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Thanksgiving:  Crafts and Party Decorating Ideas

As a girl scout leader for many years and a homeroom parent for both of my children I have planned many Thanksgiving Parties and I have hosted many Thanksgiving dinners.  You will find some great crafts and decorating ideas for kids parties and your Thanksgiving holiday dinner listed below.


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 Thanksgiving Party Decorating Ideas

Decorate by filling vases with dried flowers, and Autumn leaves. Tie a festive colored ribbon and bow around each centerpiece and place around the room.

Use mini ears of Indian corn, mini pumpkins and gourds to embellish your holiday table.   Use a Autumn colored table cloth and napkins.

Create a Pilgrim Hat Centerpiece.

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Items Needed:
Craft Materials
Black Felt, square yard
Terra-cotta pot
Permanent red marker
Black poster board
Carpet tape
Yellow poster board

 1. Tape a square yard of black felt to your work surface and set a terra-cotta pot (ours is 7 inches tall and 7 1/2 inches across) on its side at one edge of the felt, as shown. Roll the pot, tracing along the top and bottom edges with a permanent red marker as you go, then cut out the felt arc.

 2. Next, cut two 15-inch circles, one from black poster board, the other from the remaining black felt. Set the pot upside down in the center of the poster board circle, trace around its rim, then cut out the inner circle to create a large ring. Now trace the rim of the pot in the center of the felt circle and cut an asterisk in the center, as specified.

 3. Tape the felt circle atop the poster board ring. Set the bottom of the pot on the asterisk and slide the brim up to the rim of the pot. Attach strips of carpet tape to the outside of the pot, then tape one end of the felt arc to the side and wrap the arc around the pot, sticking it to the tape.

4. Trim away any excess felt. For the finishing touch, tape on a buckle cut from yellow poster board.


5. Fill with potted mums or other fall flowers.

Autumn Candle Holders

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Materials Needed;

Mini pumpkins
Carving knife
Tapered candles

1. Cut the top off a mini pumpkin, making sure the hole is no bigger than a quarter.

2. Remove the seeds with a small spoon.

3. Stick a candle into the hole and enjoy dinner by candlelight

Cornucopia Name Cards



Items Needed
Sugar Cones

Autumn colored ribbon
Small sheet of Autumn colored paper cut the size of a return address labels.
Dried fruit, nuts and candy. Note cranberries and apricots are great because of the color. Candy can be foil covered chocolate , candy corn or  jellies.

Write guest names on sheets of paper and adhere to a piece of ribbon.  Tie the ribbon around the opening of the sugar cone .  Place the cone on a doliy-covered saucer and fill with nut. fruit and candy mixture.  Place on your table at each seat for a wonderful display.

Treat Holder

Candy corn
Terracotta pot
Glue stick gun 
dried fruit, nuts, for filling

Simply glue the candy corn, all facing one direction, around the upper, outside edge of the pot.  Put a liner in the pot like clear wrapping paper or saran wrap and then fill with nuts, dried fruit and candy.  You can use the small terracotta pots and make one for each guest or a few large to put on the table for serving.  If you are making one for each guest consider adding  a name to it and using it as a name card.

Note this can then be used as a candle holder if you put a votive candle in it.


Thanksgiving Crafts

Apron Of Thanks

Take a plain white apron and be creative.  The idea is present it to the host of your Thanksgiving dinner so you may want to do it in advance. 

Some decorating ideas include:  Handprints of the "young" guest and then use permanent markers to make them look like turkeys.  Stencil or sponge paint pumpkins or leaves. 

Remember to use Autumn colors for the paint. 

If you do it in advance you can use puffy paint to outline all figures. 

Most importantly, include what they are thankful for in general or why you are grateful to have the person you are presenting it to. Include this under the leaf or handprint your child made.  Be sure to include their name.

This is guaranteed to be a hit with the hostess!

Indian Vase

To make an Indian vase you fill a glass bud vase with dried beans or dried corn. Glue a small gourd or a large wooden bead on the top of the vase (this will be the head). Use black yarn to make hair for the Indian. Small colorful beads can be strung on thin leather strings to make headbands and necklaces for the Indian vase. The kids can paint faces on the Indian and can add assorted feathers as decoration.

Pilgrim Hat

I did this craft with my girl scout troop and it turned out great. 

Items Needed:

  • 3 inch terra-cotta flowerpot

  • Acrylic pains in black, white, red and blue

  • Paintbrush

  • Crafting foam in black, yellow, green. purple

  • Scissors

  • Craft glue

  • Pencil


Paint the entire pot black and allow it to dry.  Choose a color to paint a 1/2 inch band around the top of the pot.  Let it dry.  Make white dots on the rest of the pot by dipping the eraser of a pencil in the white paint and dotting onto the surface. 

To make the brim of the hat: Make a circle from black foam about 1/2 inch wider all around than the pot opening. You can do this by using a dish or lid.  Cut out the circle and glue it over the opening of the pot.

To make the buckle of the hat:  Measure the width of the band of the pot  (portion painted a different color).  Cut a rectangle from foam that is about 1/8 inch wider than the band on the pot. Cut a small rectangle out of the center.  Glue the buckle to the band and let dry.

Tree of Thanks

Take a mason jar and fill it with popcorn kernels, candy corn, marbles or any type of beans.  Tie a holiday colored ribbon around the mason jar to decorate.  Purchase silk leaves in a variety of colors at your local craft store or print a leaf template from the internet and make leaves out of construction paper.  Find a few small tree branches outside, clean and spray paint them.  Once paint is dry glue the leaves to the tree branch(s) and place them into the center of the filled mason jar. Place a sheet of plain white labels with a pen next to your creation.  Each person that visits on Thanksgiving day or each child in the classroom should write on a label what they are thankful for and add it to one of the leaves on your tree.

Thanksgiving Blessing Mix
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Mix togetherall of the ingredients below and package in zip lock bags, tins, or baskets. Click onlink below to print  labels to attach.  Great idea for a great Thanksgiving present

Bugles:  Shaped like the cornucopia, a symbol of our abundance.

Pretzels:  Arms folded in prayer, a freedom from those who founded our country.

Candy Corn:  The sacrifice of the pilgrim’s first winter.  Food was so scarce they survived on just a few kernels of corn a day.

Nuts/Seeds:  Promise of future harvest – only obtained if we plant and nourish with diligence and faith.

M&Ms:  Memories of those who came before and lead us to a blessed future.

Hershey’s Kiss:  The love of family and friends that sweetens our lives.

Click here to download printable gift tag


Thanksgiving Napkin Holder  Compliments of Family Fun Magazine

Things you will need:


Popsicle Sticks

Tacky glue

Small paintbrush

Assorted color buttons

How to make it:

Cut a 4 by 5 1/2 inch piece of felt for each napkin ring.  Start at the short end of the rectangle line up 12 popsicle sticks side by side.  Using a small paintbrush glue each popsiccle stick to the felt. You should end up with an edge of uncovered felt at the end.



Once the glue dries, form a ring by glueing the overlapped felt together.

Glue on rows of buttons, alternating colors, to resemble Indian Corn.  Let dry completely and then insert your napkin.