8 Easy Giving Thanks Crafts for the Family

November 13, 2014

Eight fun Thanksgiving thankful crafts for both kids and adults!

These easy Thanksgiving crafts are simple ways ways to count your blessings and involve the family and kids. So many of them turn into keepsakes you'll bring back out every year!

I’ve seen many DIY thankful trees over the years but this one from Simple Vintage Girl has such a pretty, natural look:

wood slice thankful tree

LOVE the little chalkboard wood labels! Those would be lovely as Christmas tree ornaments too! (Or used for a Christmas countdown!)

Speaking of trees, I love this wall thankful tree idea too. She cut out a large tree shape from brown paper and stick it to the wall so the kids can reach:

paper thankful tree on wall

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The kids take the fall leaves from the bottom and write what they’re thankful for, then fill up the top of the tree. So cute! 

If you don’t have a craft cutter I’m sure you could find the paper leaves at craft or dollar stores. (Ohhh I just found this leaf set in nine different fall colors!)

This little daily gratitude turkey craft tutorial from De Su Mama is so adorable:

turkey thankful craft for kids

The kids write on each feather and fill him up. Too stinking cute!

I thought this tissue box thankful turkey craft was cute too:

thankful project with Kleenex box

She includes a free printable for those thankful cards as well! 

This cute fingerprint tree printable can be customized with the colors you want for the "leaves":

thankful fingerprint tree printable

Or you could have the whole family join in when they come for dinner. I’d frame this easy craft and keep it up all year!

I LOVE this idea of using an inexpensive drop cloth for a Thanksgiving dinner tablecloth:

thankful tablecloth for writing

Use fall colored sharpies and have the family write what they’re thankful for (make sure they date it!). Keep it and have everyone add to it every year. :)

This is a similar Thanksgiving table runner idea is a cute way to save those little handprints from kids of all ages:

give thanks table runner

It would be adorable to see the little turkeys grow over the years. :)

Both of those ideas could be done with plain white placemats as well. 

One more idea that I love is adding a large thankful jar to the middle of the dinner table with post its. Let everyone add their words of gratitude and pick someone to read them all. 

This thankful wreath with construction paper leaves is another great one to do with kids:

thankful wreath craft for kids

You could take the leaves off and make new ones every year, or just add to it! So cute!

I love all of these ideas and most of them look pretty easy! I’m always trying to think of ways for us instill thankfulness in our son. 

If it’s fun for kids I think they grasp the thankful spirit even more!

You may like my DIY grateful garland project as well!: 

DIY give thanks garland

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  1. I love the fingerprint idea! We did something similar for our wedding and I smile every time I walk by it. Have you seen any tablecloths around that already say "Give Thanks" on it? We're hosting a big group this year and might do something like that. Love your site!

  2. I really like the paper tree idea. I think it'd be cute if all the leaves started on the bottom, then everyone writes what they're thankful for and puts it "in" the tree. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Lots of great ideas here! I especially love the first tree. :) Julie

  4. What a beautiful heart you have! Thank you for the reminder of being thankful/grateful. I love the turkey idea and kids write what they're thankful for. Glad you're back!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing our thankful tablecloth. It was a huge hit in our house and this year we are hosting again and my 90 year old grandmother is excited to share some words of wisdom on the tablecloth. Have a great weekend!


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