Do you like to celebrate Thanksgiving with arts and crafts? I think it is fun to connect with our children and our inner child with crafts around this time of year.
But it can be hard to decide on what crafts you’d like to do. Do you go with the traditional turkey? Do you focus all of your crafts around the delicious food we eat?
Or do you go with all things autumn? Whatever you decide, you are sure to find something you like in this post because I have gathered some of the greatest craft ideas the internet has to offer.
And not all are meant for children. Go ahead, adults. Sit down, relax, and get crafty!
Fabulous Thanksgiving Crafts
Here are the crafts to choose from:
1. Bubble Wrap Corn Sun Catchers
I think this is probably one of the cutest Thanksgiving activities. Sadly, the site that this originated from has closed down.
But you can tell by looking at it, that you just need to cut out bubble wrap, color it, and then place the border around it, sticking it on a window or sliding door. It looks like it would be a really cool and fun craft to make.
2. Apple Stamping Tree
A great way to celebrate Thanksgiving with the kids is to make this creative and fun apple stamping tree. It is colorful and very creative.
So if you’d like to try this fun activity with your children, you’ll only need a few items, like paint, apples, and paper. Then you can create a masterpiece together.
3. Waxed Fall Leaves
This is definitely a craft for adults. We often use wax leaves to create beautiful fall masterpieces. They can be used around the house or even to create magnificent center pieces.
So why pay for these leaves, when you can create them yourself thanks to this very helpful tutorial?
4. Thanksgiving Apple Turkeys
If you are a preschool teacher, a homeschool teacher, or just a fun and creative parent, then this craft would be great to enjoy with the kids.
But not only is this a great craft, it is also edible. Which means that most kids will absolutely love doing it because they know they can eat it too.
5. Pilgrim Hat
I work with children of all ages multiple times throughout the week. Whether it be my own children with homeschooling or different aged children through our church, there is one thing I know, kids love cookies and edible crafts.
Well, this craft should be a winner because not only is it a great way to discuss Thanksgiving, but you’ll have their attention because it is made from cookies and candy.
6. Cheerio Corn on the Cob
Corn is a big part of Thanksgiving. Not only did the Native Americans teach the Pilgrims how to grow food, but they enjoyed that first harvest together.
So why shouldn’t we make corn crafts to celebrate Thanksgiving? And then to make it from Cheerios and craft paper makes it all the more interesting.
7. Kids’ Turkey Craft
I love the way this turkey craft looks. It is simple in design but still pops with color. Plus, I love how simple the materials appear to be.
So if you have a couple of clothes pins, some feathers, craft paper, and cardboard, then you can have this bright turkey as well.
8. Gratitude Garland
Thanksgiving is a time where we enjoy good food and good company. It is a time that a lot of people take to reflect on all of their blessings too.
So why not make that gratitude a part of your décor with this gratitude garland. It is a free print where you can write what you are thankful for, then decorate your home with your Thanksgivings.
9. DIY Cornucopia
This is such a great idea! You could use this DIY cornucopia as an edible treat, or as a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.
So all you will need is a pizza crust and some foil to shape the cornucopia out of. Then you bake and fill with lots of delicious treats.
10. Nutter Butter Turkey Cupcakes
This would be such a great addition to any Thanksgiving meal. The reason is that they are festive and appear very delicious.
So if you love Nutter Butter cookies and cupcakes, then you’ll definitely want to give this crafty recipe a go.
11. Turkey Veggie Tray
This veggie tray is a great way to try to get your kids to eat their veggies on Thanksgiving. You will use different vegetables to fan out as the turkey’s feathers.
Then you use the dip and a few more vegetables to finish out the turkey’s face. It is really a great idea and quite festive too.
12. Gobble Gobble Thanksgiving Wreath
This wreath is a very festive craft to make this Thanksgiving season. The link below is actually where you can purchase the wreath if you aren’t super crafty, or you don’t have the time to make a new wreath.
But if you do have the time, then as you can tell, the wreath is very cute yet very simple. So it shouldn’t be too difficult to recreate for yourself.
13. The Thankful Tree
This is something I plan on doing with my family this year. It is so easy to get caught up in our busy lives that we often forget to be thankful for all that we have.
So I think creating this thankful tree is a good way to get us to slow down and think about all we have and to be thankful for. I love this craft because it allows you to do this in a way that looks trendy too.
14. Easy Turkey Craft for Kids
Do you have young children? Or maybe children that can be a little (uh-hum) impatient so you need to choose a simpler craft?
Well, I answer yes to both of those questions in my home. That is why I think this turkey craft is a good choice. It is simple and cute. While also allowing your kids to get crafty and involved in the festivities.
15. Pumpkin Handprint and Photo Keepsake
I love doing crafts that double as keepsakes. As a mom, it is hard to decide what crafts we hang onto and which ones we have to let go for sake of storage.
Well, this would definitely be one that you could display proudly year after year. It is a pumpkin that has your child’s handprint and a place for their photo as well.
16. Thanksgiving Indian Corn Wreath
This is such a fun craft that would work well for older children and adults alike. We know that Indian corn is often used as a decoration around Thanksgiving.
Well, this fun craft allows you to make it out of bubble wrap. Then you turn the corn into a unique wreath that is colorful and very eye catching.
17. Ice Cream Cone Teepees
This is another neat and edible craft that kids will love. A lot of schools and homeschools alike study different Native American tribes around Thanksgiving.
So this would be a neat craft to tie into that study unit. Not to mention, they are made from ice cream cones and are probably very delicious.
18. Paper Bag Turkey Puppets
Smaller kids love puppets. It doesn’t matter if they make them from a sock or a paper bag. It is just fun to slip their hand inside an item and make it talk.
So around Thanksgiving, you can make these adorable paper bag turkey puppets and then complete them by writing what your child is thankful for on their puppet.
19. Thanksgiving Clothes Pin Wreath
I am all about simple wreaths. I think I’ve shared before that I’m not the craftiest person on the planet, but I still like for my home to be well decorated and homey.
Well, what better way to do that than make some of the items myself. This wreath would be one I think I could make and it is another way to illustrate with we all are thankful for around Thanksgiving.
20. DIY Cinnamon Scented Pinecones
Are you looking for a DIY way to make your home smell and look like fall? If so, then you need to check out this craft idea.
So you take pine cones, dip them in wonderful cinnamon, then do some glue magic. Once the pine cones are done, you can use them instantly or store them for later use.