Thanksgiving crafts

Turkey Platter:

Get a large white plate or platter from a thrift store or Fred Meyer or Target. Trace the hands of all the kids in the family with Sharpie pens. Let the kiddos color/decorate their turkeys and add their names and ages.

Bake in oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees and the ink becomes permanent! The "turkey" platter will be a precious keepsake for this Thanksgiving and Thanksgivings to come.

Salt Dough Pendants:

Here's a super simple recipe for "salt dough" that you can make with things you already have in your pantry!

  • 4 Cups Salt
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 2 Cups Cornstarch

Combine the ingredients and cook over medium heat. Stir for about 3 minutes (it will seem like bread dough). When there's little liquid left, remove from heat and pour onto wax paper. After it cools (parent job), knead for a few minutes. Roll out and punch out shapes with leaf cookie cutters. Poke a hole in the top with a straw or skewer. Bake at 225 degrees for 2 hours OR allow to air dry (takes a few days).

Paint with acrylic paint or use ink and rubberstamps to decorate. Loop some ribbon or twine through the hole to make a fun autumn jewelry.

Turkey Cookies:

Kids will gobble up these no-bake turkey treats! Grab some large peanut butter cookies, double stuff Oreos and melting chocolate. Follow package instructions to melt chocolate and dip the Oreos in it. Place an Oreo top of peanut butter cookie. Add candy eyes and candy corn for a beak. After chocolate hardens, add a little waddle with red writing icing and use yellow writing icing to add "feathers" made from Mike and Ike candies. Kids will have a ball making and eating the festive cookies.


All Photos by Malia Karlinsky