Free, Fun, and Frugal ideas that will make everyone -- parents and kids -- in the family smile to craft together. Perhaps even your family pet may get into the Thanksgiving holiday spirit!
Great ideas for teachers for the classroom, too, that don't involve expensive supplies. Bookmark this page and keep checking back, as new ideas will be added to this list up till Thanksgiving.
Enjoy some time baking and decorating cookies throughout fall throughThanksgiving. I made these cookies (see picture below) with my own children using the basic Sugar Cookie recipe out of my antique 1950s Betty Crocker cookbook that my mom made for me when I was a little girl.
I found a similar to old-fashioned sugar cookie recipe you can try here. Then, we decorated them with Martha Stewart's Royal Icing Recipe which uses meringue power (dry egg whites) that harden like the fancy giant decorated cookies I've seen selling for upwards of $18 each.
Equipment used to make these cookies include my solid maple wood rolling pin that I've had since before I was married. The pumpkins are made with a large tin vintage cutter from my own collection, while the maple and oak leaves and acorns were cut from the Wilton 9-piece Leaves & Acorns Cookie Cutter Set I bought at a specialty cake decorating store in Los Angeles years ago for $5.99 (pictured at right).
I also used a variety of decorating tools like pastry bags, an assortment of tips, and color gels made by Chefmaster and Wilton, as well as sprinkles and edible confetti by DecACake and CakeMate.
LOTS MORE CRAFT IDEAS
Kids' Table Mayflower Centerpiece Craft by Martha
Lots of FREE Mickey Mouse & Chip and Dale Thankgiving Printable Table Decorations here
A Really Beautiful Quilted Turkey to Sew
Indian Corn Napkin Rings made with Buttons - I LOVE THIS IDEA!
Lovely gift tags, perfect for a house gift you are bringing to your host for Thanksgiving and other holidays Get your FREE printable tag download here
Thanksgiving Wreath Made With Leaves, perfect for a door decoration or as a table centerpiece
Fun animals to make with fall leaves, pen & paper
Great selection of FREE colorful downloadable Thanksgiving clip art to make cards & other crafts here
Beautiful & Fragrant Fireplace Holiday Garland easy to make with Clementines/tangerines or another fresh citrus fruit of your choice, dried berry branches, holly and other greenery
FREE printable coloring pages of turkeys + more for Thanksgiving here
MORE SNACKS & FOOD IDEAS
Edible Indian corn Cookies
Wonderful Turkey Fruit Salad Made w/ a Pear
Edible Indian corn kid treats
Would love to hear your comments about those of you who make so of these great Thanksgiving crafts and foods. If you have an idea to add please send mention it in your comment and include the link so it can be considered to be added to this official Best of Fall & Thanksgiving Things to Make List.
Fun printables and facts about Turkeys