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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3-Supply Marigold Wreath

Use pretty marigolds cut from your yard to add a pop of color to a grapevine wreath. It's incredibly easy to make and the blooms last about a week. Simply trim off old buds and replace them to have a wreath that spans the season.

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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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Natural Fall Wreaths

Autumn's colorful bounty of foliage and produce is the first place we look when decorating for fall. Made with (or inspired by) bittersweet, cornhusks, apples, twigs, and other natural adornments and textures, these door wreaths are perfect for welcoming the season.


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    • Two-Wreaths-In-One Fall Foliage Craft

      Vivid faux foliage and slender branches combine for a lush door display. But there's a secret to this wreath's exceptionally full appearance: It's two wreaths in one! Double-up skimpy purchased wreaths by stacking and binding them with easily camouflaged pipe cleaners. Fluff the foliage afterward, and no one will ever know! Use this clever hack with coordinating or identical wreaths for instant fullness.

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    • Driftwood Wreath

      If you're looking for a neighborhood conversation starter (as in, "Why, yes, I did create this myself!"), you've found the wreath for the job. Salvaged driftwood pieces create incredible texture, and variegated wood colors give this wreath can't-look-away appeal. A wreath form and hot glue are the only additional supplies. We also love this wreath for its versatility: Place it on your door, your mantel, or wherever you'd like an edgy, outdoorsy touch. 

    • Romantic Rake Wreath

      Who knew garden rakes could look so dreamy? This fuss-free wreath is a breath of fresh country air. To re-create this charming door decoration, wind strands of autumn berries (like these scene-stealing beautyberries and ivory snowberries) through rake tines. Finish the look with a wispy bow of dried garlic tops and twine. 

    • Natural Hydrangea Wreath

      Dried hydrangea is the eye-catcher in this stunning fall display with a large vine-wreath base.

    • Apple Harvest Wreath

      This easy harvest-time stunner is formed from simple materials: a burlap-wrapped wreath form, faux craft apples, a neutral mossy filler, and plenty of hot glue. The best part about crafting with fake apples? You'll have a stunning wreath that lasts multiple seasons with no juicy problems later! 

    • Burlap Flowers Wreath

      If you have burlap in a variety of festive autumn colors and a few coordinating buttons, you're well on your way to creating this cheerful wreath. Strips of tan burlap wrap around a wreath form, and colorful burlap flowers with bright button centers adorn its side. This minimalist wreath also conceals a clever secret: Its flowers are attached to alligator clips, so switching wreath decorations is as easy as unclipping the old and fastening on the new.

    • Popcorn Kernel Wreath

      Save some kernels from your popcorn noshing -- there's crafting to do! This festively simple wreath is coated in orange-and-white kernels and suspended from a canvas-and-muslin ruffle. It's a charming addition to fall mantel displays or living room vignettes…and who'd guess there's a burlap-covered pool noodle underneath?

    • Cork Wreath

      Raise a glass to autumn -- and while you're at it, save the cork. Natural cork stoppers, with their beautiful varied shades of tan and amber, make attractive and sentimental wreath decorations. Wine-stained cork tips add extra color. To make the wreath, hot-glue collected corks to a straw base, varying the corks' sizes and angles for a chunky, jumbled effect. For maximum visual interest, keep cork labels facing outward.

    • Vivid Moss Wreath

      Simple, striking wreaths pop against dark-colored doors, and this lime-green stunner surely fits that description. But don't hold your breath for complicated instructions -- crafting this wreath takes just two steps. To make your own, hot-glue tufts of spongy reindeer moss generously to a grapevine wreath form. Hang with a strip of burlap, then stand back to admire the lovely shade variations.

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      3 Tips for Your Fall Front Door

      A large wreath, varying heights of stacked gourds, and symmetry combine to create a spectacular front door. Here's how to get the look this fall.

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      Paper Plate Rosette Wreath

      This attention-grabbing wreath is decidedly not your run-of-the-mill, store-bought variety. To form the rosettes, soak paper plates in prepared coffee (this gives them the aged look) and ball them up for wrinkles. Let dry, then cut them in spirals. For aged edges, burn the ends with candle flame. Finally, roll the prepared paper into tight flowers and dust their centers with cookie sprinkles. Leave this unique wreath as is, or tuck in a few Halloween decorations for a quick festive upgrade.

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      Twig and Pom-Pom Wreath

      The next time you're out for a stroll, collect some branches for this classy wreath! Arrange slender twigs and branches to form a starburst and add yarn pom-poms in the center. For coordinating entryway decorations, string a few pine cones and gold ornaments into garlands and dangle them on either side of your door.

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      Framed Owl Door Decoration

      Who-oo wouldn’t smile with this charming decoration hanging in the entryway? Form a rustic perch for a wide-eyed owl by framing a pane of chicken wire, then hot-glue a swathe of faux fall foliage to the bottom for seasonal color. Truly, that’s owl you need to do.

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      Thankful Wood Tags

      Door decorations come in all shapes and sizes, and these DIY plywood tags are a creative alternative to traditional circular wreaths. Oversize homemade plywood tags feature stenciled, hand-painted words that encourage an attitude of gratitude. Hang them with nubby jute rope.

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      Twig and Rosette Wreath

      Welcome the last warm rays of autumn to your home with this sunshiny wreath. Tightly wound yellow rosettes line the interior, anchoring orange buds on spindly branches. Multilength twigs form a striking outer sunburst. If you gather sticks from your own backyard to fashion this wreath, scrape off excess bark before assembling to create a clean-looking final design.

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      Silvery Acorn Wreath

      Need a change of pace from huge, hearty wreaths? Try this slender DIY beauty. Tiny acorns are drilled, threaded, dusted with glitter, and looped into a simple wreath. Tie it with a burlap bow for understated entryway glamour.

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      Gold Magnolia Wreath

      Take nature up a notch by turning what was once green into gold. Add a couple coats of glitzy gold spray paint to large-scale magnolia leaves that were formed into a wreath. The layered metallic leaves make a statement all on their own -- no embellishment required.

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      Fall Wheat Sheave Wreath

      Looking for a last-minute way to add personality to your front door before those first holiday guests arrive? This quick trick will impress them at first knock. Gather a bunch of dried wheat and secure together in the center using a rubber band. Use scissors to trim ends to the same length, and finish with a thick silk or velvet ribbon.

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      Acorn Fall Wreath

      Make a sweet fall statement with this natural harvest wreath. Start by hot-gluing acorns to a grapevine wreath. It's helpful if you hot-glue the caps on first; plan for around 100 acorns to get a full look. Add a handmade burlap bow to the top of the wreath. For a touch of glamour, add a dusting of metallic gold glitter.

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      Monogrammed Bittersweet Wreath

      Irresistible and easy, a wrapped bittersweet wreath gains a personal touch with a monogram inside. Purchase a twig-and-bittersweet wreath (fake bittersweet branches look just as good as real and last far longer), and wrap it a few times with satin ribbon. Have your wreath on hand when you pick out the monogram for sizing -- ours is a lightweight cardboard letter that we wrapped in twine and wired on three ends.

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      Pumpkins and Pods Wreath

      This dainty door detail is the perfect to-do for your next rainy fall afternoon. Start by gluing burlap ribbon around an inexpensive grapevine wreath and then layer on your favorite fall foliage. Silk flowers and gourds are plentiful at crafts stores this time of year and will guarantee your wreath lasts beyond the season.

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      Leaves and Pinecones Fall Wreath

      Make gorgeous wreaths that last from Halloween through Christmas, like this brown-and-gold arrangement. Wire dried artichokes, lotus pods, and pinecones to the bottom of a grapevine wreath. Tuck brown and gold leaves between the wreath's twigs, securing with hot glue if needed.

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      Spider Mum Wreath

      Mums look great flanking your front door, but how about hanging them up? A sprawling ring of white spider mums is a showstopper. To make the fab fall wreath, press 1-inch spider mum stems into a foam wreath form. For added flair, hang the wreath with a tartan scarf. Spritz your natural wreath with water every few days to make it last longer.

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    • Fall Wreath: 20 Minutes to Wow
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      20-Minute Fall Wreath

      Leaves, twigs, and acorns circle up in an incredibly easy fall wreath.

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      Juniper-and-Bittersweet Rake Wreath

      Add instant color to your front door for fall by tucking strands of bittersweet, juniper berries, and the feathery tips of Eastern red cedar into the hollow stem of an old rake head. Wrap jute around the bottom of the rake head and tie it into a bow.

      Editor's Tip: If red cedar isn't available, use any type of fir for a similar effect.

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      Cornhusk Wreath

      Rim a wreath with cornhusks to mimic the golden autumn sun. You'll need a flat wire wreath form and a stash of dried cornhusks. Starting on the outermost ring of the wreath form, spread hot glue on the bottom half of the husk and wrap it around the wreath from back to front. Move inward on the wreath, folding the husks over the previous layer.

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      Apples-and-Pinecones Wreath

      This eye-catching fall wreath will brighten your front door with two-tone apples and bold red berries. To make, bend a 4-foot length of heavy-gauge wire into a circle. In a pretty pattern, skewer the apples on the thick wire and attach pinecones using thin-gauge wire. Then bend the ends of the heavy-gauge wire into C hooks and connect them. Finish the wreath with a bouquet of pine boughs, a few sprigs of scarlet bittersweet, and a festive bow.

      Editor's Tip: Once skewered, real apples have a short shelf life. We recommend skewering real apples for a short-term decoration and using faux apples for a wreath that will last all season.

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      Pussy Willow Wreath

      For long-lasting wreaths that are both simple and striking, turn to pussy willow trimmings. The soft buds add luxurious texture, while the branches give this wreath great shape. To make, bundle your collected branches with paper-covered wire and attach to the wreath base. Save extra trimmings for filling in any openings between the bunches.

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      Wheat Welcome Wreath

      Spice up a traditional harvest wreath with metallic spray paint and a friendly welcome sign. To make, divide one bunch of dried wheat into three groups. Use a light touch to paint each group a different metallic finish (we used gold, copper, and brass). Wrap a foam wreath form with twine. Tuck unpainted stalks into the twine, adding the painted wheat sporadically as you go.

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      Indian Corn Fall Wreath

      Warm up dark doors with natural fall wreaths. To make this one, secure red silk leaves and miniature Indian corn (husks included) to a purchased twig wreath using hot glue or wire.

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      Bright Bittersweet Wreath

      This bold wreath and its stunning fall colors will turn heads this season. To make, strip leaves from fresh-cut bittersweet vines and stems of Chinese lanterns. Bend and twist the bittersweet vines into a circle, keeping the berries intact. Wrap more vines around the circle, then tuck in Chinese lanterns. Secure loose pods or stems with a bit of hot glue. Hang the wreath away from bright light and heat to preserve its color.

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      Pretty Front Entry Decorating Ideas for Fall

      Use these pretty fall decorating ideas to add pizzazz to your porch this autumn. Whether it's a gourd, wreath, or full porch display, you're sure to find beautiful fall inspiration for your front entry.
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