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Thanksgiving craft ideas.
November 2, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Let's post all the various craft idea's for Thanksgiving here!


  • crickettty
    November 2, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Here is a craft that I found online that I plan on using for my daughters 2nd grade party.

    Scarecrow Treat Bag - Halloween Craft

    Scarecrow Treat Bag

     If you'll be handing out goodies this season -- at your child's school party or to visitors on Halloween -- fun and festive treat bags like the one below will surely do the trick.


    colored markers
    lunch-size paper bag
    white crayon or chalk

    Time needed: Under 1 Hour

    1. To make one, simply use colored markers to draw scarecrow-style facial features onto a plain brown lunch-size paper bag.

    2. Use white crayon or chalk for eyes and teeth.

    3. Fill the bag with goodies, then staple the top closed, adding a bundle of raffia for hair.

    I found this craft on the disney family website.

  • crickettty
    November 2, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Five Kernels

    Place Setting Markers:

    • Put five kernels of corn or candy corn in cellophane and tie closed with a fall-colored ribbon. Large field corn kernels looks great, but popcorn kernels can be used also.  Kids love it with candy corn!

    • Print poem .  Trim edges.

    • Fold a piece of construction paper in half to make a tent sign.  Center poem on it and glue down with a glue stick.  Trim edges.

    • Glue the corn in upper left corner as shown in picture.

    • Write name across the top with a silver or gold glitter pen and put on or near plate as a place marker.


    • Fold construction paper or cardstock in half and in half again so that it is quarter sheet size.  Follow instructions above.

    • Or just print the poem on cardstock and attach corn.


    Five Kernels

    The first winter in Plymouth was very cold
    And hunger abounded as the year unrolled.
    Some days each only had five kernels of corn.
    Their lives were becoming sad and forlorn.

    But then spring came and their harvest grew.
    The pilgrims began to thrive and their spirits did too.
    But they never forgot the bleak times after they did abate
    So on Thanksgiving they'd put five kernels on each plate.

    The first kernel reminded them of the autumn beauty.
    The second one of the freedom that they held dearly.
    The third reminded of their love and care for each other
    And the fourth was for dear friends like the Indian brother.

    The fifth kernel reminded of God's love and care for all.
    So as you prepare and celebrate Thanksgiving this fall,
    Remember to put five little kernels on each dinner plate
    To honor the pilgrims and give thanks for our good fate.

  • crickettty
    November 2, 2008 at 12:54 PM
    Indian Corn Pins

    Materials Needed
    Chenille stems (pipe cleaners)
    6mm faceted beads (fall colors – golden yellow)
    Tri beads (fall colors)
    Tacky Glue (Aleene's for example)
    Pin back
    Paper Ribbon (light brown, tanish)
    Raffia - natural

    Picture of completed project follows directions

    Step 1
    Cut a 2 ½ inch piece of chenille.
    Glue a 6 mm faceted bead to the end of the chenille stem
    String 11 Tri-beads on the chenille stem in a random color pattern.
    Make sure the beads nest together and trim the chenille to ¼ inch.

    Step 2
    Cut a 4 x 1 piece of paper ribbon.
    Trim the ends – rounded bottom, slightly pointed top.

    Step 3
    Glue the beaded chenille stem to the paper ribbon by placing glue on the ¼ inch length of stem and pressing the paper ribbon around it.

    Step 4
    Repeat steps 1 through 3 for as many individual ears of corn as you wish to make. I used 3 to make a pin.

    Step 5
    Glue the three corn ears together at the neck. Cut three 14-inch lengths of raffia and tie a bow around them.
    If you prefer you can do one ear or two ears of corn for a pin – I used three)

    Step 6
    Glue a pin back on the back of the corn.

    That’s it you are done.

    Picture of finished project:
  • crickettty
    November 2, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Welcome to Our Patch
    Designed by Amanda Formaro

    Scarecrows are synonymous with Autumn. This little guy is so adorable you just can't resist him! Paint several to give away as gifts, or make one just for yourself to keep in the kitchen.

    You will need

    glass jar
    liner and shader brushes
    Micron black craft pen
    old toothbrush
    acrylic matte spray
    printable pattern

    Paint Colors (all paint colors are Delta Ceramcoat):
    Antique White
    AC Flesh
    Georgia Clay
    Pink Quartz
    Bonnie Blue
    Trail Tan
    Dark Forest Green

    Base coat surface with 2-3 coats of Antique White.

    Trace pattern onto base coated surface.

    Paint pumpkin with Pumpkin paint. Shade lines with Tangerine and Georgia Clay.

    Paint face, hands and feet with AC Flesh. Paint nose with Georgia Clay and shade with Black. Draw on mouth eyes and stitches with Micron craft pen. Use ratty or scruffy brush to dot on cheeks with Pink Quartz.

    Paint hat with Bonnie Blue. Mix a very small amount of black with Bonnie Blue to use for shading hat. Patches are Trail Tan, criss-cross with Georgia Clay.

    Paint pumpkin stem and vines with Dark Forest Green.

    Use fine liner brush with Yellow and Georgia Clay for straw around feet, hands and face.

    Use Micron craft pen to draw on all stitches around hat and pumpkin.

    Splatter completed surface with White and then with Black using the bristles of an old toothbrush.

    Sign your work! Spray your completed project with 2-3 coats of acrylic spray sealer according to directions on can.

    Tip: If you are painting on jars, prepare your surface by washing th ejar, completely removing all labels and glue, then giving the jar a rinse in white vinegar or rubbing alcohol. Allow the first coat of base to dry completely before attempting second coat!

    The pattern:


  • Roe2457
    by Roe2457
    October 17, 2009 at 3:45 AM

    I am going to make your falling_leavesturkeyplace mats to take to my cousins house for dinner this Thanksgiving. Only I'm cheating as I printed out the amount of poems I would need. I suffer from migraines so the faster the project the better chance I can do it.And I know they will love them. I plan to make homemade cookies to go with them. Thank you for the great project. Will send pictures when I am done. Ro PS Have a great Holiday.

  • nothingbutgirls
    October 17, 2009 at 3:51 AM

    In my family we make the hand print turkeys every year. I laminate them and I like to show the kids how much their hands have grown. Sorry no pics right now though. :(

    (I got this pic off the web. But this is similar to what we do.)


  • biznesmom
    October 19, 2009 at 10:09 AM


    I LOVE this!!

  • kids1derful
    November 4, 2009 at 4:52 PM

      This is a video I just watched on making a thanksgiving woven placemat with the kids. thought I'd share. enjoy!


  • cassie_kellison
    November 8, 2009 at 5:32 AM


    These are pretty cute, I am doing these now. My son had the best time going out with me to find those acorn "hats" as we call them.

  • missiedoo
    November 8, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    These are really cute!

    Quoting cassie_kellison:


    These are pretty cute, I am doing these now. My son had the best time going out with me to find those acorn "hats" as we call them.

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