Thanksgiving DIY Crafts

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What's the perfect complement to a delicious Thanksgiving meal? Do-it-yourself Thanksgiving crafts to accent your table and your home. These Thanksgiving projects are easy enough for even the most novice crafter, and they're pretty enough to last all season long.

Printable DIY Banner

DIY fall decor doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming! Download our free banner and dress it up with simple mantel decor; we paired our banner with a felt and wood bead garland and small pumpkins. 

Stamped Napkins and Pumpkin Place Cards

Add a distinctive Thanksgiving message to ordinary cloth napkins with this simple stamping technique. Using square napkins, arrange letter stamps on an acrylic stamping block (prefold if you want to ensure stamping on a certain panel). Slip silverware into pocket made by folding. For place cards, stamp names on lightweight paper or old book pages; cut into leaf shapes and attach with colored string to miniature pumpkins or gourds.

 

Gratitude Board

There are plenty of ways for your loved ones to show their thankfulness during the holidays, but we love using this pretty Thanksgiving craft. Cut out leaf shapes from lightweight colored papers or old book pages; write thankful messages and affix with push pins or glue dots to a piece of linen-covered foam core surrounded by a frame.

Recipe Card Favors

For a gift that really does keep on giving, send your guests home with a notebook of recipes from the Thanksgiving meal. Print out recipes on rectangular pieces of paper; fold in half and stitch together, using cardstock as a cover. Affix a handwritten label to the front and tie a decorative ribbon around the booklet.

Thanksgiving Shelf Decorations

A simple assembly of autumnal items adds natural beauty to ordinary bookshelves. Fill pedestal bowls with miniature gourds or berries, and single vases with standout leaves. Keep the palette muted for a complementary collection of items.

DIY Jam-Jar Favors

You don't have to spend hours toiling over a hot stove to send your guests home with a flavorful reminder of Thanksgiving. Simply buy a few large jars of your favorite preserves or sauces; decant into smaller containers and wrap with pretty ribbon, adding a distinctive serving spoon for a final flourish.

Get creative with your centerpiece designs -- a chalkboard-painted platter works great as a Thanksgiving centerpiece and can be transformed to use on your table year-round.

DIY Chalkboard Platter

Transform an old platter into a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece. All it takes is chalkboard paint and basic crafting skills.

Thankful Journals

Elegant and easy to make, these Thanksgiving gratitude journals are a snap for you or one of your older kids to put together. Purchase blank journals and print out an image; trim down to business card size and adhere to the cover using glue. Include a pretty pencil and wrap with linen yarn or twine.

Pumpkin Place Card

These simple Thanksgiving DIY place cards come together in just minutes. Write names on miniature pumpkins using paint pens and arrange at each seat with cloth napkins and place settings. Add a few real or faux leaves for accent.

Thanksgiving Menu

Visitors will appreciate a peek into what's for dinner with this menu card. Choose a piece of dark paper that matches your color scheme; write the list of dishes using a white-ink calligraphy pen or chalk-ink marker. Alternative: Instead of handwriting the menu, pick your favorite font and print onto the colored paper instead.

Pumpkin Flowers

These pretty hybrid flower-pumpkin creations are distinctive enough to use as a table centerpiece. To make, cut a lid and remove the seeds and pulp from a pumpkin. Using a drill or nail, make holes just wide enough for the flower stems to poke through; insert the flowers.

Bottle Wrap

Use this easy wine wrap to decorate the bottles on the Thanksgiving table, or to accent bottles you send home as favors. Wrap white or neutral colored bands of linen around bottles; hot-glue the overlapping edges. Tie the bottle with leather cord and embellish with a shock of wheat or a flower.

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