Turkey day decorations



           Howdy. How’s it going? I really wanted to make you something you could download and make for yourself, but time got away from me this month. I’m actually sitting in my car with my laptop typing this up while my boy child is at baseball practice. I’m multi-tasking.

So this month I could not figure out what to make. Pinterest was doing nothing for me and usually that sparks something. I knew I wanted to do something Thanksgiving-ish, just didn’t know what.

If it ever looks like I get ideas so easily, think again. I think I spend more time trying to come up with something, then I do actually making it. I finally ended up at Lettering Delights, downloading this file. I wasn’t real sure how it went together because there were no directions, but it’s really self-explanatory.

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And then I didn’t have any Thanksgiving/Autumn card stock. I ended up with a DCWV stack, which really has nothing to do with Thanksgiving or Autumn, but it had some papers that made it look like it.


Materials Used:



  • Zing
  • Red blade
  • 105/ 2 passes (Zing-a-ling did better with two passes on this paper)
  • 10/10


Instructions (steps, method) to recreate project or similar project:


  • Cut out all the pieces of the turkey and stick it together. I used foam tape between the feathers to give it some lift.



  •  The banner was going to originally go on the tree. I had this vision of this cute tree with a cute ‘Thanks’ banner on it. The first one ended up too big (background one) and the second one was the right size, but just looked dumb on the tree. For all I know, it looks dumb on the turkey too, but better there than on the tree.


  • Cut out all the pieces of the tree and painstakingly glue it together. There were a lot of bad words involved in gluing those leaves on. Since my paper was one-sided, I had to cut two of each leaf, glue them together and then ink the edges with some brown ink.



Taking a picture of said tree was a pain in the you-know-what. Damn thing kept tipping over because of the wind. I tried rocks to hold it in place, but it wouldn’t work. Be glad you aren’t my neighbor because I muttering some bad words at it at 6 am this morning. At least I wasn’t in my pajamas.

You’re asking why I was out taking pictures so early? Because I need good light, which is either the morning or at night. I leave for work at 7 am and I get home at 4:30 and these days it gets dark so early! I hate it! I hate the time change, but that’s a whole different post.


Another view of tree before it tipped over. In one of the pictures, the tree is over and I took it anyway. I just didn’t care anymore.


  • Cut out all the pieces of the banner, stick it together with foam tape for some lift. I could have cut the letters out with my Zing, but I have a million and one stamps so I felt like they needed to be used.


  • Cut the pieces out of the pilgrim hat and glue them together. The lid comes off, you can put stuff inside. I forgot to take a picture of it so you’ll have to use your imagination.


  • The hat closes better than that. Why don’t I catch this stuff BEFORE the picture??



Well, there you have it. I hope you get some ideas you can use for your turkey day, if you celebrate it.



Link to files (free or linked to where files can be purchased, if applicable)


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About deb_m

By day, a teacher. By night, a geeky crafter. I have one hubby, 2 kids, and 4 dogs. I like to take pictures and like it even more when they don't suck. I use a KNK Maxx 24" machine, a Zing, and a Cameo.

11 thoughts on “Turkey day decorations

  1. This is great! Love the colours! You could change the tree and make Xmas colours! Thanks for showing your project!

  2. I think it is great that the theme makes the paper you chose work. It looks autumnal. Great job. I too hate the short days and time changes.

  3. Neat project! The paper works well for it. Never would have known different if you hadn’t said anything. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Deb, love the colors on the trees. They are beautiful. Love your decorations for thanksgiving. Great job.

  5. Beautiful project. But I have to admit that your comments made my day: I was feeling a bit blue but reading your comments made me laugh out loud. What a sense of humour. You are a gem. Thanks for brightening my day.

  6. You haven’t missed a beat lady!! LOL

    I love your project….and your posts are always so much fun to read! Glad to see that nothing has changed while I’ve been MIA!! Big hugs! 🙂

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