Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for Kids

Here are three very easy, cute and fun Thanksgiving craft ideas to enhance your holiday. A great way to involve the kids in making the house and the table look festive for Thanksgiving is by doing some Thanksgiving crafts. Working together on these cute projects gives you quality time with the kids, and you end up with something whimsical to help celebrate the holiday in style. 

Cornucopia Place Cards
An edible cone with the guest's name, filled with nuts and dried fruit or assorted colorful candies.

What you need:

  • Pointed sugar ice cream cones
  • Frosting in a tube with writer tip
  • Trail mix and mini marshmallows or assorted candies (gumdrops, M&Ms, etc.)
  • Doily, small paper napkin, or small plate

What to do:

  1. Write the guest's first name with frosting on the cone and place it on the napkin, doily or plate.
  2. Fill the cone with the trail mix/candy filling and let some spill out onto the napkin or doily for maximum effect.
  3. Set each place card at the appropriate guest's place at the table.

Napkin Ring Turkeys
A napkin ring that looks like a turkey and has Thanksgiving messages on each one. Great for inspiring discussion of being thankful, during the project, and during dinner.

What you need:

  • Paper towel tubes (you'll get about 5 from each one)
  • Thick markers or watercolor paint
  • Paper round coffee filters
  • Wood craft spoon for head
  • Pipe cleaners for feet
  • Red felt or red construction paper for wattle
  • Google eyes (optional)
  • Tacky glue
  • Ball point pen

What to do:

  1. Cut the paper towel tubes into rings about 1.5" wide.
  2. Paint or decorate the rings as desired. This will be the turkey's body.
  3. Fold the coffee filter in half, unevenly so that one layer is lower in front.
  4. Paint or decorate the coffee filter as desired. Write things you are thankful for on the filter with the pen (after dry if painted). Small kids can dictate if they can't write yet. This is the turkey's feathers.
  5. Paint or decorate one craft spoon. Glue on or draw eyes. This is the turkey's head.
  6. Bend pipe cleaner into two 3-toed feet. Push the ends into the ring and bend down to secure.
  7. Glue the spoon to the front where the feet are protruding. Glue the coffee filter to the back, putting glue on the ring where it meets the fold of the filter.
  8. When dry, place the napkin through the ring and put across the guest's plate.

Mr Potato Head Turkey decorations
A cute and funny turkey centerpiece that's fun to make and brings Thanksgiving smiles to everyone. Make an example, give the kids the supplies, and let them create!

What you need:

  • Potatoes, whole
  • Sliced veggies (peppers, carrots, celery with leaves, etc. cut into strips), nuts, and small dried fruit, mini pretzel twists, (vary this list according to your creativity and what's in the fridge/pantry!)
  • Google eyes (use olives if you want instead)
  • Peanut butter (to stick things on the potato)
  • Toothpicks

What to do:

  1. Stick three toothpicks into the bottom of a potato to act as a tripod and help it stand up. Push them in so only a short amount is sticking out - just enough to make it stand up.
  2. Affix pretzels for feet using peanut butter to make them stick.
  3. Affix eyes with peanut butter or toothpicks, (depending on what works better).
  4. Use the veggie strips to make feathers in the back. Attach with toothpicks or peanut butter accordingly.
  5. Use the small nuts, dried fruit, etc. for beak and wattle.
  6. Be creative and have fun! Place the finished potato turkeys all over the table for decoration, or put them in a place where guests can enjoy viewing them.
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