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11 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Break out your crafting supplies for terrific Turkey Day fun.

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The fun table filled with craftsDan Roberts/Taste of Home

Creative Kids’ Table

Skip the formal centerpiece and set down a tray with crayons, markers and colored pencils to keep the kiddos playing until pie time. A simple butcher paper tablecloth will give them plenty of space for doodles, rounds of tic-tac-toe and (you never know) lists of thankful thoughts. Have a Christmas kids’ table, too!

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Thankful Pumpkin


Take turns writing what you’re thankful for on a white pumpkin—or use a craft pumpkin to make a keepsake to enjoy year after year. Display it in your kitchen along with these other pretty fall accessories.

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Give Thanks Frame


Cut leaves out of colored paper. Ask everyone to write what they’re thankful for on a leaf. Use mini clothespins to clip the leaves to twine criss-crossed through an open frame. Read our top tips for hosting an amazing Friendsgiving feast. 

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Pine Cone Turkeys


Glue wiggle eyes and colored paper to pine cones for a flock of fun tabletop decorations. These cute winter crafts will add cheer to your home.

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Message pears on a shelfDan Roberts/Country Woman

Mantle Decoration


Help the little ones with their spelling homework. Gently press whole cloves into pears to spell out a welcoming message for the mantel. You can make the pears a day ahead of time, then put them in the fridge overnight, uncovered. You’ll love these other Thanksgiving decorating ideas, too.

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Handprint Turkey Cookies


Pat Thompson of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, says, “Creating these Handprint Turkey Cookies is just as much fun as gobbling them up! When preparing this cookie recipe years ago, I used to help our children cut out their own hand shapes from the rolled dough. Today the kids are all grown, but they still remember how much they enjoyed ‘baking’ their hands!”

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Kindness Rocks


Collect small stones and paint them with bright colors and uplifting messages. Then take an after-dinner hike and spread joy and kindness by leaving them along the trail for others to find. These easy fall crafts will make your home feel cozy.

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Turkey Pilgrim Cookies


Get your kids in the Turkey Day spirit. These darling Turkey Pilgrim Cookies are so fun to create and will make all your guests smile.

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Craft; Thanksgiving napkin ringsMark Derse/Country Woman

Fun Fall Flatware


Have the kiddos help set the table by gluing decorative leaves, stickers and flowers to patterned paper napkin rings. Check out more Thanksgiving table ideas. 

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Harvest Corn Cakes


Sweet corn takes on a whole new meaning with this recipe. Mary Detweiler of Middlefield, Ohio, says, “These Harvest Corn Cakes look delightfully like the real thing—except they’re made of cake, frosting and peanut butter candies! These treats really brighten up the Thanksgiving table, and they’re so easy to make. Children can help with this project, too. They’ll have fun putting the ‘kernels’ on—and eating a few as well!”

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Pumpkin Planter


Help your child cut the top off of a pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Then fill the inside with a bouquet of colorful flowers or feathers (use the ones from the craft shop—not the ones you find on the ground). Add these family activities to your fall bucket list.

Lori Vanover
Lori has been a writer and editor for 16 years, fueled by plenty of coffee and chocolate. She hopes to retire someday and become a hot pepper farmer, cake decorator or barbecue pitmaster.

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