Best Thanksgiving Craft Ideas
Wow…Thanksgiving is already upon us??
Fall is my all-time favorite season because I enjoy the colors the most. But anyway, Thanksgiving is not just a time of good eating, it can be a good crafting time too!
While the occasion’s decor tends to revolve around meal-related festivities, that just means the door is open for some great ideas around serving up food, fun and festivity!
So I hope you will enjoy digging in with me with a handful of craft ideas that will perfectly compliment the season of giving.
If candles are a big part of family celebrations for you, consider making wrap-around adornments for your candles, whether they are long tapered or for the large wide kind, it will really set them off when you go to light them for the first time!
One of the best Thanksgiving craft ideas? Napkin rings…there are a lot of ways to approach them, one way that can work great is to start with some toilet paper rolls. yep, the very same thing. These are great to collect even if you have no idea what you’re going to do with them at the present.
One toilet paper roll could easily make three rings…also consider the inner cardboard tube of a paper towel roll which is somewhat bigger, and you’ve got the makings of a set (you need four at least) Now what to decorate them with?
Here is a great example of handmade festive holiday napkin rings done right!
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The use of fabric is great for this project idea; you want to look for a great fall pattern with pumpkins, leaves, etc., or you can choose a solid color like orange, dark yellow, brown or burnt orange all of which are great fall colors. In addition to the fabric wrap around, consider the addition of a little bling if you want to get a little fancy.
Ideas for napkin ring add-on “bling” would include beads, silk flowers, buttons, or ribbon in the middle. Color your next meal fabulous with these handmade helpers!
This is a timeless classic I learned to do in school so naturally I had a good time with it. Generally the use of cardstock is encouraged and will make it easier to do the in and out weaving – but you’re going to want to protect them with a finishing varnish product so they will hold up long-term and not get stained up from spills or moisture.
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If you’ve got kids who are on the crafty side, making placemats such as the one above is a perfect activity to get them involved in. As with the napkin rings, choose fall-friendly colors like oranges, reds, browns and dark yellows. All these colors combined and alternating, will make for a striking appearance overall.
You can go beyond the traditional cornucopia with a little imagination and the use of items gathered in nature, think about things you see naturally this time of year and you’re halfway there! Here are some great items that could be used:
- Pine cones
Best of all, these are items that you can dig up right in your own backyard! I actually put together a festive fall wreath using said list above – definitely good fodder for a Thanksgiving centerpiece!After you have enough all you will need to put them together is some waterproof glue.
Your finished centerpiece too, should be lacquered to preserve it, especially if you want to make it a tradition to bring it out every Thanksgiving!
Gratitude List Journal
Don’t forget this is the season to express all of the things you are thankful for. Sure this is not something that can go on the dinner table, but it’s the perfect capper to express the meaning of Thanksgiving. You can start with a journal book and there are many with pretty colors on the cover.
So if you’re not feeling crafty…why not take a moment to write in your gratitude journal; you can pick a few things and give thanks….perhaps over the table share with your friends and family too!
And one last thing…these are some ideas that you could apply all year around to the next special gathering.
**Happy Thanksgiving From All of Us at Create With Jennifer**