Easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids including pinecone turkeys and pie bunting

Feeling festive? Or maybe you’re looking for fun Thanksgiving activities to keep your kiddos entertained for a weekend afternoon. Either way, these easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids deliver. We have step-by-step instructions for making turkeys (with pinecones, paper plates and toilet paper rolls), cute homemade decorations for your Thanksgiving dinner and even a bead-and-pipe-cleaner corn craft that will delight lovers of miniatures and make-believe.

Easy Thanksgiving Crafts

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1Pinecone Turkeys

Pinecone Turkey Craft

Pinecone crafts are a fun way to make the most of goodies found around your neighbourhood. Take your child out to scavenge, then paint each pinecone in fall colours and add silly faces. You can even put the finished turkey crafts in a bowl and use them as a centrepiece at your Thanksgiving dinner.

What You Need

How to Make It

  1. Paint each pinecone in shades of red, orange and yellow.
  2. Cut three felt shapes: a round face, triangular beak and teardrop-shaped wattle.
  3. Hot glue the felt pieces and googly eyes to the pinecone.
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Quick Tip
Paint the pinecone scales in alternating colours as shown, freestyle it or dip the cones in paint and let the excess run off.

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2Beaded Pipe Cleaner Corn

Beaded pipe cleaner corn craft

If your kid loves 5 Surprise Mini Brands or playing with a make-believe kitchen, they’ll also fall for this colourful beaded maize craft that fits in the palm of their hand. The perk for you? It only requires two supplies.

What You Need

How to Make It

  1. Select four pipe cleaners and gather them in your fist so the ends line up.
  2. Twist the four pipe cleaners together in the middle.
  3. Fan the pipe cleaners into a star shape where the twist is at the centre. You should have eight half-length points.
  4. Thread beads over each pipe cleaner (probably about 13 to 15 beads per half-length), leaving about 1 or 1.5 inches clear at each end.
  5. Once all the pipe cleaners have beads, hold the twist, then pull all the beaded pipe cleaners together in a fist.
  6. Make sure the beads line up at the top. If there are too many or too few on one or two pipe cleaners, adjust so they all appear to be the same length.
  7. Twist the ends of the pipe cleaners together and fan them out.
  8. Confused? Check out this YouTube video for steps.

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3“Grateful” List

Grateful list with popsicle sticks

Looking for new ways for your family to practice gratitude? This popsicle craft is the perfect solution. You can even hang it on your wall or fridge as a colourful reminder of your family’s blessings after Thanksgiving has passed.

What You Need

How to Make It

  1. Cut a rectangle out of felt.
  2. Add an oval handle hole or punch a small circle for hanging on the wall.
  3. Select 11 or more popsicle sticks, write a name (such as “Count Your Blessings”) and number the remaining sticks.
  4. Decorate each popsicle stick with drawings or designs, as well as things your child is grateful for.
  5. Use hot glue or white glue to attach the popsicle sticks to the felt.
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Quick Tip
Leave the numbered list blank and have your child choose and write one thing they’re grateful for each night before bed.

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4Apple and Pumpkin Pie Bunting

Apple and pumpkin pie bunting craft

Triangle-shaped foods like slices of pizza or pieces of pie were destined to be inspiration for bunting crafts. These apple and pumpkin pie flags are cute and fun to make, plus you can string them up around your dining room table for a special décor element at Thanksgiving dinner.

What You Need

How to Make It

For the apple pie:

  1. Cut triangles of golden or yellow felt.
  2. Cut narrow strips of beige felt, including several strips that are just a little bit thicker.
  3. Criss-cross the narrow strips onto the triangle and affix them with hot glue.
  4. Trim any strips that peek over the edges of the triangle.
  5. Glue the wider strip to the top of the triangle as the crust, folding the strip accordion-style as you glue.
  6. Glue each pie piece to twine with at least six inches between each one.

For the pumpkin pie:

  1. Cut triangles out of dark orange paper.
  2. Cut strips of beige paper.
  3. Fold the strips like an accordion and glue them to the top of the triangle as crust.
  4. Trim the ends off the “crust” if necessary.
  5. Tear up white tissue paper and bunch it into a ball, then glue it to the pie as whipped cream.
  6. Glue each pie piece to twine with at least six inches between each one.
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Quick Tip
Either style of bunting can be made using only construction paper or only felt. If you prefer to make pumpkin pie bunting using felt and a furry pompom, go for it! If you like the look of paper apple pie flags, that’s great, too.

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5Paper Plate Turkey

Paper plate turkey craft

This Thanksgiving turkey craft is sure to be a hit with toddlers and school-aged kids alike. The red balloon for the wattle is a special touch.

What You Need

How to Make It

  1. Cut a circle in the centre of a paper plate.
  2. Paint the plate. For a more textured look, put less paint on your brush and don’t cover the entire plate.
  3. Cut seven strips of construction paper in colours like red, orange, pink and brown.
  4. Cut a circle of brown construction paper for the face.
  5. Cut a triangle out of orange felt for the beak.
  6. With a hot glue gun, glue the strips of paper to the top of the plate, alternating colours.
  7. Glue the paper circle to the plate, then glue googly eyes, a red balloon and a felt beak to the circle.
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Quick Tip
Use a cereal bowl to trace the circle on the paper plate, then cut along the outline. For the face, trace a cup.

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6Fall Leaves Puzzle Tree

Fall leaves puzzle tree craft

This fall craft is a great project for puzzles that are missing a piece or two. Though this tree isn’t strictly a Thanksgiving craft idea, preschoolers will love painting the pieces and helping you put the tree together just as the leaves are starting to fall from the trees in your neighbourhood.

What You Need

How to Make It

  1. Cut a strip of green construction paper and use a glue stick or white glue to attach it to the bottom of a piece of blue construction paper.
  2. Cut a strip of brown Kraft paper and scrunch it up.
  3. Glue the strip to the blue paper as a tree trunk.
  4. Paint puzzle pieces with red, orange and yellow paint. Let them dry.
  5. With a hot glue gun, glue the puzzle pieces to the top of the trunk. Glue a few pieces on the green grass as falling leaves.

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7Cornucopia Place Cards

Cornucopia place cards craft

If you want to put your kid to work preparing Thanksgiving décor (and have fun, too), look no further than this place-card craft for your table. The cones, which have leaves stamped on them, look like cornucopias and are filled with tasty treats for kids and adults alike.

What You Need

How to Make It

  1. Paint one side of a maple leaf (or other found leaf shape) and press the wet side down on a piece of construction paper.
  2. Repeat as many times as you like until the sheet has a leaf print all over it. For a visual aid, check out this leaf stamping video.
  3. Let the paint dry.
  4. Cut the sheet of paper into a square (likely eight or nine inches, depending on the length of the short side of your paper), then cut a line right down the middle to make two triangles.
  5. Roll the paper into a cone and secure it with glue. This video may help if you’re struggling to roll it properly.
  6. Either choose a large leaf that is already red or yellow or paint the leaf in a fall hue. Let it dry.
  7. Cut a flag out of white paper and write your guest’s name on it.
  8. Glue the leaf and the flag inside the top of the cone.
  9. Fill the cone with candy and place it on a plate.
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Quick Tip
Paint a leaf and place it face down on the paper. Press on the back of the leaf with a piece of paper towel so the leaf leaves a full imprint and you and your child don’t get paint all over your hands.

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8Turkey Napkin Holders

Turkey napkin holders craft

This easy Thanksgiving craft made from toilet paper rolls, coloured paper and felt will dress up the kids’ table at Thanksgiving dinner. Little ones will love the googly eyes; you’ll love the pop of colour the napkin holders give to each place setting. (You might also enjoy these Halloween crafts, all made with toilet paper rolls.)

What You Need

How to Make It

  1. Cut a toilet paper roll in half.
  2. Cut a coloured and/or textured strip of paper to wrap the length of the roll.
  3. Glue the paper to the roll.
  4. Cut out four teardrop shapes from felt—each in a different colour—plus a beak and wattle.
  5. With your hot glue gun, glue the “feathers,” googly eyes, beak and wattle to the toilet paper roll.

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