35 Thanksgiving Kids' Crafts
Keep your kiddos happily crafting in the weeks leading up to the holiday and during your Turkey Day get-together with our fun Thanksgiving kids' craft ideas.
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Pheasant Place Cards/Party Favors
Kids will have as much fun crafting these cute place cards as they will devouring their sweet contents. Our free printable template makes assembly a snap. Ready to make your own? Just follow our tutorial, below.
Get the How-To: Thanksgiving Place Card and Party Favor
Paper Straw Necklaces
Our free printable template, paper straws and twine are all you need for this easy craft project that's fun for kids of all ages.
Get the How-To: Thanksgiving Kids' Craft: Paper Straw Necklaces
Sweet Treats From the Forest
No, those aren't toadstools, they're actually no-bake cookies cleverly disguised as the forest fungus. Package them as favors or add them to the kids' table to delight your littlest Turkey Day guests.
Get the Recipe: No-Bake Mini Toadstool Treats
Craft Up a Gaggle of Edible Centerpieces
For most families, setting up a separate kids' table is as much a Thanksgiving tradition as turkey and pumpkin pie. When setting up their table, don't forget the centerpiece — fill vases with sweet, savory or healthy snacks to keep your littlest guests happily munching.
No-Bake Owl Snack Cakes
Whoooo's the cutest?! These tasty treats are easy to assemble from storebought goodies and will add a fun woodland feel to your kids' table or dessert buffet.
Get the Recipe: No-Bake Owl Snack Cakes
Scare Up a Scarecrow
Reversible with a jaunty snowman on the opposite side, this friendly front door greeter can be left out thru winter, adding a little character to your front porch till spring.
Get the How-To: Snowman + Scarecrow: Two-in-One Front Porch Decor
Paper Leaf Centerpiece
Take the kids for a stroll outdoors to gather bare branches to fill with colorful card stock leaves for this easy Thanksgiving centerpiece.
Get the How-To: Easy-to-Craft Fall Leaf Centerpiece
Or, Make It a Thankful Tree
After the meal, invite family and friends to enjoy the notes of thanks, reading through them and reflecting on what each person is thankful for. Allow guests to take their leaves home as a favor or date and keep them till next year. To keep the thankful tree going as a tradition, bring it out each year so everyone can add new leaves and remember how many blessings they have in their lives.
Get the How-To: New Thanksgiving Tradition: Create a Thankful Tree
Almost too cute to eat, kids of all ages will love helping make these chocolate-dipped cuties. Using prepackaged crispy rice treats will help keep the focus on the fun part — decorating!
Get the Recipe: Woodland-Inspired Treats: Chocolate Hedgehogs
Have Fun With Word Games
Download our free printable games — Thanksgiving Word Search and Thanksgiving Word Scramble — to keep school-age kids happily occupied while adults linger over a post-Turkey Day coffee, hot toddy or dessert cocktail.
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Inspire Their Inner Chef
Kids love desserts and they also love to help out in the kitchen. Help them grow their culinary skills by whipping up one of our favorite fall-inspired dessert recipes together.
See More Photos: 50 Irresistible Fall Desserts
Construct a Cute Turkey
Just a little adult prep and basic craft supplies are all you need to keep kids busy for hours creating these cute turkey decorations.
Get the How-To: Thanksgiving Kids' Craft: Foam Turkeys
Feed Our Feathered Friends
In many parts of the country, food scarcity for birds increases in the fall. Teach kids a lesson about caring for Mother Nature while crafting a handy feeder that will allow you to sneak a peek at both migratory and resident bird species.
Get the How-To: Use Gourds to Make a Natural Bird Feeder
Craft a Veggie Vase
Get older kids' help to hollow out a butternut squash, then fill with fresh flowers for a creative seasonal centerpiece. Tip: Waste not; want not: Cube the removed squash and roast in the oven for a healthy side dish.
Get the How-To: Turn a Butternut Squash Into a Fall Centerpiece
Or, an Edible Cornucopia
A centerpiece you can eat? Yes, please! Kids will love helping you turn refrigerated bread dough, aluminum foil and a single egg into a beautiful bread cornucopia filled with sweet and savory treats.
Get the How-To: Edible Thanksgiving Centerpiece: Make a Bread Cornucopia
Set a Crafty Kids' Table
Give kids a space of their own this Thanksgiving with our creative ideas for setting up a crafty table that encourages fun and festivities.
Get the How-To: Set a Turkey-Tastic Thanksgiving Kids' Table
Chocolate-Dipped Deer Cookies
Give your littlest Thanksgiving guests a real treat with these adorable deer cookies that can be made using either homemade or storebought shortbread as the cookie base.
Get the Recipe: Holidays Made Easy: Delish Deer Cookies
Forage a Fall Wreath
Take the kiddos for a walk though the woods (or your own backyard) to gather most of the materials you need to craft this fall-tastic wreath.
Get the How-To: Forage a Wreath for Fall
Set Up a Snack-Mix Station
Save kids from hunger and boredom while waiting on Thanksgiving dinner by setting up a fun snack-mix station where they can help themselves to a custom sweet-and-salty creation topped by their own artwork. Kids can munch on their custom mix during the Thanksgiving festivities or take their container home as a party favor.
Get the How-To: Set Up a Thanksgiving Snack Mix Station for Kids
Embellish To-Go Cartons
Keep the littlest Thanksgiving guests happily occupied with this fun craft that allows them to personalize favor cups they can then fill with a custom sweet-and-salty snack mix.
Get the How-To: Thanksgiving Kids' Craft: Fingerprint Turkey
Make Turkey Cupcakes
Seriously, how cute is this little turkey — don't you just wanna gobble him up? Yeah, me too, and so will your littlest Thanksgiving guests. Bake cupcakes the day before and have icing and small bowls of candy prepped so kids can start decorating their cupcakes as soon as the festivities begin.
Get the How-To: Thanksgiving Kids' Craft: Turkey Cupcakes
Or, a Gourd-Geous Gobbler
Easily turn a gourd, pipe cleaners and felt sheets into a cute character for your Thanksgiving table. Get crafting with the step-by-step instructions, below, from our friends at HGTV Magazine.
Get the How-To: DIY Turkey Gourd Craft
Be Inspired by Mother Nature
Put kids' natural love of scavenging outdoors to work. Have them hunt for acorn caps, then attach them to a basic napkin ring (check your local dollar store) for a cheap-meets-chic finishing touch to your Thanksgiving table. Bonus: Learn how to make the magnolia leaf charger shown here, below.
Get the How-To: How to Make a Magnolia Leaf Charger
Gather Backyard Blooms
Enlist kids' help in cutting backyard flowers to create a centerpiece for the adults' table. Arranging flowers is easy and they'll be so proud to show off their handiwork. Tip: Cut flowers early in the morning when the air and ground temps are cooler and plants are least stressed. And, be sure to place the cut blooms directly into a bucket of water to prevent any moisture loss. When arranging, re-cut the stems at a 45-degree angle before placing into a vase with added floral preservative.
See More Photos: Rustic + Refined: Set a Stunning Fall or Winter Table Setting
Turn Fall Leaves Into Art
What's more fun than taking the kids for a nature hike on a warm fall day? While you're out, have them search for the prettiest fall leaves you can frame, then include them in a wall grouping with printed seasonal sayings. See 8 more easy ways to deck out your walls for fall, below.
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Or, a Falling Leaf Centerpiece
Get kids to help you beautifully bring the outdoors in by tying real or faux fall leaves onto fishing line. Attach the leaf streamers to the ceiling or light fixture above your dining table to recreate the effect of falling leaves.
Get the How-To: Dress Up Your Autumn Table With Fall Leaves
Dress Up Leftover Halloween Pumpkins
Give faux or fresh pumpkins a chic fall makeover with vertical bands of pretty patterned ribbon — no carving required.
Get the How-To: Easily Embellish Pumpkins With Ribbon
Or, Make Pumpkins Out of Posts
With just a little help from a saw-savvy adult, kids can turn a 4x4 wooden post into a trio of colorful pumpkins you can display year after year.
Get the How-To: 3 Pumpkin Projects That Will Out-Last the Season
Have Some Good Clean Fun
Get the kiddos to help you whip up a batch of scented fall leaf soaps you can then use to freshen up the guest bath or package up as festive favors.
Get the How-To: How to Make Scented Autumn Leaf Soaps
Stack a Pumpkin Topiary
Just a few materials and less than 30 minutes are all you and the kids need to create an elegant pumpkin topiary that will last throughout the fall season.
Get the How-To: How to Make a Pumpkin Topiary
Make a Chain of Thanks
Turn giving thanks into a game. Print out our free template, attach to twine and ask your guests to anonymously write down what they're thankful for, then take turns reading the sentiments aloud during dinner and guessing who wrote them.
Get the How-To: Make a Chain of Thanks for Thanksgiving
Or, Craft a Glittering Banner
Kids love glitter (really, who doesn't?) but it can be messy, making these glammed-up chipboard letters a great project for older children.
Get the How-To: Glittered Thanksgiving Banner
Make a Square Corn Husk Wreath
Buck round-wreath tradition and mix it up this year with a square wreath made by cutting florist foam into a window-frame shape then covering the foam with raffia and mini dried corn.
Get the How-To: How to Make a Square Corn Husk Wreath
Turn Pantry Staples Into Play Dough
Get your little crafters' help to whip up budget-friendly, colorful dough to keep young guests occupied at the kids' table while the adults linger over coffee and dessert.
Get the How-To: DIY Fruity Play Dough
Whip Up an Easy Banner
Print our free template onto card stock, cut out the letters then attach them to strips of burlap for a rustic banner you can display anywhere.