Now that fall is here, our DIY and crafting game is in full swing! This season just involves so many wonderful opportunities to get creative, between the harvest celebrations that happen and the spooky element of Halloween. Sometimes we even spend parts of our fall doing winter themed things early in the lead up to snowfalls and Christmas! For now, however, we’re on the hunt for amazing Thanksgiving projects that we can make for ourselves or help our kids make.
If you’re feeling just as intrigued as we are, if not more, in the idea of learning how to make new DIY Thanksgiving projects and crafts this year, check out these 15 adorable ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search!
1. Cute Thanksgiving paper turkey hat
Are your kids the kind of little costume enthusiasts who enjoy playing dress up all year round, even for holidays that aren’t actually necessarily costume based? Then we think we might have found just the tutorial for you right off the bat! Check out how Momdot did some very fun paper crafting in order to make these adorable little turkeys that attach to the front of a paper band in order to make a silly hat.
2. Little paper bag turkey craft
In our house, some of the most popular crafts are usually the ones that involve turning some kind of regular household item into something else adorable, giving it some kind of character and personification that our kids can customize. That’s why we thought these miniature paper bag turkeys were such a cute idea! Eighteen 25 shows you how make them happen using googly eyes, mini clothespins, rhinestones, and cut pieces of ribbon for tail feathers.
3. Thanksgiving corn snack packs
If there were ever a kind of craft that goes over even better with our kids than a project they can make, transforming a regular thing into something else, and then play with after, it’s a project that involves eating as well! That’s why we thought these funny little paper harvest corns that Kix shows you how to fill with delicious munchies like a snack pack were worth bookmarking right away.
4. Paper glitter turkey
Have we actually really caught your attention with the idea of making simple paper turkeys because your kids are quite young and you already know that’s a kind of craft they enjoy and can handle, but you can’t help wondering whether you can’t keep the process a little more exciting? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Crafts By Amanda fully glittered their birds so they have a little extra fun shine!
5. Thanksgiving pasta turkey canvas art
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of working with slightly unconventional supplies and turning them into something else, but you’re convinced your kids might get along a little better with something more hands-on? Then we’d be willing to bet that you’ll get along very well indeed with the way Kix outlines painting differently shaped pieces of pasta different colours and arranging them on a canvas to create a dried noodle and handprint turkey painting!
6. Paper pilgrim hat craft
Has the idea you’ve liked the best so far actually been the paper hat concept but you can’t help wondering whether the kids might have more fun creating several different kinds of Thanksgiving head gear in order to make their games a little more fun? In that case, we’d also suggest giving these funny paper pilgrim hats outlined in detail on Momtastic a try!
7. Paper and straw Thanksgiving teepee and Mayflower snacks
Have we got you feeling caught somewhere between wanting to do some paper crafts with your kids and wanting to upcycle things you already have around the house, but you’re having trouble choosing between the two in figuring out which ones they’ll like best? Well, who ever said you have to choose? Instead, check out how Merriment Design made these super fun Mayflower ship and teepee themed candy holders from paper, cut lollipop sticks, and waxed condiment cups.
8. Hand and footprint paper turkeys
Have you actually been feeling pretty intrigued by the idea of making handprints somewhere in the next project you do with your kids because you already know how much they enjoy tracing and printing their hands places, but you’d rather not do so with messy paint? Then here’s an idea we believe you’ll get along a little better with instead! Check out how There’s Just One Mommy made these awesome paper turkey where the body is made from two traced paper footprints and the tail feathers are made from traced paper handprints, all glued together.
9. Thanksgiving turkey balloons
If you’re going to spend the time it takes to make funny DIY turkeys with your kids, would you rather combine the paper pieces you cut out with something else they find fun, just to keep their interest a little more easily? Well, if they’ve ever liked balloons even half as much as our little ones do, then we think you’ll have some luck with this balloon and paper tail feathers turkey craft outlined in clear detail on Hello, Wonderful.
10. Mini pumpkin turkeys
Perhaps it’s actually you who’s feeling intent on making some kind of adorable turkey for the Thanksgiving season but you’d rather it be a little decor piece that you can set on your side or dining table? Then we’d be willing to bet that you’ll get a kick out of the way Princess Pinky Girl used miniature pumpkins, construction paper, and a bit of paint to make these adorable pumpkin turkeys with bright tails and darling little faces.
11. Tissue paper and button turkey paintings
Are your kids actually still little enough that they usually get along best with simple cut and paste crafts but you’re really loving this idea of using unconventional things a little more creatively than usual as well? Well, if you happen to have a stray button collection in your crafting room like we do, then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Arty Crafty Kids painted these little turkey templates and then filled in the tail feathers with glued down colourful buttons for some visual texture.
12. Cute pinecone and ribbon turkeys
Have we really caught your attention with this concept of making something lovely and decorative, especially if you get to use natural elements, but you’d still like to keep it easy enough that your kids might be able to help? Then we’d suggest reaching for your ribbon scraps collection and sending the kids into the backyard to gather pinecones, then looking at how these adorable turkeys featured on Fireflies and Mud Pies were made!
13. Paper and leaf turkey finger puppets
Are you still thinking about how much you liked the rounded paper turkeys that we showed you higher up on our list but you know your kids do best with the kind of interactive craft they can make and then continue playing with like a toy afterwards? Then we think you simply must take a look at the way Artsy Momma made these funny turkey finger puppets using paper and leaves!
14. Layered leaf turkey craft
Has our mention of crafting with fall leaves actually been your favourite thing you’ve seen on our list so far, but none of the ideas we’ve shown you have used quite as many leaves as you know your kids are going to want? Then we’re convinced this funny layered leaf tail feather turkey craft outlined nice and clearly on Easy Peasy and Fun might be a little more up your alley!
15. Cereal box thankfulness turkey
Rather than making a puppet or a turkey craft that turns into a toy when you’re done, would you rather take your Thanksgiving crafts as an opportunity to do some kind of learning or mindfulness activity with your kids? In that case, we’d definitely encourage you to check out how Crafts By Amanda used a cereal box and paper to make a thankfulness turkey where your family and write down the things they’re grateful for this year, put it in the box, and read them later on after dinner in order to really get into the spirit of the holiday.
Have you made other awesome Thanksgiving themed DIY projects and crafts before that you really enjoyed doing but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!