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!
To many, Thanksgiving signals a time to gather with your loved ones and remind each other of the many things you have to be thankful for. This can be as simple as being grateful for the mashed potatoes you’re about to eat or as wide-reaching as being thankful for the ability to gather together from all over to celebrate.
Many college students and young adults can’t afford the heightened holiday travel fares to gather with their blood relatives, but still want to celebrate the season with their chosen family. Thus began “Friendsgiving,” a much more informal version of Thanksgiving celebrated with friends and other loved ones.
Due to Friendsgiving being much more of a budget holiday than traditional Thanksgiving, hosts and guests have to balance throwing a memorable get-together without breaking the bank. But how—and how do you decorate on a budget?
Luckily, there are many ways to prepare for and throw a budget-friendly Friendsgiving for any price point that your friends (and wallet!) will be thankful for. The team at Intuit Mint has put together a list of customizable printables to help you prepare for your upcoming Friendsgiving celebration that will capture the attention of any guest and set any feast apart.
First Things First: Decorate!
Is it really a party without decorations? The gripe with many party decorations is that they cost an arm and a leg and are only able to be reused once or twice a year—so what’s the point of buying them? Luckily, this printable Friendsgiving decor is free, reusable, and small enough to easily be stored after the festivities until next year. Tack these up on the wall as easy decor or frame them as centerpieces on the dining room table to set a thankful, grateful mood for your guests that will truly remind them of the reason for the season.
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. No matter how you celebrate, remember to reflect on the things you’re truly thankful for this season. When gathered with your friends for your celebration, take a second to reflect as a group on the things you’re especially grateful for. If this is your first Friendsgiving or your twentieth, there’s nothing like celebrating a holiday with your chosen family and friends you’ll remember for years to come—and don’t forget the pie!
**Happy Thanksgiving From All of Us at Create With Jennifer**