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Top 10 Thanksgiving Decorations to Make, Part 2

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Recently, I published Part 1 of the Top 10 Thanksgiving Decorations to Make.  While living aboard for several years, I always missed the quintessential American holiday of Thanksgiving. Therefore, I am a big advocate for honoring Thanksgiving as much as the other end-of-year holidays. As a craft editor, I’ve been gathering the best Thanksgiving decorations to make this holiday.

 

Turkeys

Turkey craft are an obvious choice for the best Thanksgiving decorations to make, but they also offer a surprisingly amount of variety. Turkey crafts range from easy and fun crafts for kids to more elegant crafts, and all are great for Thanksgiving decorating. With a coat of paint and some craft foam feathers, you can recycle un-carved pumpkins from Halloween into Thanksgiving turkeys.  You can also use foam balls for the basic body shape of a turkey. Use a smaller foam ball or egg-shaped foam shape for the head.
 

For something easy and adorable, take two brown pom-poms, one slightly smaller than the first, in yarn or wool roving. Glue the smaller pom-pom to the top as the head and add feathers to the back in orange, red and yellow felt. Add eyes, beak and waddle to the head pom-pom. Pom-poms are easy to make with a pom-pom maker or cardboard circles. Place each of the pom-pom turkeys on your guests plates.
 

More turkey Thanksgiving decorations to make:
 

  • Turkey Bead Pendants- Create beaded turkeys with this tutorial for fun and elegant wine charms. Guests can take home as a party favor.
  • Turkey Piñata - A turkey piñata is surprisingly easy to create with balloons, papier-mâché (newspaper and glue) and paint. Kids can help decorate the piñata before Thanksgiving and it will provide the perfect activity on the holiday.
  • Natural Turkey Decoration- This turkey decoration is made with natural items like pinecones, nuts and beans. You likely already have all the materials in your house.
  • Decorative Turkey- This felt turkey is adorable and easy to create with felt. The kids can also help with this craft.

 

Table Linens

Update boring table linens with a bit of Thanksgiving crafting.  Use stencils and fabric paint to easy add autumn leaves, cornucopias or other harvest images to a plain tablecloth. You can even use permanent fabric dye, stencils and a paintbrush to create a lasting Thanksgiving tablecloth. Use freezer paper to create your own stencil from images on the web.
 

Try your hand at embroidery or cross-stitch with a leaf or other design in the corner of yours placemats or napkins. You can use an embroidery or cross-stitch chart to make any needlework easier. Create embroidered napkin rings with a ring of embroidered felt or fabric glued over a cardboard tube (toilet paper tubes cut into 1-inch segments for example). Embroider the felt with a simple acorn shape.
 

  • Flower Bouquet Felt Block- Follow this technique to add hand-embroidered felt shapes to fabric or felt. You could use this technique to embellish your table linens with leaves and other harvest shapes.
     

Burlap is also a fantastic material for Thanksgiving, with its rustic, harvest appearance. Use looser-weave burlap picked up from your local garden center. You can make a long table runner to extend the length of your dining room table and/or individual placemats. You can certainly sew the edges neat and clean, or simply cut straight and let the edges fray for that rustic look.

 

 

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