Thanksgiving Day is soon approaching, so here are some easy craft ideas that are ideal for tweens to make for the holiday. These crafts can be used and displayed when an entire family gets together. They make remembering Thanksgiving fun for all.
Thanksgiving Day Placemat
Use the instructions presented here to make placemats to be used at a Thanksgiving Day dinner. Because they are easy to assemble, there should be no problem having one available for each guest.
Materials needed include:
- Yellow, brown, and orange construction paper, 9 inch x 12 inch
- Laminating paper, 2 sheets per 1 sheet of construction paper (at least 1/4 inch larger than the construction paper)
- Thanksgiving theme cutouts (leaves, turkeys, pilgrims, etc.)
- Adhesive letters
- White glue or glue stick
Follow the directions below to make a placemat.
- Make Thanksgiving theme cutouts by using pictures from magazines, drawing and cutting out shapes from paper, or buying ready-made cutouts at a store.
- Place a sheet of construction paper on top of a sheet of laminating paper, making sure the construction paper is centered on the laminating paper.
- Arrange cutouts on the construction paper and adhere with glue.
- Add words to the placemat by using adhesive letters. Sayings such as “Give Thanks” or “Be Thankful” are good for this particular holiday.
- Place another sheet of laminating paper over the construction paper to finish the placemat. Be sure that both sheets of laminating paper are perfectly aligned or use scissors to make the edges lined up.
Happy Thanksgiving Wreath
Hang a wreath on the door to welcome guests. Materials needed are:
- Styrofoam wreath ring
- Colored corsage pins (ball head)
- Thanksgiving theme ribbon (1-1/2 inch width, 10 yards long)
- “Happy Thanksgiving” banner handmade from construction paper or bought in a craft store
- Turkey stuffed animal
- Hot glue gun
- Artificial fall flowers
To make a wreath, follow the directions below.
- Decorate the wreath ring by placing one end of the ribbon on the wreath and securing with pins. Wrap the ribbon around the entire wreath, pulling tight so that it lies flat against the wreath at all times. Place additional pins at the end of the ribbon to secure to the wreath.
- Place the banner at the top of the wreath and use pins to keep the banner in place.
- Use a hot glue gun to secure the turkey stuffed animal to the bottom of the wreath.
- Randomly stick the artificial fall flowers around the wreath to create a design.
- Use leftover ribbon to make a loop for the back of the wreath. Secure the loop with the hot glue gun and a few pins.
- Hang the wreath on a door. This wreath is best used as an indoor decoration.
Thanksgiving Family Journal
Create a lasting memory this Thanksgiving Day by making a family journal. Each guest writes in something to be thankful for, along with a signature.
Materials required include:
- 2 pieces of cardboard (6 inch x 9 inch each)
- Sheets of lined notebook paper (5-1/2 inch x 8-1/2 inch, as many pages as needed)
- Hole punch
- 2 pieces of Thanksgiving theme fabric (6 inch x 9 inch pieces)
- Hot glue gun
- Marker or pen
Directions to make a family journal are listed here:
- Decide how many sheets of paper should be contained in the journal. Remember that one sheet of 8-1/2 inch x 11 inch paper will make two sheets of journal paper. Have the sheets ready to go.
- Use a hot glue gun to attach fabric to the two pieces of cardboard to make a front and back cover for the journal. While assembling the journal, be sure that the fabric is always facing outward. Also make sure that the fabric is secure before moving on to the next step.
- Place a sheet of cardboard down (fabric facing outward) and place the journal pages on top. Place the other piece of cardboard on top of the journal pages. Align it so that the cardboard and the journal pages are flush on the left side, and that the pages are centered between the cardboard. Punch three holes through the cardboard and journal pages.
- Thread yarn between each hole and tie into place by making a knot or a bow. Do this for all three holes.
- Decorate the family journal front cover with sequins, cutouts, and other materials. Let the decorations dry completely.
- Open the journal and place headings on each page where a relative/friend will write something to be thankful for and a place for a signature. Remember to put the date somewhere in the journal to remember when this project was done.
Thanksgiving is a special time of year to remember family and friends, and things to be thankful for. Tweens will enjoy the holidays so much when making crafts that help build memories.