Thanksgiving Craft Ideas

Whether you’re looking to get into the Thanksgiving spirit or searching for ways to entertain your youngest guests when you host Thanksgiving dinner, crafts are a great option. Check out this round-up of Thanksgiving craft ideas.

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Popcorn on the Cob: What a great way to get your kids involved in the prep for Thanksgiving dinner: have them make take-home favors for your guests!

Thanksgiving craft ideas
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Turkey Centerpiece: A fun option for your kids—or the whole family—to make in advance, making this craft could also keep all your young guests entertained before dinner is served and decorate your table to boot!

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Turkey Hat: While we’re talking turkey, let’s talk about turkey hats! Get the kids to whip up a few for the grown-ups, too. Have all your guests don their hats and there’s your Turkey Day Instagram photo, folks. You’re welcome.

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Pumpkin Pie: An art project with built-in air freshening capabilities! Plus, this yummy fall-scented craft is sure to smell way better than that overpowering cinnamon potpourri that shows up in stores this time every year.

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Indian Corn Magnets: I’m not entirely sure why, but my kid is obsessed with Indian corn, so this project is just perfect! You may want to use a glue gun to attach the magnets, especially if you’ll be doing this project with your dinner guests.

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Ball and Triangle Game: This craft is inspired by toys historically used by some Native American children. A history lesson, art project and game all in one.

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Gumdrop Turkeys: These are so cute! You can also make turkeys using potatoes for the body, frilled toothpicks for the feathers, plain toothpicks to make a tripod to balance the turkey, googly eyes, and construction paper for the beak. Another option is apple bodies with plain toothpicks topped with mini marshmallows or small gumdrops for feathers. It’s so fun to see what the kids come up with!

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Turkey Bowling: This is a craft and activity in one! Turn a plastic bowling set or ten empty plastic bottles into an awesome Thanksgiving-themed bowling set and let the Thanksgiving tournament begin.

Thanksgiving craft ideas
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Turkey Keepsake Craft: Fun for the kids at home, Thanksgiving guests, or school celebrations, pulling out this hand-print turkey keepsake every November will give you the warm-fuzzies for many Thanksgivings to come.

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Rattle: Another great project and teachable moment in one is a Native American-inspired rattle. You can learn about the real thing, and use that knowledge to inspire a fun craft for your kids.

Thanksgiving craft ideas
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Turkey Place Cards: Easy-peasy place cards for your holiday table! If your kids can’t write yet, you can add the names yourself or print them on the place cards. Is your child still perfecting their scissor skills? That just means that the place cards will be even more charming.

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Turkey Puppet: I love this adorable craft! A couple tips, especially if you’re planning to make these puppets as entertainment at your Thanksgiving celebration. First, consider smocks (or simple oversized t-shirts) for the kids if you’re planning on using fabric or permanent markers to decorate the puppets. Second, use a hot glue gun so the puppets dry fast enough to use right away.

Happy Thanksgiving crafting, everyone!

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Christina lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and two English Springer Spaniels. Before becoming a reluctant stay-at-home mom, she worked in a variety of customer-service-oriented jobs while dreaming of living in the lap of luxury as a housewife. Unfortunately, having a child threw a wrench in Christina's plan to do nothing but eat bonbons while lounging in the Jacuzzi reading all day. Now, she spends her time looking for fun activities and crafts for her daughter and easy-to-prepare meals for her family, while trying not to land the kid in therapy when she grows up. Christina volunteers at several different places, and her particular passion is for her role as a sexuality educator. She loves to read, and to learn about--and share--new products and resources.

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