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25 Crafts to Thank Essential Workers

These free crafts to thank essential workers will show these heroes that you care.

By: The Editors of
Thank Essential Workers

As we all deal with the challenges and stresses of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are looking for ways to give back to our communities. Supporting essential workers, who risk their safety so that the services we all depend on continue, is one way to contribute something positive during this challenging time.

Essential workers include people in many different fields, from healthcare workers and first responders to mail carriers and grocery store employees. Many other jobs are also classified as essential and worthy of gratitude. Newsweek has a complete list here.

One of the most important ways to support essential workers during this time is to stay home. And while you're at home, crafting something special to say "thank you" is a great way to do even more to support your community. We have a list here of crafts to thank essential workers that you and your family can create.

We've included easy crafts like friendly front yard signs and more advanced crafts like a pattern for sewing scrubs. No matter your crafting ability, you'll find something on this list that will help you show essential workers that you think they are amazing.

Thank You Signs

Thank you signs are a terrific way to show your community that you care. These easy thank you essential workers yard signs are made using materials you probably already have on hand. They're the perfect afternoon activity, and they will spread joy to everyone walking and driving by your home.

  1. DIY Thank You Yard Sign
  2. Paper Plate Gratitude Flowers
  3. XOXO Love Pallet Sign DIY
  4. Lovely Gratitude Banner
  5. No-Sew Gratitude Banner

DIY Thank You Yard Sign to thank essential workers

Thank You Notes and Cards

The power of a simple thank you note is amazing. These thank you cards and letters to thank essential workers are simple to print at home. You can then add your message to the brave workers in your life.

  1. Free Printable Gratitude Letter - Great for kids!
  2. Beautiful Blooms Printable Thank You Card
  3. 5-Minute DIY Thank You
  4. Rainbow Thank You Cards - Great for kids!
  5. Printable Thank You Note

Printable Gratitude Letter to share with essential workers

Clothing and Accessories to Make for Essential Workers

Wearing masks for long periods of time can irritate the ears, so many essential workers may appreciate a special headband or ear savers to increase their comfort. Extra sets of clothing or masks can also be a big help so workers can rest instead of worrying about having enough clean laundry.

Note - These patterns are not medical-grade. Please follow the CDC guidelines and the advice of health officials while using or donating these items.

  1. Headband Pattern - Helps stop ears from getting sore from wearing masks!
  2. Free Unisex Scrubs Sewing Pattern
  3. Easy Surgical Scrub Cap Pattern
  4. Ear Savers
  5. 10+ Patterns for Face Masks

Headband Pattern with buttons to help secure face masks

Relaxing DIY Gifts for Essential Workers

Essential workers deserve as much time to relax as possible, so making them some luxurious gifts is a great way to show you care.

  1. DIY Microwavable Heating Pad - Soothe sore feet and aching backs!
  2. Crochet Weighted Blanket
  3. Dreamy Kimono Eye Pillow
  4. Felt Gift Card Envelope - Fill with gift cards for subscription services (Netflix, Hulu, Spotify) or takeout food!

Felt Gift Card Envelope

Heartwarming Gifts for Essential Workers

Finally, show the essential workers in your life that you care with these heartwarming DIY crafts. These projects might not have a practical value, but they should bring a smile to the face of anyone who receives them.

  1. Sending My Love Crochet Envelope
  2. Amigurimi Elephants in Love
  3. Warm Hearts Coffee Cozy Pattern
  4. Nurse and Doctor Amigurumi Gnomes
  5. Knit Pocket Fireman
  6. CuPig Amigurumi - Adorable and a great gift for crocheters

Nurse and Doctor Amigurumi Gnomes

Other Ways to Thank and Support Essential Workers

If you know an essential worker, reach out to see how they are doing. A simple phone call, text, or email is a great way to let them know you care.

You can also offer to safely drop off food, groceries, or other supplies. Essential workers are busy during this time, and so saving them a trip to the store can be a big help. Other treats like a bag of coffee from the local coffee shop they love or a bottle of their favorite wine can bring some joy to their day.

From all of us at FaveCrafts, "THANK YOU!" to all of our essential workers!

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