Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Kids love to lend a helping hand when it comes to decorating the table with easy Thanksgiving crafts. These easy-to-make Thanksgiving crafts ideas keep the spirit of the season front and center for children of all ages (and help hungry kids stay occupied until dinner is on the table). With place cards, centerpieces, decor, and more, these easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids will get your home ready for the big day.

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Thanksgiving Day Card

Colorful papers, scissors, and glue are about all you need to make our festive greeting card. This one has a clever twist with its fold-down turkey feet.

What You Need:

  • Tracing paper
  • Brown, orange, purple, and gold art paper
  • Small hole punch
  • Crafts glue
  • 6 1/2-inch by 4 3/4-inch transparent envelope


1. Download the free patterns. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.) Trace the turkey body, head, wing, and beak shapes onto tracing paper; cut out each shape.

Thanksgiving Day Card pattern

Download Adobe Acrobat

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2. Cut a 5 1/2-inch x 17-inch rectangle from the brown art paper.

3. Fold the strip accordion style every 4 1/4-inch.

4. Trace the turkey body onto the top layer of the folded brown paper, positioning the left side of the body along a paper fold.

5. Cut out the turkey shape through all layers of the brown paper.

6. Trace the head shape onto the orange art paper five times; cut out the shapes.

7. Use a small hole punch to punch eyes in the heads. Trace the wing shape onto the purple art paper 10 times.

8. Trace the beak five times onto the gold paper; cut out the shapes.

9. With the brown paper folded, glue one head, two wings, and one beak to the Card Interior Diagram for placement.

10. Unfold the card, and repeat for the four turkeys inside the card.

11. With the four inside turkeys facing you, fold up the feet along the bottom of the bodies.


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