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Decorating your Thanksgiving table

November 15, 2010

We have a couple of fun Thanksgiving traditions at our house.  The first one is to start Thanksgiving day by eating pumpkin pie for breakfast.  (That’s Sam’s favorite.)

Another is to decorate our Thanksgiving table with little Mayflower name cards we made many years ago, and every turkey either of my kids has ever crafted.  The turkeys nestle between bowls and platters, and not only make the table festive, but bring back a lot of sweet memories.  They are very well loved!

If you’re looking for some kid craft ideas to celebrate Thanksgiving, I’ve included directions for making some of our table decorations.

{one year ago:  edible turkey centerpiece}

Mayflower Name Cards:

Paint walnut halves with acrylic paint.  Pour some tacky glue into walnut halves and add little acorns.  Insert a toothpick to be the ship’s mast.  Cut little sails from cardstock and write each guest’s name on it, then carefully poke the toothpick through it.

Gourd Turkey:

The stem part of the gourd will become the turkey’s beak.  Insert 2 golf tees for his legs.  Hot glue a large button to the bottom of each golf tee to help the turkey stand up.  Add googly eyes.  Cut feather shapes from cardstock and write names of people and things you’re thankful for on each feather.  Glue to the back of the turkey.

Flowerpot Turkey:

Put a bit of green floral foam into a small terra cotta pot.  Glue a large brown pom-pom to the front of the pot.  Add googly eyes and a beak and wattle from craft foam or paper.   Insert assorted feathers into the floral foam.

Grapevine Ball Turkey:

Use a grapevine ball available at most craft stores for the turkey’s body.  Insert pipe cleaners for the turkey’s head and legs.  Add assorted feathers.  It’s helpful to dip the pipe cleaners and feathers into a bit of tacky glue before adding them to the grapevine.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2010 8:02 am

    Those little Mayflower boats are so cute! I save all the holiday crafts that the kids make and take them out each year for decorations too.

  2. November 15, 2010 9:45 am

    Those are the most adorable decorations ever! I love the Mayflower boats! Such a fun tradition.

  3. November 15, 2010 11:20 am

    We’re doing a wee bit of traveling this holiday, so these are some great ideas to take with us. Thanks and cheers!

  4. November 15, 2010 12:46 pm

    Too frickin cute!

  5. November 15, 2010 1:17 pm

    Wow–these are gorgeous!! And I LOVE the tradition of pumpkin pie for breakfast. I only have a sweet tooth in the morning, so I may have to adopt this habit starting this year. =)

  6. November 15, 2010 7:37 pm

    Too cute! Fun ideas.

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  7. November 15, 2010 8:33 pm

    Love the ships…AND the tradition of pumpkin pie for breakfast. I think I need to start a new tradition! I believe it fosters pride in a child when they see their creations lovingly cared for and appreciated. I applaud you for gifting you child with pride of creativity.

  8. November 15, 2010 11:24 pm

    I LOVE the turkeys on the table idea. I’m going to have to remember that one.

  9. November 16, 2010 3:33 pm

    These ideas are simply amazing! I will be sure to utilize them next week!

  10. November 16, 2010 10:40 pm

    So cute! Our Christmas tree is like your table. Loaded down with memeories from the children’s (& mine) homemade (most of them) ornaments.
    ~ingrid

  11. November 17, 2010 2:04 am

    I am all over eating pumpkin pie for breakfast, the best idea ever! To have it after the feast is tough and I often do not enjoy it until the next day for breakfast anyway, so we may as well eat it fresh on the big day!

  12. November 17, 2010 8:39 pm

    What really cute ideas. Thanks for the inspiration, Michelle!

  13. November 18, 2010 12:15 pm

    So cute!!

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