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 Favorites Made Gluten-Free!

Worried the holidays will wreck your gluten-free diet and leave you feeling deprived of all your favorite foods? Think again! It is so easy to transform Thanksgiving favorites into gluten-free delights. The best part is that everyone at your holiday table will devour these dishes! Use these simple tips, tricks, and recipes to make this your best Thanksgiving yet.

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The Easiest Thanksgiving Plan Ever

Here's how Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy plans his own Thanksgiving day. If you apply his timeline (hint: invite guests over at 3:00), you'll have your best Thanksgiving yet.

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Fried Stuffing Balls

No one will complain about leftover stuffing when you ball it up and fry it.

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How to Make a Table Setting with Lettered Tiles

Guests won't have to guess where they're seat is when you spell out their name with lettered tiles. Creating the craft on a clothespin means you can clip their place setting directly on their napkin.

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Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Appetizers

Overwhelmed with Thanksgiving dinner preparations? Get a head start by making delicious and easy appetizer recipes now. By doing a little cooking ahead of time, you can avoid the hassle on Thanksgiving Day. Our make-ahead appetizers include recipes that can be prepared the day before or up to six months ahead of the holiday.

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Thanksgiving DIY Crafts

What's the perfect complement to a delicious Thanksgiving meal? Do-it-yourself Thanksgiving crafts to accent your table and your home. These Thanksgiving projects are easy enough for even the most novice crafter, and they're pretty enough to last all season long.


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    • Stamped Napkins and Pumpkin Place Cards

      Add a distinctive Thanksgiving message to ordinary cloth napkins with this simple stamping technique. Using square napkins, arrange letter stamps on an acrylic stamping block (prefold if you want to ensure stamping on a certain panel). Slip silverware into pocket made by folding. For place cards, stamp names on lightweight paper or old book pages; cut into leaf shapes and attach with colored string to miniature pumpkins or gourds.

    • Gratitude Board

      There are plenty of ways for your loved ones to show their thankfulness during the holidays, but we love using this pretty Thanksgiving craft. Cut out leaf shapes from lightweight colored papers or old book pages; write thankful messages and affix with push pins or glue dots to a piece of linen-covered foam core surrounded by a frame.

    • Recipe Card Favors

      For a gift that really does keep on giving, send your guests home with a notebook of recipes from the Thanksgiving meal. Print out recipes on rectangular pieces of paper; fold in half and stitch together, using cardstock as a cover. Affix a handwritten label to the front and tie a decorative ribbon around the booklet.

    • Thanksgiving Shelf Decorations

      A simple assembly of autumnal items adds natural beauty to ordinary bookshelves. Fill pedestal bowls with miniature gourds or berries, and single vases with standout leaves. Keep the palette muted for a complementary collection of items.

    • DIY Jam-Jar Favors

      You don't have to spend hours toiling over a hot stove to send your guests home with a flavorful reminder of Thanksgiving. Simply buy a few large jars of your favorite preserves or sauces; decant into smaller containers and wrap with pretty ribbon, adding a distinctive serving spoon for a final flourish.

    • DIY Chalkboard Platter

      Transform an old platter into a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece. All it takes is chalkboard paint and basic crafting skills.

    • Thankful Journals

      Elegant and easy to make, these Thanksgiving gratitude journals are a snap for you or one of your older kids to put together. Purchase blank journals and print out an image; trim down to business card size and adhere to the cover using glue. Include a pretty pencil and wrap with linen yarn or twine.

    • Pumpkin Place Card

      These simple Thanksgiving DIY place cards come together in just minutes. Write names on miniature pumpkins using paint pens and arrange at each seat with cloth napkins and place settings. Add a few real or faux leaves for accent.

    • Thanksgiving Menu

      Visitors will appreciate a peek into what's for dinner with this menu card. Choose a piece of dark paper that matches your color scheme; write the list of dishes using a white-ink calligraphy pen or chalk-ink marker. Alternative: Instead of handwriting the menu, pick your favorite font and print onto the colored paper instead.

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      Pumpkin Flowers

      These pretty hybrid flower-pumpkin creations are distinctive enough to use as a table centerpiece. To make, cut a lid and remove the seeds and pulp from a pumpkin. Using a drill or nail, make holes just wide enough for the flower stems to poke through; insert the flowers.

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      Bottle Wrap

      Use this easy wine wrap to decorate the bottles on the Thanksgiving table, or to accent bottles you send home as favors. Wrap white or neutral colored bands of linen around bottles; hot-glue the overlapping edges. Tie the bottle with leather cord and embellish with a shock of wheat or a flower.

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      Beautiful Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas for Your Table Display

      Add a touch of fall to your Thanksgiving table with elegant yet easy-to-make Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas. Including natural elements, candle displays, and more, these centerpieces will be a highlight on your holiday table.
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