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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Centerpiece and Tabletop Decoration Ideas for Fall

These easy centerpieces and simple tabletop decorations will add creative fall flair to any table in your home.


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    • Eclectic Fall Bowl Centerpiece

      This decoration can be fashioned easily with a fall nature hunt and a halved globe used as a bowl. There's no need to plan the arrangement -- simply mix the treasures together: pinecones, bittersweet, acorns, and branches make the perfect fall centerpiece.

    • Fall Branches in Vase

      Bring fall's burst of colors indoors. A simple glass vase transforms a foliage display into naturally beautiful art. Choose a bouquet of maple, oak, sweetgum, dogwood, or persimmon leaves, which typically develop the brightest hues.

    • Bouquet of Fall Flowers and Vegetables

      Going simple is the best decorating solution for fall centerpieces and table toppers. Here, deeply hued roses and dahlias play off the more muted collection of faux tomatoes and fall foliage.

      Editor's Tip: Choose a vase color that recedes and doesn't compete with the blooms.

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    • Fall Flowers in Gourd Vases

      Display these pretty fall flowers in hollowed-out gourds for a unique twist on a fall centerpiece. Select flowers in a variety of autumn hues, such as bright purple, orange, and yellow, and accent the small bouquets with sprigs of orange berries.

    • White Pumpkins Tabletop Decoration

      Color-coordinate your tabletop decoration with your serving dishes to create a classy, monochromatic fall display. Place white gourds at different levels in white ceramic dishes, and accent the table with sprigs of red fall berries in a white ceramic vase.

    • Decorative Tabletop Pumpkins

      Without carved faces, pumpkins make a dramatic tabletop. Start with lengths of grapevine wrapped around and up and down pumpkins in different patterns. Display smaller gourds under glass and scatter a base of leaves underneath, and include a tall vase filled with wheat or dried lavender for subtle color complement.

    • Fall Leaf Table Runner

      It's easy to craft a no-sew table runner in the shapes and colors of fall. Find and enlarge a fallen leaf shape and cut it out from a piece of felt. Glue ribbon or single-fold bias tape to the edge and place on a contrasting piece of felt or complementary table runner.

    • Tiered Centerpiece of China and Roses

      This simple addition to your holiday table requires only household items. Using a large china plate as the base, create a layered decoration with stacked teacups and smaller plates. Adorn with orange flowers on each level, and tuck a small amount of foliage in the top teacup.

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      Vegetable Vases with Flowers Tabletop Decoration

      These colorful vegetables are the perfect fall tabletop decorations when stuffed with flowers and foliage. Cut each pepper lengthwise an inch from the top to make an opening (don't cut the top completely off), hollow out the pepper and fill with different types of flowers. Set the peppers on small plates to finish the decoration.

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      Traced-Leaf Pumpkin Centerpiece

      Inexpensive tools make this uniquely carved pumpkin easy to recreate. Use a large leaf to trace onto a pumpkin and use a scraping tool to cut away only the outermost layer. Set it on a bed of moss and a pedestal for a centerpiece that will last all season.

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      Indian Corn Candleholder

      The vibrant, diverse colors of Indian corn perfectly represent the color palette of fall, and you can put them to use in a no-fuss candleholder. Place a candle at the center and hot-glue corncobs together in a circle around it to make this pretty tabletop decoration.

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      Indian Corn-and-Wheat Centerpiece

      Pumpkins typically are front and center at doorways and on tables, but this elegant collection of corn and wheat stalks fits in perfectly with the season. Include a variety of colors of corn and a few different sizes and include an individual cob at each place setting.

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      Small Pumpkin Plate Centerpiece

      Small gourds and pumpkins are nearly sculptural, and a cluster of two or three on a pretty plain plate resembles a still life. Tuck in a pinecone and a few leaves, and wrap a bit of raffia or twine around one of the stems.

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      Tall Grass-and-Feathers Tabletop Decoration

      This decorative arrangement of cattails, pheasant feathers (found at crafts stores), and Purple Majesty ornamental millet doesn't need water, so it will last all season long.

      Editor's Tip: Place chicken wire or floral netting inside an urn to create structure within the vase. Mold the wire into a ball to fit the bottom of the vase and stick the stems into the holes to complete the arrangement.

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      Pumpkin Flower Arrangement

      Pumpkins are plentiful and inexpensive in fall. For a pretty centerpiece, use a large pumpkin to display richly colored blooms. Cut the top off of a pumpkin or squash, scoop out the flesh, and tuck in a vase. Display a variety of flowers including dahlias, sunflowers, and zinnias.

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      Flowers-and-Candles Tabletop Decoration

      A rustic rectangular container disguises a few small flower vases, making a great way to create an eclectic collection of blooms, fall foliage, and candles. Tie long grass or fall berries around the container to make the decoration pop.

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      Pretty Pumpkins Centerpiece

      Pumpkins like the ones pictured can be used as decorations all season long. Elevate a few -- chosen for the beauty of their contrasting colors -- on a pedestal. Underneath, use a table runner or cloth that picks up on the hues, and tuck in few bittersweet branches for texture.

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      Tabletop Pumpkin Display

      Repetition of color -- whether with pumpkins, foliage, or flowers -- creates a unified fall decorating scheme that accents all of fall's bounty. Dominant tones of orange and yellow are present in a vase of blooms and a cluster of branches on a sideboard, in addition to the main pumpkin display.

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      Seasonal Bounty Basket Centerpiece

      A wicker basket contains a lush arrangement of the growth of autumn. Put a square of floral foam into the container and add a collection of kale, dill, tomatoes, broccoli, and other harvest finds for a colorful, edible centerpiece.

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      Colorful Fall Leaf Vase and Garland

      This easy decoration can brighten a living or dining room in just a few minutes, where a vase filled with colorful branches brings the beauty of the outdoors in.

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      Pumpkin Tree Tabletop Decoration

      Simple decorations can make a dressed-up tabletop for fall. A few cylindrical vases filled with birdseed provide a sturdy base for long branches. Small pumpkins -- suspended with bits of twine -- hover above a beautiful assortment of branches, berries, and pinecones. To craft the candle-displaying pumpkins, hollow out a few gourds and tuck in candles and berries.

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      Fall Foliage Centerpiece

      Brightly colored foliage gathered at its prime brings the perfect fall color accent to this room. Snip a few long branches with a variety of colored leaves still attached and tuck them in a cluster of tall, clear vases on a tabletop.

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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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