45 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts That Double as Decorations

Talk about a win-win.

thanksgiving crafts
Danielle Occhiogrosso

Instead of buying expensive decor, try something different this Thanksgiving with these simple and fun DIY crafts. These adorable projects will keep your kids entertained and will get everyone in the holiday spirit before the big day.

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Thanksgiving Crafts Apple Candleholders
Brian Woodcock
Apple Candleholders

'Tis the season of apples! As delicious as they taste in a fall dessert recipe, they also make for a great DIY centerpiece.

Get the tutorial at .

What you'll need: White taper candles ($11, )

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Thanksgiving Crafts Birch Bark Wreath
Mike Vang
Birch Bark Wreath

Dress up a blank wall or door with this lovely birch bark wreath.

1. To make the leaves, trace leaf cookie cutters on to the backs of natural bark strips. Then use a knife to cut them out.

2. Next, adhere half of the bitch leaves around a 20" foam wreath form with hot glue. As you work, mix the leaf shapes for an eye-catching look.

3. Hot-glue 5/4" wooden cubes on the backs of the remaining leaves, then layer them onto the wreath to create a 3-D display.

    What you'll need: Leaf cookie cutters ($6, )

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    Thanksgiving Crafts DIY Thanksgiving Pumpkin
    Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess
    DIY Thanksgiving Pumpkin

    Use this DIY pumpkin as a colorful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Choose the colors based on your table settings.

    Get the tutorial at

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    Thanksgiving Crafts Pumpkin Vase
    Brian Woodcock
    Pumpkin Vase

    Grab your kids and have them help you transform the star of fall into a beautiful centerpiece. Once you scoop out pumpkin seeds and fill with your favorite flowers, place the display on slabs of wood.

    Get the tutorial at

    What you'll need: Wood slabs ($13, )

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    turkey paper craft
    Easy Peasy and Fun
    Turkey Paper Craft

    Hand your kids a stack of colorful paper, some scissors, and the instructions for this turkey to keep them entertained while the food cooks!

    Get the tutorial at

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    Thanksgiving Crafts Succulent Place Cards
    Mike Garten
    Succulent Place Cards

    Coat fake succulents with gold paint and position a name card between the leaves for the perfect Thanksgiving table setting.

    Get the tutorial at

    What you'll need: Gold paint ($11, ); Fake succulents ($10, )

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    Thanksgiving Crafts Pilgrim Hat Crayon Cups
    Courtesy of Lil' Luna
    Pilgrim Hat Crayon Cups

    Grab some black cups and you can whip up these cute kids' table crayon holders in no time.

    Get the tutorial at .

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    Thanksgiving Crafts Metallic Maize
    Brian Woodcock
    Metallic Maize

    Have some extra corn laying around? Dry them and paint them metallic to create a stunning decoration.

    Get the tutorial at .

    What you'll need: 6" glass vase ($12, )

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    Thanksgiving Crafts Ooh, Ombré Wreath
    Erika Lapresto
    Ombré Corn Husk Wreath

    Arrange husks so that the darkest shade is in the back and the the lightest is front and center.

    1. Wearing gloves, set four medium plastic bins on a covered surface.In each,mix 6 cups of warm water, 3 Tbsp vinegar and 1 cup Rit liquid fabric dye( from craft store) in desired colors.

    2. Soak dried corn husk (from grocery stores) in the mixture for 20 minutes; rinse with water and let dry on newspaper. Place husks between two thin towels and iron flat.

    3. Hot-glue a few layers of dyed corn husks around a 12" foam wreath form to create a sunburst shape. Attach a loop of wire to the back with hot glue and use to hang.

    What you'll need: Fabric dye kit ($17, )

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    Thanksgiving Crafts Wheat Cloches
    Brian Woodcock
    Wheat Cloches

    We bet you've never considered swapping out fresh flowers for wheat. To make this easy craft, bundle a small handful of wheat and tie with twine. Then, turn a cloche upside down and top with a vase.

    Get the tutorial at .

    What you'll need: Glass cloche ($20, )

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    Thanksgiving Crafts turkey corner bookmarks
    Courtesy of Easy Peasy and Fun
    Turkey Corner Bookmark

    When the adults are convening in the living room for after dinner drinks, set up a craft corner for the kids where they can make these turkey corner bookmarks.

    Get the tutorial at

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    Thanksgiving Crafts Gilded Fruit Centerpiece
    Brian Woodcock
    Gilded Fruit Centerpiece

    If you're going for a modern look on your Thanksgiving dinner table, metallic pomegranates are bound to impress.

    Get the tutorial at .

    What you'll need: Artificial pomegranates ($14, )

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    Thanksgiving Crafts utensil holders
    Courtesy of Crafts Unleashed
    DIY Utensil Holder

    If they weren't already excited for dinner, just wait until your guests see these specialized utensil holders.

    Get the tutorial at

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    Thanksgiving Crafts turkey place settings
    Courtesy of Consumer Crafts
    Thanksgiving Place Setting

    Let festive turkeys tell your guests where to sit — and continue to show off to friends and family when you tell them you made them by hand.

    Get the tutorial at

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    Thanksgiving Crafts brown turkey treat bucket with candy
    Courtesy of Happiness is Homemade
    Turkey Treat Bucket

    This one is for the kids — but we won't blame you if you grab a few candies from this festive bucket ever time you pass it.

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    Thanksgiving Crafts turkey finger puppets
    Courtesy of I Heart Crafty Things
    Turkey Finger Puppet

    Liven up the kids table this holiday by handing out these adorable turkey finger puppets after dessert and telling them to come up with a show.

    Get the tutorial at

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    Thanksgiving Crafts turkey windsocks
    Courtesy of Happiness is Homemade
    Turkey Windsocks

    Get the kids excited for Thanksgiving by making these windsocks weeks in advance, then hang them around or outside of the house for cute decorations.

    Get the tutorial at

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    Thanksgiving Crafts fall paper bag tree
    Courtesy of Coffee Cups and Crayons
    Fall Paper Bag Tree

    These fall paper bag trees are a simple and colorful way to brighten up your house during Thanksgiving. Create several trees at different heights and you've got a centerpiece for your dinner table.

    Get the tutorial at .

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    Thanksgiving Crafts turkey glove puppet with felt feathers
    Courtesy of Dream a Little Bigger
    Turkey Glove Puppet

    If the weather's chilly on Thanksgiving this year, the kids will be thrilled to wear these festive gloves when they play outside.

    Get the tutorial at

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    Thanksgiving Crafts candy turkey goodie bag
    Courtesy of Crafts Unleashed
    DIY Turkey Thanksgiving Treats

    These Thanksgiving treats can read "Gobble" and be used as a fun place card for your guests when you put their names on them.

    Get the tutorial at

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    Thanksgiving Crafts leaf wall
    Danielle Occhiogrosso
    Gratitude Calendar

    Turn your 30-days-of-gratitude Facebook posts into a meaningful display on your wall at home. Outfit an empty frame with horizontal lengths of twine and clip on numbered leaves (we used a gold paint marker and stencils). Each day of November, write something you're grateful for on a paper tag and put it behind the leaf that displays that date.

    What you'll need: Twine ($6, ); Clothespins ($6, ), Gold paint marker ($10, )

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    Thanksgiving Crafts Paper Pumpkins
    Courtesy of DIY Inspired
    Paper Pumpkins

    In this simpler version of a paper pumpkin, sticks, twine, and five different colored papers quickly become a kid-friendly craft.

    Get the tutorial at .

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    thanksgiving crafts Thankful Tree
    Courtesy of The DIY Mommy
    Thankful Tree

    Write down all the blessings you and your family are grateful for and then display them with this DIY decor item.

    Get the tutorial at .

    What you'll need: Artificial tree branches ($14, ); Construction paper ($2, )

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    Thanksgiving Crafts Ombre Pinecones
    Courtesy of Whimzeecal
    Ombre Pinecones

    Brighten your table and home with these beautiful and vibrant ombre pinecones.

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    What you'll need: Pinecones ($8, ); Acrylic paint set ($15, )

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    Thanksgiving Crafts Pumpkin Turkey
    GrowingUpBilingual
    Pumpkin Turkey

    How cute are these Turkey Day decorations? You're just five simple steps away from recreating your own pint-size pumpkin turkeys.

    Get the tutorial at .

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    Thanksgiving Crafts DIY Pumpkin Terracota Pots
    Courtesy of Real Housemoms
    DIY Pumpkin Terracota Pots

    Still have some Halloween candy left? Use them to fill terracotta pots for a fun, easy-to-make craft.

    Get the tutorial at .

    What you'll need: Terracotta pots ($10, )

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    Thanksgiving Crafts Napkin Rings
    Courtesy of Rae Gun Ramblings
    Turkey Napkin Rings

    Believe it or not, this napkin ring also doubles as a hair clip.

    Get the tutorial at .

    What you'll need: Orange napkins ($17, ); Ribbon ($11, ); Wiggle eyes ($11, )

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    Thanksgiving Crafts DIY Thanksgiving Cards
    Danielle Occhiogrosso
    DIY Thanksgiving Cards

    For loved ones who are far away, a "just because" card is just right for this time of year. Start with a store-bought blank card and stamp on a sweet sentiment, then try these easy embellishment ideas.

    Lone leaf: Use a craft punch to make a leaf; layer over patterned paper. Attach to card and write a message.

    Spotted feathers: Add brushstroke stripes and rows of dots using gold and white paint markers, then hot-glue feathers in place.

    Pumpkin patch: Stack and secure three or five 1" orange paper circles with foam mounting tape, then glue on green paper vines.

    What you'll need: Leaf craft punch ($16, ); Paint markers ($11, ); Foam mounting tape ($8, )

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    Thanksgiving Crafts Napkin Holders
    Paula Hible
    Turkey Napkin Holders

    These charming napkin holders are sure to be a hit with your family and friends. Glue the adorable turkey face onto the base, adding on his tiny details and twisting the accordion-folded napkin to hold it up in place.

    Get the tutorial.

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    Thanksgiving Crafts DIY Gold Dipped Place Cards
    Courtesy of Lark and Linen
    DIY Gold Dipped Place Cards

    We guarantee guests won't be able to stop talking about how gorgeous these place cards are — after they're done complimenting your amazing cooking skills, that is.

    Get the tutorial at .

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