Pass the Drumstick with These Thanksgiving Craft Projects

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Of course, back when we were in school, we all should remember doing some sort of Thanksgiving craft project. I know I have. I mean we all should have some idea about drawing turkeys with hands. Still, craft projects have always been associated with elementary school children in art class, in one way or another. However, contrary to what a recent immigrant might see on the TV screens or around the block, Thanksgiving is a holiday and Americans do celebrate it with food and family. Yes, it denotes the time when the Indians helped a bunch of religious puritanical separatists (and others) survive after they lost nearly half their group during their first New England winter. And we know that some of those Indians would later regret that act of kindness in the long run when later settlers decided to seize their landholdings. Oh, and the fact the Indians didn’t appreciate the gifts the Pilgrims had in store for them like small pox. But we don’t tell little ones that much. No, we try to sanitize it to fit a more elementary school audience because they might be traumatize by the idea of Native American genocide. Still, many of the craft projects that I’ll present aren’t the appropriate kind for elementary school kids in art class. Rather these are for people like parents, party hosts, and repressed art majors. So for your reading pleasure, here is an assortment of craft projects for Thanksgiving.

  1. There’s never enough tulle to make a turkey wreath.
From what I've seen, turkeys aren't usually red, orange, or yellow. They're usually brown and black. Well, at least the wild ones are.

From what I’ve seen, turkeys aren’t usually red, orange, or yellow. They’re usually brown and black. Well, at least the wild ones are.

2. Bring in the autumn spirit this Thanksgiving with these hanging acorns.

Now these are adorable. Hope they don't go on any Christmas tree. That might not be appropriate.

Now these are adorable. Hope they don’t go on any Christmas tree. That might not be appropriate.

3. Get your hair in the Thanksgiving mood with these Pilgrim hair clips.

Now these are so adorable. Makes you want to forget how bad things got between the Massachusetts settlers and the Wampanoag in later decades.

Now these are so adorable. Makes you want to forget how bad things got between the Massachusetts settlers and the Wampanoag in later decades.

4. Set your place at your Thanksgiving dinner with this turkey place mat.

Now you can put all your utensils inside the turkey's feathers. Still, wonder why anyone would need to eat a meal with 3 different forks and 2 different spoons is beyond me.

Now you can put all your utensils inside the turkey’s feathers. Still, wonder why anyone would need to eat a meal with 3 different forks and 2 different spoons is beyond me.

5. Grace your Thanksgiving table with this pine cone turkey.

Now this is something kids could make. Just need feathers, pine cone, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes.

Now this is something kids could make. Just need feathers, pine cone, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes.

6. Any balls of yarn can be a turkey if you add some cloth attributes.

Now this is a cute turkey. But it seems to have weird blue eyes that makes it look dazed for some reason.

Now this is a cute turkey. But it seems to have weird blue eyes that makes it look dazed for some reason.

7. For garland decorations, how about try Indian corn?

As I found out while doing my movie history series, Indian corn didn't look like this in the 1620s. The kernels were said to be much smaller.

While this was indeed the corn used by Native Americans during the first Thanksgiving. However, its texture doesn’t resemble corn as we know it.

8. Deck your home for Thanksgiving with these autumn leaf samplers.

Now these come in so many colors and shapes. Still, not sure what kind of leaves they are.

Now these come in so many colors and shapes. Still, not sure what kind of leaves they are from the looks of them.

9. When making a decorative turkey, it helps if you stick feathers in a pumpkin.

Actually, it would look better with some darker feathers. Then again, the turkeys I usually see are usually brown or black.

Actually, it would look better with some darker feathers. Then again, the turkeys I usually see are usually brown or black anyway.

10. This turkey hair clip would make anyone’s hair festive this Thanksgiving season.

Now this was made from ribbon. Still, the googly eyes make this turkey seem dazed or cross eyed for some reason or another.

Now this was made from ribbon. Still, the googly eyes make this turkey seem dazed or cross eyed for some reason or another.

11. For a more autumn look, it helps if you use leaves to hang them by your window.

However, you might want to get the leaves when they're still colorful and on the trees. Because by November, they're brown and fall off.

However, you might want to get the leaves when they’re still colorful and on the trees. Because by November, they’re brown and fall off.

12. Grace your Thanksgiving table this year with this flower turkey centerpiece.

Now I'm not sure about putting turkeys on flowers. Just seems a bit weird for me. But to each his own.

Now I’m not sure about putting turkeys on flowers. Just seems a bit weird for me. But to each his own.

13. Nothing says “Happy Thanksgiving” on your doorstep than this burlap turkey wreath.

Not sure if it looks like a turkey to me. But I see it has feathers, legs, and a Pilgrim hat.

Not sure if it looks like a turkey to me. But I see it has feathers, legs, and a Pilgrim hat.

14. For a more harvest feel on your front door, this tulle harvest wreath will do quite nicely.

Now this is pretty and it's all in fall colors. Love the autumn decorations on this, too.

Now this is pretty and it’s all in fall colors. Love the autumn decorations on this, too.

15. Keep your little one warm this Thanksgiving with this crocheted turkey cap.

Now this is adorable. Sure it might look ridiculous on an older child. But I don't think a toddler is going to remember wearing something like this.

Now this is adorable. Sure it might look ridiculous on an older child. But I don’t think a toddler is going to remember wearing something like this.

16. For a more festive Thanksgiving, this burlap turkey wreath might serve your fancy.

Yes, I know it's another burlap turkey wreath. But this has a brighter disposition wit the vibrant orange bow.

Yes, I know it’s another burlap turkey wreath. But this has a brighter disposition wit the vibrant orange bow.

17. For a more colorful and 3-dimensional turkey, you can always make one from paper machete.

Now this looks well done and certainly not made by a kid. At least not a kid without exceptional art skills.

Now this looks well done and certainly not made by a kid. At least not a kid without exceptional art skills.

18. Cuddle up this Thanksgiving with these crocheted Pilgrim plushies.

Now these are cute. Love their clothes though they're more suited for Pilgrim Sunday dress than anything.

Now these are cute. Love their clothes though they’re more suited for Pilgrim Sunday dress than anything.

19. Keep warm while watching the parade this Thanksgiving with this turkey quilt.

Now the feathers are in a variety of fabrics to make it look rustic but colorful. But each feather uses fall colors despite the pattern.

Now the feathers are in a variety of fabrics to make it look rustic but colorful. But each feather uses fall colors despite the pattern.

20. Grace your Thanksgiving table with a fall floral centerpiece like this.

Now I'm sure the flowers are as fake as the ones on grave sites. Because most flowers are dead by November. Still, it's pretty.

Now I’m sure the flowers are as fake as the ones on grave sites. Because most flowers are dead by November. Still, it’s pretty.

21. Bring the Thanksgiving spirit to your home by stuffing your own cornucopia this year.

Now this looks like it was stuff with stuff you'd see at someone's grave. But at least they have a turkey feather in there.

Now this looks like it was stuff with stuff you’d see at someone’s grave. But at least they have a turkey feather in there.

22. Now this turkey quilt has feathers of all different colors.

Of course, I kind of find it strange why they dress turkeys a Pilgrims in Thanksgiving art. I mean it's an American native bird. Then again, dressing it as an Indian might have unfortunate implications.

Of course, I kind of find it strange why they dress turkeys a Pilgrims in Thanksgiving art. I mean it’s an American native bird. Then again, dressing it as an Indian might have unfortunate implications.

23. Nothing makes Thanksgiving look more festive than this tulle turkey wreath.

Yes, I know it's another tulle turkey wreath. But it's quite adorable just the same, especially with those ping pong ball eyes.

Yes, I know it’s another tulle turkey wreath. But it’s quite adorable just the same, especially with those ping pong ball eyes.

24. For those who like to decorate with flowers, these Pilgrim hat bouquets will simply stun any table.

The Pilgrim hats seem to be made from flower pots and construction paper. The flowers appear to be of plastic as far as I can tell.

The Pilgrim hats seem to be made from flower pots and construction paper. The flowers appear to be of plastic as far as I can tell.

25. Create a rustic Thanksgiving atmosphere with these tree trunk candles.

You can tell this is a Thanksgiving arrangement because of the wooden turkeys. Still, let's hope the trunks don't catch fire.

You can tell this is a Thanksgiving arrangement because of the wooden turkeys. Still, let’s hope the trunks don’t catch fire.

26. Nothing is cuter on Thanksgiving than this crocheted stuffed turkey.

Kind of reminds me of the peacock from my amigurumi post of last year. Still, it's just as adorable.

Kind of reminds me of the peacock from my amigurumi post of last year. Still, it’s just as adorable.

27. Why burn a tree branch in your fire this autumn while you can make it to hold candles?

Then again, I'm not sure if it's a tree branch or a trunk. Still, you have to think the candle arrangement is clever.

Then again, I’m not sure if it’s a tree branch or a trunk. Still, you have to think the candle arrangement is clever.

28. This owl wreath is charming fall decor for any front door.

Personally, I kind of prefer owls to turkeys. Maybe it's because owls are cool birds of prey with big eyes. Turkeys on the other hand, really don't have as much coolness.

Personally, I kind of prefer owls to turkeys. Maybe it’s because owls are cool birds of prey with big eyes. Turkeys on the other hand, really don’t have as much coolness.

29. Nothing makes a great Thanksgiving centerpiece than this pumpkin bouquet.

Of course, for the fall feel the flowers has to match with the pumpkin's exterior. Thus, I'm sure most of these flowers came from a craft store.

Of course, for the fall feel the flowers has to match with the pumpkin’s exterior. Thus, I’m sure most of these flowers came from a craft store.

30. For a more fall feel, wrap a big candle with some ears of Indian corn.

Indian corn is also called

Indian corn is also called “Flint corn” since its kernels are said to be hard as flint and leave no dents. It’s also said to be rather durable.

31. Since Thanksgiving is associated with football, perhaps nothing can emphasize such spirit than a football turkey.

Yes, it's a paper kid project. But it's adorable and clever to say the least. Seriously, who ever thought of football feathers is a genius.

Yes, it’s a paper kid project. But it’s adorable and clever to say the least. Seriously, who ever thought of football feathers is a genius.

32. Be in the Thanksgiving spirit this turkey day in this turkey shirt.

Then again, it's probably one for a young girl as I can see it. I mean it has a bow and some feathers at the bottom.

Then again, it’s probably one for a young girl as I can see it. I mean it has a bow and some feathers at the bottom.

33. For the cold ride to grandmother’s house, you might want to wear this knitted turkey hat.

Now this is different from the other turkey hat. Then again, you might not want to wear this in front of your relatives for fear that they might think you're nuts.

Now this is different from the other turkey hat. Then again, you might not want to wear this in front of your relatives for fear that they might think you’re nuts.

34. Of course, you can make a turkey from a gourd and tissue paper.

Seems like kids might do in art class. Still, these do look cute if you ask me.

Seems like kids might do in art class. Still, these do look cute if you ask me.

35. This Pilgrim hat will certainly make a great Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Interesting how it has to be in festive fall decoration to be considered Thanksgiving appropriate. It could just be a Pilgrim hat and be Thanskgivingy enough.

Interesting how it has to be in festive fall decoration to be considered Thanksgiving appropriate. It could just be a Pilgrim hat and be Thanskgivingy enough.

36. Of course, a pumpkin bouquet doesn’t have to be in fall colors.

Now I like these bouquets better than the other ones I featured. Seems to have more vibrant colors.

Now I like these bouquets better than the other ones I featured. Seems to have more vibrant colors.

37. Nothing makes your Thanksgiving more like autumn like a fall flower wreath.

Now this mostly consists of Black-Eyed Susans with some leaves and a plaid bow. Still, it's quite warm and lovely.

Now this mostly consists of Black-Eyed Susans with some leaves and a plaid bow. Still, it’s quite warm and lovely.

38. Let guests know their places at the table with these turkey place holders.

Seem to come in 3 different sizes. But they seem rather easy and adorable.

Seem to come in 3 different sizes. But they seem rather easy and adorable.

39. Nothing brings the Thanksgiving spirit to your front door than this bauble autumn wreath.

Not sure if I like the colors on these. Not sure if baubles and earth tones go together.

Not sure if I like the colors on these. Not sure if baubles and earth tones go together.

40. Celebrate Thanksgiving with these Indian and Pilgrim flower pot figures.

Now these are so adorable. However, after Thanksgiving, you can use these to play Colonial Indian Wars. Yay!

Now these are so adorable. However, after Thanksgiving, you can use these to play Colonial Indian Wars. Yay!

41. It’s not Thanksgiving until you make your own sock turkey.

Now this turkey seems to have a dark tossel hat instead of a Pilgrim hat. Does that mean this turkey is a thug? Not sure.

Now this turkey seems to have a dark tossel hat instead of a Pilgrim hat. Does that mean this turkey is a thug? Not sure.

42. To express the Thanksgiving spirit, this walnut turkey pin will do nicely.

Looks like this was made in some elementary school art class. Still, it's quite cut if I say so myself.

Looks like this was made in some elementary school art class. Still, it’s quite cut if I say so myself.

43. This fall garland will certainly look rustic on anyone’s front door.

Now this doesn't seem in vibrant fall colors. But has a lot of flowers, strands of wheat, nuts, and other trimmings.

Now this doesn’t seem in vibrant fall colors. But has a lot of flowers, strands of wheat, nuts, and other trimmings.

44. Make this Thanksgiving memorable wearing this turkey dress.

Then again, this one might be for a young girl. But it is quite adorable and creative just the same.

Then again, this one might be for a young girl. But it is quite adorable and creative just the same.

45. Now this is a very colorful turkey hair clip.

Now this one has all kinds of ribbons with all kinds of colors from pink to blue. Still, it's quite cure.

Now this one has all kinds of ribbons with all kinds of colors from pink to blue. Still, it’s quite cute.

46. Now these pinwheel turkeys are sure to make the perfect outdoor Thanksgiving decoration.

Now these are cute. Then again, they'll certainly stand out in a front lawn with bare trees and fallen leaves.

Now these are cute. Then again, they’ll certainly stand out in a front lawn with bare trees and fallen leaves.

47. Your guests will sure gobble up over this wooden turkey.

Now this is just adorable. Love the wooden and the autumn leaf feathers on this one.

Now this is just adorable. Love the wooden and the autumn leaf feathers on this one.

48. These turkey hair clips will sure bring the thankful spirit.

Now these are so adorable with some ribbons and felt. Still, probably worn by kids.

Now these are so adorable with some ribbons and felt. Still, probably worn by kids.

49. Nothing brings the Thanksgiving spirit to your home than an autumn leaf wreath.

Now the leaves are fake. However, the yellow ones seem to have names on them for some reason.

Now the leaves are fake. However, the yellow ones seem to have names on them for some reason.

50. Show the harvest mood with this wheat wreath on your front door.

Now I'm sure the wheat is fake. If not, then don't hang it outside since it might attract crows.

Now I’m sure the wheat is fake. If not, then don’t hang it outside since it might attract crows.

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