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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Double-Duty Decorating: Thanksgiving and Christmas

Decorate once to dazzle twice. Assemble one of these four fall displays, and with a few simple switches, you'll have a fresh look for winter.


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    • Good Enough to Eat

      For a fall display that lasts through Thanksgiving, group small vegetables such as squash, miniature pumpkins, artichokes, tomatillos, small red cabbages, and Brussels sprouts onto a fall platter. Carve holes into varied veggies to serve as candleholders and vases.

    • Vegetables Kids Will Love

      For a fall-to-winter display, use hollowed out red and green peppers to hold white and red roses. Add in evergreens, carrot tops, and kohlrabi along with festive candles.

    • Serving Up Style

      This centerpiece features a simple wreath placed on a glass cake stand, perfect for fall and winter. Find a clear glass lamp shade and place it facing up in the center of the wreath (on the cake plate) to hold a candle.

    • Complementary Colors

      For fall to Thanksgiving, gently tuck dried flowers such as golden yarrow, brown wood roses, burgundy celosia, and grasses into the wreath. Then add a fall colored candle inside the glass shade.

    • Delicate Reds & Greens

      For winter, remove the fall flowers, leaving the plain wreath intact. Insert small pieces of evergreens, white winterberries, green hops, red pepper berries, and frosted beads. Replace the candle with a red or white one.

    • Berries and Beveled Glass

      Get creative. Experiment with real and dried greenery when creating your own unique centerpiece.

    • Holiday Harvest

      Use a pedestal urn in a distressed ivory color as the base of this project ¿ which can be used both outdoors and indoors.

    • Pumpkins and Pomegranates

      For fall, arrange smaller fruit and veggies with autumn tones into an attractive grouping. This example uses pomegranates, golden beets, pumpkins, gourds, artificial grapes, red onion, apples, and bittersweet.

    • Ornaments and Evergreens

      For winter, Christmas ornaments in sparkly jewel tones replace the veggies and flowers in the same pedestal urn.

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      Sparkling Urns

      Tucking in fragrant evergreens around the ornaments adds a warm touch to this seasonal display.

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      Glowing Fall Centerpieces

      This fall candle arrangement is colorful and inexpensive. Simply layer dried corn, burgundy cockscomb celosia, pale-green dried hops, and brown oak leaves inside a wide cylinder vase. Then place a pillar candle in a narrower glass and center it.

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      Creative Uses for Corn

      Be sure to change the candle if it burns low to avoid letting the flame get close to the dried leaves and flowers.

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      Wonderful Winter Decorations

      To change your centerpiece into winter colors, simply replace the corn with frosted white luster gems. Replace the fall flowers with imitation red grapes, variegated privet, and white paper roses. Swap in a red candle and you've recreated your table!

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      Roses and Berries

      Don't forget to change candles once they burn low enough to come close to the dried flowers and leaves.

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      1-Hour Fall Crafts

      With so many holidays around the corner, fall is the perfect time to do some extra decorating. If you're short on time, try one of our one-hour fall crafts. The easy projects will spruce up your home without stealing an entire afternoon.
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