5 Fun & Colorful Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts for Kids

November 3rd, 2017 by

You may have your Thanksgiving menu planned and all the food gathered, but how are you supposed to keep the kids busy while you’re sweating in the kitchen? Letting them assist in decorating the Thanksgiving table can be both fulfilling and fun, and it’ll check one additional item off your to-do list—plus, you’ll get some time to rest the eyes in the back of your head.

Check out these five bright and engaging Thanksgiving projects for kids, and enjoy the day!

Cork Mayflower Ship

Cork Mayflower Ship

Photo: goodhousekeeping.com

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  1. Draw a sail outline on the paper or foam sheet. Cut.
  2. Skewer the top and bottom of the sail with a toothpick.
  3. Wrap the top of the skewer (top of sail) with a smidge of washi tape. Cut into a triangle to form a flag.
  4. Attach 3 corks together with rubber bands (2).
  5. Poke the sail into the cork base, and off ye go.

To view these cork-made ships in action, watch this cute video care of Good Housekeeping.

Pumpkin Seed Tree

If you’ve got Halloween pumpkin seeds left over or freshly scooped innards after making that delicious pumpkin pie, this Thanksgiving activity is simple to prep for and is perfect for kids of all ages.

Pumpkin Seed Tree

Photo: fun-a-day.com


  • Pumpkin seeds (dried)
  • Liquid watercolor paint
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Jars or old Tupperware
  • Plastic sandwich baggies
  • Paper towels or old towels


  1. Place a handful or two of seeds in a baggie and squeeze a few squirts of paint in. Squeeze, shake, twist and turn those suckers until the colors are bright and pleasing to the eye.
  2. Spread painted seeds over paper towels or old towels to dry thoroughly, preferably overnight. Store in jars, Tupperware, or whatever container you choose.
  3. Let the kids draw their trees and glue those colorful pumpkin seed-leaves.

For more instructions and details, visit fun-a-day.com.

DIY Thanksgiving Kids’ Table Placemats

If you plan on having a kids’ table for Thanksgiving, give it a splash of childlike pizzazz with these fun and creative placemats. You can make them ahead of time or let the kids set the traced-out table while you cook.

DIY Thanksgiving Kids Table Placemats

Photo: sayyes.com


  • Kraft paper, cut 20” x 14”
  • White chalkboard marker or Sharpie
  • Paper plates and plastic utensils
  • Markers


  1. Trace the plates and utensils with the white chalkboard marker or Sharpie.
  2. Personalize each placemat with the child’s name and some festive Thanksgiving leaves, acorns, and ornamental designs.
  3. Let the kids color or draw food on the empty plate; that should feed their creative hunger.

For more elaborate details on this Thanksgiving craft project, visit sayyes.com.

Turkey Napkin Holders

Want to add a cheap and novel touch of holiday charm to your place settings? Try these Thanksgiving napkin holders on for size. They look charming on the plate and are fun to create.

Turkey Napkin Holders

Photo: viewfromfridge.com


  • Paper towel rolls, cut into 3 equal-sized tubes
  • Felt (autumn colors)
  • Old cardboard
  • Googly eyes
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Non-poisonous paint (optional)
  • Pencil


  1. Paint each napkin holder tube and let dry overnight (optional).
  2. Outline feathers and triangle beaks on cardboard. Cut to use as tracing material.
  3. Trace feathers and beaks on felt (orange felt for beaks). Cut.
  4. Draw wattles (yes, that’s the dangling thing on a turkey’s neck) on red felt. Cut.
  5. Hot glue feathers onto the roll. Overlap feathers with googly eyes. Then glue the beak and wattle, beak on top.

Get more Thanksgiving table crafts and projects at viewfromthefridge.com.

Colorful Pumpkin Centerpiece

Treat your guests to an imaginative Thanksgiving table centerpiece this year. You’d be surprised at what a touch of color can do to liven even the most awkward of family gatherings.

Colorful Pumpkin Centerpiece

Photo: momspark.net



  1. Choose the crayons and peel the paper off each.
  2. Add a tiny dab of glue to the crayons and attach them to the top of the pumpkin, near the stem.
  3. Place the pumpkin on a drop cloth or newspapers to protect the craft area.
  4. Melt the crayons slowly with the blow dryer. Try different angles for unique drop designs.
  5. Let dry, then repeat if necessary to add more colors.

Get more insight into this cool Thanksgiving kids’ craft at momspark.net.

Adults: Be Thankful at Mercedes-Benz of Lynchburg

Now that the kids have had their Thanksgiving excitement, it’s your turn. If you live in the area of Madison Heights or Bedford, VA, take a cue from the creative arts and crafts above, and stop by our Lynchburg Mercedes dealer to test drive any of our all-new Mercedes-Benz cars or SUVs. It’ll be the picture-perfect conclusion to your Thanksgiving.

Contact us at 434-385-6226 or visit our top-rated Lynchburg car dealership at 2643 Lakeside Drive. Happy holidays!



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