Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for Kids

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for Kids

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for Kids

Celebrate Thanksgiving with crafts for kids that let them give thanks while being creative. I love the “Thankful Turkey” where kids can write down what they are grateful for.

Here’s a look at some more Thanksgiving crafts to try with the kids. With so many great ideas, there’s sure to be one or two that your kids will love.

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Pipe Cleaner Crafts for Halloween

Halloween Pipe Cleaner Crafts

Halloween Pipe Cleaner Crafts

These cute critters are a fun and easy craft for Halloween. Perfect to make with the kids and to personalize just the way you want. From cute to scary, you can create any look you want for Halloween.

Image source: Wendy Piersall on Flickr CC 2.0

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How to Make Crayon Candles

Crayon Candles

Crayon Candles

What do you do with old crayons that break, or those crayons that get left behind in the box because your daughter will only use pink and purple? One idea is to turn them into candles. This is a great way to upcycle crayons, whether they are old or new.

Supplies for Crayon Candles:

Crayons
Microwaveable Clear Wax
Scented Wax (optional)
Candle Wick
Double Sided Adhesive
Glass Candle Holder
Paper Cups (like Dixie)
Toothpicks

How to Make Crayon Candles

1. Use double sided adhesive to place wick inside the candle holder
2. Remove wrappers from crayons and break up crayon into smaller pieces
3. Put crayon pieces in a Dixie cup (one color per cup)
4. Add clear wax and scented wax to Dixie cup
5. Microwave wax until melted (about 2-3 minutes)
6. Stir wax with a toothpick
7. Gently pour the melted wax into the candle holder. If you use multiple colors in your candle, you need to let each layer dry completely before adding next color.

You can see the complete tutorial by SoCraftastic below.

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How to Make Tie-Dye Easter Eggs

Tie-dyed Easter eggs

Tie-dyed Easter eggs

Image by pahlkadot

There are lots of fun ways to decorate Easter eggs, but one of my favorite ways is tie-dyeing.  When you make tie-dyed Easter eggs you, you’ll have fun testing different color combinations, patterns and designs.  No two eggs will ever turn out the same and that’s part of the appeal of this process.

Learn How to Make Your Own Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs

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How to Make Duct Tape Roses

Duct Tape Roses

Duct Tape Roses

I love roses, but lets face it; They are expensive and they don’t last very long.  So how about making your own so that they never go bad?

I love these duct tape roses.  First, because they are super cute of course.  But I also like this project because they’ve added a little light going up the stem of the rose.  That makes it the perfect choice for a centerpiece for a romantic dinner, or family gathering.  People won’t believe that you made these flowers with duct tape!

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How to Make Felt Fortune Cookies

Felt Fortune Cookies

Make felt fortune cookies for Valentine’s Day, to give out as party favors, or to create cute table decorations or center pieces. This craft is so easy, it’s perfect for the kids to do. Plus, it’s fun for kids to write their own secret messages to hide inside for their friends.

Felt Valentine’s
Felt Valentine’s
Image from Bunches & Bits
Felt Fortune Cookies

Pure Innocence Good Fortune
Loopy Bloom Die-namics
Mini Tab Foursome Die-namics
www.mftstamps.com

3 3/4″ circle for felt (use a wool-blend felt)
Sizzix: Box, Takeout

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Make Your Own Felt Fortune Cookies

This video shows you how to make felt fortune cookies using a felted wool sweater.

In this short video, you’ll learn how to craft these heartfelt fortune cookies out of old wool sweaters. They’re perfect for giving a special Valentine’s Day message to your sweetie! For a full written description of the project, visit my blog: http://sassycrafter.blogspot.com.

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Fa La La La Felt Book Review

Fa La La La Felt Book Review

Fa La La La Felt Book Review

With over 45 fun and fabulous felt projects to make for the holidays, this craft book is one for beginner and expert crafters alike. You’ll enjoy a variety of ideas, from ornaments, to stockings, to decorations for the home. All of which make beautiful gifts. The ideas come from designers from around the world, so these cute felt projects are sure to please a variety of crafting styles.

About the Book

  • 132 Pages
  • Includes no-sew projects
  • Great for beginners
  • Many of the patterns could be used for non-holiday decorations
  • Top-rated, best selling craft book on Amazon

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Crochet Amigurumi Patterns for Christmas

Crochet Amigurumi Ornament

Amigurumi figures are always fun to make, and the ones designed for Christmas are perfect to use for decorating your home, or to give as gifts. I love the selection of designs available these days. Here are just a few of the patterns that made my list for this year.

Crocheted Rudolph Amigurumi Ornament

If you’re like me and my family, the holiday season kicks into high gear once we watch Rudolph and Frosty. Those two are our favorite Christmas specials and really get us in the holiday spirit. So what better way to keep that spirit with you throughout the holiday than with an adorable Rudolph ornament. I think that kids would love having this cute guy hanging on their tree.
Free pattern for Rudolph ornament

Crochet Amigurumi Ornament

Christmas Spirits

We all hear about Christmas spirit, but what if you could literally make your own? With these Crocheted holiday spirits you can do just that. I think that these little guys are too cute! Perfect to make into ornaments, table displays, or maybe even for holding a name tag for seating assignments for Christmas dinner. Spread Christmas cheer every where you go when you crochet these Christmas amigurumi creatures (free pattern).

Christmas amigurumi pattern

Crocheted Mini Snowman

I said that I like Frosty, so of course you know that I had to include a snowman pattern. Crochet a whole bunch to create a snowman family, or to use as gift tags for gifts that you give this year. Free pattern for crochet mini snowman
Crocheted Mini Snowman

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Owl Christmas Ornament for Kids to Make

Owl Christmas Ornament

Owl-Ornaments

Christmas ornaments aren’t just a fun craft to do with the kids, but they are also great keepsakes to cherish for years to come. Every year that I open up our box of ornaments, I see the ones that I made as a child. Each one tells a story and reminds me of the year I made it. With each year you can see how my crafting skills improved and my expertise improved as a I got older. It’s what I love about crafts. They are perfect for all ages and imperfections are just our creative differences.

Hop on over to Ucreate to get the full tutorial on how to make these adorable Owl Christmas Tree Ornaments.

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DIY Christmas Card Ideas to Make This Year

Snowtop Mountains Card

Making your own Christmas Cards is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit. Whether it’s a photo card that puts together a collage of your favorite family photos from throughout the year, or a homemade card with your own creative touches, a hand made Christmas card is a fun craft project for the whole family.

Christmas Card Ideas

There are a wide variety of Christmas cards that you can make. There are simple designs that are quick and inexpensive, and there are more elaborate designs that layer paper and accessories to create a magical keepsake for family and friends. One of the best things about a Christmas card is that you can make them with your kids. They may not have the attention span to help with them all, but I’m sure that there’s a step or two where they can lend a hand. Or, let the kids make a special card for their Grandparents or teacher.

Here’s a look at the types of Holiday Cards that you can make for Christmas this year.

Snowtop Mountains Card

This snowy mountain card by lindsay.dee.bunny (via Flickr CC 2.0) shows what you can do with a little paper. If you don’t have a die-cut machine to make the trees, you could cut some out by hand or use tissue paper to glue down your own trees. Or another idea would be to make a needle felted tree and glue that to the card. I love adding texture and depth to a card.

Bike Chain Christmas Tree

I love the creativity and ingenuity used to make this card. The Christmas tree is made from a bike chain that has been painted green and then shaped into a tree. What a brilliant idea shared by Richard Masoner via Flickr CC 2.0

Photo Ornament Christmas Card

Are you newlyweds celebrating your first Christmas together? Or maybe there’s a new baby in the house? This photo ornament card is a great way to show-off your news. All you have to do is make a photo ornament, take a picture of it and then add a greeting. You’ll enjoy working on every step of this project. Photo courtesy of njt1982 via Flickr CC 2.0

Kids Christmas Card

Kids love getting involved with Christmas and want to help whenever they can. Let them get involved with the family card, or let them make one for someone special. I’m sure that this adorable card would be loved by all. You can also make copies of your kids artwork and turn it into a card. I did this with one of my son’s drawings when he was too young to write. I made a card using a photo I took of the drawing. I then used Send Out Cards to make Thank You notes with his drawing on the front and my writing on the inside. A frame-able card that we still have on display! Photo via Brentwood Borough Council via Flickr CC 2.0

Here are a few more ideas. All of these cards were made with scrapbook paper, card stock and and lots of creativity.

starshaped-card
Photo by starshaped via Flickr CC 2.0

Holiday Card
Photo by amy.gizienski via Flickr CC 2.0

Embellished Card
Photo courtesy of WordRidden via Flickr CC 2.0

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Free Crochet Pattern for Holiday Penguin

Crocheted Christemas Penguin

This cute little guy is named Howie the Holiday penguin and I think he’s the perfect little project to crochet for Christmas.  Whether it’s to go in a Christmas stocking, or put on display as a decoration in your home, this Christmas penguin is a fun project that is sure to put a smile on all who see him.

Crocheted Christemas Penguin

Free pattern for crocheted Christmas penguin

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Gifts to Make With Decoupage

One of my favorite craft techniques is decoupage.  The first Christmas ornament that I remember making as a child was with decoupage.  And that’s another reason why I love this craft so much.  The technique is ideal for kids and adults alike.

Decoupage Tray

Image courtesy of John Bonham2 via Flickr CC 2.0

To decoupage all you need to do is take a design and glue it in place on whatever object you’d like.  The versatility of decoupage has no limits.  You can choose whatever material and objects you’d like to use, as there is almost nothing that won’t work.

The flexibility and versatility of decoupage makes it the ideal DIY technique to use for turning your trash to treasures.  Find the perfect tray, table or dishes at a yard sale but they need a little TLC?  Decoupage to the rescue!  Need a beautiful, but inexpensive gift idea?  Decoupage to the rescue!

How to Decoupage

Decoupage Glasses

Image courtesy of John Bonham2 via Flickr CC 2.0

As I mentioned above, all you need for decoupaging is mod podge (my glue of choice) and paper or fabric.  Here are just a few ideas for material that you could use.

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Wall paper
  • Napkins
  • Newspapers
  • Photos
  • Magazines
  • Comics
  • Wrapping paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Fabric

Decoupage on Glass

Glass is one of the best materials to use when decoupaging.  Not just because paper and materials adhere so nicely to it, but because it’s perfect with other arts and craft techniques as well.  So you can layer, or combine, your decoupage with paint and other elements.

Decoupage Glasses-Bottle

Image courtesy of John Bonham2 via Flickr CC 2.0

Decoupage Blue Glasses-Bottle

Image courtesy of John Bonham2 via Flickr CC 2.0

Decoupage Floral Glasses

Image courtesy of John Bonham2 via Flickr CC 2.0

Decoupage Box

Image courtesy of acarinhas via Flickr CC 2.0

Decoupage With Napkins

Decoupage with napkins image courtesy of swamp dragon via Flickr CC 2.0
 

I hope that these examples inspire you to give decoupage a try.  Want an easy craft to make with the kids?  Create a decoupage Christmas tree ornament.  The kids will have fun picking out the perfect material to use for the craft and with a little mod podge and paintbrush, they’ll have fun making their very own keepsake.

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