(Please excuse my issues with the spacing and sized of the images! When this post was transferred from my old blog, this happened. And I can’t fix it :/)
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away! If you’re looking for some ideas for centerpieces or place mat setting decor, then I have one for each. First, I will show you my Thanksgiving Tree, which I think makes a pretty centerpiece for the dinner table, kitchen counter, or coffee table. As for my second DIY craft, A Thanksgiving Message in a Bottle, your kids will enjoy creating their thoughtful message to your guests, and it will make a cute addition to the table mat settings.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the adorable artwork and crafts my kids make. Their 10-eyed sketches of “mommy” and drawings of limbless people are the best! But for this post, the Thanksgiving crafts I created are more “mommy-like.” Children can take part in the process, but you finish them up.
DIY 1: The Thankfulness Tree
|Thanksgiving Tree Centerpiece|
Ever had that moment where you think you came up with something original, and then you stumble upon it? That was my most recent “craft moment” with the Thankfulness Tree. However, with the others I’ve seen, you can tell kids made it. I love the simplicity and beauty of this one.
The point of this Tree is having your kid(s) express what he or she is thankful for. And either you, or your child, can write each word on a different leaf. For example, one leaf says “Cookies.” And, no, that wasn’t my child’s answer, haha.
For this craft, you need the following:
- Three or four branches. They can look real, or you can find colored ones like mine. I found these at Michaels.
- A bunch of real yellow, orange, and/or red leaves
- A packet of Christmas ornament hooks
- A black or white Sharpie
- A vase
|Thanksgiving Tree as decor|
You can give your place mat setting a special touch this year by adding a Thanksgiving message in a bottle. The message in each bottle will be from your children, and it can include a drawing and/or message to each guest stating why your kids are thankful for that person. I think it makes a cute surprise and thoughtful gift. And I know, I’m once again using my beloved jars. I love them and would live in one if I could!
This is another very simple craft that allows you and your child to get as creative as you’d like. I kept mine simple to show you the basics, but you can paint the jar white, or whichever other color(s) you’d like. And instead of twine, you can use ribbons. Here are the items I used:
- Milk jars (I found mine at Michaels, but can use mason jars or your baby food jars for smaller messages)
- Kitchen twine
- Bright Leaves
- A black or white Sharpie
- Construction paper