Gobble, Gobble! Thanksgiving Crafts

Party designers Sara Westbrook and Brittany Egbert of Onecharmingparty.com designed an adorable Thanksgiving table that your little pilgrims will adore.

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Turkey Treat

The kids will be thrilled when they get to dig into this popcorn centerpiece.

What you'll need
White paper
Grocery bag
Turkey-roasting bag
Popcorn, regular and caramel
2 brown lunch bags
Large resealable plastic bags
Hot-glue gun

Make it
1. To make the frills, cut a sheet of standard printer paper in half lengthwise. Fold each half in half, lengthwise. Make small cuts with scissors on folded edges to create loops.
2. For the turkey body, round the corners of a large paper grocery bag. (If you can't find a large plain brown bag, carefully turn a printed bag inside out.) Fill the roasting bag with popcorn and put inside sack. Fold the opening of the grocery bag in and tuck the bottom edge under, using hot glue to secure the edge closed.
3. To make the drumsticks, put your fist in each of the corners of a small paper bag and use your other hand to mold and round the edges. Fill a resealable plastic bag 2/3 of the way to the top with caramel corn and place in paper bag. Gather the opening of the bag and twist tightly. Hot-glue the beginning of the length of frill and wrap it around the twisted part of the lunch bag; hot-glue the end of the frill to hold in place. Repeat to make a second drumstick.
4. Use hot glue to attach drumsticks to sides of turkey body.
5. Cut plus sign on the top of the turkey and the legs, through both bags, to enjoy the popped treat.

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Make a Paper Turkey Centerpiece

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Howdy, Pilgrim

This festive veggie holder is made from paper cups and craft paper.

What you'll need
9-oz. black paper cup
3-oz. paper cup
Craft glue
4? in. black paper circle
1?"x2" yellow paper rectangle with center removed
Veggie dip
Veggie sticks

Make it
1. Poke a hole in the bottom of the black paper cup and cut at least 4 slits to the edge of the cup's bottom; push bottom flaps inward toward the cup's inside wall.
2. Cut a 1" vertical slit into the top edge of the 3-oz. paper cup and overlap the cut edges to make the opening a little tighter. Put glue around the inside rim of the bottom of the black cup, and push the 3 oz. cup (right side up) into the hole.
3. Glue the mouth of the black cup to the center of the black paper circle; let dry. Glue the buckle to the front of the hat.
4. Fill the 3-oz. cup a quarter of the way full with veggie dip, and stick sliced vegetables inside the cup.

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Make a Pilgrim-Hat Dip Station

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Set Sail

Shape a simple boat out of craft foam to mark the kids' seats.

What you'll need
Craft foam
Hot-glue gun
White paper
Wooden skewer

Make it
1. Download and print the template, trace onto craft foam, and cut out. Crease on the "fold" lines and glue the sides of the boat together.
2. Trace the sails onto white paper and cut out. Write guests' name on larger sail; thread papers onto wooden skewer and glue sails into place to hold the curved shape.
3. Insert skewer into cork and hot-glue cork to the inside center of the boat.

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Thanksgiving Kid Craft: Mayflower Centerpiece

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Wattle This Way

Print our color template, cut out, and glue the beak to a stick for a silly photo op.

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Now Ear This!

Mold these yummy cereal treats into a corn shape for an after-turkey surprise.

What you'll need
4 tbs. butter
4 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups Kix cereal
Ribbon or raffia
Popsicle sticks

Make it
1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and marshmallows over low heat, stirring frequently. When the mixture is fully melted, stir in the cereal until completely coated.
2. Scoop out large handfuls of the coated cereal and shape into corn cobs.
3. Tie a ribbon or piece of raffia around the end of the Popsicle stick, and insert the opposite end into the treat. Let cool and harden before serving.

Originally published in the November 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

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Corny Cookies

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