Thanksgiving has many fun crafts kids can do, some of which can be used for decoration, and some can even take practical use during your dinner party. Not only will your kids exercise their artistic side, they will also truly feel like they’re helping with the party!

These crafts are made to be easy, fun, and light on materials and tools – so you and your children can create them together before Thanksgiving day!

“Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – Francis of Assisi

1. Painted rocks

A classic craft that works beautifully on Thanksgiving day! Source: Handmade Charlotte
A classic craft that works beautifully on Thanksgiving day! Source: Handmade Charlotte

A common project for art classes, it can be used to create some beautiful Thanksgiving crafts. First, take your kids out to the backyard to find some stones that are small, but big enough to be drawn on. Wash the stones with water and you’re good to go.

Then, it’s time for painting. It’s a good idea to first paint the stones white and let them dry before painting the actual color you want – this will make your chosen color much brighter.

Finally, we can paint the letters with the message you want. You can lightly draw the letter with a pencil to have a point of reference.

2. Turkey balloon

Balloons are great for decoration, but turkey balloons are just too perfect! Source: Design Improvised
Balloons are great for decoration, but turkey balloons are just too perfect! Source: Design Improvised

This ingenious design turns a balloon on its head to create a cute floating turkey that can hover over children’s tables! The idea is to use helium so the balloons actually float (which kids love!), but even normal balloons can be arranged in some way to have a similar effect. 

Naturally you should be the one responsible for messing with helium, but the kids can help with almost everything else. The materials list is pretty simple, so enjoy crafting!

3. Turkey windsocks

Easy and beautiful to set up, these turkey windsocks are adorable! Source: Happiness Is Homemade
Easy and beautiful to set up, these turkey windsocks are adorable! Source: Happiness Is Homemade

Another adorable Thanksgiving craft, these turkey windsocks do require a bit of materials, but can be assembled without many issues once you got everything down. Kids can help you glue the ribbons and decorate the can!

4. Thankful jar

A craft that’s pretty but also carries sentimental value. Source: Premeditated Leftovers
A craft that’s pretty but also carries sentimental value. Source: Premeditated Leftovers

One of the easiest projects on the list, this Thanksgiving jar is perfect for kids! You need painted wood sticks to write things you’re thankful for (and encourage kids to write in their own words!), and use a few assorted ribbons to give it an extra touch.

The jar itself can be any mason jar you have, but feel free to customize it further with ribbons!

5. Thanksgiving time capsule

A unique and wholesome idea for Thanksgiving! Source: Woman’s Day
A unique and wholesome idea for Thanksgiving! Source: Woman’s Day

On the subject of things to be thankful for, this simple craft takes it to the next level – it’s a time capsule where you write little notes or simply things you’re thankful for, and let it rest to open on the following year (or even later, it’s up to you)!

6. Paper craft Thanksgiving turkey

A turkey made entirely of paper crafts! Source: Easy Peasy And Fun
A turkey made entirely of paper crafts! Source: Easy Peasy And Fun

These Thanksgiving turkeys are made entirely of paper crafting! You’ll need a small assortment of different colored paper sheets, some scissors, googly eyes, glue… and that’s about it! The rest is just cutting the shapes you need and assembling it together.

7. Pumpkin pie coaster

This simple coaster can actually be used by guests! Source: A Kailo Chic Life
This simple coaster can actually be used by guests! Source: A Kailo Chic Life

But what if the kids could actually do something that guests will use throughout the entire Thanksgiving party? These pumpkin pie coasters are super easy to make, match the tone and setting of the holiday, and guests will love it!

Will you make any of these Thanksgiving decoration ideas? Let us know on Facebook and share your creations!


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