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22 Fun and Easy Craft Ideas for All Ages to Get Ready for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning the big feast! But remember the fun part – the crafts! Why not try something different this year and get your family involved in Thanksgiving-themed crafting?

We’ve compiled a list of 22 easy ideas to keep everyone entertained. From simple projects that kids can do on their own to more complicated crafts for adults, we have something for everyone. So get started – these projects will add extra cheer to your Thanksgiving celebration!

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas For Preschool

If you have a preschooler at home, Thanksgiving crafts are a great way to keep them busy (and out of trouble!) while you’re preparing for the big day. Here are some easy craft ideas that your little ones will love:

1. Spoon Place Cards

 Help your kids make spoon place cards this Thanksgiving by having them write guests’ names on wooden spoons with a permanent marker. Then, prop the spoons in small vases or bowls filled with fresh cranberries.

Watch this tutorial.

2. Mini Turkey Piñata

This is a fun and festive way to decorate your home for Thanksgiving – and it’s also a great activity for kids! All you need is water balloons, clear tape, scissors, a sponge brush, and mini styrofoam eggs.

Get the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte.

3. Painted Rocks and Leaves Thanksgiving Table

Ask the kids to gather rocks and leaves from the yard, then help them paint them in Thanksgiving colors. Use the rocks and leaves to decorate your Thanksgiving table – they’ll make great place cards, too!

Get the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte.

4. Mason Jar Turkey

To make a mason jar turkey, you’ll need a mason jar, googly eyes, construction paper, hot glue and scissors. Cut a turkey body and head from the construction paper, then glue them to the mason jar. Add googly eyes, and you’re all set!

Get the tutorial at About Family Crafts.

5. Happy Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

Let your kids’ imaginations run wild with these Thanksgiving coloring pages. They can color in traditional images like turkeys and pumpkins or get creative and design their patterns.

Get the tutorial at The Turquoise Home.

6. Time in a Bottle

What if your kids created a glassware version of a gallery wall? They can put family pictures, fall leaves, and other mementos in bottles, then decorate the outside. It’ll be a fun way to display their art and a lovely keepsake for years to come.

Get the tutorial at AllFreeHolidayCrafts.

7. Thankful Wind Spinners

These thankful wind spinners are a fun and easy way for kids to show gratitude. You only need paper plates, construction paper, markers, string, and scissors.

Help your kids write what they’re thankful for on the paper plates, then decorate them with construction paper. Cut out a spiral in the center of the plate, then tie a string to the end and let it spin in the breeze!

Watch this tutorial by Riverdale Public Library:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZkndrs-ZG0

8. Painted Corn Husk Headband

This is a fun and easy way to dress up for Thanksgiving dinner! All you need is corn husks, paint, and a headband. Paint the corn husks in Thanksgiving colors and glue them to the headband.

Get the tutorial at Hello, Wonderful.

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas For Kids

Older kids will enjoy these Thanksgiving craft ideas. They can do them on their own or with help from adults.

9. Easy Thankful Turkeys

This is a great project for kids to do on their own. All you need is paper, markers, and googly eyes. Help your child cut a turkey’s body and head from the paper. Then, let them decorate the turkey with markers and glue on googly eyes.

Watch this tutorial by Surf and Sunshine: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFcVamoSi-A

10. Mirror Buffet Menu

This is a fun and creative way to display the menu for your Thanksgiving feast. All you need is a mirror, dry-erase markers, and painter’s tape. Write the menu on the mirror with the dry-erase markers, then use the painter’s tape to create a border. Hang the mirror in a prominent place so guests can see what’s on the menu.

11. Turkey Cross-Stitch

This is a fun and festive way to decorate your home for Thanksgiving. All you need is fabric, embroidery floss, and a needle. Help your child draw a turkey on the fabric, then stitch it with the embroidery floss. Hang the finished product in a prominent place in your home.

Download the turkey pattern and start stitching the turkey. 

12. Corn Husk Wreath

This is a beautiful and unique way to decorate your door for Thanksgiving. All you need is corn husks, hot glue, and a wreath form. Glue the corn husks to the wreath form, then hang the wreath on your door.

Get the tutorial at Windy City Craft Videos.

13. Thanksgiving Tree

This is a fun and festive way to decorate your home for Thanksgiving. All you need is construction paper, markers, and scissors. Help your child cut out leaves from the construction paper. Write things your family is thankful for on the leaves, then glue them to the tree.

Get the tutorial at Fun with Arko.

14. DIY Leaf Catcher

Leaves falling on your head can be annoying, but they make great crafts! This leaf catcher is a fun and easy way to decorate your home for Thanksgiving. You need a mason jar, googly eyes, construction paper, hot glue, and scissors. Cut a turkey body and head from the construction paper, then glue them to the mason jar. Add googly eyes, and you’re all set!

Get the tutorial at Stephanie Abayon.

15. Paper Turkey Hat

This is a fun and festive way to dress up for Thanksgiving dinner. All you need is construction paper, scissors, and tape. Help your child cut a turkey’s body and head from the construction paper. Tape the turkey to a headband, then put it on and enjoy the turkey-themed festivities!

Get the tutorial.

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas For Adults

These Thanksgiving craft ideas are perfect for adults. They can do them on their own or with help from kids.

16. Autumn Wreath

This is a beautiful and unique way to decorate your door for Thanksgiving. You need autumn leaves, hot glue, and a wreath form. Glue the leaves to the wreath form, then hang the wreath on your door.

Get the tutorial.

17. Scarecrow Mason Jar

This is a fun and festive way to decorate your home for Thanksgiving. You need a mason jar, straw, googly eyes, construction paper, hot glue, and scissors. Cut a scarecrow’s body and head from the construction paper, then glue them to the mason jar.

To make the scarecrow’s arms, glue straw to the inside of the jar. Add googly eyes, and you’re all set!

Get the tutorial.

18. Gratitude Bracelet Making

You’ll need beading wire, paint, and elastic for this project. Paint the beads in Thanksgiving colors and glue them to the beading wire using elastic. Write things you’re thankful for on the beads, and wear the bracelet as a reminder of all the good in your life.

Alternatively, you can write things you’re thankful for on paper strips and glue them to the headband.

Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.

19. Turkey Balloons

These Thanksgiving Turkey Balloons are an exciting way to decorate your home for the holiday. You need balloons, markers, and googly eyes. Use the markers to draw a turkey face on the balloons, then glue on the googly eyes. Hang the balloons around your home, and enjoy the holiday decorations!

You can also use these balloons to play turkey-themed games. For example, you can race to see who can blow up their balloon the fastest or see how many balloons you can keep in the air.

Get the tutorial at Design Improvised.

20. Fall Bookmark

If you love reading, you’ll love this Thanksgiving craft idea. You need construction paper, scissors, and a marker. Cut a bookmark shape from the construction paper, then write a Thanksgiving message on it. You can also decorate the bookmark with Thanksgiving-themed images.

You can use this bookmark to keep your place in your favorite book or give it to a friend as a Thanksgiving gift. This way, they can think of you whenever they sit down to read. 

Get the tutorial.

21. Thanksgiving Candle Holder

This is a beautiful and unique way to decorate your home for Thanksgiving. You need a candle, autumn leaves, and hot glue. Glue the leaves to the candle, then place the candle in a holder. You can use this decoration to set the mood for Thanksgiving dinner or as a centerpiece for your table.

To make it extra special, you can add a message of thanks to the leaves. For example, you can write, “Thankful for family, friends, and good health.” This will remind you of all the things you’re thankful for every time you see them. 

Get the tutorial

22. Owl Puppet

This is a fun and easy way to entertain your kids on Thanksgiving. You need construction paper, hot glue, and scissors. Cut an owl’s body and head from the construction paper, then glue them together.

To make the owl’s wings, cut two pieces of construction paper in the shape of wings. Glue the wings to the body, put the puppet on your hand, and make it fly!

You can also use this puppet to tell a Thanksgiving story. For example, you can have the owl fly into a turkey’s house and steal its food. The possibilities are endless!

Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.

Conclusion

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I hope you found these Thanksgiving craft ideas helpful and that you have a fun and festive holiday! Visit our online store at Callie if you’re looking for gifts to give your family and friends during Thanksgiving.

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