Fun Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Get in the Thanksgiving spirit and have your guests gobbling about your entertaining skills with these simple ideas.

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A Stylish Sentiment

Buff Strickland

A Stylish Sentiment

Your kids can make this special centerpiece, and you don't have to spend a ton on flowers for the table.

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Branching Out

Buff Strickland

Branching Out

These hand-stamped muslin place mats can be used year after year.

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How to Make a 'Give Thanks' Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

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Button Place Cards

Courtesy of Factory Direct Craft Blog

Button Place Cards

These cute place card gobblers will make your table turkey-friendly.

What you'll need: 1" button, tweed fabric, scissors, brown, red, and yellow cardstock, craft glue

Make it: Cut and cover your button with the tweed fabric and glue to secure. Then, cut five feathers and one head from your cardstock for each place card. Cut a 4" x 5" square out of the brown cardstock and fold it in half. Glue the feathers and the head onto the card and add the button. Write the name of each of your guests and set the table.

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Ring Around the Napkin

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Ring Around the Napkin

Pop off the nut portion of an acorn and glue a pom-pom in its place. Trim to create a conical shape, then tie string to the stem.

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Turkey Crayon Holder

Scott Little

Turkey Crayon Holder

Display this creative character at each kid's place setting, along with a paper tablecloth or a card stock place mat, and there won't be a shortage of fun during dinner.

Make It: Cut a 4-inch-diameter plastic foam ball in half twice for the body and trim a sliver off a 2-inch-diameter plastic foam ball for the head. Paint both pieces brown with the exception of the bottom of the body. Add a card-stock beak and googly eyes for the facial features, then trim off the ringed end of a red balloon and glue it below the beak for a wattle. Use an unsharpened pencil to poke holes in the body, and attach the head to the body with a toothpick. Finish it off by inserting crayons in the holes.

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Make a Paper Turkey Centerpiece

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Mayflower Place Card

Scott Little

Mayflower Place Card

This miniature sailing ship is a Thanksgiving place card and treat cup in one.

Make It: Use a brown paper cup as the ship (or cover the sides of a white cup with brown paper), then fill it with candies or nuts and poke a pretzel rod down into the filler. Cut a rectangle from white card stock for the sail, punch holes in the top and bottom, add a name, then slide it onto the pretzel. Set the cup inside a coffee filter painted with blue watercolor paint to complete the seafaring scene.

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Yarn Cornucopia Treat Cup

Scott Little

Yarn Cornucopia Treat Cup

This mini cornucopia is just the right size for filling with an after-Thanksgiving dinner treat.

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Turkey-Pop Favors

Scott Little

Turkey-Pop Favors

Suckers dressed up as turkeys? Who knew a Thanksgiving treat could be so much fun!

Make It: Using a plate or bowl, trace an 8-inch circle onto brown felt and cut it out. Fold the circle in half twice to find the center and snip a hole for the stick to go through. Stretch the felt around the sucker, securing it with a rubber band. Fluff and fan out the excess felt, then add crafts foam face pieces and googly eyes to complete the face.

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Clay Leaf Napkin Ring

Scott Little

Clay Leaf Napkin Ring

This leaf napkin ring looks so real, it will leave everyone wondering how it was made. The secret is oven-bake modeling clay with an impression from a real leaf. Once the leaf is rolled out and cut out, it's wrapped around an empty toilet paper tube and baked in an oven to harden it.