It seems like when the weather gets cooler- okay, cold (I live in Utah)- I tend to cook more real meals. Hearty comfort food, as opposed to a sandwich on the run. This means I host dinner parties, since I actually have something to offer! This is a pretty quick way to mass produce place cards and treat holders. This is what I will be doing for Thanksgiving. I am ahead of the game! Go me!
If you don’t want to channel your inner “Martha” and do the whole place card thing for a special dinner, this treat bag topper is still a really cute way to dress up a goodie to give away.
Thanksgiving Place Card and Treat Bag Supplies:
- Core’dinations Tim Holtz® Kraft-Core™ Nostalgic Collection™ Paper Pack
- Core’dinations® Paper Core Basics 6×6 Kraft Cardstock
- Core’dinations® Paper Core Basics 6×6 White Cardstock
- Darice® Craft Dies: Square Nesting Die Cuts with Bracket Edge
- Baker’s Twine: Brown and White Twist
- Darice Clear Candy & Treat Bags
- Core’dinations Sand It Set
- David Tutera™ Celebrate Mini Tag Set
- Leaf Shaped Punches, Electronic Cutting Files or Leaf Shaped Die Cuts
- Darice Wood Grain Embossing Folder
- Die Cut Machine
- Candy of your choice
Using Leaf shaped dies, punches or electronic cutting machine files, cut two leaf shapes per treat bag, and two leaf shapes per place card. I used orange and yellow Kraft-Core cardstock for my projects. If you are planning on mass produce a large quantity of these, I would suggest working with the 12×12 sized pad of Kraft-Core. I used the 6×6 pad, because I wasn’t making very many. Set those leaf shapes aside.
Select two nested dies.
When your bracket shapes are cut, emboss the dark brown squares using a wood grain embossing folder. You can certainly use another folder! You can also use different colors of cardstock for your place card and treat bag, you know this, right? You can switch up the leaf shapes too, and following this basic idea, create an entirely different theme.
My die cut machine occasionally embosses my paper too deeply and causes small tears. The solution to this problem is to place some regular copy paper underneath your cardstock piece before running it through the machine. Make sure when you emboss- you place your Kraft-Core cardstock colored side UP and the manufacturers name on the embossing folder should be facing UP also.
When the cardstock is embossed, then the magic happens!
Core’dinations cardstock has a lighter core than the outer color. Kraft-Core is unique because it has a kraft colored core- not a tonal one.
When you sand Core’dinations cardstock, it reveals the core color, in this case: Kraft.
I love using my Sand-it Gadget. It comes with a “cardstock dust” cleaning cloth, called a “Dust Buddy.” The Dust Buddy is also really great for cleaning up glitter and embossing powder. It is like a tack cloth. You need one if you craft!
Once the pieces are sanded, fold all of the square shapes in half. Take care to make sure the pattern of your embossing folder runs in the right direction when it is folded.
Thread the ends of the baker’s twine through the holes of a button and tie. Glue the small square down. I usually default to my hot glue gun for projects like this. I know hot glue will not pop back up!
Add a couple of leaf shapes. You can sand the leaf shapes as well. I scored some lines where veins in the leaves would be, and when the leaves were sanded, the scored lines added some nice detail to the leaves. Add a small tag. You can stamp or hand-write your tags.
The finished treat bag! Repeat the same process for the place card. Sand and layer the square shapes. Add the baker’s twine and leaf shapes to your place card. Then, hand-write or computer generate the names of your guests on each place card.
We’d like to thank designer, Shaunte Wadley, for this fabulous Thanksgiving craft idea!