin Band
B1570 My Acrylix® Your Thoughts Here Stamp Set, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, Z1375 Kraft Paper, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7223C Falling for You Complements, Z4029 Bronze Sequins, Z3363 Enchantment Ribbon Pack, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

Leaves
X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3224 Waterbrush-Small Round, Z4031 Leaves Embossing Folder, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection

Cricut® Shape:
You Are Here
3½” Icon-4 <a> (p. 21, #M27629BD)

4¼” x 4¼” “Grateful Heart” Card
B1569 My Acrylix® A Grateful Heart Stamp Set, X5946 Linen Cardstock, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4029 Bronze Sequins, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round, Z2468 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Warm Grey 7 Marker, Z2467 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Warm Grey 4, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker, Z2457 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marigold Marker, Z2451 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Clay Marker, Z2455 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Light Orange Marker

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Secret Acts of Service

Okay, friends. It’s November, so let’s get grateful! While we know you love sitting in a turkey stupor around the table after Thanksgiving dinner, listing off what you’re grateful for, there are more lasting (and more FUN) ways to express what’s in your heart. So many more! Why not say thank you with a few random acts of kindness, for example? What better way to pay a favor back than to pay a favor forward?

All you need to do is pull out your favorite Close To My Heart papers and tools and start crafting! With the Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge, cute tags like these take no time at all. With a stamp here and a sparkle there, you’ve got adorable notes ready for use. You can deliver them as stand-alone notes or attach them to goodies.

When it comes to packaging those goodies, the Designer Creations paper bags do the job nicely. The bags come predesigned, so they take no prep time at all. Take them right out of the package, slip in some sweet treats—or just some sweet words—and get stealthy. Stash the goods into nooks and crannies when nobody’s watching.

You might enjoy some of these ideas as you go incognito (but you didn’t hear it from us):

  • Leave inspiring notes for your unsuspecting targets around the house. Try the bathroom mirror, the novel your spouse is reading, or even inside the refrigerator. Yes, we said inside. Most viewed appliance in the home, wouldn’t you agree?
  • Leave some goodies on a doorstep, ring the doorbell, and run! Your new neighbors will feel welcome and your old neighbors will feel loved all over again.
  • Do a chore for someone and leave a note saying why serving them brings you joy.
  • Hide a note under a coworker’s mouse.
  • Write down words of advice for a new mother, a new couple, or someone else starting on a path you’ve tread before.
  • Leave change in the vending machine with a note encouraging the lucky finder to buy a snack.
  • Thank the custodian by leaving a note on their cart while they’re busy scrubbing away.
  • Leave your waiter a nice note along with the tip.
  • Hang a note from the car mirror for your spouse to stumble upon when they leave for work in the morning.
  • Reflect on your blessings, write them down, and then dangle them from a Designed Décor frame or an indoor plant. All of your newly unleashed gratitude will be heavy, so we highly suggest you use the frame. 😉
  • Take time to sit down with your parents, grandparents, or other relatives and write down their favorite sayings and wisdom on your tags. Hang the tags in a prominent place in your home to remember both your relatives and their wisdom. (This act can’t be done in secret, but hopefully you can trust your relatives not to betray your identity when pressured by the authorities.)

Get in the groove of gratitude today, and then express yourself! No matter how you go about it, you’ll feel like a million bucks . . . and who doesn’t want to be a millionaire? Serve, baby, serve!

Think of something sneaky that we didn’t? Tell us your idea in the comments!

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