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Five Last-Minute Thanksgiving Day Crafts for Kids

Rebecca is a retired special education teacher. She earned a master's degree at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA.

Keep your kids entertained with these simple Thanksgiving crafts!

Keep your kids entertained with these simple Thanksgiving crafts!

Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids to Make

Whether your kids are on Thanksgiving break for a full week or a long weekend, keep them busy and involved the whole time with these easy-to-make crafts! These projects don't require a lot of preparation and materials, and kids will have a sense of accomplishment and pride when you use their handiwork to help decorate tables and greet guests.

These craft ideas are also great for last-minute Thanksgiving projects at school or in daycare settings, especially those that only close for one or two days during the holiday. Impress parents and send your little charges home with some cute crafts for Turkey Day.

1. Fall Dinner Napkin Rings

Keep little hands busy and help them with small muscle development. They'll swell with pride when they are used for such an important occasion.


  • Craft tissue in fall colors
  • Clue
  • Empty tissue rolls
  • Scissors
  • Xacto knife


  1. Precut or have children use safety scissors to cut squares (approx. 1-inch) from the tissue. Very young children can even tear them.
  2. An adult cuts the tissue rolls in half with a Xacto knife.
  3. Show kids how to ball up the squares and glue them on the tissue roll rings.
  4. Slip-folded napkins inside the rings.
Aren't these napkin rings cute?

Aren't these napkin rings cute?

2. Thankful Turkey Table Decoration

Impart the meaning of Thanksgiving with table decorations. Kids must write what they give thanks for on each feather.


  • One medium and one small Styrofoam ball
  • Craft sticks
  • Construction paper
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Brown tempera paint
  • Marker


  1. Paint the Styrofoam balls brown. Allow to dry.
  2. Using a pattern, trace, and cut feathers from the construction paper.
  3. Glue the feathers to a craft stick.
  4. Cut a triangle from orange or yellow for the turkey's beak
  5. Form the snood and wattle from pipe cleaners
  6. Trace and cut the turkey's feet.
  7. Using the feet as the base, secure the turkey with glue.
  8. Glue on the turkey's features
  9. Kids will write things they are thankful for on the feathers.
  10. Use the craft sticks to stick the feathers into the turkey's body.
how cute!

how cute!

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3. Stained Glass Fruit Sun Catchers

These "stained glass" fruits are easy to make and really look pretty hanging on window panes.


  • Red, orange, green, or yellow craft tissue
  • Waxed paper
  • Black construction paper
  • White crayon
  • Glue
  • Scissors


  1. Using premade patterns, draw and cut out shapes for apples, pears, or similar fruits from wax paper. Cut two shapes for each fruit.
  2. Glue tissue bits onto one waxed paper shape and cover them with the second sheet of waxed paper. Allow to dry.
  3. Using the same premade patterns, draw, and cut two black outer rims.
  4. Glue the waxed paper fruits inside the two black rims. Trim off any access.
Homemade stained glass

Homemade stained glass

4. Healthy Turkey Snacks

Kids at home, school, or daycare will love helping to make and eat a healthy turkey snack.


  • A pear
  • Apple slices
  • Grapes
  • Dried cranberries or raisins
  • A cheese slice
  • Toothpicks


  1. Arrange apple slices around a pear, 4 on each side
  2. Use grapes between the apple slice feathers and pear turkey
  3. Attach cheese triangles, raisins, or craisins and a thin slice of apple for the turkey's wattle, features, and feet.

5. Paper Sculpting Cornucopia Fruits

Fill a basket or cornucopia with fruits made with paper strips.


  • red, orange, green, yellow construction paper
  • hole puncher
  • brass paper fasteners
  • scissors
  • glue


  1. Cut one-inch strips from a sheet of construction paper.
  2. Punch a hole in the middle and at each end of the strip.
  3. Attach the strips together with a paper fastener at the top and bottom.
  4. Cut and glue on paper stems.


Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 29, 2020:

Thanks, Devika!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 27, 2020:

Hi rebeccamealey, I enjoyed reading your hub. Creative and lots of great ideas.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 25, 2020:

Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving!

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 24, 2020:

These are cute craft ideas to keep the kids occupied for a few minutes during Thanksgivingtime. I especially liked the napkin rings. It would make them feel part of the Thanksgiving meal.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 22, 2020:

Thanks, Chitrangada!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 22, 2020:

Nice creative ideas for the Thanksgiving celebrations. I liked the crafts, decorations and the food presentations.

Thsnks for sharing.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 22, 2020:

Thanks, Peggy. I hope your Thanksgiving is as good as possible this year.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 22, 2020:

Thanks, Linda. Good to see you.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 22, 2020:

Thanks, Louise!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2020:

These are such cute ideas for crafting, and the turkey-looking snack should entice kids to eat it because of how cute it appears.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on November 21, 2020:

Like the Thanksgiving yummy snacks and the decorations made for crafts!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on November 21, 2020:

There's some really good idea there. I like the sound of the healthy turkey snacks.