By Jesse McCarl
It’s that time of year again! The whole family gets together for a big meal, some laughs, and uncomfortable talk about when to expect grandchildren.
For home décor purposes, this means two things. 1) You need to have some impressive decorations around the table for Thanksgiving dinner to let your loved ones know your life is perfect. 2) You need some DIY crafts to busy the children so they don’t rampage the kitchen while you’re busy with prep.
This list of 10 DIY Thanksgiving table decorations is exactly what you need! These are all easy crafts for beginners that will make your table look like it was done by a professional. All of these projects are kid-friendly, but you’ll notice a couple targeted specifically at youngsters.
1. Personalized Name Cards
Make each dinner guest feel loved by recognizing his/her specific spot at the table. Then get creative with how to mark the names. Personalized pumpkins could just be newspaper tags with gold glitter writing on a small leftover pumpkin. Or go outside and pick up some big pinecones. Type guests’ names on craft paper and use both as a placeholder.
Fill the table with those leftover pumpkins from Halloween. Give them a modern twist by painting them a few coats of a metallic color. The pumpkins can vary in size and fill blank space at the table or just around the house!
3. Chalkboard Menu Plates
Take the chargers from the dinner table and spray paint them with three coats of chalkboard paint, allowing each coat to fully dry before applying the next. Use white chalk to write out the dinner menu and whet everyone’s appetite before the first dish is even served.
4. Candle Apples
This is a surprisingly easy task that looks elegant and screams fall. Carefully carved out the top of the apple and then scrape inside – perhaps with some of those jack-o-lantern tools – to level off the inside. Place a tea candle inside and bring a sophisticated aura to your dining room.
5. Turkey Fold Napkins
Nobody wants a normally folded napkin at Thanksgiving dinner. Bring the settings to life with the icon of the holiday. Click here for instructions on how to fold the napkin. Then place a little beak on some squash to really bring the turkey to life.
6. Pear Turkey for the Kids
While we’re talking about turkey crafts, here’s another one that’s sure to entertain the kids. Cut the back of a pear off and glue a colorful leaf to his butt instead. Then use construction paper, googly eyes, gummy worms, and whatever else you desire to decorate yourself a turkey.
7-10. Last Year’s List
Are these tasks too simple for you? Then don’t forget to check out last year’s holiday crafting ideas to really bring your home to the next level.