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30 kids Thanksgiving crafts that will brighten up your holiday table

Meredith Bland is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Time.com, Brain, Mother, The Rumpus, Scary Mommy and Narratively, among others.

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Getting festive for the holidays

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Getting festive for the holidays

A Thanksgiving table just isn't complete without a festive centerpiece — so why not get your kids involved in sprucing up the spread?

There are a ton of easy table decorations that children can make themselves. It's the perfect way to have them tap into their creativity while boosting self-esteem. They'll be so proud after putting the finishing touches on these Thanksgiving crafts.

Originally published November 2015. Updated November 2016.

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Thumbprint place cards

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Thumbprint place cards

Simple, easy and attractive — it's amazing what you can do with a thumbprint at Thanksgiving

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A full place setting

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A full place setting

A bunch of cute projects, and all easier than they look. Some fall-colored yarn wrapped around bottles, painted twigs and an easy napkin ring give you a colorful and modern place setting your kids can be proud of — in part because they made it themselves!

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Gratitude turkey

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Gratitude turkey

Not only is "gratitude turkey" a great craft, but it provides a wonderful way for the entire family to share what they're thankful for.

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Paper bag turkey

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Paper bag turkey

Paper bags and popcorn give you a turkey you can decorate and then eat while watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

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Handprint turkey

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Handprint turkey

Kids have been making handprint turkeys forever because they're awesome. Here, you can add feathers and clothespins to turn them into place cards.

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Turkey napkin rings

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Turkey napkin rings

Pipe cleaners and googly eyes make for a snazzy little napkin holder on Thanksgiving.

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Handprint turkey keepsakes

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Handprint turkey keepsakes

It's a keepsake! It's a turkey! It's a turkey keepsake! And it's a take-home gift the grandparents will appreciate more than leftover mashed potatoes.

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Pumpkin turkey

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Pumpkin turkey

Who doesn't love a mini pumpkin? Nobody. Who doesn't love a mini pumpkin made to look like a turkey? Extra nobody.

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Thankful turkey box

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Thankful turkey box

Another way to collect the reasons everyone at the table is thankful, but this time in a turkey box. A turkey box! What more needs to be said?

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Pilgrim hats Thanksgiving place holder

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Pilgrim hats Thanksgiving place holder

This time we move from turkeys to Pilgrims with these place card hats made from paint and pots.

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Maple leaf turkeys

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Maple leaf turkeys

Take the kids for a walk, find some beautiful leaves, and glue them into some ridiculously cute turkeys!

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Gilded gourd place holders

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Gilded gourd place holders

Golden gourds are just pretty. And then you just make a slit and put a card in, and your guests will think you are super fancy and talented. Hurray!

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Thankfulness place mat

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Thankfulness place mat

Another keepsake your guests can take home with them. Let your kids' imaginations go wild as they come up with Thanksgiving art to put in their place mats.

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Pompom turkey

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Pompom turkey

Does it get cuter than a pinecone turkey with pipe cleaner legs? The answer is no. No, it doesn't.

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Juice box turkeys

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Juice box turkeys

Recycling at its best — take those juice boxes, and turn them into turkeys!

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Coffee filter turkeys

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Coffee filter turkeys

This is just about the most creative use for coffee filters that we've ever seen.

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Paper bag turkey puppets

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Paper bag turkey puppets

Paper bag turkey puppets are adorable and also provide for some awesome dinner time conversation.

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Paper plate turkey wreaths

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Paper plate turkey wreaths

Perfect for the front door or the mantle, these cute turkey wreaths are so easy to make.

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Turkey cones

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Turkey cones

These turkey cones will liven up your table and can double as a fun party hat!

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Craft Stick Scarecrows

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Craft Stick Scarecrows

Coco29's craft stick scarecrows would make for lovely coasters to liven up the Thanksgiving table.

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Turkey finger puppets

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Turkey finger puppets

Adorable turkey finger puppets will be a hit at the kids table.

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Doily turkeys

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Doily turkeys

These little guys are so simple, they're great for toddlers who want to get crafty.

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Paper ring pumpkins

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Paper ring pumpkins

Kids can count their blessings and then display them for all the family to see.

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Pinecone

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Pinecone

Just a couple pinecones, some paper, glue and glitter is all you need to to make cute turkey table toppers.

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Handprint turkey table runner

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Handprint turkey table runner

This personalized table runner will add a little fun to your feast.

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Toilet paper roll turkeys

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Toilet paper roll turkeys

Pre-school aged kids love making these colorful birds.

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Clothespin turkeys

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Clothespin turkeys

These feathered guys are easy to display on the table.

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Personalized footprint turkeys

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Personalized footprint turkeys

These silly decorations make for a precious keepsake to use year after year.

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Drumstick place settings

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Drumstick place settings

Paper bag drumstick place settings make for an amazing photo op.

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Thanksgiving craft ideas for kids

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Thanksgiving craft ideas for kids

Spice up your Thanksgiving table with these cute crafts kids can make.

 

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