Thanksgiving Kids Table!

‘Tis the season to

be hungry! As Thanksgiving nears, try some of these fun crafts with your kids so they can be ready to set the dinner table!

Thanksgiving Gourd Gobblers

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Paper Indian Corn

Add a festive touch to your holiday table by filling a vase with colorful paper cornstalks. Not only are these cornstalks adorable, but are a cinch to make.

Materials
  • Natural-colored raffia paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Yellow poster board
  • Colored tissue paper

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Instructions

    1.  To make each stalk, cut three 18-inch lengths of natural-colored paper twist (sometimes called raffia paper). Untwist them, then trim the edges to resemble corn husks.

    2.  Fan out the husks so that they overlap and use a few drops of glue to hold them together.

    3.  From yellow poster board, cut out an ear of corn (about 10 inches long and 3 inches wide) and glue it atop the husks.

    4.  Now crumple a bunch of 3-inch colored tissue paper squares to create rounded kernels and glue them to the ear. Lastly, gather the husk bottoms and tie them together with a strip of raffia.

    Find more fun and easy Thanksgiving crafts at FamilyFun.com.

    Turkey Place Markers

    Dress up your Thanksgiving dinner table with a flock of these big-footed fowls! Welcome your turkey day guests with these home-made place setting cards. Not only are these gobblers adorable, but are easy for kids to put together.

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    Materials
    • Tan polymer clay, approximately 1 ounce per foot base (we used Premo by Sculpey in ecru)
    • Butter knife
    • Cloth-covered floral wire, 20-gauge
    • Wire cutters
    • Mini clothespins
    • Scissors or pinking shears
    • Card stock in 6 colors, including light brown, tan, white, and red
    • Double-sided tape
    • Tacky glue
    • Black marker
    • Colored marker or crayon (for writing name cards)

    Instructions

    1. For each turkey, mold 1 ounce of polymer clay into a 1/2-inch-thick fan shape, as shown, then use a butter knife to cut V shapes for toes. Make a small hole in the middle of the foot base by pushing floral wire halfway through. Be sure not to press the wire all the way through. Remove the wire and bake the base according to the package directions.
    2. Meanwhile, push one end of a 6-inch piece of floral wire through the metal spring of a mini clothespin (the beak), bend it around the pin, and twist it back around the wire. Next, use scissors or pinking shears to cut out 3 semicircles in graduated sizes from different colors of card stock. Cut a small light-brown oval for the head, a tan beak, and a red wattle. You can download templates here.
    3. Stick together all the pieces with double-sided tape to make a turkey and glue it to a clothespin.0904_placemarker_step2
    4. When the foot base is cool, insert the wire into the hole. If it fits loosely, add a dab of tacky glue to the end of the wire, push it into the hole, and allow it to dry.Finally, make a name card for each guest and clip it in the turkey’s beak.

      Check out other festive thanksgiving crafts for kids from FamilyFun.