Cornucopia Place Card Holders

This post first appeared over at HSN's The Buzz where I am a contributor. Add that extra handmade touch to your Thanksgiving table, by making your own Cornucopia Place Card Holders!

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Make your Thanksgiving table a little more special with these custom cornucopia place card holders using a few craft supplies and some items you have around the house.


These cornucopia place cards holders are so easy to make and can easily be customized to fit your Thanksgiving table. Plus, this project is a great way to use up those scraps of craft supplies that you may have laying around! {FTC Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links which means I may make a small commission on purchases without any cost to you.}



1. Cut a toilet paper tube in half the long way.

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2. Apply hot glue to one inside edge of the tube and overlap one end until you have formed a cone shape.

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3. Use a small piece of aluminum foil to create a “tail” and insert it in to the skinny end of the tube.


4. Apply hot glue along the top of the tube then roll the burlap until it covers the tube.

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 5. Secure the other end with hot glue.

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 6. Cut some of the excess burlap from the open end of the tube, then add hot glue around the inside of the tube and tuck in the burlap ends.

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 7. Shape the aluminum foil end of the tube until it curves up to form the cornucopia shape.

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 8. Add felt leaf embellishments to the cornucopia and the place card with hot glue. The leaves could be cut with any die cutting machine – I used the Cricut Maker.

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 9. Adhere the place card to the center of the cornucopia with hot glue.

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What a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving and the people who will be gathered around your holiday table. Fill with candy to make a fun take home party favor!

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Looking for the wow factor? This gorgeous Staub Pumpkin Cocotte is not only a stunning focal point of your centerpiece, you can leave it on your stove top to add a special touch to your kitchen all season long!

Now, if Cornucopia Place Card Holders are just not enough for your Thanksgiving table, then check out my Create Custom Home Decor with Cricut Adhesive Foil!

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10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut

This post first appeared on Cricut’s blog where I'm a contributor. With Halloween fast approaching, we’ve got 10 last minute projects you can make with the help of your Cricut machine!

10 last minute Halloween Projects with Cricut

Halloween is in TWO WEEKS! How did that happen? I know I can’t be the only one running around making last minute preparations so today I’ve got ten last minute Cricut projects that are going to make you the hit of the neighborhood this Halloween. Many of these projects can be made on both the Explore machines and the Maker machine so let’s get crafty!


Mantel looking a little bare? In just ten minutes you can create this gorgeous boo banner from Frog Prince Paperie.

10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

Who has time for carving pumpkins at the last minute? This no-carve project from Sweet Rose Studio can be color coordinated for any theme and can be made again next year!

10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

 If you haven’t tried Cricut Window Cling it is PERFECT for last minute décor ideas – easy on, easy off! Check out these spider web window clings from Hey Let’s Make Stuff.

10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

These DIY felt masks from Tastefully Frugal are not only a quick and easy solution for Halloween, they are great for play time all year round!

10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

 These faux spider earrings from Hey Let’s Make Stuff would be a cool accessory for your costume, but would also be fun to wear to work or if you aren’t big on dressing up for the holiday.

10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

With these cut files from Liz on Call the possibilities are endless! Make them smaller for cupcake toppers, use them on cards, or make them larger than life for fun wall or table décor.

10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

Having a Halloween party this weekend? These bat napkin rings from Creativities Galore and this spider serving bowl from Laura’s Crafty Life will make any table festive, and just take a few minutes to create.

10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts
10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

The best part about Halloween? The snacks! With your Cricut Explore or Maker you can customize sweet treats in no time. Check out these witch cupcake toppers from 100 Directions and these purple people eater treats from I Love My Disorganized Life!

10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts
10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

Have a fun and festive Halloween – can’t wait to see what you create! Oh, if you want one more bonus last minute Halloween project, then check out my own Last Minute Halloween Home Décor with Cricut!

10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts
10 last minute Halloween projects with Cricut

Free SVG Files for Thanksgiving

Make your Thanksgiving a little more festive with these FREE SVG files from me and a few of my favorite people!

14 free SVG files for Thanksgiving - Kingston Crafts

My favorite holiday (all the food, none of the stress of gift buying!) is almost here - and my fabulous friends and I are sharing a round up of FREE Thanksgiving svg files that we’ve created just for you. Can’t wait to see what you create!


Besides being - you know…FREE - the best thing about these svg files is that they lend themselves to almost any project! Want to make a t-shirt or tote bag? Cut it from iron-on. How about a card? Get out a piece of cardstock and have at it! Window cling, vinyl, bonded fabric - the possibilities are endless.

I LOVE stuffing. I mean…LIVE for it. So how better to celebrate it than with its own svg file? Click here to download (click the link then right click to download to your computer).

FREE svg files for Thanksgiving - Kingston Crafts

I am RIDICULOUSLY lucky to be part of a creative girl tribe and every month we’ll share FREE svgs for upcoming holidays and events (see links below). Head on over to The SImply Crafted Life for last month’s Halloween SVGs. Next month - CHRISTMAS!! woohoo!!

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1. Rachel's Trifle (From Friends) - The Simply Crafted Life
2. The Bird is the Word - Pattern Revolution
3. Always Eat the Pie - That's What Che Said
4. Family, Pie, Football, Thankful - Pineapple Paper Co.
5. Thanksgiving Maternity Shirt - The Country Chic Cottage
6. Leftovers are for Quitters - Happiness is Homemade
7. Best Leg Day Ever - Everyday Party Magazine
8. Place Setting Accent - 100 Directions
9. Modern Leaf SVG - seeLINDSAY
10. Hey There Hot Stuff(ing) - Kingston Crafts - that’s me!!!
11. Friendsgiving - Hey Let's Make Stuff
12. Gobble Til You Wobble - Happy Go Lucky
13. #Blessed - Hello Creative Family
14. Let's Eat - Crafting in the Rain

14 FREE Thanksgiving SVG files - Kingston Crafts

Personalized Door Hangers and How to Hang Them

In just a few minutes with your Cricut EasyPress you can customize wood door hangers without worrying about your terrible handwriting! 

how to personalize (and hang) door hangers - Kingston Crafts

Do you love those paint and wine nights? Door hanger paint parties? I do - but here's a little secret. I HATE my handwriting. So when they say "now just write (your last name, some cute phrase, whatever)" I just go refill my wine and snacks and wait for everyone else to be finished. I always tell the host "I'll just finish it at home" - but I NEVER did. 

Personalized Door Hangers

Then I figured out how to put iron-on on wood with my Cricut Maker! Along with a little help from my EasyPress and BrightPad I can create personalized door hangers in no time, I am actually USING the door hangers I create, and I am no longer lying to these poor host-y people which means I'll be invited back for more wine. ;)

{FTC disclaimer: I received some of these products for free but was not compensated for writing this post. This post contains affiliate links so I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}


1. Cut your iron-on on your Maker (or any other Cricut machine) - don't forget to mirror the image and put the shiny side on the mat!

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2. I used my BrightPad to help me weed the image, black is usually hard for me to "see through" but the BrightPad makes it so easy!

3. Lay the iron-on on your wood surface - in my case a snowman door hanger. 


4. I put a towel down because I wasn't sure about applying heat to something that was painted - but it worked like a dream! Creating a project that is bigger than your EasyPress surface? Just heat the project in sections.

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5. Peel off the backing and voila! A personalized door hanger! Now that you've made it - how will you hang it? I've been using this trick for years and it works on wreaths just as well as it does on door hangers - and it doesn't ruin your door!

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Hang the hook UPSIDE DOWN on the back of your door. Add fishing line to door hanger, bring up over the top of the door, tie to Command Hook and cut off excess.

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This is totally gonna be my new thing. I did it for my Fall acorn door hanger too but was too lazy to tell you all about it. Ha!


And finally - a little "behind the scenes" with my two biggest helpers. 

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Easy No Sew Paper Garland


I will put a garland on anything that isn't nailed down. Including my Heidi Swapp letterboard and especially because these garlands are SO easy to make! Just a few scraps of paper and your Xyron Sticker Maker and you are ready to go! {FTC Disclaimer - this post contains affiliate links so I might make a few pennies if you buy something.} 


patterned paper (I used the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall collection)
Xyron Sticker Maker


Trim paper to desired length and width (length should be about twice width). I wanted a tiny garland so cut the paper to 1.25 x 3. Fold each piece in half and then unfold. Cut twine to desired length.


Run each piece patterned side up through your Xyron Sticker Maker.

Peel paper from backing, place twine in the crease of the paper, and fold over. The paper will adhere to itself. Use your scissors to cut a notch in the paper to create a banner. Repeat until the garland is the desired length.


Clearly we love "no-sew" projects around here - check out another fun paper garland idea!

Create Custom Home Decor with Cricut Adhesive Foil!

Cricut has hundreds of different materials and colors to choose from - and one of my all time favorites is Adhesive Foil! It comes in a variety of colors and finishes and is the perfect material to add a little extra glam to your project. Today we're turning a plain wood lid in to a custom hostess gift just in time for Thanksgiving!

{FTC disclaimer: I received free product in exchange for this post, which contains affiliate links. So I might make a few pennies if you order something - at no extra cost to you!}

Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker
Standard Grip Mat
Adhesive Foil (I used Gold)
Weeding tool
Transfer Tape
XL Scraper
Mod Podge Furniture Satin
ceramic jar with wood lid

Measure your lid, select an image in Design Space and size to fit. I selected two images and "attached" them so they would cut as one single image - you can find the file here

Once you've cut and weeded your image, apply transfer tape and place image on lid. The XL scraper is perfect for projects this size because you can cover the entire area in just a few strokes.

And voila! A customized gift in no time. I brushed a few layers of Mod Podge Furniture Satin to the lid for a little added protection from wear and tear.

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Wood lids are "in" this season - I also found these cool concrete candles at Target and decorated the lid with white vinyl and another wreath image. So many possibilities!

{photos by Catrina Anne Photography}

Want to see more great adhesive foil projects? Head on over to the Cricut blog for a round up of some of my favorites!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut . The opinions and text are all mine.

Teal Pumpkin Project - FREE Printable

Teal Pumpkin Project - FREE Printable

The national Teal Pumpkin Project was started by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) in 2014 to promote the inclusion of kids with food allergies in trick-or-treating. By offering non-food treats and displaying a teal pumpkin or a printable sign, households are making a safer, happier Halloween for kids around the country. As the Aunt and Uncle to a nephew with severe food allergies this is something Don and I love and participate in, but OF COURSE I can't be satisfied with a standard sign - I had to make one. And you can too! {FTC disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links so I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

teal pumpkin from Michaels
pen or pencil
craft knife
paper straw
free printable - click here to download
Xyron Creative Station Lite with 5" Permanent Adhesive refill
black cardstock
hot glue gun
assorted ribbon

Determine where you want to place your straw, then trace around it with a pen or pencil.

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Use a craft knife to cut out a hole INSIDE the circle, so the straw will fit tightly. Don't worry if it doesn't look're going to cover it with ribbon later.

Print out the printable (there are two sayings per sheet just in case), then trim and run one through the Creative Station Lite.

Press one end of the straw together until it is flat.

Trim the black cardstock a little bit bigger than the printable, lay the straw on top, and adhere the printable. The adhesive will hold the straw in place.

Insert the straw/sign in to the hole on the pumpkin and use the hot glue gun to adhere it in to place.

Tie assorted pieces of ribbon to the base.

Now you're ready for every little trick-or-treater that comes by this Halloween!

Looking for more free holiday printables? Check out a few of our favorites!

Cricut + Xyron = Easy Halloween Home Decor

Home Decor with Cricut Explore - ha!  I rhyme.  ;) I got out my Halloween decorations this weekend and just pulled these out of the I'm bringing them back to the blog as a quick and easy decor idea. These framed beauties took me less than 20 minutes to make - and I made a video last year to show you how its done!

black photo frames
patterned paper or old book paper
black cardstock
Cricut Explore Air
Xyron Creative Station - item shown in video is our older 5" Creative Station
Xyron Mega Runner

You can use any Cricut images you like - all of the images I used are included in the Cricut Access subscription (or can be purchased individually for .99 each):

Happy Halloween text - A Frightful Affair
Bats - Teresa Collins Chic & Scary
Witch - Celebrate with Flourish 

Easy Fall Home Decor Tutorial

I'm a pumpkin hoarder. There. I said it. I buy every cute pumpkin I see - and we won't even talk about the "after Thanksgiving" Fall decor sales. So what do I do with my pumpkin bonanza? Now that I'm home from my whirlwind world travels I'm ready to nestle in and get our home ready for my FAVORITE I put together a quick video (complete with help from a nosey great dane) to show you how I used an antique box to create a piece of home decor that uses what you already have around the house and can be customized to any theme! 

large box or tub
sheets, old newspaper, etc - to stuff inside the box
assorted pumpkins in a variety of sizes - mine are from Hobby Lobby and Michaels
assorted floral picks

Separate pumpkins in to piles by size.

Stuff box/tub "overfull" with sheets or newspapers - the weight of the pumpkins will flatten the stuffing as you work.

Arrange the pumpkins in the box/tub, starting with the largest pumpkins. Add the medium pumpkins, then the smallest pumpkins, then the floral picks to fill in any empty spaces.

This would also work with smaller containers/pumpkins for a table centerpiece...and you can also do this with Christmas decorations later in the year! Let the holiday decorating begin! :)

Pinterest Hack - Use Pool Noodles to Organize and Store Your Boots!

Let's be real. If you are like me you've seen this trick about a bajillion times on Pinterest and thought "It can't be this easy". But when I took out my fall clothes over the weekend, my winter boots looked sad. Wrinkled and floppy and sad. So I decided to give it a try people...OH YES IT CAN BE THIS EASY! So grab yourself a few pool noodles (that are on clearance now all over town!), a yardstick and a kitchen knife and let's do this thing! In like - five minutes. No kidding.

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kitchen knife
five minutes - maybe less depending on how many pairs of boots you own ;)

Place yardstick inside your boot and note the inside measurement/boot height (in this case 10").

Lay yardstick next to pool noodle and cut 1/2" shorter than the inside boot height.

Cut a second piece of pool noodle the same length as the first.

Insert in to boots and have the cutest closet in all the land. It is THAT EASY! Easier than taking these photos because...Bizzy Bee. Third time's the charm!

Clearly I need to try more stuff I see online. Thanks Pinterest!