Making pie at Thanksgiving is one of my favorite traditions! Since we are hosting Thanksgiving this year, I thought it would be fun to add some new Thanksgiving decorations to our home. This Thanksgiving Wooden Pie Sign was so easy to make and I was excited to try Adhesive Foil for the first time with my Cricut cutting machine. I found this wooden cheese board in the Target Dollar Spot and thought, with a little Ric-Rac, it would make the perfect pie!
I learned to bake pies back when I was in high school working at a local restaurant/bakery. Since then I have baked pies every year at Thanksgiving. I think I enjoy making them more than I do eating them! Though I definitely love a slice of Key Lime pie – my absolute favorite type of pie! I’ve made Key Lime pie the last few years, even though it is definitely not a traditional Thanksgiving pie. Last year I tried to make it fit in a bit more by adding Tropical Turkey Toppers to each slice – they were a lot of fun and a big hit! While Key Lime is my all-time favorite pie to eat, I also love making the more traditional flavors this time of year like apple, pecan, and pumpkin. With my love of baking pies, this pie sign feels like the perfect addition to our seasonal decorations!
I chose to add the words “Gather Together, Give Thanks, Eat Pie”. I love how the Adhesive Foil worked! I recently tried Cricut’s Glitter Vinyl and really struggled using it. I was nervous to try the Adhesive Foil, but I found it much easier to use! I didn’t have any problems weeding it or applying it using the Transfer Tape. It helped that my wooden cheese board was so smooth. I also did a small test run with the Foil before starting my project. The Adhesive Foil I used was part of the Metallic Matte Sampler; however, I found it cut better under the custom setting “Adhesive Foil” rather than “Matte Adhesive Foil” setting. I’m sure this all depends on how new your blade and mats are. I was using a brand-new blade and mat and this is what ended up working best for me. :)
These are the fonts I used for the three words:
Gather Together: Santa’s Sleigh Full
Give Thanks: Grand Hotel
Eat Pie: KG All of Me (I filled in the holes of this text in Photoshop)
Supplies Needed For DIY Thanksgiving Wooden Pie Sign:
- Circular wooden plaque – I used a wooden cheese plate from the Target Dollar Spot
- Cricut Matte Adhesive Foil Sampler – Metallic
- Cricut Vinyl Transfer Tape
- Hot glue gun
- Cricut cutting machine
Step One: Using my Cricut Explore, I cut out each word from a different color of Adhesive Foil. The Metallic Sampler has really beautiful colors in it that are perfect for Thanksgiving.
After the words were cut, I weeded them and moved them onto the Vinyl Transfer tape. Cricut has a bunch of how-to videos on these steps. Here is a link to one that shows the weeding process and how to use Vinyl Transfer Tape. Make sure to apply the Vinyl Transfer Tape so the words are sitting on one of the straight grid lines. This makes it really easy when it comes time to apply the words to the board.
Step Two: I drew some light pencil lines on the cheese board to mark where the words should go. I did a little test first to make sure my pencil lines would easily erase.
I applied the words, starting with the bottom phrase, “Eat Pie”. The Vinyl Transfer Tape made this process really easy because I could see through it to my pencil line. I simply lined up the tape line with my pencil line and then my words were straight. I did make sure each phrase was centered by measuring on either side of it and adding little pencil marks as guidelines.
I added thin lines of Adhesive Foil to the top and bottom of my design to finish it off. These were cut by hand from another color of the Metallic Sampler.
Step Three: Adding the Ric-Rac was my favorite part! I found gold Ric-Rac at my local Joann Fabrics store and applied it using a hot glue gun. I applied my Ric-Rac so it hung over the edges of my board to look more like a pie.
The last thing I did was add a little twine to the back with hot glue so I could hang my sign up. Then I was all finished!! This was a nice, quick project and I love the way it turned out! I like that the Ric-Rac sparkles and the Adhesive Foil has a nice sheen to it. Around this time of year, a lot of my decorations start to get a big sparkly with Christmas coming so this sign fits in well with our other decor.
I’ll be back soon with another Thanksgiving DIY. Sometimes I want to skip right to Christmas, but I am always happy when I take the time to do a few Thanksgiving crafts this time of year. I can’t wait to bake my Thanksgiving pies this year! Maybe I’ll switch it up and try a new flavor! :)
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