Thanksgiving Crafts Blog November 18 2014

Daylight savings just ended and Halloween is over…which means Thanksgiving is just around the corner! It’s time to start thinking about your dinner menu and decorating the house with the little ones.

To help you get ready, we’ve collected some fun crafts the whole family can do together. Read on for a few of Party Booty Bag’s favorite Thanksgiving craft ideas…

 

Family Gratitude Tree

 

This is a Party Booty Bags favorite! Thanksgiving is a day known for lots of yummy food but it’s also a day that we get to give thanks for all of the wonderful people in our lives. This craft, from kidsactivitiesblog.com, is a simple but wonderful way to help teach your children to be thankful for everything and everyone that they have.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Craft Paper (patterned paper looks great but plain kraft paper would also be a classic look)
  • String
  • A few Twigs or Tree Branches
  • A Marker
  • A Small Vase with several Small Rocks in the bottom to hold ‘Tree’ upright

Directions:

  • Cut a leaf shape out of one piece of paper and use that as a template to make as many additional leaves as you would like.
  • Punch a hole in each leaf and tie a piece of string though it.
  • Arrange the twigs/branches in the vase with rocks so they stand up straight and are positioned the way you’d like them to look.
  • Have your kids write something that they are thankful for on each of the leaves.
  • Tie the leaves onto the branches.

Once you’re done, be sure to display this gorgeous tree somewhere where all of your Thanksgiving guests can admire it. Place several blank leaves and a set of markers at the base of the tree and encourage your guests to add their own special Thanks to your creation!


 

Kids Table Craft Ideas

This Thanksgiving, make the Kids Table THE place to be! Adults will be jealous when they see the fun and crafts happening at the ‘Other’ table!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butcher’s Paper or White Craft Paper
  • Markers & Crayons

Directions:

  • Cover the table in paper.
  • Have kids ‘set the table’ by drawing placemats where each plate should go.
  • Place markers and crayons on the table so kids can decorate their place at the table. Hint: Use empty & clean soup cans to hold the markers and crayons!

  

Place Cards

Make every kid feel special with their own Place Card! We love this idea from www.parents.com!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Standard Size Cupcake Liner
  • Mini Size Cupcake Liner
  • Glue Stick
  • Marker
  • Colored Paper
  • Brown Cardstock (or an actual Place Card)

Directions:

  • Flatten a standard-size cupcake liner.
  • Draw eyes on a mini cupcake liner.
  • Cut out a beak and a snood (the red thingie that hangs below the turkey’s beak) from colored paper and glue them onto the mini cupcake liner.
  • Glue the mini cupcake liner off-center onto the larger cupcake liner and let dry (see photo above).
  • Once dry, glue the turkey to a folded tent card
  • Add turkey feet and a name with the marker.

  

Napkin Rings

Who knew toilet paper tubes could be so festive?! These super cute and easy to make Napkin Rings are sure to be a Kids Table hit!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Empty Toilet Paper Tubes
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Construction Paper in Fall Colors
  • Cardstock
  • White Craft Glue
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

Directions:

  • Cut the toilet paper tubes into 1¼" to 1½"-wide rings. A standard-size tube will make three rings.
  • Cover the rings with aluminum foil (shiny side up or down) by measuring and cutting a 4"x 6" piece of foil for each ring and wrapping the foil around the ring. Be sure to fold the edges to the inside of the ring.
  • Draw and cut out one or two leaf shapes for each ring onto cardstock to make leaf templates.
  • Trace around the templates with a pencil onto different colored construction paper.
  • Cut out the construction paper leaves.
  • Glue leaves onto the napkin rings using a white glue, like Elmer’s, to adhere the leaves to each napkin ring. Hold the leaves in place until the glue sets.

 

Sailing Ship Treat Holders

Now that we’ve got the table covered and seats assigned, let’s get down to the fun! These Sailing Ship Treat Holders are super cute and easy to make. Thanks to www.sheekshindigs.com for the fab idea…they show it best so check it out here: http://sheekshindigs.blogspot.com/2010/11/diy-thanksgiving-treat-holders.html

 

Popcorn Turkey Centerpiece

No table is complete without a centerpiece so here’s a fun ‘turkey’ for the Kids Table, complete with a special surprise inside! Thanks to www.onecharmingparty.com for this tasty idea!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3-4 Bags of Popcorn (plain, not buttered)
  • Large Brown Grocery Bag
  • 2 Small Brown Lunch Bags
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • White Paper

Directions:

Frill:

  • Take a sheet of 8 ½”x 11” white paper and cut it in half lengthwise.
  • Fold each half in half lengthwise again and make small cuts on the side with the folded crease to create loops.

 

  • Drumsticks:
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    •  Make one hand into a fist and stick it inside the lunch bag. With your other hand flat, press on the bag to mold and smash it down into a more rounded shape by rounding the corners.
    • Fill the shaped bag 2/3 full with popcorn then gather up the opening of the bag and twist to keep it tight.
    • Cut a piece of frill long enough to wrap around the twisted closure and hot glue onto bag to keep everything in place.
    Body: 
    • Follow the same instructions as the Drumstick to shape the grocery bag by rounding the corners.
    • Fill the bag full with popcorn.
    • Fold the sides of the bag in, tuck the bottom edge under and hot glue the edge shut.
    • Hot glue the legs onto the sides of the “turkey”.