Getting Crafty: Fun Stuff to Make for Thanksgiving

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One of the most fun parts of any holiday is “making stuff” — and your kids can get in on the fun of “making stuff” to decorate their rooms, the tables, or even the whole house, with a little help from you on these Thanksgiving crafts. Make little edible “turkeys” with apples for the body, fans for the tail feathers, and nuts for the head and wattle; attach toy “eyes” and a name card, and you’ve got instant place cards for the table. Paint cards with whimsical turkeys, put a guest’s name on each, and even include a message for them if you like! Turkeys can be made of burlap and stuffing, yarn and construction paper, pine cones and cut-out paper spirals, or fabric — use things you’ve got around the house already, and you’ll be amazed what you can come up with.

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Attach felt “feathers” and “head” to the backs of gloves and you’ve got Thanksgiving hand-warmers your kids will love. Group corn kernels to form letters, glue on a card, and proclaim any holiday message you want — even if it’s just “Gobble Gobble.” Attach felt or card stock “turkeys” to napkin rings for the table, or make a “hat” with a construction paper band measured to fit your child’s head, decorated with a turkey to wear right on the forehead. (You may not be able to get them to take it off, even at the dinner table!) Make felt or paper “autumn leaves,” or glue dried flowers, pine cones, and other seasonal items on a wreath form for a dandy door hanging. Whatever you choose, have fun with it: perfection may not happen, but laughter and good times certainly will.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).