I wanted to make my aunt a homemade Thanksgiving card this year. I don’t send Thanksgiving cards usually, but she’s been really great to me all my life and I always try and send her something. I had this image in my head of a card made with craft paper, with a turkey cut out of construction paper. You know, almost like a kid’s project.
I searched online and saw this turkey trivia card from Martha Stewart. I liked that she was using this as a conversation piece at the Thanksgiving table. I decided to use the template from this card to make my turkey. Instead of the traditional colors she used, I wanted to use up some scrapbooking paper I had.
I decided to use an old grocery bag as the base for the card, and I wanted to make it to fit a business letter sized envelope. (I have a lot of these envelopes for some reason, and with email I never use them.) First, I cut out the grocery bag to fit the envelope.
Then, I had to find a way to cover up the grocery store’s logo. I decided to glue it to a piece of scrapbook paper. I choose one that had Thanksgiving colors and words all over it.
I used small, leftover scrapbooking paper for the turkey and wings.
Then, I glued the head of the turkey down on the card, and used a brad to attach the wings and back end. I had a couple stickers of leaves I placed at the bottom of the turkey, and one that said “thankful” that I put at the top. Then I wrote a note to my aunt in there.
It’s a pretty simple and basic card, but I know my aunt will really like it. She loves homemade things, and has also encouraged me to “use my creative gifts.” I like the fact that this one has muted colors, is simple in design, and uses stuff up. It was also easy enough that I could make a bunch of them if I wanted to send several out.