Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I’m getting more and more excited every day. One thing that I like to do to pass the time and get my kids involved is to make some of my favorite Thanksgiving crafts. Here are some of my favorite crafts that I have found over the years. My kids and I love them. Hopefully you will love them, too.

Gratitude pumpkin

This is one of my personal favorites, because it’s so easy and it’s personalized. Sometimes it’s nice to have a visual reminder of what your children are grateful for, and you can put it on your Thanksgiving table for you and your guests to enjoy.

Supplies for one pumpkin:

  • 1 piece of orange card stock or construction paper
  • 1/2 a sheet of green card stock or construction paper
  • 1 green pipe cleaner
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • A dark colored marker (trust me when I say pencil won’t be visible)


  • Lay your paper horizontally and cut strips that are about 1/2 inch wide.
  • Trace your hand, or your child’s hand on the green paper and cut it out
  • With your hole punch, punch one hole at each end of your orange strip and punch one hole at the bottom of your handprint
  • On the green handprint write “I’m thankful for” and write something that you’re thankful for on each orange strip
  • Stack all your orange strips text side up
  • Feed the pipe cleaner through both sets of holes, starting with the bottom
  • Bend a “T” shape in the bottom of your pipe cleaner
  • Feed your pipe cleaner through the hole in your handprint and bend the pipe cleaner to secure it
  • Curl the pipe cleaner around a pencil or your finger to create a swirly vine
  • Spread out the orange strips to create your pumpkin

Autumn Tree Painting

I love all the vibrant fall colors, and after making this craft last year, I had the idea to turn it into a Thanksgiving card to send to family. It is so cute and easy to make. Plus, my three-year-old had a blast making his.


  • Cardstock — if you plan on making it into a card, just fold it in half
  • Paint (brown, orange, red, yellow, or any color that you like)
  • Q-tips
  • Rubber band
  • A paintbrush


  • First start by painting your tree. I just painted a simple, bare tree, but you can get creative if you like
  • Bundle up a handful of q-tips with a rubber band
  • Put some paint onto a paper plate
  • Dip your q-tip bundles into your paint
  • Stamp some leaves onto your tree with your q-tips

Simple Handprint Turkey

This has become somewhat of a tradition in our household, and it is possibly the easiest Thanksgiving craft that children of all ages can enjoy. We started when my oldest was younger and continued it through the years. It is a nice way to see how much they’ve grown over the years, and the kids have fun making a mess.


  • Paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint
  • Googly eyes (optional)


  • Paint the palm of your child’s hand brown
  • Paint your child’s fingers. We chose green and orange
  • Press the painted hand onto the paper
  • When the paint is dry you can add feet and a beak, or a googly eye if you’d like

Popsicle Stick Scarecrow

This was a craft that I had never done before, and it was so easy and fun. During the winter you could even turn this craft into a snowman. This was one where my three-year-old needed a bit more help, but my five-year-old did great without help.


  • 10 popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Black marker
  • Brown paint
  • Orange paint, alternatively you can use orange construction paper for the nose
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Googly eyes


  • Cut the ends off two popsicle sticks
  • Line up seven of the popsicle sticks side-to-side so that they from a rectangle
  • Glue the two popsicle sticks that have the ends cut off across the rectangle for support
  • Flip the rectangle over and glue a popsicle diagonally across the top
  • Paint the diagonal popsicle stick and everything above it, brown. This will be your scarecrow’s hat
  • Cut out short, thin yellow strips of construction paper and glue them under the hat for the scarecrow’s hair
  • Glue on the googly eyes
  • Paint an orange triangle, or cut one out of construction paper and glue it, for the nose
  • Take your marker and draw a smile

Stephanie is the mother to three young kids living in Roseburg. She loves to explore all of the beautiful things that Oregon has to offer.

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Erica Welch is the special sections editor for The News-Review, mother of two and a native of Roseburg. She is an alumni of RHS, UCC and Western Oregon University. Contact her at or 541-957-4218.

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