Our Favorite Thanksgiving Crafts

It can be a little overwhelming to try and cook a Thanksgiving meal with all your children and extended family in the kitchen — especially if everyone wants to help. But with these easy Thanksgiving crafts, you can give your children and guests a fun, easy way to spend time together and help decorate the table.

Tabletop Turkey: Place Card
What you need:

  • A small paper cup
  • A brown pom-pom
  • A pack of multi-colored construction paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors and glue
  • Brown paint
  • A pack of small name cards

How to create:

  1. Start by painting the little paper cup with brown paint.
  2. After it dries, turn the cup upside down, and glue the pom-pom to the bottom of the cup. This will be the turkey head!
  3. Grab your construction paper and cut nine, 4-inch leaves from different colors. Fold them in half to make them look more leaf-like.
  4. To create your turkey’s beak, fold a 1-inch square piece of orange paper in half, then cut a triangle out of the folded paper.
  5. For the turkey’s wattle, use a 2-inch square piece of red paper. Fold it in half, then cut out a heart shape.
  6. Glue the beak and wattle to your “head,” and glue the leaves to the back of the paper cup! Finally, glue googly eyes to the pom-pom.
  7. For each person attending your Thanksgiving dinner, write their name on a name tag, then stick it on to the paper cup to create a place card.

Feather Placemats
What you need:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Feathers
  • Scissors and glue

How to create:

  1. Trace the largest plate you’ll be using on a piece of scrapbook paper, and then cut it out.
  2. Glue feathers along the edge of your paper circle so they fan out around it! Don’t worry about decorating the center; it will be covered by your plates.

Mini Maracas
What you need:

  • An empty egg carton
  • Dried beans
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Orange paint
  • Green pipe cleaner
  • Green construction paper

How to create:

  1. Cut out a section — top and bottom — of an empty egg carton.
  2. Fill one side with dried beans.
  3. Glue the sides together, then take the popsicle stick and push it into the middle.
  4. Cover in orange paint and let dry.
  5. Push a green pipe cleaner through the top, and push a green leaf through the pipe cleaner. Then bend the pipe cleaner over in a loop.

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