This series features projects with the colors of fall and to decorate
for Thanksgiving. Start off with these leaf crafts and come back in
weeks to come for turkey fun!
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. The card ideas are based on the
Four Patch Card, and use ePapers you can download and
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
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!
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
- 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
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
- 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
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.