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3 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Updated on November 7, 2016

3 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

With Thanksgiving only a short two weeks away, you might be quickly switching out Halloween decorations to make room for fall! There are so many easy ways that you can decorate for this colorful season, and getting the kids involved can turn your simple craft into family memories that will last a lifetime.

Here are three easy Thanksgiving crafts that you can do at home with your kids:

Mason Jar Leaves

Fall Leaves

DIY Mason Jar Leaves

What you’ll need: Mason Jars, leaves (real or fake), mod podge matte glue, sponge brush, *Dye (orange and red food coloring) if you are using real leaves

Take your leaves, jars, mod podge, and brush and lay them all out on an easily cleanable surface. If you decide to use real leaves, you can give them a pop of color by dying them with orange and yellow food coloring.

First, make sure that your mason jars are clean – if you need to wash them, make sure they thoroughly dry before starting the craft. Next, lightly dip the sponge brush into the mod podge and apply the glue to a leaf. Thoroughly press the leaf to the jar to make sure all edges are attached.

Continue this process by randomly placing leaves on the jar until the jar is covered. In order to give these jars an extra spark, place a candle inside and tie twine around the jar’s top.

Paper Bag Turkey Thanks

Paper Bag Turkey

What you’ll need: Paper bag, Colorful feathers, Glue/Scissors, Red, orange, black and white paper, Markers

This craft makes a cute puppet turkey for kids to play with. Start by flipping the paper bag over so that the top rectangle faces up. This rectangle will become the turkey head.

Next, hand out feathers to the kids and have them glue the feathers to the back (or underneath side) of the paper bag. Then, take the black and white paper and cut quarter sized circles out of the white paper and dime sized circles out of the black paper. Glue the black circles on top of the white circles to make eyes!

Take the orange paper and cut oblong ovals with points on either end to make the turkey nose, and take the red paper and cut out a gobbler shape. Glue the red gobbler on top of the nose, then glue the nose and eyes onto the bag on the top square.

Finally, finish off your turkey puppets by having each child write one thing that they are thankful for on the body!

Thankful Leaf Wreath

I am Thankful Thanksgiving Wreath

What you’ll need: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, and Brown Construction Paper, String, Glue (hot glue or extra-strength glue works best), ribbon for detail, scissors

For this craft, start by having your kids cut out leaves from the various construction paper colors. When each child has 10-15 leave cut out, you can start gluing the leaves together to create a wreath.

Start by placing one leaf on a table (this leaf will be the bottom of the wreath). Next, place a leaf on the left and right side on top of the bottom leaf and glue these leaves together. Continue to glue one leaf on top of the left leaf and one leaf on top of the right leaf, slightly turning the leaves outward and then in towards each other to make a full circle.

When the wreaths have dried, hand out the wreaths and have each child write one thing he or she is thankful for on each leaf with a black marker. When all the leaves are filled, you can glue the string to the back of the wreath in order to make a loop, and glue a ribbon bow to the bottom of the wreath.

Where to Find more Holiday Projects

For more holiday crafts, visit MERS Goodwill! There are many easy ways to decorate your home for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season that won't break the bank.

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