Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thanksgiving Holiday Cracker Repurposed

Happy Thursday Everyone:
Anita here with a Thanksgiving project that I used a Lori Whitlock Valentine's Day cut file for.  It was a lot of fun to repurpose this file for my project.  The cut file for the box is called 3D Heart Cracker Box and you can find it here in Lori's store and here in the Silhouette store.  I also used her 3 Thanksgiving Icons files for embellishing my boxes and you can find the file here in Lori's store and here in the Silhouette store.  I used Lori's wonderful new Echo Park collection called A Perfect Autumn.
Here is a photo of the original cut file.
Here it is laid out on my mat.  I  planned to use the icons and make sure that they were the right size to cover up the heart tabs on the end of the cracker.  I ungrouped the file and got rid of the smaller hearts.  I resized my pumpkins to 2.480 X 2.391, Pilgrim hats to 2.873 X2.249 and Pies to 3.091 X 1.899.  I wanted to make sure that all of the heart would be covered up.
I needed to make sure that I was cutting a mirror image of the icons for the heart tabs so that they would look great when adhered to either side of the heart.  The pumpkin was the only icon that I had to use the mirror function in the replicate button which you can see both above and in a close up below.

In the following photo you can see that I have made a mirror image of the pumpkin on the left.
Here are the cut pieces for the pumpkin.  I am missing two pumpkins and two stems but wanted to give you an idea of what if looks like when cut.Here is the box folded and ready to be glued.  I put the oval of acetate glued to the inside of the window and the scalloped oval to the outside of the window.  I ended up folding in the end tabs and then gluing the hearts together and then gluing the icons onto the hearts.
Here are the finished close ups of the three boxes.

I am so happy with how these came out.  Crackers or poppers in the store are so expensive and not filled with yummy chocolates like mine.  Hope this has made you think about other ways to repurpose the cut files you have and are considering buying.

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