2 DIY Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Hello, G45ers!

 Just in time for the holiday with have two amazing Thanksgiving ideas courtesy of Pam Bray. Pam has used Seasons to come up with two perfectly seasonal decor ideas, a frame and a candle. First up, her frame features a fantastic mixed media approach and the perfect fussy cut additions. Next, she has embellished a candle with the same collection to add a personal touch. It would make a great home decoration or last minute gift and can easily be completed in under 60 minutes! Check them both out below, but first it is time to announce this week's blog prize winner. 


The randomly selected winner is… Peggy Otieno-Scaison aka Patchworkplanner!  This is what Peggy had to say, "Oh man, I didn't realize there was an actual, usable paper doll in this collection!!!!!!" Please email to claim your prize.  Thank you for all who participated in this week's contest!  



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Weekly Blog Contest

Just leave a comment here on the blog, Instagram, and/or  Facebook to be entered to win! Up for grabs this week is a Midnight Masquerade prize package, including one 12×12 Patterns & Solids Paper Pad, an 8×8 Paper Pad, Ephemera Cards, Chipboard, Die-cut Tags & Pockets, and Ivory Square Tags.  The winner will be announced on the blog, Friday, November 17th, 2017.


Thankful for the Season Frame
with Directions

By Pam Bray

“Do you ever think I love seeing mixed media projects but it looks so complicated? Well, today I will show you just how quick and easy it is when using just a few paints and some fabulous Graphic 45 products! So, get those paints ready and grab your Seasons Collection Papercrafting Papers because the fun is going to begin!” ~Pam



  1. Using both Weathered Wood with Crackle Paint will give you extra-large crackling on your painted projects.

  2. Using washes in paint colors that will match with your pattern paper will make the images from the pattern paper just pop of your projects.

  3. Fussy cutting small dragonfly and butterfly images and adding them to your projects will give a floating feeling and moment.


Graphic 45 Supplies:



Other Supplies:

  • 8 x 11 Wood Frame
  • DecoArt Media: Burnt Umber, Yellow Primary, Yellow Oxide; English Red Oxide
  • Americana Weathered Wood
  • May Arts Ribbon
  • Paint Brush
  • Glossy Accent
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Pop Cots



  1. Begin by painting the frame with Burnt Umber; dry. Apply a good coat of Weathered Wood; dry. Finally, paint frame with Crackle paint; dry


  1. Paint wash of each of the paints; allowing washes to dry between coats.

  1. Adhere pattern paper behind frame. Distress "Thankful for the Season" Epherema Card with distress tool. Adhere to inside of frame.


  1. Fussy cut 2 sets of wreath pieces from the Season Collection Papercrafting pad; layer together with pop dots.


  1. Adhere prepared pieces to the front of the frame.




  1. Adhere door pull to top of frame


  1. To finish add a few of the small fussy cut dragonflies and butterflies to frame.


Autumn Hostess Candle with Tutorial 60 Minutes or Less 

By Pam Bray

“Hi Graphic 45 fans…are you getting excited about the holidays! I am!!! I love to have a few special gifts in the house during this time of year. You never know when you will need on… so I am sharing a quick and easy; under 60 minutes altered candle. You can easily recreate with any of Graphic 45 collections but I chose the “new” Seasons Collection for my Altered Candle” ~Pam


  1. Keep small generic gifts on hand that have been decorated with Graphic 45 Paper Collections to give over the holidays.

  2. Use scraps of left over scrapbook paper to decorate gift bags and tags with.

Graphic 45 Supplies:Seasons 12x12 Patterns & Solids Pad


Other Supplies:

  • Small Jar Candle
  • MayArts Ribbon
  • Small Sunflower, Fall Leaves and Berries
  • Pop Dots
  • Xyron Adhesive
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks



  1. Create a belly band from pieces of Seasons Collection Pattern Paper.


  1. Wrap jar with a prepared belly band.


  1. Fussy two of the Epherema pieces from pattern paper; layer together with pop dots and place on front of jar.


  1. Add ribbon to jar.


  1. Add floral leaves and berries around Epherema.


  1. Add sunflower, floral leaves, and berries to top of jar along with fussy cut image from paper.


That is a wrap on another week of Graphic 45 style inspiration. We hope we have left you feeling prepared to create as we head directly into the holidays and that you find some time to craft in this sometimes hectic season. We would love hear about all your holiday projects and gift ideas in the comments below. We will be back next week with even more great stuff!


Happy Papercrafting!

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