Now that it’s officially November 1st, Thanksgiving is on my mind!
If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year you can get a head start on your to-do list and create your own modern menu cards, place cards and food signs. I’ve partnered with Avery to give you everything you need to make your dinner look picture perfect (even if you end up picking up a ready-made-meal from grocery store). Keep reading below to learn how to make your custom Thanksgiving printables.
Log into your Avery account. Select your Avery product (either 80505 or 5011).
Upload the design you downloaded from the link above.
Customize your design using Avery Design & Print Online on your Mac, PC, or tablet.
Print your project! I recommend doing a low quality test print on regular copy paper before printing on the menu or place card paper to ensure alignment, font size and colors. Then make any adjustments and print on the Avery product. I use an inkjet printer and get the best results when I select “matte photo paper” and “high quality.”
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be all orange and brown. These simple geometric printables add a pop of unexpected color to your holiday table. If you’re not wanting to use them as menu cards, you can also repurpose them as invitations or notecards. Simple leave a little mini pencil at each place setting to allow guests to write down a few things they are thankful for.
The place cards can also be used as food signage—perfect for a Thanksgiving buffet. Whether you’re planning on spending all day in the kitchen or simply hosting a potluck, having a small sign in front of every dish makes it helpful for guests. They are also helpful when placed next to specific dished to identify dietary restrictions or food allergies.
This month I’ve partnered with Harvest Snaps to create a delicious fall inspired snack mix—with a kick! It’s full of fall flavors like maple and cinnamon and has a kick thanks to the Black Bean Habanero Harvest Snaps. It makes a great sweet and savory snack and can be given as a host or hostess gift. Just package it up in a pretty container and add a cute gift tag.
Watch the video below to learn how to make it and keep reading for the full recipe!
Maple Habanero Harvest Snaps Fall Trail Mix Recipe
3 tbsp sugar
¼ tsp coarse salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup pecans halves
1 cup cashews
1 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 bag Black Bean Habanero Harvest Snaps
½ cup dried cherries
Preheat the oven to 350°. Combine the sugar, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
Place pecans, cashews and pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, stirring half way through. Remove from the oven and place in a medium mixing bowl.
Toss nut mixture with melted butter and maple syrup. Stir in Black Bean Habanero Harvest Snaps and sprinkle with the sugar mixture. Stir to combine and place back on the baking sheet in a single layer.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, stirring half way through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Once cool, add the dried cherries. Stir and enjoy!
November is just around the corner and fall is in full swing. If you haven’t grabbed a pumpkin yet, there’s still time! Opt for the no-carve route and paint your pumpkin instead. That’s what inspired this month’s colorful pumpkin wallpaper.
I’ve traveled nearly every month this year and I find that with each trip, I hone in on what I pack, how I pack and what bags I bring. And one travel necessity that is often not-so-cute are luggage tags. So today I thought it would be fun to take a break from all the fall projects and share some fun, colorful luggage tags I made.
I created three typographic designs inspired by travel—including one that says, “full of shoes” for all you over packers out there. In just a few minutes you can have your own custom set of tags for every piece of luggage you own. Just download my free SVG luggage tag designs, cut them out on heat transfer vinyl, iron on and you’re ready to take off!
Keep reading for the tutorial and supply list!
Easy Silhouette and Cricut DIY Travel Luggage Tags
Download the SVG luggage tag cut file. Place a 12″ x 15″ sheet of white heat transfer vinyl on a 12″ x 24″ cutting mat with the shiny plastic side facing down. The design is already mirrored so no need to flip the graphics. Cut out according to the settings for heat transfer vinyl on your cutting machine.
Use a weeding tool to carefully remove the negative space, or background areas, of vinyl. Cut out each design just inside the border.
Place one design face down on the back side of a leather luggage tag. Using a mini iron, press each letter for about 5 seconds. Carefully peel back the clear plastic film. If the text is not adhered, continue pressing it with the iron for a few more seconds. Repeat with the other designs and tags and you now have a collection of fun luggage tags.
How to Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl to Leather
DIY after DIY I find my mini iron so useful. I used it on pleather to create custom patterned clutches and it worked perfectly for this project too. If you are using a regular iron, be sure to use low heat without steam and place a thin cotton cloth on top of the vinyl while you iron.
The mini iron, even on the high setting, doesn’t get as hot as a regular home iron so it wasn’t necessary to use a cloth. But be sure to not leave it in the same place for too long or you might leave an imprint in the leather.
If you follow my story on Instagram, you may already know that I’m already prepping for holiday DIYs since I prefer crafting for Christmas much more than Halloween. But that said, I couldn’t let the month slip by without creating some spooky decor.
This Halloween I created my version of modern, Halloween decor—rose gold candle holders adorned with spiders. And I even used a fun hack to decorate flameless, battery-operated candles.
My hack for decorating faux candles is using temporary tattoos, as shown below. Not only does it create a unique look perfect for Halloween, this technique can be used for creating all sorts of custom, festive candles.