Thanksgiving craft ideas – 11 DIY makes to transform your home for the festive season

1. Wrap Up A Pumpkin

Looking for a sustainable craft idea? You most likely have everything on hand to make this simple fabric pumpkin. To craft a wrap-up pumpkin, simply set a small, high-walled cereal or fruit bowl in the center of a fabric napkin or tea towel (or any scrap of fabric). Loosely wrap the towel around the outside of the bowl, gathering the corners of the fabric together above the bowl. Secure the ends together with an elastic. Then, push the ends into the center of the bowl. Finish it off by tucking a small twig into the center.

2. Invite Gratitude

A gratitude wall doubles as a fun Thanksgiving party idea. To make your own, place a large sheet of craft paper or poster board inside a poster frame. Decorate around the edges of the paper with stencils or freehand drawings.

3. Make Your Napkin Ring A Place Card, Too

For a simple and clever way to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving table decor, create personalized napkin 'rings' out of Kraft paper. Stencil on the names of your guests (or freehand, if you've got great penmanship), and they'll double as place cards, too.

4. Gather A Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece

DeWulf Gooding and her family like to bring liven up their Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas during a  'crafternoon' on the day of Thanksgiving.

5. Craft A Fall Wreath With Leaves

For a festive and easy Thanksgiving wreath idea, adorn a plain wreath or wreath ring with fall leaves. The leaves on the version above were made with a Silhouette cutter, but if you don't own a craft cutter, you can purchase faux fall leaves at a craft store or online. Then, simply affix them to your wreath form with a hot glue gun.

6. String Together A Garland

A Thanksgiving garland adds a festive touch above a mantle or placed down the center of the dinner table. To make an all-natural one, thread a large yarn needle with a thick piece of twine, then thread together dehydrated oranges with apple, citrus, and pear slices. Alternate with tied-on cinnamon sticks every so often.

7. Get Creative With Thanksgiving Dinner Menus

'Beautiful paper place settings and menus help the table feel like a special occasion,' says Kathryn Duryea, founder of tableware brand Year & Day, who likes to make her own menu cards to add a personal touch to the table. To make a simple Thanksgiving dinner menu, use a border stamp or edge punch to add flourish to simple white cardstock. If you prefer, print the menu on the cardstock first. Otherwise, practice your best penmanship and write it out for each guest.

8. Put The Kids In Charge Of The Kids' Table Decor

The kid's table is a blank slate for holiday creativity, so why not dress it up with this colorful Thanksgiving centerpiece idea (courtesy of Silhouette), made by the table's guests? To create this fun focal point, trace leave onto construction paper and have kids cut them out. Then, tape floral wire to the back of each leaf, and use floral tape to secure the stems together in a bunch. Make two bunches, and set them on the table in opposite directions.

9. Craft A Thanksgiving Door Wreath

A Thanksgiving wreath adds a holiday feel to the front door, the tabletop, or above the fireplace. This one is made with a twig wreath base, plus fall-colored foliage, faux florals, and berries tied on with floral wire. Create one that suits your Thanksgiving decorating scheme by choosing florals and berries in colors that'll be featured on your dinner table.

10. Make A Potpourri

This Thanksgiving craft will help set a cozy ambiance in your home all holiday season long. A spiced citrus blend made with oranges, cloves, and cinnamon sticks can either be made dry. Alternatively, combine the ingredients with water and simmer on the stove for a quick-release, more pungent scent.

11. Turn A Pumpkin Into A Planter

Learning how to make a pumpkin planter is one of the easiest ways to create a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece. Simply scoop out the insides of the pumpkin, similar to what you would do if you were carving a Jack-o-lantern. Then, place a small vase into the pumpkin, and add flowers and water.

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