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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Free SVG Files for Christmas

Get ready for the holiday season with these free SVG files from some of my favorite crafty people!

Free SVG files for Christmas - Kingston Crafts

One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is giving handmade gifts. With 15 of my favorite people we’ve created a round up of FREE svg files - you are sure to find something for everyone in your life!


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 was raised in a family where food is love…so baking treats for my family and friends over the holidays is the way I show them how much I love them. I created this SVG file so I can give them a kitchen towel or apron along with their goodies! Click here to download (click the link then right click to download to your computer).

Free SVG files for Christmas - Kingston Crafts
Free SVG Files for Christmas - 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 our Thanksgiving round up for last month’s SVGs. Next month - Valentine’s Day!! woohoo!!

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Easy Christmas Party Favors in Cricut Design Space

With just a few sheets of paper and some inexpensive bags or cups you can create quick and easy Christmas party favors with images in Cricut Design Space!

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I love to give little gifts to folks when they come to our house, especially over the holidays! What I don’t love? Spending a lot of money to do it! I grabbed some inexpensive paper bags and party cups and created these custom Christmas party favors in just a few minutes. {FTC Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links which means I may make a small commission on any purchases at no additional cost to you.}


If you just want to create one of these you can do it with just a scrap of cardstock. Want to do a bunch? I was able to cut multiple poinsettias from one 12x12 sheet of cardstock. Easy and inexpensive - and uses things you’ve already got in your craft room.


  • Cricut machine (I used my Maker but this could also be done with an Explore)

  • Cricut mat (I used light grip because I prefer it when cutting paper)

  • red cardstock

  • green cardstock

  • adhesive (foam tape, glue pen, glue dots)

  • favor bags and/or party cups

Easy Christmas Party Favor in Cricut Design Space - Kingston Crafts

1. Find desired image in Cricut Design Space. I chose this poinsettia because it looked like the easiest to put together! Ha!

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2. I wanted the petals to be all the same color (again - to make this as easy as possible) so I changed the color of each petal to match.

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3. Cut poinsettia petals and leaves.

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4. Remove pieces from mat and assemble.

TIP: you can use glue dots to add a bit of depth, or use a glue pen if you want the ability to move your petals around before they dry.

5. Add a sequin to the center for a little extra bling and apply to your gift bag or cup.

TIP: If applying to a cup, use a glue dot on the top of the poinsettia and some foam tape on the bottom. This will make up for the angle of the cup.

6. Fill with goodies and enjoy!

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These would make great hostess gifts, be a fun way to wrap gift cards, the possibilities are endless! You can change the image for any occasion so this idea can be used year round.


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.

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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

Create Custom Party Favors with the New Cricut Maker Bundle on HSN

Hang on to your hats because there is a new Cricut Maker bundle premiering on HSN July 11th! With an exclusive rose gold color and ALL of the adaptive tools this just made my heart go pitter patter, so I grabbed my Knife Blade and Scoring Wheel bundles and created these easy custom party favors perfect for any occasion.

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Custom Party Favors with the Cricut Maker

Already have a Cricut Maker? On July 11th HSN will premiere a Scoring Wheel bundle and a Knife Blade bundle for those of us who already have a machine and are ready to take the next step in our creativity. I used the embossed foil papers and metallic gold leather to create these party favors, and I am loving the results! Custom leather initials and custom box sizes and shapes? Yes please! {FTC Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links. This means I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you if you make a purchase.}


  • Cricut Maker (exclusive Rose Gold bundle on HSN)
  • Design Space project
  • Pink and White Foil Embossed Paper (from the Scoring Wheel bundle)
  • Gold Metallic Leather (from the Knife Blade bundle)
  • Single Scoring Wheel
  • Knife Blade
  • Fine Point Blade
  • Strong Grip Mat
  • Light Grip Mat
  • ribbon


1. Select "customize" when you open the project in Design Space, This will allow you to change the size of the box and select the initials you want to use. 

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2. Hide the initials by clicking on the eye next to the images in the box. This will allow you to cut multiple boxes.

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3. Lay your embossed paper face down on the light grip mat and select mirror image in the mat screen.

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4. Insert Single Scoring Wheel (it has 01 on the tip) and follow the instructions on the screen.

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5. Once the Maker is done scoring, you will be prompted to switch out the Scoring Wheel with the Fine Point Blade.

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6. Once you've switched out the blade, complete the cutting process, then repeat for as many boxes as you need.

7. When you are ready to begin cutting your initials, replace the Fine Point Blade with the Knife Blade.

8. Hide the box image in Design Space and unhide the initials, then change them if desired.

9. Place the leather shiny side down on the Strong Grip mat and select mirror image in the mat screen. NOTE - you MUST cut one inch off of the leather so it will fit under the star rollers.

10. Select 4-5 oz Tooling Leather as your material in Design Space (the setting for Metallic Leather currently still defaults to the deep cut blade).

11. Cut the letters and remove them from the mat.

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12. Fold the box edges in at the score marks.

12. Thread ribbon through the holes in the box and pull taut - that will close the box.

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13. Tie the ribbon in a knot, then thread the ribbon through the leather letter and tie in a bow.

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I hope you'll join us on July 11th on HSN for a day filled with gorgeous projects, great deals, and tons of fun! I'll be taking over Cricut's Instagram Stories to show you what it's like behind the scenes as we get ready for the big launch - come hang out with me and get in on the fun!


If you already own the Cricut Maker you know that the creative possibilities are endless. From the thousands of images available in Design Space to the hundreds of different materials it can cut, your imagination is the only limitation. Now with the Knife Blade you can add even more materials - including thick chipboard, balsa wood and mat board. Think of the project possibilities!

The Scoring Wheel gives you extra deep, clear scores on a variety of materials so you can create everything from custom gift boxes to three dimensional art. It will take your paper crafting to a whole new level!

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

Create Custom Onesies with the Cricut EasyPress

Create custom onesies in just a few minutes with pre-made Cricut Iron-On Designs! Looking for last minute baby gift ideas? Want to create inexpensive but custom onesies? Then these babies are for you! See what I did there?

Create Custom Onesies with the Cricut EasyPress! Kingston Crafts

The new Cricut Iron-On Designs come in two sizes - large and small. They have so many fun designs (there are currently 50 available) and the small ones are the perfect size for custom onesies. Don't have little ones in your life? You can make custom tote bags, t-shirts, home decor and more in just minutes. {FTC disclaimer - This is a sponsored post but the opinions are mine all mine! This post also contains affiliate links which means I will earn a little something if you buy an item - at no additional cost to you!}

Create Custom Onesies with the Cricut EasyPress

I've said before that I avoided Cricut projects involving iron-on because I HATED using an iron - until the EasyPress came to my rescue! Now I put iron-on on everything. Even wood! These new iron-on designs are incredibly easy to use - if you are new to crafting or just short on time pick up some to keep in your stash and have gifts ready in minutes.



1. Turn on and set EasyPress (see recommended settings for temperature and time).

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2. Remove iron-on designs from packaging and cut apart. I cut them with the backing just in case I didn't use them all, so I could save them for another time.

3. Lay onesie on your top of your EasyPress Mat* and "pre-heat" the onesie. It makes the surface nice and smooth and ready for your iron-on design!

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4. Apply iron-on design to front of onesie.

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5. Use EasyPress to apply heat to iron-on design. The instructions on the packaging were for 50 seconds at 350. If you are using the EasyPress Mat I'd reduce the time to 35-40 seconds. You can always add a little more time if you need it, but 40 seconds was plenty for me!

The instructions also suggest flipping the item over and ironing on the back for a few seconds - I did that too!

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6. Wait a minute or two for the iron-on to cool and then remove the liner. If you are used to warm peel (removing the liner right away) like me...then cold peel will freak you out a little bit. ;) It will be a little stiffer to remove than you are used to but trust me - it is better to wait for these to cool!

*The Mat has been a game changer for me. I was using towels before - but the iron-on goes on SO much more smoothly and evenly now!

Now find a cute baby and get them in some cute custom onesies! Click on the photo for the link to the narwhal and twinkle twinkle little star - the bow and "hello I'm new here" are sneak peeks of the New to the Crew collection coming soon!

This would be a fun (and easy and inexpensive) baby shower party activity - what a great gift for the mom-to-be! These Cricut Iron-On Designs come in a variety of themes (they aren't just for custom onesies!) so grab some to keep in your stash to create custom gifts and projects in no time. Enjoy!

Thinking about an EasyPress? Then check out my review of how EASY the EasyPress is to use!

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

DIY Valentine's Day Garland


I wanna be that cool chick who decorates my mantel for every holiday - but Valentine's Day always had me stumped. Until I came across some heart shaped cards from Michaels! I grabbed a few packs, turned on my Cricut Maker, and in less than 15 minutes I had a DIY Valentine's Day garland that I'm proud to display! {FTC disclaimer: I received the Cricut for free but this post is mine all mine! This post contains affiliate links so I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

I'm also thrilled to be joining 43 other makers to celebrate Valentine's Day with some DIY projects - I'm sharing all of them at the end of this post so be prepared to be inspired!

Recollections Heart Cards and Envelopes from Michaels
Cricut machine - I used the Maker but this could be done with any of the Explore machines as well!
Xyron Mega Runner
white glitter cardstock (not pictured)
foam dots (not pictured)


Open the card and lay the twine across the fold.

Use your Mega Runner to apply some adhesive at the top of the heart and at the bottom.

Fold the card closed.

Cut your XO images from glitter cardstock. I used this file in Design Space.

Add foam tape to the back of each letter and adhere.


And voila! Need more inspiration? Check out all these great project ideas!

Quick Christmas Coaster Garland

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With your Xyron Creative Station and some $1 coasters (thanks Target Dollar Spot!) you can create this fun and festive garland in just a few minutes! {FTC disclaimer: I received some of this product free of charge. This post contains affiliate links which means I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

disposable coasters
Xyron Creative Station or Creative Station Lite

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Separate the coasters in to two piles. Run one pile through your Xyron machine and remove the clear film.

Take the second pile of coasters and lay them pattern side down on your work surface.

Lay the twine across the center of the coasters (leaving a "tail" on each end), then peel the adhesive coasters from the Xyron backing one at a time and match/adhere them to the non-adhesive coasters.

Hang and enjoy! This would also be a fun and easy project to do with the kids!

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Holiday Sandwich Board Welcome Sign

Want to create a fun and festive welcome for your guests this season? Create a sandwich board! We used an old shoe store mirror (repainted with Rust-Oleum Universal Pure Gold spray paint) but you can create one with foam core, wood, or whatever tickles your fancy - then get out your Cricut and some vinyl and get your craft on! {FTC disclaimer - I received some of these products free of charge. This blog post also contains affiliate links so I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

Cricut Maker or Explore Air
We wish you a Merry Christmas image in Cricut Design Space
Cricut Vinyl - we used white
Cricut 12x24 mat
sandwich board

I started with this Merry Christmas image from the Love SVG Season to Sparkle cartridge (one of my FAVORITES!!):

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Then added the rest of the phrase using the VeryBerry font (can be downloaded from multiple places online), welded the words, attached the entire image and I was ready to go!

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Creating the sandwich board was so easy - we found this old shoe store mirror at an auction and got it for less than $10. We covered the mirror on both sides, spray painted the entire piece, let dry, then removed the paper and cleaned the mirrors off before adding the vinyl. So easy and fun!

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Love your Cricut and love Christmas? Check out these other fun projects:

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.