Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thanksgiving Placecards: Haystacks!

I think Thanksgiving gets the short end of the crafting and
scrapbooking stick. There are rare amounts of scrapbooking papers out there with Turkeys on them and as cute as gourds are I think they come in second to holiday trees. Here is a little bit of Thanksgiving dinner inspiration: haystack place cards. At just $0.85 each to make and being kid friendly they are a good one to whip out before the turkey goes in the oven.

Five 8.5 x 11 text sheets of astroparche natural, one 8.5 x 11 text sheet of stardream bronze, paper cutter or scissors, and glue of your liking. I am using a double sided adhesive tape gun.

Step 1: Cut your light colored sheets in half, you will get 2 haystacks out of the whole sheets.

Step 2: Using your paper cutter or scissors cut 1/2 inch cuts across one side of your paper. Only cut about half way up the paper. Turn your paper over and cut the same on that side, leaving about a 1" not cut strip through the middle.

Step 3: Using your tape or glue, glue a strip down one whole long side of your now cut paper. Roll your paper allowing the glue strip to hold the stack together.

Step 4:
Using a pen or pencil roll upwards with your thumb so your paper curls outwards. Do this on both sides.

Step 5: Take your bronze text sheet and cut 3 strips that measuring 1 1/2". Run some glue down one strip and wrap it around the middle of your haystack to create a sash. It will overlap.

Step 6: Use another strip of bronze paper to make a bow. Place a strip of glue on each end and curl in to meet in the middle. Using your last bronze strip, cut a 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" square from it. Place a strip of glue on the back and place it in the middle of your looped strip to finish your bow. Adhere the bow to your hay stack.

Step 7:
To make a name card I used the new Basic Grey Pyrus and some matching Carnival Vellum Thai Gold. Cut some printed paper of your liking to 3 x 2 1/2. Cut a matching solid sheet to 2 x 1 1/2. Glue the two sheets together. After writing your guests name place a strip of glue on the back of this card an adhere anywhere you like on your haystack.

Place around your festive table for your turkey day feast! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
--Andrea and the Portland Paper Zone.

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