40 Best Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts
Let's face it: Thanksgiving is like the middle child of holidays. Although it is a celebrated holiday, it seems to lose importance because it's between Halloween and Christmas.
When you want to decorate for the holiday, it is sometimes difficult to find supplies for those Thanksgiving and turkey projects. At times we just have to make do with the supplies we can find. In this article I'll show some nice projects, include a picture of the project, and give a link to the directions for it.
Go to Kids & Glitter for the directions and patterns for the We Give Thanks wreath shown above.
1. Paper Bag Pumpkin
Wouldn't this be a terrific idea for table decorations for a large banquet where a lot of items are needed? The supplies are inexpensive and the pumpkins are easy to make. Check out the tutorial at A Crafty Mom’s Life to make these paper bag pumpkins.
2. Thanksgiving Banner
This is a beautiful Thanksgiving banner that you will use year after year. Go to Holiday Crafts for the instructions.
3. Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial
Find a great fabric pumpkin tutorial by going to the COTTAGE HOME. Elegant and easy!!
4. Turkey Button Art
This is actually a Thanksgiving card project, but I think it is so appropriate for using the idea for an art project. If you don't have enough buttons consider using sequins, dotting paint, or thumbprints instead of the buttons. Find the instructions for making this button card art at A COUPLE OF CRAFT ADDICTS.
5. Indian Corn Magnet
Chenille strips and beads makes this a colorful and easy craft to make, even for the very little kids. Go to the Parents site to find the instructions for making these Indian corn magnets. Useful and unique.
6. Corn Husk Doll
There is something about the corn husk doll that reminds me of Thanksgiving. Corn husk dolls aren't difficult to make and you can purchase corn husks at craft stores. Find the tutorial for making a corn husk doll at education.com.
7. Turkey Napkin Rings
I love the colorful feathers on these clothespin turkey napkin rings. The kids will love making these napkin rings for your Thanksgiving table. The instructions are found at UNCOMMON designs.
8. Cereal Box Turkeys
Start saving you cereal boxes so you'll have plenty of the cardboard to make these cute little turkeys. A nice inexpensive Thanksgiving craft for all ages. The instructions for making these turkeys is found at plum pudding.
9. Zentangle Pumpkin Art
The kids are going to love making this zentangle art, and they'll be so pleased with how beautiful their pumpkin art will turn out. Check the Angela Anderson blog to see how to make zentangle pumpkins.
10. Folk Art Thankful Art
This art project includes using oil pastels, so you know it'll be loads of fun. Go to Handmade Market. Fearless for the directions and then make your own folk art thankful art.
11. Spatter Leaf Art
The photo shown here doesn't do this project credit at all. Be sure you go to the MNPTECEH site to see the step by step pictures showing how this is done. The blog is written in a foreign language, but the pictures show how to proceed. You'll have to scroll down a ways to find this project on the page.
This is a great Thanksgiving project. You'll find the tutorial for making the cornucopia at I AM AN ARTIST.
13. Pilgrim Silhouettes
14. Thanksgiving Place Cards
These Thanksgiving place cards are made by using the small terra cotta flower pots. Very cute and very easy to make. Find the tutorial for making these place cards at Better Homes and Gardens.
15. Scarecrow Magnet
Use these scarecrow magnets to help you display all the kids' Thanksgiving art project on your frig. Find the tutorial for making the scarecrow magnets at THIS GIRL’S LIFE BLOG.
16. Be Thankful Utensil Holders
There are printables included in this project by the IDEA ROOMo help you make these utensil holders in no time flat. A beautiful way to include a word of thankfulness at the table.
17. Gratitude Board
Imagine how much easier it would be to teach the little ones, and the bigger ones, gratitude if you had a Give Thanks board reminder. It may take a little time to make this, but it will be well worth the time. You'll find the tutorial for this craft at Jellybean Junkyard.
18. Pine Cone Turkey Decoration
19. Turkey Centerpiece: No-Sew Turkey
Make a no-sew turkey centerpiece by following the directions at Turkey Centerpiece: No-Sew .
20. I'm No Turkey
The kids love using their imaginations to dream up outfits to hide their turkey from being Thanksgiving dinner. Find a copy of the turkey, to be dressed, at Kids & Glitter.
21. Thanksgiving Turkey Mask
Imagine the fun that the kids will have making and wearing a turkey mask. You'll find the instructions that you'll need to make this mask at Designs With Heart.
23. Hand Print Turkey Keepsake
You'll be aware of how much the little ones have grown from one year to the next by making keepsakes like this. Find the instructions at Share & Remember.
24. Glove Turkey
A great way to use that orphan glove you've not wanted to throw away. Make this cute little turkey by finding the directions at the Readers Digest site.
25. Giving Thanks Tree
A great way for the family to reflect on all the things that they are thankful for. Give everyone a chance to add their thoughts to this Giving Thanks tree shown on THE JUMPSTART BLOG. Also find the instructions for the project there.
26. Stand Up Turkey
You'll find the directions for this cute stand up turkey at Designs With Heart.
27. Chenille Strip Thanksgiving Finger Puppets
28. Acorn Napkin Rings
Thanksgiving and the beautiful things in nature go hand in hand. A great example is this acorn napkin ring by Hello Little Home.
29. Crocheted Turkey Wreath
This is a very nice looking Thanksgiving wreath that will be used for many years during the fall holidays. Go to favecrafts for all the instructions.
30. Gratitude Cards
Make this a family Advent tradition to help the family prepare for our most wonder Christmas gift, Jesus. Find the instructions for this project at JOY filled family.
31. Indian Corn Thanksgiving Favors
32. Autumn Leaf
This is a very interesting craft because you use the flimsy type window screening to make the leaves. Find the instructions at CRAFTS-FOR-ALL-SEASONS and make some of these leaves for your Fall decorations.
33. Flaming Foliage Candle Holders
You'll find the directions for making these beautiful flaming foliage candle holders at Martha Stewart.
34. Fabulously Frugal Pumpkins
Make a quick and easy set of pumpkins by following the pictured directions at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.
35. Placemat and Crayons
Be prepared to entertain the little ones at the Thanksgiving table by having crayons and a placemat for them to color. You'll find what you need for this project at alpha mom.
36. Thanksgiving Day "Thanks For" Turkey
I love this little "Thankful" turkey. This would be a nice centerpiece for the kitchen table or island. Find the instructions at PARENTS.
37. Felt Leaf Napkin Rings and Placecards
The perfect touch for your Thanksgiving table. Find the directions at merriment design.
38. Turkey Favor Tins
These very attractive turkey favor tins, with the tutorial for making them at Burton Avenue, will be the finishing touch for your holiday table Very nice!
39. Glitter Leaves and Acorns Thanksgiving Napkins
Make beautiful Thanksgiving napkins by following the instructions at CRAFTS BY Amanda. These will definitely put the finishing touch on your holiday table.
40. Scarecrow Centerpiece
Make an outstanding Thanksgiving centerpiece like this scarecrow by going to the Craft Klatch website for the tutorial.
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