How to Make a Thankful Turkey for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks.  Sometimes we tend to forget the true meaning of Thanksgiving…. being thankful for what you have.  This craft is a great way to teach your kids about the true meaning of thanksgiving.  And, your kids will have so much fun doing this.  This turkey’s feathers will tell everyone what you are thankful for.  Plus, it makes for a great Thanksgiving decoration.  Made from a pine cone and some construction paper this craft is sure to be a lot of fun.  So, let’s get started.

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Tutorial offered by Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade

 

Materials Needed

– pine cone
– white, yellow and red paper
– pencil
– pen
– scissors
– craft glue

 

Step 1

Draw 4 feathers (only outline) on yellow paper and 3 on red paper.

Cut them out.


Step 2

On the three red ones write “thank”, “you” and “for”…

… and on the yellow ones write the things you are thankful for.

 

Step 3

Take the pine cone…

… and begin to stick into it the red “feathers”. “Thank” is the first…

… then “you” …

… and “for”. Like this.

Then start adding the yellow ones…

… like this.

 

Step 4

Draw 2 eyes on white paper.

Draw a red beak also, then cut them out.

Apply a little bit of glue on the back of the eyes…

… and glue them in place.

Add the beak in the middle of the face… and your thankful turkey is ready.

Isn’t this turkey a cute one?  And, he’s so smart too…. he tells everyone what you are thankful for.

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How to Make Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

People are always wondering how they can make their Thanksgiving festive, but unique at the same time.  In today’s craft I will show you how to do just that.  In this post I will show you how to make Thanksgiving napkin rings made out of walnut shells.  And, inside these walnut shells your guests will find a nice surprise…. a thank you from you.  This is a simple yet fun craft that you and the kids will enjoy making.  Your guests will love these.  So, let’s get started.

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Tutorial offered by Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade

 

Materials Needed

– walnut shells (2 halves)
– ribbon
– pen
– paper
– craft glue
– gold glitter glue
-scissors

 

Step 1

Cut a small rectangle of paper (about 0.8 cm x 5 cm)…

… and write “Thank you” on it.


Step 2

Apply a bit of glue on one end…

… and place the ribbon on it.

Let it dry.

 

Step 3

Place the walnut shells on paper and draw a pattern on them with glitter glue.

I made stripes.

Let them dry well.

 

Step 4

Wrap the note to look like this.

 

Step 5

Apply a layer of glue on the edges of a walnut shell…

… like this.

 

Step 6

Put the note inside…

… and close the walnut, like this.

Let it dry well.

Use ribbon to tie napkin.

And, there you have it…. you just made a Thanksgiving Napkin Ring.  Make as many as you need to complete your Thanksgiving table.

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How to Make a Cornucopia Silverware Holder

Thanksgiving is coming up quickly.  But, don’t stress you still have plenty of time to make your Thanksgiving festivities unique.  Today I will show you how to make Cornucopia Silverware Holders for your Thanksgiving table.   These Thanksgiving silverware holders are in the shape of a cornucopia…. they are the perfect shape and size to hold your silverware.  This is a great way not only to add a Thanksgiving flair to your dinner table, but it is also a great way to keep all the silverware in place.  So, let’s get started.

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Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade  will show you, step by step, how to make these.

 

Materials Needed

– brown felt
– pen (or permanent marker)
– needle and thread
– scissors
– pins

 

Step 1

Draw the outline of the horn on felt (using your pen or marker), like this.

Fold the felt sheet on one side of the horn, like this.

Pin it in place.


Step 2

Cut it out (keeping the felt folded).

Unfold. It will look like this.

 

Step 3

Decorate the horn with lines (or any other decorations, if you want. I think swirls could look great too)…

… like this.

 

Step 4

Fold it again…

… and sew the two parts.

This is the complete tableware holder.

Imagine how festive your Thanksgiving table will look with these Cornucopia Silverware Holders.  Your Thanksgiving guests will love them.

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14 Fun and Festive Thanksgiving Place Card Ideas

14 Fun and Festive Thanksgiving Place Card Ideas

If you are like me you are having a lot of people over at your house for Thanksgiving.  And, with a large amount of people around a table it can sometimes mean a lot of confusion as to where everyone is sitting.  To relieve the stress from you dealing with that during your fun Thanksgiving festivities one way to do this is to have place cards around the table.  This way your guests can easily go to the table and find their seats easily.  Well, with that in mind today’s post will be about fun and festive Thanksgiving place card ideas.  Sure, you can easily just buy place cards in the store, but where is the fun in that?  Today I have put together 14 awesome Thanksgiving place card ideas I have found around the internet.  Surely, you will find the one that is perfect for you and your Thanksgiving get together.

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14 Fun and Festive Thanksgiving Place Card Ideas

(1)  Nutshell Place Cards

Nutshell Place Cards

We are going to get right into this Place Card post with this festive Thanksgiving Place Card Idea.  Here Martha Stewart shows us how to take an average walnut and make it into a beautiful Place Card.  Make enough for your entire Thanksgiving party.  I love this idea because it is a beautiful way to give your Thanksgiving table some style without spending too much money.

 

(2)  Paper Pumpkin Place Cards

Paper Pumpkin Place Cards

These pumpkins are so beautiful.  Made from card stock or patterned paper these pumpkins can be as stylish or simple as your would like.  Passionately Artistic shows us how you could even fill the pumpkin with treats if you want to give the kids at the Thanksgiving Table an extra smile.


(3)  Leaf Place Card

Leaf Place Card

Here is one of our Thanksgiving Place Card Crafts.  Here we use some cardboard and gold paint to give the leaf an authentic look.  We even use a little gold paint on the edges of the cardboard to have the place cards look very elegant.  Check out How to Make Leaf Place Cards.

 

(4)  Pilgrim Hat Place Cards

Pilgrim Hat Place Cards

These adorable Pilgrim Hat Place Cards are actually made out of black plastic cups.  This Thanksgiving Place Card craft is super easy and the kids will love to make them.  Use a little gold paint to write the names of the people attending on the lip of the hat.  Check out all the craft details at Me and My Insanity.

 

(5) Terra-Cotta Pilgrim Hat Place Cards

Terra-Cotta Pilgrim Hat Place Cards

Here is a fantastically unique Place Card idea.  Here Mrs. DesignHer shows us how to take some miniature flowerpots and make them into a unique Place Card.  Plus, your guests will have a little treasure to take home to remember your wonderful Thanksgiving party.

 

(6)  Fun Turkey Place Cards

Fun Turkey Place Cards

Here is a simple and perfectly festive idea for Place Cards.  After all, these place cards have everything you need including a wonderful Thanksgiving Turkey to make both children and adults smile.  I found this place card idea over at Meg Bee Designs.  Here she uses Cardstock and Alphabet Stickers to make her creation.

 

(7)  Thankful Pilgrim Place Cards

Thankful Pilgrim Place Cards

Here is another one of our Thanksgiving Place Cards crafts.  Here we combine two wonderful things together into this place card.  Firstly, the obvious… it’s a place card.  And secondly, it’s reminds us what Thanksgiving is all about…. being thankful.  On these place cards your guests will write down what they are thankful for and share their thoughts during the festivities.  Make sure to check out how to make these Thankful Pilgrim Place Cards craft.

 

(8)  Book Page Turkey Place Card

Book Page Turkey Place Card

Oh boy, do I really love these!!  They are just so original and completely unique.  Your guests are sure to love them.  Fiskars shows us how to take discarded book pages or any type of pages you wish and make them into these awesome Place Cards.  Imagine how much your guests will love these.

 

(9)  Cork Turkey Place Card

Cork Turkey Place Cards

How cool is this Turkey?  So cool!!  And, this turkey is a place card.  Make a whole bunch and you have yourself some Cork Turkey Place Cards.  Made from actual corks…. Parents came up with this splendid idea to make these cork turkeys into place cards.  They are sure to be a big hit at any  Thanksgiving party.

 

(9)  Whimsical turkey place cards

Whimsical Turkey Place Cards

I know this image is small, but I think you can get the idea that this turkey is awesome.  What is even more awesome about these Turkey Place Cards is that it is made from recycled material.  Got to love that!  Canadian Living shows you how to take yogurt containers and transform them into these cute Place Cards.

 

(10)  Apple Turkey Place Cards

Apple Turkey Place Cards

Womans Day has the right idea with this one.  Here they take small apples, almonds, fruit lifesavers and some other items and turn it into this awesome looking turkey.  I love the idea…. and I know your guests will too.  Check out their site for the step-by-step how to.

 

(11)  Rustic Napkin Ring Place Cards

Rustic Napkin Ring Place Cards

Here is another festive and quite elegant Place Card idea from Womans Day.  And, if you don’t mind breaking out the electric drill for a craft… then this is the Place Card craft for you.  Here they take a birch branch and cut them into disks…. write the guest’s name on your disks and your well on your way to replicating these beautiful napkin ring place cards at your house.

 

(12)  Burlap Button Turkey Place Cards

Burlap Button Turkey Place Cards

I absolutely love these Thanksgiving Place Cards.  I know exactly what it is I like about them…. it is the burlap button.  I love the texture and warmth it gives these place cards.  I found this place card craft over at Factory Direct Craft and I must say you need to check it out for yourself.

 

(13)  Recycled Paper Place Cards

Recycled Paper Place Cards

This Thanksgiving place card craft is simply adorable.  And, I love that it is made from recycled paper…. that just makes it even better.  I found this craft over at Alpha Mom.  Here she uses junk mail for the feathers.  I love how the junk mail gives the feathers a 3D look.   Make sure your children help you with this place card craft…. they will love helping.

 

(14)  Finger Stamp Place Cards

Finger Stamp Place Cards

Now, these Thanksgiving Crafts are really festive and cute.  Plus, they are perfect for your children and their little fingers to make.  You can even make these place cards a fun activity for the kids to do before the Thanksgiving meal begins.  Check out Spoonful for all the fun crafty details.

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My Favorite Mayflower Craft Ideas for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving will be here in no time at all.  And, one of the lessons we try to teach our children about the Thanksgiving Holiday is the Pilgrims and the Mayflower.  What I found during lessons is that teaching them visually is the easiest way to get them to understand…. hence doing a craft.  So, today I thought I would show you my Favorite Mayflower Craft Ideas for Thanksgiving.  I found these Mayflower crafts while searching the internet.  They are all really incredible and a ton of fun.  Surely, you will be able to find some Mayflower craft ideas from this list….. use them to help teach your children about the Pilgrims and their travel on the Mayflower.

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My Favorite Mayflower Craft Ideas for Thanksgiving

My Favorite Mayflower Craft Ideas for Thanksgiving

(1)  Model Mayflower

Model Mayflower

Here is a wonderful way to make a model Mayflower.  Made from disposable coffee cups and coffee stirrers this is a great way to recycle items as well as teach your children about the Mayflower.  I found this Mayflower craft over at Parenting.  Make sure to check it out.

 

(2)  Hand Print Mayflower

Hand Print Mayflower

I love this Mayflower craft.  It is just simply adorable.  And, any young crafter will have a lot of fun making it.  I found this Thanksgiving craft over at Almost Unschoolers.  Make sure to check out her site to get all the Mayflower craft details.


(3)  Mayflower Walnut Boat

Mayflower Walnut Boat

Even we have our own Mayflower crafts.  Here is our first one.  We will show you how to make a Mayflower out of a walnut.  And, what is really cool about this Mayflower craft is that the boat will actually float in water.  Check out How to Make a Mayflower Walnut Boat to make one for yourself.

 

(4)  Mayflower Paper Plate Craft

Mayflower Paper Plate Craft

Here is a fun Mayflower craft that your little ones will really enjoy.  The Crafty Classroom will show you how to take two paper plates and a popsicle stick and make it into this awesome Mayflower.  Oh boy, this sounds like fun.

 

(5)  The Mayflower Simplified

Mayflower Simpliefied

I love this bloggers idea.  Her idea was to come up with a Mayflower craft that she could make with young children.  I Can Teach My Child came up with this idea and it is a great one.  Made from a paper towel roll, a straw and some other materials this craft will take on a life of its own.  Share it with your child…. they will love it.

 

(6)  Mayflower Sandwich

Mayflower Sandwich

I just couldn’t pass this one up.  I know it’s not technically a craft, but it is a Mayflower recipe that you and your little ones can have fun putting together.  Little Nummies put this one together and it is just precious.  Made from bread, cream cheese and pretzels this yummy recipe will be a whole lot of fun to put together… almost as much fun as eating it.

 

(7)  Mayflower Photo Craft

Mayflower Photo Craft

This is a great Thanksgiving craft to enhance your teachings of the Pilgrims, Mayflower and the first Thanksgiving.  Here Classified Mom adds actual photos of her own children to better engage her children in the lesson.  You can do the same.

 

(8)  Mayflower Crayon Holder

Mayflower Crayon Holder

I love, love, love this idea.  Made from a creamer container this Mayflower actually holds crayons.  I think this Mayflower craft will be perfect for the Thanksgiving Kids Table.  Imagine every child having one of these Mayflower Crayon Holders on Thanksgiving…. the fun they will have.  Check out It’s Overflowing for all the craft details.

 

(9)  Mayflower Milk Carton Craft

Mayflower Milk Carton Craft

Made from a milk carton and some tissue paper this Mayflower Craft is sure to be a fun one.  Hidden underneath the tissue paper are some apples…. perfectly festive for the fall season.  Check out Creative Holiday Gift Ideas to find out how you too can make this with your children.

 

(10)  Mayflower Hats

Mayflower Hats

What kid doesn’t love hats?  They just all do.  And, these Mayflower hats will be no exception.  Spoonful shows you step-by-step how to make these adorable and festive hats.  Make a few and have them ready for the kids table at Thanksgiving.  All the children will love to wear them.

 

(11)  Mayflower Centerpiece

Mayflower Centerpiece

Why not center your entire Thanksgiving Meal around the Mayflower…. or perhaps the kids table.  Martha Stewart shows you how to with these very detailed instructions on how you too could have a Mayflower Centerpiece.

 

(12)  Mayflower Cut, Tape & Play

Mayflower Cut Tape Play

Homespun With Love shows you how you can print off this really cool Mayflower and let your kids cut, tape and then play with this Mayflower.  Use this as a visual tool when teaching your children about the Mayflower, the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving.

 

(13)  Mayflower Popsicle Craft

Mayflower Popsicle Craft

Here is a fun Mayflower craft that all the children will love.  Made from Construction Paper and Popsicle Sticks it is very likely you have all the craft materials needed right in your home.  Ramblings of a Crazy Woman will show you in detail how to make this craft…. she even shows you how to make waves to remind us how the Pilgrims endured a lot to find their way here.

 

(14)  Moving Mayflower

Moving Mayflower

Here is another of our Mayflower crafts from our very own site.  This Mayflower craft is a little bit different than the others because it can actually move.  Made with items like a paper towel roll, craft sticks and string this moveable mayflower will make the kids smile.  Gotta love something that actually moves.  Check out our site to find out how to make this Moveable Mayflower.

 

(15)  Mini Mayflower

Mini Mayflower

Get the kids excited about the Pilgrims and the Mayflower with this mini mayflower craft.  Made from a milk container this mayflower is the perfect size for little kids hands.  The kids will love to play with this mayflower and it also makes the perfect Thanksgiving decoration.  Check out Parents Connect for all the details.

 

(16)  Cardboard Tube Mayflower

Cardboard Tube Mayflower

When I found this Mayflower craft I thought it was quite original.  I found this Thanksgiving craft over at Naturally Educational.  Here she uses a cardboard tube along with some twigs to make her original Mayflower craft.  Make sure to check out her site for all the step-by-step details.  She also adds some Mayflower book choices to help you teach your children about the Mayflower.

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How to Make a Decorative Corn Filled with Treats for Thanksgiving

Today I am going to continue with the fun Thanksgiving crafts.  In this post I’m going to show you how to make a decorative corn filled with treats for Thanksgiving.  If you are having Thanksgiving dinner at your house then this is a great craft for you.  You can make these treat filled corns for the children attending your Thanksgiving feast.  Sure, they can’t eat the treats before dinner, but these festive corns will be perfect for the children to take home with them.  They will truly get a kick of out them.  So, let’s get started.

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How to Make a Decorative Corn Filled with Treats for Thanksgiving

 

Materials Needed

Two 12 Inch Pieces of Manilla Paper

Pen or Pencil

Scissor

Green & Yellow Crayons, Markers or Colored Pencils

Glue or Paste

Treats or Candy

String

 

Step 1

Take a 12 inch piece of manilla paper and draw a pattern like this.

Take a 12 inch piece of manilla paper and draw a pattern like this.


Step 2

 Cut out the pattern like this.

Cut out the pattern like this.

 

Step 3

Color this green.

Color this green.

 

Step 4

From a piece of about 5 inches square make a roll similar to a cone.

From a piece of about 5 inches square make a roll similar to a cone.  Before rolling color paper yellow.  Make sure to not get it too pointed.  Paste.

 

Step 5

You can fill corn with treats or candy.  Fold green part around cone and tie with a string.

You can fill corn with treats or candy.  Fold green part around cone and tie with a string.

 

Step 6

Lightly draw little ovals for corn kernels.

Lightly draw little ovals for corn kernels.

And there you have it.  You have just made a decorative corn filled with treats.  These are a great idea if you are having a Thanksgiving dinner with children.  They will love these.

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Giving Thanks Thanksgiving Crafts Roundup

Giving Thanks Thanksgiving Crafts Roundup

Thanksgiving is coming up quickly.  This month wouldn’t it be a great idea to fill it with crafts that remind us what this Holiday is all about….. being thankful.  We all have so much to be thankful for.  So, in this link roundup I have scoured the internet to find crafts that all have to do with being thankful.  Each craft is a lot of fun and all can be used as a Thanksgiving decoration…. but most of all they remind us to be thankful.  With these crafts you will be doing them as a family…. and family is one of the most important reasons to be thankful.  So, get ready to spend some time looking at some amazing Thanksgiving “Giving Thanks” Crafts….. you are sure to find one that you will love.

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Giving Thanks Thanksgiving Crafts Roundup

(1)  Thanksgiving Countdown Calendar

Thanksgiving Countdown Calendar

This Thanksgiving craft is kind of like a Holiday Advent Calendar.  You and your family can express your thanks and gratitude simply by writing your thanks on your color piece of paper and adding it to the envelopes.  Look at them each day to remind each other what you are Thankful for.  I found this great Thanksgiving craft at Parents.com.

 

(2)  Give Thanks Napkin Rings

Give Thanks Napkin Rings

In this Thanksgiving thankful craft Jeanne Winters shows you how to create these amazing napkin rings that inspire your Thanksgiving guests to go around the Thanksgiving table before the feast and let everyone know what they are thankful for.


(3)  Give Thanks Yarn Turkey

Give Thanks Yarn Turkey

This Thanksgiving thankful craft was one of our crafts posted last Thanksgiving Season.  It’s a craft that your children will love putting together.  Plus, it is part finished when it is presented at the Thanksgiving table and finished by the guests adding to each feather what they are thankful for.  Check it out.

 

(4)  Gratitude Tree Advent Calendar

Gratitude Tree Advent Calendar

Here is another advent calendar idea using this time a tree.  Trees are great for this Thanksgiving craft because they have many branches to add your thankful ideas to…. plus trees are perfect for this fall craft.  Oopsey Daisy came up with this Thanksgiving craft and I love it.  Check it out to see how she uses a magnetic sheet and bottle caps for this craft.

 

(5)  Give Thanks Board

Give Thanks Board

This Thanksgiving thankful craft is similar to the first one, but instead of it being a garland it is actually all out on a board.  What is really cool about this Thanksgiving thankful craft is the use of  a variety of coordinating scrapbook paper giving it an amazing look.  Check it out for yourself at JellybeanJunkyard.

 

(6)  Thankful Bucket

Thanksgiving Thankful Bucket

Here one family shows you how they use a Thankful Bucket to remind each other what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving season.  Here The Idea Room shows us how to put together this festive bucket.  Have the family fill it with things they are thankful for…. after dinner share these things with the rest of the family.  Great idea.

 

(7)  Changeable Frames for Thankfulness

Changeable Frames for Thankfulness

Here is a clever idea by Flamingo Toes.  Here the writer of this post shows you how to make a place that your family can write down what they are thankful for.  This particular Thanksgiving thankful craft is made with glass over the embroidery so they can write different things all month long.  They can wipe it clean and start over as often as they would like.

 

(8)  Thankful Leaf Garland Decoration

Thankful Leaf Garland Decoration

Here is a cute Thanksgiving thankful craft.  And, one that looks awesome as a Thanksgiving decoration.  Full Circle shows you how to make this festive craft.  Simply string together construction paper leaves and have family members write on the leaves what they are thankful for.  String together as garland for all to see.

 

(9)  Thankful Tree

Thanksgiving Thankful Tree

Here is a great Thanksgiving thankful craft that is perfect for even the youngest of crafters with just a lit bit of help from you.  Playful Learning shows you how to make one of these Thankful Trees for your houses.  Simply have the kids make leaves, color them and cut them out.  Have the children write down what they are thankful for.  She will show you how to finish it off with a tree branch.  Check it out for yourself.

 

(10)  Thanksgiving Hat

Thanksgiving Hat

Here is a fun Thanksgiving thankful craft that the little kiddies will love.  Dim Sum, Bagels and Crawfish shows you how to make this craft.  The kids will love making it, but even more so love wearing it.  If you are having a Thanksgiving dinner at your house considering doing this craft with the little ones at your feast…. they will love it.

 

(11)  Paper Cornucopia of Thanks

Paper Cornucopia of Thanks

Flip Flops and Applesauce shows you how to take some paper and posicle sticks and make it into a beautiful and meaningful table centerpiece for Thanksgiving.  Make sure to involve the whole table…. have your guests each write down what they are thankful for and read them out loud.

 

(12)  Thanksgiving Clothespin Wreath

Thanksgiving Clothespin Wreath

Here is a cool Thanksgiving thankful craft that also works as an awesome Thanksgiving wreath decoration for the Holidays.  I found this Thanksgiving craft over at Chica and Jo.  This amazing Thanksgiving wreath is made from Clothespins.  Add a sharpie to your wreath and let your visitors add what they are thankful for.  Save it for years to come.

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How to Make Pinecone Turkeys

Oh boy, do I have a fun craft for you today perfect for the Thanksgiving season.  Today I’m going to show you how to make Pinecone Turkeys perfect for Thanksgiving.  These pinecone turkeys will look great around the house as Thanksgiving decorations.  Plus, your kids will love to make them.  They are a lot of fun and your kids will have great pride in knowing they made items you could actually put around the house as decorations.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

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How to Make Pinecone Turkeys

 

Materials Needed

Pinecone

Tan Puffball

Glue

Googly Eyes

Yellow Felt or Foam

Red Felt

Orange Pipe Cleaner

Different Color Pipe Cleaner, Construction Paper or Craft Feathers

 

Step 1

Get a pinecone.

Get a pinecone.


Step 2

Glue a tan puffball to the top of pinecone.

Glue a tan puffball to the top of pinecone.

 

Step 3

Glue googly eyes on.

Glue googly eyes on.

 

Step 4

Cut yellow triangle out of felt or foam and glue on face.

Cut yellow triangle out of felt or foam and glue on face.

 

Step 5

Draw a #7 like shape on red felt like above picture.  Glue red felt on top of beak.

Draw a #7 like shape on red felt like above picture.  Glue red felt on top of beak.

 

Step 6

Wrap orange pipe cleaner around pinecone.

Wrap orange pipe cleaner around pinecone.  Then take smaller pieces of pipe cleaner to make claws.

 

Step 7

Loop pipe cleaners and stick into back of pinecone for feathers.

Loop pipe cleaners and stick into back of pinecone for feathers.  Or, use paper or craft feathers.

And, now you are all finished.  You just made your Pincone Turkey.  Now, use it to decorate your house for Thanksgiving.  Actually, make a few to put around the house….. everyone will love it!!

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How to Make Paper Log Cabins for Thanksgiving

Whether you want to teach your children about the Pilgrims or whether you are just looking for some Thanksgiving decorations to put around the house…. I have a great Thanksgiving craft for you.  Today I’m going to show you how to make Paper Log Cabins for Thanksgiving.  This would be a great craft to help teach your children about Thanksgiving and how important the Pilgrims were to that…. plus, the craft is a lot of fun.  Use the finished Log Cabin to put around the house as a Thanksgiving decoration.  Let’s get started.

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How to Make Paper Log Cabins for Thanksgiving

 

Materials Needed

Printer & Paper

Scissors

Ruler

Butter Knife

Glue

 

Click on template image below to open up new page and to print.

Log Cabin Template

 

Step 1

Print out the cabin template.

Print out the cabin template.


Step 2

Cut out both parts.

Cut out both parts.

 

Step 3

Score on lines by using a ruler and dull side of butter knife.  Then fold.

Score on lines by using a ruler and dull side of butter knife.  Then fold.

 

Step 4

Glue together with side tab.

Glue together with side tab.

 

Step 5

The chimney folds into a 3D rectangle.

The chimney folds into a 3D rectangle.

 

Step 6

Paste chimney on top tabs.

Paste chimney on top tabs.

 

Step 7

Let dry.

Let dry.

There you go…. you just finished making one of your Paper Log Cabins for Thanksgiving.  Make a few and use them for a Pilgrim Lesson for your kids and as Thanksgiving decorations for around your house.

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How to Make a Mayflower Walnut Boat

I have a fun craft for you…. it is a Thanksgiving craft.  Today I’m going to show you how to make a Mayflower Walnut Boat.  This boat will actually float.  So, it is a craft that will not only be a ton of fun making, but will also be loads of fun playing with.  You will need a bit of help from an adult.  Have an adult break open the walnut with a nutcracker.  It needs to be broken in half…. not crushed.  So, an adult will be able to help you with this.  Let’s get started with this fun craft…. grab the materials needed and we will get to it.

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How to Make a Mayflower Walnut Boat

 

Materials Needed

Walnut

Nutcracker

Paper

Pen or Pencil

Scissors

Clay, Play Doh, Gum or Wax

Toothpick

 

Step 1

Get a nice walnut.

Get a nice walnut.


Step 2

Adult should split shell without cracking.

Adult should split shell without cracking.

 

Step 3

Draw a shape that is like a square, but wider at the bottom.

Draw a shape that is like a square, but wider at the bottom.  Now cut it out.

 

Step 4

Fill with clay, play doh, gum or wax

Fill with clay, play doh, gum or wax (with help).

 

Step 5

Now take a toothpick and stick it into the gum (or clay or wax) as well as thru the paper twice (as seen).

Now take a toothpick and stick it into the gum (or clay or wax) as well as thru the paper twice (as seen).

 

Step 6

The boat actually works.... set it to sail in the bathtub.

The boat actually works… set it in the bathtub and blow on its sail.

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How to Make Wigwams and Canoes for Thanksgiving

Today I’m going to show you how to Make Wigwams and Canoes for Thanksgiving.  These items are perfect to use as decorations for Thanksgiving.   Actually, add these items to our Indian Village Craft and have an entire Indian Village to Display for Thanksgiving.  Wouldn’t that be wonderful?  You can use both of these crafts to talk about the Native Americans and what they have given our Country.  Remind the children about the story of Thanksgiving.  Do a fun craft and a wonderful lesson at the same time.

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How to Make Wigwams and Canoes for Thanksgiving

 

Materials Needed

Printer & Paper

Scissors

Paste

Twigs

Crayons, Markers or Colored Pencils (optional)

 

Template 1

Black & White Template

Indian Canoe Template black & white

 

Colored Template

Indian Canoe Template Color

 

1.  Click on one of the images above.  Click on the black and white image if you want to color it later.  Or, print off the colored image and there is no need to color it later.   Once the new page opens up print off the template.

2.  Cut out the canoe.

3.  Slit at ‘A’.

4.  Fold in half along center line.  And, paste both halves together at ‘B’.

5.  Where you slit at ‘A’, fold towards each other and paste together.


Template 2

Black & White Template

Template 2 Black & White

 

Colored Template

Template 2 Colored

1.  Click on one of the images above.  Click on the black and white image if you want to color it later.  Or, print off the colored image and there is no need to color it later.   Once the new page opens up print off the template.

2.  Cut out the Wigwam.

3.  Cut on the slits that are noted.

4.  Cut out portion ‘A’.

5.  Bend back the flaps ‘D’, bring ‘C’ flaps together and paste together.

6.  Optionally, get a few twigs (or some raffia) and glue at the top of the Wigwam.

 

Finished Wigwams and Canoes for Thanksgiving

And, there you have it…. that’s how you make Wigwams and Canoes for Thanksgiving.  Use these as Thanksgiving Decorations…. everyone will surely love them.

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How to Make Leaf Place Cards for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming up pretty quickly.  I mean, it is just a few weeks away.  Now is the time to start working on your preparations for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Today I will show you how to make Leaf Place Cards for Thanksgiving.  These Place Cards are a simple, but elegant.  Your Thanksgiving guests will love these lovely Thanksgiving Place Cards…. so much so that they will probably take their place card home to remember your beautiful Thanksgiving dinner.  Let’s get started.

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Laura from  Dacian Moon Handmade will show you how to make these Thanksgiving place cards.

 

Materials Needed

– cardboard
– red paper
– glue
– scissors
– gold paint
– pencil
– cotton swab

 

Step 1

Cut a square from the cardboard (with the side about 8 cm).

Fold it in half.


Step 2

Using the pencil …

… draw a leaf on the red paper…

then cut it out.

 

Step 3

Now we will decorate the leaf to look more real.

Trace a line of gold paint on the middle of it…

… and spread it with the cotton swab…

… like this.  Now, the leaf has the golden tone of an autumn leaf.

Next, we will trace the veins – start with the main one, in the middle…

… then the little ones, on both sides of it…

… like this.

 

Step 4

With the paint that is still on the swab, make some short, uneven lines on the edges of the folded cardboard…

… like this.

 

Step 5

Apply a small amount of glue on the right upper part…

… then place the leaf there.

The place card is now ready to decorate your Thanksgiving table.  Make one for each of your guests this Thanksgiving.  It will give your dinner a formal touch.

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How to Make a Fairy Crown for Halloween

Girls love pretending to be Fairys.  They can pretend to be Fairys on any day of the year, but they especially love dressing up as a Fairy on Halloween.  Well, a fairy just can’t truly be a fairy without their Fairy Crown.  In this post I will show you how to make a Fairy Crown for Halloween.  Add this to your Fairy Skirt and Fairy Mask to have the most perfect Fairy Costume this Halloween.  Or, use the Fairy Costume to play dress-up all year long.  Let’s get started with the craft.  NOTE: you will need a little bit of help from an adult for this tutorial.

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fairy-crowns-necklaces

 

Materials Needed

– 2 pieces of tulle: green and cream colored
– ribbon
– red beads
– needle and thread
– pen
– scissors
– a piece of brown cord
– lighter and pliers or tweezers (with Adult help)

 

Step 1

Draw 5 circles on cream tulle.

Cut them out.

Do the same with green tulle but make those circles smaller.


Step 2

This is the step where you need help. Fold a circle in quarter

… hold it with pliers and burn it a very little on the edges…. enough to wrinkle a bit.  (Must Have Adult Help.)  It is a very quick move with the lighter.

Do the same for all the circles. If you skip this step, the circles will remain flat.

 

Step 3

Set the pattern and make a mark where you should have the first circle (flower).

Using needle and thread sew the end of the ribbon…

… twist the ribbon…

… and sew it loose.

It will look like this.

 

Step 4

When you reach the marker, put a white circle on the needle…

… then a red bead …

and sew it to the spot.

Continue twisting the ribbon and sewing it loose, then add a green circle with a red bead… and so on.

Like this.

 

Step 5

Take the brown cord and put it through the tube of ribbon, under the first stitch.

Let enough cord free and make a knot.

This will keep the cord in place.

Begin to wrap loosely around the necklace…

… along with flowers, like this.

When you reach the other end pass the cord through the ribbon tube again.

The crown will be tied at the back…

… and it is ready to complete your Fairy costume.

Isn’t this Fairy Crown adorable?  Any Fairy would love to wear this crown.  Make sure to make the Fairy Skirt and Fairy Mask to accompany this Fairy Crown.

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How to Make a Spider Pendant for Halloween

I have a treat for you crafters today….. I’m going to show you how to make a Spider Pendant for Halloween.  Made from jewelry wire and beads this Spider Pendant turns out beautifully.  Make it for yourself or as a gift for someone special…. they will surely love it.  What is awesome about this Spider Pendant is that you can wear it all year long…. not just for Halloween.  It turns out that amazing….. you don’t want to just save it for Halloween.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

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Laura from  Dacian Moon Handmade  will show you, step by step, how to make this Spider Pendant.

How to make Spider Pendants for Halloween

 

Materials Needed

– black crystal
– red coral (you can use any red bead, just keep in mind it should be bigger than the black one)
– 2 little beads (seed beads)
– one piece of wire (about 3 cm)
– 3 pieces of wire (about 4.5 cm)
– chain
– round nose pliers

NOTE: Wire should be neither too soft nor too hard.

 

Step 1

Take the small piece of wire…

…and begin making a loop on one end.

Put the 2 seed beads on it…

… and close the loop. These will be the eyes.


Step 2

Add the black crystal…

… and the red coral bead.

Using the pliers make another loop on the other end.

Take care to let about 5mm between the black bead and the red one.

 

Step 3

Take the 3 pieces of wire…

… and bend them in half, like this.

Continue to press on the ends until it looks like this.

Put the spider body through it, like this…

… and tighten the knot.

Press on the ends again…

… and make another knot, like this.

NOTE: It is not actually a knot. You just wrap the 3 wire around the spider body 2 times.

 

Step 4

Separate spider legs.

Fold down the first leg almost half (smallest side towards the body)…

… and make a little loop on the end, using the pliers.

Repeat for all the legs…

… and your spider is ready.

Add a chain to it (you can put it through the head – between the eyes) and is ready to be worn.

Ok, how awesome is this Spider Pendant?  It is perfect for the Halloween season…. or really any time of year.  It is that beautiful to wear… wear it all year long.

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How to Make a Butterfly Headband

I have a fun craft for the girls today.  I’m going to show you how to make a butterfly headband.  This headband is perfect for any girl to wear who loves butterflies.  This headband can actually be worn in the hair and the butterflies stand up from the headband, so you will be able to see the butterflies no matter how thick your hair is.  This craft is not only useful, but it is also fun.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

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Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade  will show you, step by step, how to make this.

Butterfly Headbands

 

Materials Needed

– transparent foil (mine is backed with paper)
– craft glue
– pen
– headband
– scissors
– paint markers (or permanent markers): black, green, gold

 

Step 1

Use the pen to draw a butterfly on the transparency.

Like this.

… and another one, smaller…

… like this.


Step 2

Using the black marker…

…trace the contour of the first butterfly, and color the body.

If you want to make some black decorations on it, do that now. I made a line on both wings.

Trace the contour of the second butterfly too. Let them dry.

Use green marker to color them.

I added some green lines to the big one…

… and I made the second one completely green.

Use the gold marker to add highlights.

I added golden dots to the small one…

… and I colored the remaining places on the big one’s wings.

Let them dry well.

 

Step 3

Cut them out.

Like this.

Fold up the wings like this.

 

Step 4

Turn the big butterfly over …

… and add glue on its body…

… then place it on the headband.

Do the same with the small one…

… and the headband is ready.

Let it dry well before wearing.

And there you go…. you now have a beautiful headband decorated with butterflies.  What girl wouldn’t love wearing that?

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How to Make a Fairy Skirt Costume for Halloween

Earlier today I showed you How to Make a Fairy Mask for Halloween.  But your Fairy Costume wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t have a Fairy Skirt to wear along with it.  I have an easy craft to show you how to make a Fairy Skirt using some green and cream tulle.  Tulle is a wonderfully light material perfect for Fairys.  After all, how else could a Fairy fly around like she does if she wasn’t wearing something light like Tulle.  Your little girl will love this fairy skirt…. she will surely use it well after Halloween is over for dress-up fun.   So, let’s get started.

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Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade   will show you, step by step, how to make it.

How to make Fairy Skirts for Costumes on Halloween

 

Materials Needed

– tulle : green and cream colored
– elastic cord
– scissors

 

Step 1

Cut strips of tulle with a width of 2 cm. The strips must be twice the length of the skirt.

Green and cream tulle…. When you think you have enough you can begin to assemble the skirt.


Step 2

Take the cord…

… and place it behind  one strip folded in half.

Bring the ends through the loop, over the cord…

… and pull to get a knot.

Add another one…

… and another one… and so on.

Take care to alternate the green and cream strips and all the knots to be oriented in one direction, for the strips to sit well.

 

Step 3

When you added enough strips, just tie the ends of the cord …

… and the skirt is ready.

 NOTE: I am using a doll as example, but the skirt is actually meant for girls.

What a beautiful fairy skirt to wear over leggings this Halloween.  Make sure to Make the Fairy Mask to wear with this Fairy Skirt…. it will complete your Fairy Costume this Halloween.

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