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50 DIY Thanksgiving Crafts For The Whole Family  

As fall rolls in and the leaves and weather change, you start thinking of ways to snuggle up with your loved ones. One perfect idea for staying indoors is crafting. Not only does it bring out the creative side of every family member, but you also get cool fall home decorations as well. 

If you’re thinking about DIY Thanksgiving crafts, we’ve got ideas for adults and kids. Follow along below and choose your favorite to start creating. 

DIY Apple Stamped Cloth Napkins

green cloth napkins stamped with apple shapes.

Making stamped cloth napkins is easy and super fun. One thing to note before you get started is that whatever fruit you decide to use, it must be dry. This makes it much easier for stamping. 

Materials:

  • Cloth napkins
  • Half a dried apple
  • Art brush
  • Paint of choice

How To Stamp A Cloth Napkin:

a collage of hand-stamping materials for stamping cloth napkins with apples.

  1. Take your brush and dip it in your paint of choice.
  2. Brush the paint on the dried cut side of the apple. Make sure to cover the whole thing. 
  3. Place the apple on top of the napkin. If the napkin comes folded, make sure to unfold it so that the paint doesn’t seep through to both sides. 
  4. Push down so that the paint can transfer to the napkin. 
  5. Let it dry and enjoy!

Tip: If you feel that the shape or consistency of the paint isn’t exactly what you wanted, you can always go in and add finishing touches with your paint and paintbrush. 

DIY Paper Leaf Runner

a leaf table runner made out of paper.

Whether you have a small or large party, a table runner always adds flair to any occasion. If you’re looking for a creative fall table decorations, you’ll wow your guests with this one. Download our leaf table runner printable and get to cutting!

Materials:

How To Make A Paper Leaf Table Runner

A collage of materials needed to make a paper leaf table runner.

  1. Download the leaf template and print.
  2. Cut out the leaves and set them aside.
  3. Place your leaf template on top of the desired paper and follow the shape with your scissors.
  4. Once you have all your leaves cut out, set them aside. Take your craft paper and measure out a piece about four feet long by 10 inches wide. This will vary depending on the size of your table. 
  5. Once you have your craft paper placed down on the table, start gluing the leaves on top of it. Make sure you overlap the leaves for a fuller look. You can use glue, but we prefer to use a glue gun because of its strength. 
  6. Wait until it’s all dry and set in the middle of your table. 

DIY Gratitude Turkey 

A cute gratitude turkey made out of mason jar and construction paper.

These mason jar gratitude turkeys are not only adorable, but they also have meaning. Round up the kids and have them think about what they’re grateful for. You might chuckle over some of the things they choose, like pizza. 

Materials needed:

How To Make A Mason Jar Gratitude Turkey

All materials needed to make a gratitude turkey like scissors, paper, jar and markers.

  1. Download the turkey printable and print.
  2. Cut out the dotted lines and set aside.
  3. Place the cutouts on top of your colored paper and cut along the shape of the turkey leaves and beak. 
  4. Once those are ready, use a marker to write down what you’re grateful on each leaf. You don’t have to use all the leaves in the template; it’s entirely up to you!
  5. Glue the leaves together side-by-side. Take your leaves and glue them to the back of your jar. 
  6. Gather your beak and googly eyes and glue them to the front of the jar. 
  7. Fill with your favorite candy and enjoy!

Thanksgiving Crafting Ideas For Adults

Because kids shouldn’t have all of the messy crafting fun, we’ve compiled 23 Thanksgiving crafts for adults that will make you love fall. Choose from decorating beautiful leaves to sewing sweet little pumpkins.

Brown leaves painted with white lines.

  • Paint leaves with white or metallic paints.
  • Make a crown using leaves and greenery from your backyard.
  • Cover a pumpkin using sticker pearls or rhinestones for the perfect centerpiece.
  • Make a garland using cardboard letters and spell out the word “Thankful.”
  • Paint pumpkins with chalk paint and write personal messages on them.
  • Compile all your empty wine bottles and spray paint them metallic.

A fall wreath with pink and lavender flowers.

  • Make a wreath using dried branches and flowers.
  • Make napkin rings out of braided yarn.
  • Create a cake topper using gold-painted leaves.
  • Grab your favorite paint and add polka dots to any pumpkin.
  • Throw glitter on some acorns and spread them around the house or table.
  • Create your fall mug with stencils and markers.

Pumpkins made out of fabric and buttons.

  • Make pumpkins using fabric and buttons. 
  • Create a gratitude tree by gathering your favorite branches and hanging small pieces of paper from it with your most precious thoughts.
  • Use tall vases and fill them with acorns, leaves or popcorn kernels for a dinner table centerpiece.
  • Make a flower vase out of a carved pumpkin. 
  • Carve out the top of an apple and place a candle in for unique candleholders.
  • Stencil and paint your aprons for Thanksgiving dinner.

A cute owl made out of felt.

  • Sew felt animals for your friends and family members.
  • Make a table runner out of craft paper and have friends and family write individual messages on it.
  • Create a paper banner and use it as fireplace decor.
  • Place your favorite candy or treats in a jar and add a cute fall colored ribbon as party favors.
  • Make pumpkin stress balls out of orange balloons and sand.

Thanksgiving Crafting Ideas For Kids

Kids will love these amazing Thanksgiving craft ideas that they can do with common things you can find around the house. From pinecones to paper bags, you can have a fun crafting day for the whole family.

Painted pinecones in a kid's hands.

  • Gather pine cones and split them in half for adorable painted little flowers.
  • Create owl masks out of paper.
  • Take brown tissue paper and cardboard boxes to create a turkey piñata.
  • Use felt and popsicle sticks to make leaf bookmarks.
  • Paint corn husks and place them around the table.
  • Use construction paper to make a turkey crown. 

Pilgrim and Indian Thanksgiving characters made out of toilet rolls and paper.

  • Make adorable Thanksgiving characters using toilet paper tubes, construction paper, and markers or paint.
  • Blow up yellow or brown balloons and glue feathers and beaks to them for the ultimate fun turkey balloons.
  • Gather construction paper, leaves from outside and a couple of googly eyes, and make turkey finger puppets.
  • Cut bubble wrap into the shape of corn and color each bubble in with oranges and yellows.
  • Use black paper cups, flip them over, and make pilgrim hats.
  • Melt different colored crayons on a pumpkin.

Little girl with a fall leaf crown.

  • Gather leaves from the backyard and create a fun crown. 
  • Use salt dough to make a hand-printed pumpkin.
  • Make ice cream cone teepees.
  • Use extra paper bags, feathers, and markers to make cute gifts bags for guests.
  • Look for some clothespins, paint them and make a cute wreath out of them. 
  • Paint a bucket and add Thanksgiving treats in them like candy corn or popcorn.

A place mat with fall leaves.

  • Create a placemat using leaves and mix and match with personalized placemats.
  • Make Thanksgiving napkin rings out of toilet paper rolls.
  • Grab a mitten and place a turkey leaf on each finger with construction paper or felt for the perfect turkey hand puppet.
  • Make a unicorn pumpkin. 
  • Paint rocks that you’ve gathered outside and decorate your Thanksgiving table with them.
  • Decorate a gratitude mason jar where all family members can go around and put in what they’re thankful for.

As you can see, there are lots of Thanksgiving crafts for adults and kids to choose from. These will give you an excuse to get your hands dirty and enjoy some family fun. Whether you’re cozying up with your favorite mug filled with hot cocoa or running outside gathering leaves, you’ll be thankful for some quality time.