30 Thanksgiving Table Decor Crafts for Kids

by Meredith Bland
Nov 9, 2017 at 3:30 a.m. ET

For the Martha Stewarts of the world, putting together a Thanksgiving table means building an intricate, elegant masterpiece. But where's the fun in that? Are turkey and all the fixin's as enjoyable if you're worried about someone elbowing that crystal candle holder when they go to reach for the gravy? These are Thanksgiving things we ask ourselves.

On the other hand, a Thanksgiving table just isn't complete without some sort of festive decor. So why not aim for something for a little less breakable and a lot more fun? Translation: Get your kids involved in sprucing up the spread.

There are tons of easy table decorations kids can make themselves, and crafts are the perfect way to let them tap into their creativity while boosting self-esteem — because they'll be so proud after putting the finishing touches on these Thanksgiving crafts. Keeping kids occupied and getting the decorating done? Talk about killing two, um, turkeys with one stone.

Originally published November 2015. Updated November 2017.

1 /31: Turkey shapes

1/31 :Turkey shapes

Your kids can work on their shapes while putting together these adorable turkeys.

2 /31: Thumbprint place cards

2/31 :Thumbprint place cards

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

3 /31: A full place setting

3/31 :A full place setting

These cute projects are 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.

4 /31: Gratitude turkey

4/31 :Gratitude turkey

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

5 /31: Paper bag turkey

5/31 :Paper bag turkey

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

6 /31: Handprint turkey

6/31 :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.

7 /31: Turkey napkin rings

7/31 :Turkey napkin rings

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

8 /31: Handprint turkey keepsakes

8/31 :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.

9 /31: Pumpkin turkey

9/31 :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.

10 /31: Thankful turkey box

10/31 :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?

11 /31: Pilgrim hats Thanksgiving placeholder

11/31 :Pilgrim hats Thanksgiving placeholder

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

12 /31: Maple leaf turkeys

12/31 :Maple leaf turkeys

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

13 /31: Gilded gourd placeholders

13/31 :Gilded gourd placeholders

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. 

14 /31: Thankfulness place mat

14/31 :Thankfulness place mat

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

15 /31: Pom-pom turkey

15/31 :Pom-pom turkey

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

16 /31: Juice box turkeys

16/31 :Juice box turkeys

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

17 /31: Coffee filter turkeys

17/31 :Coffee filter turkeys

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

18 /31: Paper bag turkey puppets

18/31 :Paper bag turkey puppets

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

19 /31: Paper plate turkey wreaths

19/31 :Paper plate turkey wreaths

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

20 /31: Turkey cones

20/31 :Turkey cones

These turkey cones will liven up your table and can double as fun party hats.

21 /31: Craft stick scarecrows

21/31 :Craft stick scarecrows

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

22 /31: Turkey finger puppets

22/31 :Turkey finger puppets

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

23 /31: Doily turkeys

30 Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids That Make for Festive Table Decor
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23/31 :Doily turkeys

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

24 /31: Paper ring pumpkins

24/31 :Paper ring pumpkins

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

25 /31: Pinecone

25/31 :Pinecone

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

26 /31: Handprint turkey table runner

26/31 :Handprint turkey table runner

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

27 /31: Toilet paper roll turkeys

27/31 :Toilet paper roll turkeys

Preschool-age kids love making these colorful birds.

28 /31: Clothespin turkeys

28/31 :Clothespin turkeys

These feathered guys are easy to display on the table.

29 /31: Personalized footprint turkeys

29/31 :Personalized footprint turkeys

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

30 /31: Drumstick place settings

30/31 :Drumstick place settings

Paper bag drumstick place settings are an amazing photo op.

31 /31: Thanksgiving craft ideas for kids

30 Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids That Make for Festive Table Decor
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31/31 :Thanksgiving craft ideas for kids

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