Thanksgiving crafts for kids offer a great way to invite the spirit of the holiday inside. When days are shorter and afternoons are dark, kids will enjoy making Thanksgiving crafts to decorate their room, the fridge or the Thanksgiving feast.
This collection of stunning Thanksgiving crafts for kids of all ages showcases 10 exceptional holiday crafts and shows you where to find more Thanksgiving Crafts from the best internet resources. Have a wonderful holiday filled with creativity and smiles.
#1. Turkey Fan
This is the most beautiful turkey Thanksgiving craft for kids out there. Begin by printing this template for the Thanksgiving turkey. Color the turkey in bright fall hues, then take shiny beautiful wrapping paper and fold it like a fan. To make a fan create a 2 inch fold at the edge of the paper, then turn the paper over and fold another 2 inch fold, then turn the paper over again and repeat the steps, alternating sides. Once you finish, cut one end of the fan in a semi-circle. Stick the bottom of the fan to the back of the turkey, then spread it open like a peacock tail. To make this thanksgiving craft even more stunning, fold two strips of wrapping paper back-to-back, so both sides of the turkey’s fan tail will be beautiful. To see this stunning Thanksgiving craft idea and others, visit Making Friends.
#2. Toilet Paper Roll Pilgrims
From the Disney Channel comes this delightful Thanksgiving craft idea for kids of all ages. You can create your Thanksgiving pilgrims from cardboard rolls found in toilet papers or paper towels. Just wrap each tube with construction paper, then draw facial features and buttons on the front. Glue another color of construction paper to create a skirt or pants for the bottom half of the person and draw in pockets and a line separating the legs. You can add a cotton ball wig just for fun, or glue an autumn leaf on each head as a seasonal hat. This and other delightful Thanksgiving craft ideas for kids of all ages can be found at Disney’s Family Fun center.
#3. Stunning Mayflower Centerpiece
Not just for kids, this Thanksgiving craft is so beautiful it looks store-bought. From Martha Stewart comes the elegant idea of creating a Mayflower replica stuffed with pine cones and potpourri. Begin by printing this simple craft template. Paste the paper over thin cardboard and cut out the shapes of the Mayflower hull and sails. Glue the pieces together with masking tape, then cover the boat with a shiny metal veneer. You can glue foil paper to it, or visit your home improvement store to find drawer liners in all sorts of beautiful finishes. These liners come with a sticky bottom so you can simply adhere them to your cardboard boat. To see this graceful Thanksgiving craft for kids of all ages, visit Martha Stewart.
#4. Turkey Bag Centerpiece
For a whole bundle of Thanksgiving crafts for kids of all ages, watch this wonderful video from Home & Garden Television. The turkey bag centerpiece is made from a paper bag stuffed with newspapers. Crunch the bag a little below its top to create a turkey neckline. Above it, where the head sticks out, glue a red balloon for a beak and paint in eyes and a mouth. To really appreciate this wonderful Thanksgiving children’s craft, you’ll have to see the video and the wonderful children’s author who shares her creative ideas on Home & Garden Television.
#5. Thanksgiving Wall Art
For older kids, this Thanksgiving craft is beautiful and simple to make. Begin by searching the garden for a large, stunning fall leaf. Place the leave between two paper towels and press it between the pages of a book. Leave the leaf to dry for 2 days and become flat. Find a cheap frame at a hobby store and spray paint its cardboard back in copper or gold paint. Glue the leaf at the center, then write Happy Thanksgiving in cursive, using a glitter pen. Frame this Thanksgiving craft art and decorate the dining room walls. Alternatively, create individual frames with the name of each guest and decorate each Thanksgiving dinner place setting with this elegant Thanksgiving craft for kids. For this and more Thanksgiving craft ideas for kids of all ages, visit Better Homes and Garden.
#6. Framed Handprint Turkey
This is a simple yet colorful Thanksgiving craft for young kids, or a family with kids of various ages and various hand sizes. The delightful Thanksgiving craft idea requires a paper plate, 10 shades of paints and a paint brush. It all comes down to a festival of colors. Paint square blocks of color all around the paper plate, never repeating two colors together. This will create the colorful border. Next, smear a kid’s hand with as many colors on the fingers, but all brown on the palm, then print a handprint turkey at the center of the plate. Add a head and feet to complete the illusion of a bird. To see this colorful Thanksgiving craft for kids and many other ideas visit Kaboose.
#7. Pilgrim Doorknob Decoration
This is a simple yet stunning Thanksgiving craft that kids can make in minutes or over an hour, depending on whether you print the black and white or colored version of the template. Cut out the beautiful pilgrim image, glue it to a cardboard back, then hang it on the front door to decorate the doorknob or handle. To see more template choices and other delightful Thanksgiving crafts for kids of all ages, visit DLTK.
#8. Leafy Turkey
Here’s a simple Thanksgiving craft for kids that can be made with a simple design or an elegant, stunning pattern for older kids. The pastoral Thanksgiving craft idea comes from Family Fun, and the Leafy Turkey craft requires only a basketful of autumn leaves, glue and a piece of cardboard. Cut the cardboard into the shape of a turkey, such as this turkey outline from Family Crafts. Glue leaves all around the turkey to give it an autumn leaves plumage. A large version of this thanksgiving craft for kids can serve as a centerpiece at your Thanksgiving dinner feast, surrounded by fall colored flowers. To see the Leafy Turkey Thanksgiving craft and other holiday craft ideas, visit Family Fun.
#9. Turkey Finger Puppet
Ideal for young kids, this playful Thanksgiving craft for kids of all ages will tickle your funny bone. Cut a half circle out of a piece of colored cardboard, then fingerprint spots of color on the cardboard to create a colorful turkey’s tail. Next, cut a hole at the base of the tail through which to insert a forefinger. Draw a funny face on the finger then slip it through the hole-and your Turkey finger puppet is ready to rumba. This playful Thanksgiving craft and others can be found at Busy Bee.
#10. Pumpkin Cornucopia
This is a stunning Thanksgiving craft for kids of all ages that requires a little initial help from adults. Begin with a large pumpkin or a group of miniature pumpkins and hollow out the pumpkins to create a cavity (this is the part adult help is called for). Layer the bottom of the pumpkin with cellophane paper (found in craft stores), then let kids have fun filling their pumpkin cornucopias any way they like. Slip in dry flowers, candy, dry leaves, dry fruit and nuts. Create a series of these Thanksgiving crafts to decorate your festive Thanksgiving table. Write Happy Thanksgiving on small pieces of cardboard and glue these miniature greeting cards to Popsicle stick, then slip each stick into a Thanksgiving cornucopia. For many more Thanksgiving craft ideas from the writers at Associated Content, visit AC’s Thanksgiving Crafts.
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