While you are busy prepping dinner for tomorrow, why not let the kids takeover with the decorations? Here are five Thanksgiving crafts that teach your kids what the holiday is all about. So let them cut, glue, paint, bedazzle, sprinkle glitter, and more. These mini works of art can serve as decorations for the dinner table and more!

1. Felt Pie-Slice Garland


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The Felt Pie-Slice Garland will get dinner guests in the mood for the true Thanksgiving main attraction…dessert! Cut triangles out of burgundy, brown, and orange felt to act as the pie’s base. Then hot-glue a rickrack crust and button to each slice. String the pie slices together with twine and hang it right next to the dessert table.

2. Mini Roast Turkey Piñata

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Who says piñatas are just for birthdays and Cinco de Mayo?! Have the kids create their own mini turkeys in the form of a piñata. Use them as decorations and after dinner, break them open to see what Thanksgiving surprise is hiding inside. Need a step-by-step on how to? Click here.

3. Bedazzle a Gourd

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Bedazzling can add a spark to any centerpiece. So, why not have the kids add some rhinestone jewels to real or artificial gourds in order to create beautiful centerpieces of varied looks and sizes. Want to see how to get the look? Click here for directions.

4. Painted Rocks and Leaves Centerpieces

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Another great centerpiece with a meaning would be to have the kids paint rocks withe meaningful phrases such as “give thanks” or “so grateful”. This will unquestionably give guests a reminder as to the reason for the season. Need some help on making this look work for you? Check out the tutorial here!

5. Pumpkin Mason Jars

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Empty Mason Jars plus paint equal fun! Paint the jars in different shade of orange and top them with leaves, flowers, or whatever the kids want to say Happy Thanksgiving. The 36th Avenue has step-by-step directions to make this centerpiece shine.

If you haven’t found the right project for your family, don’t fret, Good Housekeeping has plenty more to choose from. Make sure to use this time to talk to your kids about what they are grateful for just what Thanksgiving means to you!

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

Writer and Editor

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