Thanksgiving is just around the corner here in the U.S., so I decided it was time to whip up a quick and easy DIY before the Christmas season hits full-force.
I love Thanksgiving and have so many sweet memories tied to it. I also appreciate the meaning of the holiday, that reminds us to reignite the attitude we really should carry all year long.
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It started with a gorgeous frame I found at a thrift store. Well, it wasn’t exactly gorgeous when I found it, but it had so much potential! It’s also sturdy and in fantastic condition. Those qualities alone made it a prime candidate for an upcycle. And if you shop thrift stores with any frequency, you know frames are an easy find.
All it really needed was a damp dust rag and a fresh coat of paint.
I didn’t have to check out all 3,574 image possibilities because I found the perfect one right away. Some images in Design Space are free, others are available for a small fee, and those with the green “a” tag are free with a Design Space subscription.
Using Design Space
Once the project is on the canvas, it can easily be customized. You can change the color or size, which makes it adaptable for whatever you like. I wanted a 3 x 5 cut for the frame opening, so I shrank the image to fit.
After any custom changes are made, the last step is to preview exactly how the project is going to process through the Maker. This one uses 2 mats – one for the script, and another for the leaves, which will be cut.
Each mat goes through the Maker separately. You can either load two mats before starting and feed them through quickly, or remove the image page once it’s finished, then fit the paper for the leaves to the same mat.
You can see exactly where the leaves will be cut on the paper. I used a few pieces of scrap card stock in different colors, and changed the size of the leaves a couple of times to create variety and interest.
Putting it Together
I printed the script onto a piece of card stock with a gold metallic pen, then cut the paper to size.
Isn’t the script beautiful? I decided to fill it in for a more dramatic effect.
Next, I gathered all the leaves I had cut and arranged them onto the card.
After finding a good arrangement, I put a single drop of craft glue on the back of each leaf and put them back in place.
I still love a pile of crispy fall leaves, don’t you?
Finally, I replaced the glass and backing, and the simple DIY Thanksgiving craft was finished – in less than an hour!
Now I’m reminded daily to keep a heart of gratitude – all year long.
This is the second – of many – Cricut Maker projects. If you missed the first, you can find it here.
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