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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Easy-to-Make Place Cards and Napkin Rings for a Thanksgiving Table

Craft these easy place cards and napkins rings to designate spots at the Thanksgiving dinner table. We've also got bonus kids' table Thanksgiving decorations at the end of the slideshow!


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    • Miniature Pumpkin Place Card

      Custom-made place cards add thoughtful touches to your Thanksgiving gathering and add style to your tabletop. Simple imagery and fanciful lettering marry on this business-card-size tag. Choose a fun font or fill in names by hand using a calligraphy pen. Pin each place card to a miniature pumpkin or gourd.

    • Numbered Napkin Rings

      Whip up these fabulous Thanksgiving napkin rings in less than an hour without going near your sewing machine. From complementary fall colors, cut two strips of felt or burlap: one 4x1-1/2-inch strip and one 4x1-inch strip. Use tacky glue to attach the narrower strip to the wider one, then glue the short ends to form a loop. Add a graphic number to an oversize button. Glue the button to the napkin ring.

    • Simple Place Card with Fresh Fruit

      This Thanksgiving place card is inexpensive and easy to make. Cut a small, narrow rectangle from light blue cardstock and embellish the ends by cutting out a triangle shape. In your best scrawl, write guests' names or special messages. Roll the cardstock to give it shape, and place on an apple charmingly tucked in each place setting.

    • Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Card

      Whet everyone's appetite for Thanksgiving dinner with a menu card set on the table. White ink on dark paper gives this card a sophisticated twist. Look for a white-ink calligraphy pen or chalk-ink marker.

      Editor's Tip: If your calligraphy lacks style, type your menu in a fun, festive font and print on heavy cardstock.

    • Fabric Flower Napkin Ring

      A goldenrod fabric flower adds a special Thanksgiving touch to this layered place setting. Make the flower by cutting folded circles of fabric into rough petals, stitching or hot-gluing their centers together, and tying with baker's twine.

    • Bundled Flatware

      Don't fuss over formal frills; let guests serve themselves. Bundle flatware settings with ivory ribbon, and stand them in a glass bowl filled with uncooked white rice.

      Editor's Tip: Position the bowl of flatware in the center of the table within easy reach of all guests.

    • Quotation Napkin Rings

      Rev up table talk with a few quotes about gratitude and thankfulness. Print quotes on cardstock and cut out to fit in small vellum envelopes (available with card-making supplies at crafts stores). Write each guest's name on the blank side of the card and place in the envelope so the name shows through. Wrap a length of decorative paper or ribbon around the envelope and secure with double-sided tape. Ask guests to read their quotes aloud and let the conversing begin.

    • Thanksgiving Ribbon Napkin Ring

      Custom-print ribbon with a Thanksgiving sentiment for simple place cards. Write each guest's name on a dried or fresh leaf using a permanent marker. Tie the stem onto a rolled napkin using printed ribbon.

      SOURCE Personalized ribbon: namemaker.com

    • Place Cards with Bittersweet Embellishments

      Small sprigs of artificial bittersweet hot-glued to white cardstock create delicate place cards for guests. Accompany the pretty place cards with fall-decorated chocolates for guests to enjoy.

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      Place Cards in Cork

      Repurpose old wine bottle corks as easy Thanksgiving place cards. Write guests' names on rectangles of vellum and adhere to slightly larger rectangles of decorative paper. Cut slits in the corks with a knife and insert the name cards.

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      Gourd-and-Vine Place Cards

      Combine simple elements for a place card with natural flair. Twist a kiwi vine (or other curly branch) around a gourd. Slip a strip of paper printed with a guest's name between the vine and the gourd. (Use crimson-color paper for a bold autumn look.) If you want to add more color, pair the place card with a small flower bud (we used a dahlia).

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      Pendant Napkin Rings

      Crafted from jewelry-making supplies, these place cards also double as napkin rings. Print names on decorative paper cut to fit metal pendant frames. Glue paper tags to the backs of the pendants, then string onto lengths of thin hemp (both pendants and hemp are available with jewelry supplies at crafts stores). Tie the pendants around rolled napkins and tuck a wheat shock or two behind the tags.

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      Indian Corn Place Card

      Nestle an ear of Indian corn in layers of tamale papers (available at grocery stores) or dried cornhusks. Tie one end with a shiny ribbon. Cut a rectangle from cardstock, write a guest's name on it, punch a hole in the top, and string onto ribbon. Add shimmer to the ear of corn by sprinkling it with metallic dusting powder used for cake decorating.

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      Ornamental Grasses Place Cards

      Simple copper pipe fittings become showstopping table decorations when filled with ornamental grasses. Tuck the name cards in among the grasses to create rustic yet elegant place cards.

      Editor's Tip: These arrangements were made with seed heads of reed canary grass, switch grass, and feather reed grass. Visit a florist, greenhouse, or farmer's market to find different grass varieties.

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      Monogrammed Thanksgiving Place Card

      To create these easy monogram place cards, simply cut out circles from cardstock with decorative-edge scissors. Then apply rub-on letters to the paper circles and place under a clear glass salad plate.

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      Natural Fall Elements Place Card Display

      Combine the best elements of fall for vibrant place cards to welcome family and friends to your Thanksgiving table.

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      Fall Flag Place Card

      Direct guests to their seats with these flag-bearing gourds. Cut a 6-inch length of wide ribbon and fold in half. Using crafts glue, adhere a metal skewer inside the fold, then glue the ribbon together; let dry. Write a guest's name on the ribbon, cut a triangle-shape notch into the end, and poke the skewer into a small pumpkin or gourd.

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      Mini Pumpkin Place Card

      Make room at the table for everyone by layering each place setting. Start with the dinner plate, place a salad plate on top, add a soup bowl, then nestle a napkin in the bowl. Using a paint pen, write a guest's name on a mini pumpkin and lay it atop the napkin. Tuck in a few leaves for an extra touch of fall.

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      Simple Thanksgiving Place Cards

      Richly colored velvet ribbon elevates a basic place card to elegance. Fold a square of cardstock in half and write a name on the front. Punch two holes, about 1/2-inch from edges of card, along the fold. Thread ribbon through the holes, tie in a simple knot, and let the ribbon tails dangle.

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      Pear Place Card

      Shop the produce aisle for a mixture of colorful pears, apples, and pomegranates. Write guests' names on thin strips of paper and attach to the fruit with double-sided tape. Place on your Thanksgiving table for an instant splash of fall color.

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      Message on a Candle Place Card

      Write words of admiration or thanks, along with the recipient's name, on a strip of paper and wrap it around a glass candleholder. Use double-sided tape to secure. Experiment with layering different papers to create a unique look. Place a pillar candle inside the holder and light just before dinner. (For safety's sake, never leave a lit candle unattended.)

      Editor's Tip: If you're making lots of these place cards, use a set of inexpensive juice glasses for candleholders. They can often be bought in packs.

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      Thank-You Note Place Card

      These place cards are easy -- no cutting or gluing required. Use store-bought 4x6-inch "thank you" note cards. Choose a design that has enough space on the front to write guests' names (as shown in the photo). Write a quick note of gratitude inside the cards and stand them up as place settings.

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      Scrapbooking Supply Place Card and Clay Napkin Ring

      These festive fall place cards created from scrapbooking supplies pair well with fun napkin rings crafted from polymer clay.

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      Beaded Place Card

      Spell guests' names using alphabet beads for dimensional place cards. Fold a square of cardstock in half. Punch two small holes below the fold line near the outer edges of the square. From the back, thread a piece of beading wire through the left-hand hole, leaving a tail on the back. String letter beads onto the wire to spell a name, then thread the wire through the right-hand hole to the back. Twist the wire ends to secure.

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      Falling Leaves

      Skeleton leaves (available at crafts stores) are complemented by natural looking paper for these textural place cards.

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      Sophisticated Thanksgiving Place Setting

      Sprigs of artificial bittersweet, velvet ribbon trim, and patterned paper combine to fashion sophisticated place cards for a classic Thanksgiving table.

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      Kids' Table: Mayflower Napkin Clip

      With fun Thanksgiving place settings such as these, adults will be clamoring to sit at the kids' table. Help kids remember that Thanksgiving is about more than turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie with this Mayflower paper piecing. Print the pattern (available below), and assemble. Transform the paper piecing into a napkin clip by adhering a clothespin (clip side down) to the back of the crafts-stick mast. Clip the paper piecing to a bright blue cloth napkin to give the appearance the Mayflower is at sea.

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      Kids' Table: Turkey Place Mat Game

      Keep your littlest guests in their seats while you're preparing the turkey with this combo place mat game. To create a paper turkey for each kid, cut out two circles from construction paper for the body and head, then use paper scraps to design the eyes, beak, and feet. Assemble the troops to decorate the feathers, then take turns playing "Pin the Feathers on the Turkeys." After the game, put the turkeys under the plates for fun place mats.

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      Kids' Table: Pilgrim Hat Place Card

      This precious pilgrim hat makes perfect place cards for the kids' table. Print the pattern (available below). Cut a curved slit in the base of the hat and insert the top to give it dimension. Outline the belt and buckle using a black pen, and use a silver gel pen to define the curve at the top of the hat.

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      Kids' Table: Dried Gourd Turkey with Feather Napkin

      Add a dash of humor to your Thanksgiving kids' table with a dried gourd turkey perched atop a wooden napkin ring. Recruit your kids to cut felt and paper pieces and glue them to the gourd to make the turkey's face. For the crowning touch, make the "feathers" by folding a patterned napkin accordion-style and securing with a wooden clip hidden behind the gourd.

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      Kids' Table: Turkey Crayon Holder

      Turn a turkey piecing (pattern available below) into a crayon holder for the kids. Punch two holes in the feather pieces and run a string through them before adhering the pieces to the body. Tie to a rubber band and wind it around a bunch of crayons. Use the crayon bundle to support the piecing.

      Editor's Tip: Forget the fancy table mats. Cut place mats from basic brown kraft paper instead. Kids will have something to doodle on, and you won't have to worry about cleanup.

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      Kids' Table: Leaf Napkin Ring and Pennant Place Card

      Celebrate Thanksgiving with these kid-friendly harvest-theme place settings. Die-cut, crumpled leaves adorn a paper napkin ring, and a pennant cut from paper serves as a place card. Distressed cardstock sewn to decorative-edge paper combines to make a place mat

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      Kids' Table: Turkey Place Card

      Help this turkey piecing stand tall and proud. Print the pattern (available below). Use dimensional adhesive foam to add depth between the turkey's tail feathers and body, and decorative-edge scissors to add texture to the feathers. Gently curve the cardstock for even more dimension. Write the name of each little gobbler on the turkey's banner.

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      Cookie Turkey Place Card

      Kids of all ages will love these edible place cards. Our classic gingerbread cookie recipe makes these turkey forms with the help of a hand-shape cookie cutter. Once the cookies are baked and cooled, use small candies and frosting to decorate the fingers to look like colorful feathers and the thumbs to resemble turkey faces. Use white icing to pipe guests' names onto the turkeys.

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