If you have little ones at home, it’s a safe bet that you will be looking for some fun crafts to keep them entertained this Thanksgiving. Or perhaps you just want to put together a beautiful Thanksgiving table! With that in mind, wouldn’t it be nice to keep those crafts as eco-friendly as possible? Fortunately, there are a whole lot of great ideas and resources available online. I’ve gathered a few of my favorites here. Enjoy!
Appliqué Handprint Turkey Shirts
This is a great craft you can do using materials you probably already have and it will remain a memento of a certain time in your child’s life. It’s a safe bet that your little one probably has a shirt or sweatshirt buried in the closet that has a stain on the front or that they don’t wear for one reason or another. This is a great way to get them wearing it again! For the appliqué portion, you can use an older shirt that doesn’t fit anymore.
To make your turkey shirt, trace your child’s hand onto paper or freezer paper, then pin onto the shirt (or iron on if using freezer paper) with your appliqué fabric underneath. Stitch around the outline of the hand, remove the paper, cut the shirt fabric within your stitches, taking special care not to cut the appliqué fabric, and voila! You have the start of your turkey. Add a button for an eye and a scrap of red felt for the turkey’s waddle and you are all set. For more detailed instructions, check out One More Moore.
Autumn Leaves Cards
What could be more nature-friendly than using fallen autumn leaves in your crafting? Next time you go for a walk, pick up a bunch of interesting leaves you spot on the ground. Then all you have to do is paint one side of those leaves, press it onto your cardstock to leave the impression, and you have a lovely print to do with what you will. You can use these impressions for greeting cards, but I think the technique would be perfect for place cards on your Thanksgiving table! You could even collect a few acorns and glue them on as well.
Turkey Treat Jar
This is another craft you can do with your kids using supplies you probably already have at home. These little treat jars would be perfect as favors for any kids coming to Thanksgiving. Plus as a bonus, it’s a great way to use up some of the leftover Halloween candy you might have lying around. So grab a few baby food jars, get rid of the labels, and fill the jar with candy. Then you or your child can cut out fall-colored leaves, a little turkey face and feet, and glue them onto the jar. For more details, take a look at Kids & Glitter.
It’s only natural that Martha Stewart would come up with our favorite of the crafts featured here today. This nut wreath is perfect for fall and simple to make! All you need is a wooden wreath form, a few pounds of hard-shelled nuts (such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, or acorns) that you can either purchase or collect yourself, and a pretty ribbon. Use a hot-glue gun to glue the nuts to the wreath form, and then tie your ribbon around the wreath. For the customary attention to detail, take a look at Martha’s instructions.
This article was written by Anika Guldstrand for HalloweenCostumes.com, where you can find Thanksgiving costumes perfect for the holiday.
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