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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Pretty Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Grace your Thanksgiving table with one of these pretty centerpieces, which incorporate harvest-hue flowers and motifs.


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    • Classic Cornucopia Centerpiece

      Grace your Thanksgiving table with a classic cornucopia that overflows with fall bounty, including squash, pears, apples, gourds, and cipollini onions. Whitewash a horn of plenty basket (available at crafts stores) with pickling stain, and trim the opening with a strip of cream fabric to match.

    • Flowers and Glassware Centerpiece

      Flip over unused wine and champagne glasses for this unusual centerpiece that can be created in minutes. Trim flowers at the stem, then tuck under the glasses. Place the glasses on top of a decorative charger or display in a row across the table. Use fake flowers if you want your look to last all season.

    • Video: Fall Centerpiece Ideas

    • Mini Candle Centerpiece with Moss and Rocks

      Here's a no-fuss table arrangement that's simple and appropriate for many occasions. Rocks and bits of moss nestle around small candles in tiny flowerpots. And best of all -- no flowers to keep fresh!

    • Elevated Gourds Centerpiece

      White and yellow gourds become a simple Thanksgiving centerpiece when elevated on pedestals created from old table legs. Arrange on top of a simple orange table runner and add a mini glass bowl of cherry tomatoes for a harvest-fresh look.

    • Bell Peppers and Flowers Centerpiece

      Add a pop of color to your fall table with these vegetable and flower displays. Cut three bell peppers an inch from the top to make an opening without cutting the top completely off. Hollow out each pepper and stuff with different types of flowers, color coordinate them if you'd like. Set the peppers on small brown plates to complete the look.

    • Elevated Pumpkin Centerpiece with Bittersweet

      Take a few mismatched gourds and pumpkins, add them to a wooden tray, and elevate one (or a few) for a visually interesting Thanksgiving centerpiece. Tuck in a few strands of real or faux bittersweet, and add a votive candle to make the display glow.

    • Video: Make a Pumpkin Centerpiece

      Watch this video and learn how to make a one-of-a-kind pumpkin centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.

    • Gourd Vase Centerpiece with Fall Flowers

      For a seasonal vase, cut off the top of a butternut squash (about 1/4 of the squash height) and scoop out the flesh. Add water and arrange dahlias, sunflowers, zinnias, or other autumnal flowers in the vase. For a Thanksgiving table, line several squash vases along the center of the table, setting some on footed plates for height variations.

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      Pumpkin Candlestick Centerpiece

      Make use of unused candlesticks in this easy, high contrast Thanksgiving centerpiece. Mini white pumpkins look great atop their perches, and a collection of fall leaves and votive candles complete the easy look.

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      Indian Corn and Wheat Centerpiece

      Dried ears of corn and shocks of wheat pay homage to Thanksgiving's rustic roots -- but can be artfully arranged to suit the modern table. Here, dried wheat shocks are inserted into the sides of a cylindrical piece of florist's foam and topped with colorful dried ears of corn. The arrangement is placed on a footed compote for elegant elevation.

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      Fall Leaf and Fruit Centerpiece

      Create a table runner using camel-color wool flannel or felt cut to size with a pair of pinking shears. Lay coordinating ribbons along the center of the runner and secure with double-stick tape or a dab of fabric glue. Set a compote or cake stand in the center and scatter leaves, mini pumpkins, and pears along the runner.

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      Candle Centerpiece with Green Vegetables

      What better way to celebrate the Thanksgiving harvest feast than by creating a centerpiece using gorgeous green vegetables. To make the asparagus- and green bean-wrapped candles, stretch two sturdy rubber bands around a white pillar candle, then insert vegetable stalks underneath the band. Cover the bands with satin ribbon, and decorate the platter with a few white mums and coffee berry sprigs.

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      Elevated Pumpkin and Flowers Centerpiece

      Though this example may be too tall for a dining table, this arrangement will definitely impress your guests. Place it on an entryway table or sideboard, or make a shorter version for a centerpiece. Hollow out the top of a white pumpkin, then nestle in a vase filled with wet florist's foam. Stems of leaves and berry branches are inserted into the foam that holds everything in place.

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      Shimmering Pumpkins Centerpiece

      Take a step away from traditional fall colors and try a metallic palette. For a shiny silver centerpiece, arrange mercury glass candlesticks on a silver serving tray. Spray-paint small pumpkins and gourds with metallic silver paint and place on top of the candlesticks. To add candles, hollow out the center of each pumpkin just wide enough to securely hold the candle upright.

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      Centerpiece with Cranberry Spheres

      Elevated cranberry spheres create a colorful arrangement. Cut toothpicks in half. Skewer one cranberry onto the end of each toothpick (without sticking it all the way through). Poke cranberry-laden toothpicks into a crafts foam ball. Cover each foam ball completely with cranberries. Place the balls on glass, silver, or mercury glass candlesticks. Add more fall panache by weaving curly grape vines through the arrangement of cranberry topiaries, or sprinkle acorns around the bases.

      Editor's Tip: Adapt this look for Christmas by arranging evergreen sprigs around the bases of the candlesticks.

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      Blooming Thanksgiving Centerpiece

      This bouquet grows out rather than up to create a low, graceful arrangement. Clusters of roses, orchids, hydrangeas, and dahlias give it a relaxed feel.

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      Harvest Candle and Flowers Centerpiece

      Purchase small grapevine rings to use as a base, or make your own by bending a piece of coat hanger into a circle. Next, wire on small stems of berries, leaves, and flowers using thin wire wound tightly around the base. Use fresh flowers for a one-time-use decoration. Or find pretty silk blooms for a longer-lasting design.

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      Natural Fall Centerpiece with Candles

      With a straw wreath for a base, this pomegranate-and-prairie-grass ring makes a pretty frame for a field of candlesticks dancing center stage.

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      Evergreen and Flower Centerpiece

      This centerpiece lives large with relatively few flowers. Create a base of evergreens, such as cedar and noble fir, then fill in with large flowers (such as hydrangeas and mums).

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      Elevated Candles Centerpiece

      A glow spreads across the Thanksgiving feast with one pillar candle elevated and others sitting on the tabletop near glass votive holders. Airy stems fill twin pots embellished with tangerines and nuts for color.

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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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