24 Adorable DIY Thanksgiving Craft Ideas

Warm up that hot glue gun and get going!

Examples of DIY Thanksgiving crafts including beaded corn and posable pipe cleaner leaf sprites

Thanksgiving is the perfect season to bring the warm glowing colors of autumn inside. These kid-friendly DIY Thanksgiving crafts and art projects can be made in the classroom—during art class or as stations at your fall party. Or you can make them at home with your own family—think Thanksgiving morning, to distract hungry tummies from all the delicious smells and keep the “is it ready yet?”s to a minimum. We’ll even help you find all the supplies you need, so planning for these fun projects is a breeze.

1. Leaf Sprites

Playful leaves made from construction paper and pipe cleaners, as an example of DIY Thanksgiving crafts

Posable leaves made of painted paper and pipe cleaners whimsically usher in autumn.

Learn more: Handmade Charlotte

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2. Beaded Corn

beaded corn craft

These clever DIY Thanksgiving crafts are perfect for little hands. They’re not only adorable but help develop small motor skills.


Learn more: One Little Project

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3. Woodland Folk

woodland folk toys made from natural materials, as an example of DIY Thanksgiving crafts

These sweet woodland folks are made from wood pegs and felt. The huts are made from cardboard tubes and natural materials.

Learn more: Tried and True Creative

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4. Paper Pumpkins

colorful pumpkins made from folded construction paper

Colorful construction paper strips are folded into fans and layered on top of one another to form these charming pumpkins.

Learn more: DIY Inspired

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5. Pom-Pom Turkey

adorable turkey made from pom poms and feathers, as an example of DIY Thanksgiving crafts

This adorable little guy is simple to put together and will brighten up your Thanksgiving table.

Learn more: Growing Up Gabel

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6. Tissue Paper Cornucopia

cornucopia made from craft paper, as an example of DIY Thanksgiving crafts

An old-fashioned craft made from tissue paper and a construction cone. Perfect for filling with sweet treats!

Learn more: Happiness Is Homemade

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7. Decoupage Leaf Bowl

bowl made from silk leaves and modge podge

Colorful silk leaves are molded together with Modge Podge to create this fall leaf bowl.

Learn more: To Simply Inspire

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8. Oreo Turkeys

turkey treats made from oreo cookies and candy corn

Almost (but not totally) too cute to eat! Everyone loves these yummy turkey cookies.

Learn more: Delish

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9. Gratitude Tree

gratitude tree made from spray painted branches and pressed clay leaves

A lovely reminder of what the season is all about—thanksgiving. Painted branches don clay leaves stamped with words of gratitude.

Learn more: Rhythms of Play

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10. Turkey Treats

candy treat bags made from netting, pipe cleaners and googly eyes, as an example of DIY Thanksgiving crafts

A fun classroom goodie! These M&M-stuffed turkeys are made with netting, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes.

Learn more: Clean and Scentsible

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11. Mason Jar Scarecrow

scarecrow face made from Mason jar, burlap, corn husks and silk sunflower

A painted mason jar is decorated with corn husk hair and a burlap headband. A sunflower tops off this playful centerpiece.

Learn more: Easy Peasy and Fun

12. Painted Rocks

painted rocks spelling out "give thanks"

A fun and easy craft for kids of all ages. Rocks are painted with a bright background and a letter. Put together, they spell out words of thanksgiving.

Learn more: Handmade Charlotte

13. Twine Bottles

Twine Bottles, as an example of DIY Thanksgiving crafts

These beautiful bottles are easy to create using leftover wine bottles, twine, hot glue, and fabric flowers.

Learn more: wikiHow

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14. Velvet Pumpkins

Velvet Pumpkins

Velvet pumpkins of various sizes are all the rage these days. Create these beauties with stretch velvet, a foam pumpkin form, twine, and felt.

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15. Corn Wreaths

Corn Wreaths

Hard to believe this whimsical wreath was created using bubble wrap! A little paint really helps them look like colorful corn kernels.

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16. Give Thanks Leaf Banner

Thanks Leaf Banner

This seasonal banner lends the perfect touch to your Thanksgiving decor. Go on a nature walk to find all the natural elements that form each letter.

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17. Cork Turkey Place Card Holders

Cork Turkey Place Card Holder, as an example of DIY Thanksgiving crafts

These little turkeys are so adorable, they may not sit on the table as place card holders for long.

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18. Felt Leaf Napkin Rings

Felt Leaf Napkin Rings

Felt, burlap, and a few simple stitches (or hot glue) are all it takes to create these colorful napkin rings.

Learn more: Real Creative

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19. Paper Strip Pumpkin

Paper Strip Pumpkin

What a sweet way to think about all the things we are grateful for. All it takes is orange and green construction paper, staples, and a marker.

Learn more: The Moffatt Girls

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20. Fall Leaves Garland

Fall Leaves Garland

Another simple sewing project, even little hands (with some guidance) can stick this lovely garland together.

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21. Ombre Pine Cones

Ombre Pinecones

Create a rainbow of ombre pine cones to decorate your mantle or sideboard! There’s even budget-friendly fake pine cones that can help you avoid the mess of using real ones.

Learn more: Whimzeecal

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22. String Pumpkin

String Pumpkin, as an example of DIY Thanksgiving crafts

Kids will be fascinated with the artistic process involved with blowing up the balloon, letting yarn dry on it overnight, and popping it the next day to create this craft. And the results speak for themselves!

Learn more: One Little Project

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23. Autumn Leaf Mason Jars

Autumn Leaf Mason Jars

Gorgeous, luminous, and easy to make! Alicia from Spark & Chemistry recommends ironing the fabric leaves to make them a bit more pliable.

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24. Pumpkin Candles

Pumpkin Candles, as an example of DIY Thanksgiving crafts

This craft will depend on whether you can get your hand on some mini pumpkins at your local stores, but they are a perfect gift for parents, teachers, and friends.

Learn more: Momtastic

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DIY Thanksgiving crafts and art projects will spiff up your autumn decor and help inspire creativity in the classroom this holiday season.