6 Chic Thanksgiving Table Crafts to Make With Your Kids

Thanksgiving Table Crafts Turkey Tray
Alexandra Grablewski
Set an extra-special table this Thanksgiving with heirlooms to craft with the kids. We’re betting that their creativity will upstage even the most impressive holiday meal!
Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Fabric-Covered Serving Spoons

What You’ll Need: Wooden spoons, cotton fabric, plastic wrap or parchment paper, foam brush, Mod Podge Matte Finish, 400-grit sandpaper

What To Do:

1. Cut fabric to fit spoon handle, overlapping seam edges slightly.

2. Place fabric right side up on plastic wrap or parchment. Brush on Mod Podge; let dry.

3. Trim the fabric for clean edges. Apply Mod Podge to the back of the fabric. Wrap fabric around spoon; smooth. Clean off excess with a wet paper towel. Add Mod Podge to the fabric and let dry, propped slightly so the glue can dry on all sides.

4. Lightly sand and add another layer of Mod Podge. Let dry and repeat two times to increase durability (optional).

These small details go a long way by enhancing your dining decor.

Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Painted Coasters

What You'll Need:  Painter’s tape, cork coasters, acrylic craft paint

What To Do:

1. Position a strip of tape on each coaster and press down firmly. Paint one side and let dry completely.

2. Remove tape and add another strip in the opposite direction. Paint one side and let dry. Remove tape and continue painting more colors as desired. Repeat to make a set.

Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Turkey Tray

A tangram is a dissection puzzle made from seven flat shapes (called tans), which are put together without overlapping to form a new shape. Gobble, gobble!

What You'll Need: Foam brush, acrylic craft paint in desired color, small wooden tray, template, cardstock paper in a variety of colors, Mod Podge Hard Coat

What To Do:

1.  Brush on two layers of paint to the inside base of the tray, allowing them to dry completely between coats.

2. Print the template, cut out, and trace onto a variety of colors of cardstock. Cut out. Arrange the shapes on the tray to make a turkey. Starting in the center and working one piece at a time, apply a layer of Mod Podge to the back of the shape. Smooth in place on the tray with clean fingers. Repeat to complete turkey. For a smooth finish, wipe away excess Mod Podge with a damp paper towel.

3. Cover the entire surface of the tray with a layer of Mod Podge. Let dry and add another coat, if desired, according to the manufacturer’s directions. 

Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Dot Napkins

What You'll Need: Cardboard, linen napkins, washed, dried, and ironed, plastic plate, pencil with eraser, fabric paint 

What To Do:

1. Cover your work surface with cardboard. Spread out the napkin.

2. Use the plate to hold the paint and the eraser as a stamp. Test a few paint dots on paper first, then stamp dots on fabric. Clean off eraser if switching colors and to help keep the dots crisp. Let dry.

Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Feather Napkin Rings

What You'll Need: Rolling pin, air-dry clay (we like Polyform Model Air and FIMO Air Basic Modelling Clay), 2 scraps of fabric, feather cookie cutter, cocktail straw, 400-grit sandpaper (optional), paintbrush, acrylic craft paint, string or ribbon

What To Do:

1. Roll clay out to about ¼-inch thick between fabric pieces. Cut the shapes with the cookie cutter. Set feather aside. Punch a hole in the top of each one with the straw, and allow to dry.

2. Rub any sharp edges with a wet finger or sandpaper. Paint as desired. Let dry. Tie onto napkins to finish.

These napkin rings are charming in any home.

Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Appetizer Plates

What You'll Need: Ceramic salad plates, medium-point black and brown Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers, nail-polish remover, cotton swabs

What To Do: 

1. Wash and dry the plates. Draw the designs, using the nail-polish remover and cotton swabs as an eraser as needed.

2. Place plates in a cold oven, heat to 400°F, and bake for 45 minutes. Turn off heat, and let the oven cool fully with the plates inside to finish.

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