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.