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This series features projects with the colors of fall and to decorate for Thanksgiving. Start off with these leaf crafts and digital papers and then come back in weeks to come for turkey fun!

The projects range in difficulty from EASY to EASY.

Browse down this page for descriptions and illustrations of the projects, then select a project and have some crafting fun!

  • Fall and Winter Quilling Cards - Build on the Basics of Quilling and the quilling design patterns in the project to decorate greeting cards with quilling motifs for fall and winter—snowflake, acorn and pumpkin. The card ideas are based on the easy-to-make Four Patch Card, and use ePapers you can download and print.


  • Apple Turkey Friday Fun - Make a turkey for displaying Thanksgiving dinner place cards. The turkey is made with an apple, a paper napkin, some nuts and candy, and wiggly eyes. It’s fun and easy to do and all your guests will be delighted with this colorful turkey.


  • 3D Stuffed Paper Turkey - In this project, you will make a three-dimensional turkey that stands on its own feet. It is made of paper and stuffed with facial tissue. The printable patterns come in two sizes, and in black-and-white or color. The turkeys make nice Thanksgiving decorations, and several smaller turkeys can be made into a mobile.


  • Miniature Turkeys - In this project, you'll make miniature turkeys modeled from Homemade Modeling Dough or air-dry clay to use as playing pieces for the game of Turkey Trot. Or make the turkeys for a diorama, to decorate for Thanksgiving, or just for fun!


  • Turkey Trot - Why did the turkey cross the road? You’ll find out with this fun race game for the whole family. It’s easy to make the Turkey Trot board—just print, cut, and glue. Challenge your family to a game of Turkey Trot after Thanksgiving dinner, or whenever you want to fowl around!


  • Thanksgiving Pop-Up Cards - Use printable patterns to make a greeting card for Thanksgiving with a turkey pop-up inside. The project includes black-and-white and colored patterns for two Thanksgiving card designs. There is also a printable pattern for separate turkey pop-ups that can be added to your handmade or commercial cards.


  • Fall and Thanksgiving Refrigerator Magnets Friday Fun - See how easy it is to make seasonal refrigerator magnets for fall and Thanksgiving with Homemade Modeling Dough. Make the dough in less than 15 minutes, and then use your fingers to shape magnets using ideas in the project or design your own creations.


  • Leaf Silhouette Cards - In celebration of the fall season, this greeting card tutorial uses leaf silhouettes to make a simple and elegant card. The design concepts of positive and negative space are introduced in this tutorial along with how to make your own unique decorative paper by sponging with paint.


  • Pine Cone Turkey Friday Fun - Turn a pine cone into a colorful turkey to brighten your Thanksgiving table. This is an easy craft project for children that can be combined with some outdoor fun. Take a walk in the woods to find pine cones; then, with a little pipe cleaner and glue magic, turn them into little turkeys.


  • Thanksgiving Napkin Rings Friday Fun - Thanksgiving is a time for the family to gather and share experiences. You can start the sharing by making these simple napkin rings with your child. Not only will you have fun, but you will also make something special for the Thanksgiving table. Use the same basic idea with simple variations for other holidays


  • Stained Glass Leaves Friday Fun- The colors of fall are warm and cheerful. Capture these colors with this stained glass-like decoration! Combine the craft with a walk through the woods for an enjoyable fall afternoon.


  • Decoupage Box - In this project, you will learn the basics of decoupage by decorating a box made from cardstock with images printed on your color printer. Learn how to make your own decoupage paper with fall leaves collected from your yard or neighborhood.


  • Mittens from Sweatpants - In this project, use old sweatpants to make mittens for kids. This is a great way to recycle the fabric from all those holey and stained sweatpants (and sweatshirts) that no one can wear anymore. This is a good project for new sewers. As an added bonus, the project includes instructions for making a scarf from sweatpants.


Fall and Thanksgiving Digital Paper Downloads

All Aunt Annie's Crafts ePapers are full page designs that fill an 8.5" by 11" sheet of paper. In Adobe Reader print with no Page Scaling to maintain the original design aspect ratio. When printing to A4 paper this results in the design not quite filling the length of the page.

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Marbles paper leaves on napkin rings

Use marbled paper to make fall leaf cutouts for the Thanksgiving Napkin Rings.

Pillow box with fall leaves

Make pillow boxes with fall leaves for Thanksgiving or seasonal gifts.

ePaper Extra

Happy Thanksgiving ePapers

Tip: Add to your Thanksgiving decorating with items made using Thanksgiving ePapers

Items made with Thanksgiving ePapers

Tip: Here's a simple and quick way to make napkin rings for Thanksgiving. For each napkin ring, cut a ¾" by 6" paper strip from any of the Thanksgiving ePapers, Thanksgiving Paper Ribbons ePaper, or Fall Leaves ePaper, and a 1¼" by 6" strip of coordinating solid color cardstock or paper. Glue the ePaper strip down the center of the solid color strip, then form into a ring. Glue the ends together where they overlap. Check out the Thanksgiving Napkin Rings craft for more ideas.

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