Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year. Thanksgiving gives everyone a time to reflect on the past year and give thanks for all the blessings experienced. The house is decorated with turkeys, Indian corn, cornucopias, colorful red, yellow and orange leaves, pumpkins and pilgrims.
Much of the joy and excitement is all centered around a delicious Thanksgiving meal eaten with friends and family. The holiday table is the focus point during this holiday and you will want it to look especially nice. You could spend a lot of money on decorations you purchase or you can make your own. Here are some quick and easy crafts kids can make to jazz up the holiday meal.
Thanksgiving Place Markers
Make each person feel special with an place marker with his name on it. Cut a rectangle out of orange or yellow construction paper. Fold in half long way. You want the place holder to sit up like a tent. On the front of the place holder write each person’s name in colored markers. Add some Thanksgiving stickers or miniature cutouts such as a turkey, ear of corn or pumpkin.
For these you will need some basic supplies — construction paper in your favorite colors, clear contact paper, glue, Thanksgiving stickers or cut-outs and other items to decorate the place mat. Use a piece of construction paper for each place mat you will need. Lay out your decorations and arrange them before gluing them down. When they are how you want them, glue in place. Cut out two pieces of contact paper slightly bigger than the place mat. Cover the front and back of the place mat with the contact paper, now you can wipe it off and reuse it.
Thanksgiving Napkin Rings
For these easy to make napkin rings you will need several paper towel roll tubes. Cut the tubes into equally wide rings. Paint or color the rings — these are your napkin rings. Glue a colorful leaf, miniature turkey or tiny acorns on top. Fold and place the napkin inside the ring.
There are lots of ideas you can use to make a colorful Thanksgiving table centerpiece. A wicker basket lined with orange tissue paper and filled with gourds and miniature pumpkins look lovely. Insert pieces of dry grass or hay. Top is off with a miniature scarecrow and you have the perfect centerpiece. Another idea would be to scatter colorful dried leaves down the table center. Set miniature pumpkins between the leaves. Add some candles have in autumn colors and, viola!, you have a masterpiece.
Thanksgiving decorating becomes a snap when you follow these easy kid’s craft directions for your Thanksgiving table.