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Borders for Thanksgiving Crafts

Updated on November 2, 2011

Borders for Thanksgiving Invitations and Crafts

You can use these Borders for Thanksgiving Crafts like Invitations, Flyers, Posters and even Place Cards.

To save these images to your computer, click on the thumbnail picture to go to a larger higher resolution image and then save to your computer by selecting the "Save Image As" option.

Use Corel Draw, Pagemaker, Publisher, or the free program Scribus to easily place type on these borders or use Microsoft Word by inserting a picture from file and then choosing the text over picture option to write type over your border.

If you have any questions or problems let me know in your comments below.

Thanksgiving Turkey Border
Thanksgiving Turkey Border

Thanksgiving Turkey Border

Make a Thanksgiving Greeting Card

The Thanksgiving Turkey Border as well as the rest of the Thanksgiving clip art on this page are 8" x 10.5 to fit a letter size piece of paper with a .25 border. However, they can all be re-sized to fit your needs based on their use and your printer or paper.

Any of these images could be used as the front cover of a Thanksgiving Greeting Card by resizing the image and placing it on the right hand side of a landscaped oriented page. Customize the greeting on the outside and then fold the paper in half and either write or print a sentiment inside. You can also make a custom envelope to go with it. To see how, follow the link from this page to see how to make a half fold envelope.

Thanksgiving Harvest Border
Thanksgiving Harvest Border

Thanksgiving Harvest

How to Use These Borders

How to Use Borders for invitations, Posters, Sgns:

At full size, the borders are one from the edge of the paper plus whatever size you need to have your printer set at to print. (Usually .25 on all sides except possibly .5 inch at the bottom for an inkjet printer.

Type in your information making sure to give the location, time and date and center it. Choose a font appropriate to the occasion your poster is advertising either formal for a formal dinner, something more casual for a casual affair, or even a fun font for events that are meant to have a lighter appeal.

Thanksgiving Turkey Border
Thanksgiving Turkey Border

Thanksgiving Living Turkey

Make Thanksgiving Invitations

Although these borders at full size are letter size, you can always resize them to fit a half page size card to mimic the size bought in stationery stores. Use 67lb vellum cardstock and use a half fold size envelope you have either bought or made yourself out of wrapping paper or a matching 11 x 17 piece of paper.

Making your own envelope is easy and fun to do. Look below for the link to an article I wrote about how to make half fold size envelopes or look for directions in the search engines.

Hungry Thanksgiving Pilgrim
Hungry Thanksgiving Pilgrim

Hungry Thanksgiving Pilgrim

Make Thanksgiving Place Cards

As stated before, the borders on this page are resizeable and can be used in any size other than their original size. For example, you could resize these images to make Place Cards for everyone. To do this you would need to divide your letter size paper into 2 columns wide and 4 sections long. The easiest way to do this is to first divide your paper in half and then divide those halves into quarters.

Since Place Cards usually need a way to stand up, I recommend using a 67lb vellum card stock or whatever card stock your printer will print on. We will be making a total of 4 tent cards, two from the top half of the page and two from the bottom half of the page. To do this, I will skip the top quarter of the page and put our image in the second quarter, one in each column. We will then skip the third quarter and place our images again in the 4th quarter one in each column. Type in the names of your guests one by one, print them out and then cut the paper in half both between the 2 columns and lengthwise. You should now have 4 images a quarter of a page big with the names and image at the bottom of each card. Fold these cards in half horizontally and you should now have a tent card to use as placecards.

Thanksgiving Pilgrims
Thanksgiving Pilgrims

Thanksgiving Pilgrims

Make Thanksgiving Posters

Use these black and white borders to make 11 x 17 posters of flyers by laying your copy out as a letter size image, printing it out on your black and white laser printer then taking it to your local copy shop. Have the copy shop copy your image at 200% to 11 x 17 paper in a fall color that will contrast nicely with the black and white clip art: Orange, Yellow, Tan, etc.

Posters can be used to advertise Thanksgiving related activities such as a community prayer breakfast, Thanksgiving Dinner at the soup kitchen, etc.

Thanksgiving Turkey
Thanksgiving Turkey

Cooked Thanksgiving Turkey

How to Make Name Badges or Labels

Another way these Thanksgiving borders can be used are for labels or name badges to help new family members feel right at home by helping them identify and learn everyone's name at a large family gathering.

The easiest way to make labels or name badges is to use the templates that are already set up in Microsoft word. To use the templates, check under the "Tools" menu and click on Letters and Mailings>Envelopes and Labels. Click on the Labels Tab and then select options. Now you will be able to select what ever size label or name badge you want as well as choose popular brands like Avery that you can buy printable labels or reusable clear sleeves to make name badges already equipped with a pin attached.

Full Thanksgiving Mouse
Full Thanksgiving Mouse

Full Thanksgiving Mouse

Make a Thanksgiving Newsletter

Who says you have to wait until Christmas to let friends and family know what you're up to? Beat the crowd and send your update in November to let everyone know why you're thankful this Thanksgiving.

Give them the news using a delightful Thanksgiving border that will make them smile and show the appropriateness of sending updates on why you are thankful for the year's achievements at a time of year when giving thanks is the most appropriate things to do (and doesn't sound so much like bragging ;-).

Horn of Plenty
Horn of Plenty

Thanksgiving Horn of Plenty

Matching Your Decorating Theme to Your Invitation

Thank goodness, Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays that hasn't been swallowed by commercialization. It still remains a time to give thanks for all that we have--our friends, our family and what ever bounty we have been given. To help set the theme for being thankful for nature's bounty, use the Horn of Plenty invitation to set the theme for your Thanksgiving gathering and create your own Thanksgiving decorations.

The Horn of Plenty invitation lends itself to all sorts of décor featuring all of the plentiful vegetables, gourds and fruits available from the harvest. Include all of the available fall décor nature provides like dried leaves, grasses, Indian corn and interesting branches and pay homage to a bountiful harvest, symbolic for all there is for which to be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving Indian and Pilgrim
Happy Thanksgiving Indian and Pilgrim

Happy Thanksgiving Pilgrim and Indian

Frame a Poem, a Prayer or a Menu

Use one of these Thanksgiving Borders and a small easel to highlight a Thanksgiving Prayer, Poem or even the menu and set the tone for your Thanksgiving gathering.

If you're at a loss for words for an appropriate Prayer, Poem or Menu, here are a few links:




Pilgrim Border
Pilgrim Border

Thanksgiving Pilgrim

Keep the Little Ones Occupied

While you're busy making last minute preparations for your Thanksgiving meal, keep the little ones occupied by asking them to help you decorate the place with their own drawings framed with these Thanksgiving borders. Give them several different frames you've printed out, a box of crayons then let them start creating. Use them to decorate your refrigerator or have them make a sign to welcome guests. Grandma and Grandpa will appreciate anything your little darlings draw, your children will be proud to be able to participate and you will get the peace and quiet you need to finish all of your last minute preparations.

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      injuryatty 3 years ago

      I love those borders. And It makes me think to create my own border like that. Thank you

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      Lee Hansen 4 years ago from Vermont

      Cute page borders - I've added a link here from my clip art borders lens.

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      What delightful frames, thank you so much. Blessed by a Squid Angel x

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      PattiHale 5 years ago

      @Tamara14: Thanks TamaraKajari!

      Nice of you to say so. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      Great selection and so nice of you to offer it in a lens. Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      PattiHale 5 years ago

      Thanks Wednesday Elf and Joyful Reviewer! Appreciate you stopping by! Come again soon!

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I love the Thanksgiving Mouse! :) And I really like your idea of sending out a 'thankful' newsletter in November instead of Christmas cards in December. I've often thought that sending holiday wishes early would be easier than when in the throes of Christmas preparations!. Congrats on your monsterboard feature.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your lens being featured on the Fall Harvest Fest monsterboard.