Every year we spend Thanksgiving with my dad’s side of the family. It is the only time that all of the Northcutts can get together and it allows us to spend Christmas with the other families. As the grandchildren have become adults, it has become more and more difficult for us to all be together at Thanksgiving but I have always made a concerted effort to be there. It is literally the only time of the year that I get to see my grandparents.
Last year, I opted not to go because my sister and I were arguing and I didn’t want make things awkward. I’m a horrible faker. Instead, I spent Thanksgiving with someone I don’t even talk to anymore while The Workaholic worked.
On March 4, 2011, my grandma (whom we lovingly refer to as Mamom), suddenly passed away during a massive stroke. It was three days before Grady was born, and it was entirely devastating to me. I spent the entire weekend crying. I was (and still am) so mad at myself for not going to their house for Thanksgiving last year. How selfish. I didn’t know how I was going to make it through labor. She had been so excited for me to have Grady and I was so upset that she wouldn’t get to meet him. During my labor, I smelled a familiar smell. It was like this ride that used to be at EPCOT – like orange cleaner. I felt her there and I started bawling. I looked up and told Kyle and my best friend, Nikki that I wasn’t in pain, that I was just emotional. They didn’t even have to ask me why I was crying. They knew.
So this holiday season will be the first that my family has come together with everyone there, to celebrate her life and to bury her ashes. Unfortunately, we cannot celebrate on Thursday, November 25 due to my husband’s schedule. So the family made concessions and we will be celebrating the Northcutt Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 27.
So because I cannot be with my grandfather (Papa) on Thanksgiving, I wanted to make him a card to let him know that we were thinking of him.
I didn’t want it to be a card that he could go to the store and buy himself, I wanted it to be special. So I employed the help of Elmer’s Glue. The kids and I went to Walmart to pick out a few things for our cards, then came home and got to work.
Don’t forget to lay your supplies out ahead of time. It stinks to get half way through a project to realize you still need something and then have to stop what you’re doing to go get it.
Here are the steps to follow to make your own Thanksgiving card for someone you love:
1. I had some card stock at home so I took a piece and folded it in half. These sheets are 8″x10″ so when they are folded, they are a perfect 4″x5″ card.
2. It’s SUPER important to have a plan before you start gluing things down.
3. Use a pencil to lightly map out any drawing or writing that you want to do. That way if you get spacing or spelling wrong, you can erase it without leaving any trace of it having been there.
4. Use a colored marker to draw over the letters that you penciled in. (This step allows the words to be super bold when the glue & glitter dries because the glue dries clear)
5. Then use the Elmer’s Glue & Glitter to cover the words.
6. Lay your card aside for the glue to dry. While it is drying, cut your pictures out so that they will fit on the card.
7. Arrange the pictures onto the card without gluing them down to ensure you get proper spacing. I had to cut a couple of mine down a little bit to get them to fit. Once you are happy with the spacing, glue them down using Elmer’s Quick Dry Dual Tip Glue Pen. I LOVE this pen because I can use the large tip for the bulk of the photo but then fine tune the corners with the smaller tip.
8. Work on designing the inside of the card. We bought some autumn leaf stickers and the kids wanted to make a tree out of them so I let them arrange the stickers and I drew a tree with the marker. Madilyn got a little creative and leafed herself. She likes to walk on the wild side.
10. Finishing touches. I then went to print a poem off to put in the inside and, as my luck would have it, my printer is broken. I had to improvise and use my own (beautiful) handwriting. It made me miss the old calligraphy pens that I used to have but I did my best with what I was given.
11. Glue everything to the inside of the card using the Quick Dry Dual Tip Pen. Then enjoy the finished product.
I’m a total perfectionist when it comes to crafts so of course there are things that I would have done differently but all in all, every time I look at the card I fall a little bit more in love with it. I am hoping that Papa loves it as well.
What sort of Thanksgiving crafts do you have up your sleeves? Whatever it is, check Elmer’s Craft Bond stuff out in the craft aisles at Walmart. The selection is amazing and the products are great.
This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #gluenglitter #collectivebias #CBias. All opinions, craft ideas, and experiences are my very own.