Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids that Don’t Require Pinterest

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I love Pinterest as much as the next gal, don’t get me wrong, but honestly, I have a lousy camera and no time to worry about lighting. So, with that in mind, I present to you five super easy and thematically appropriate crafts for Thanksgiving! Woo!

1. Leaf prints – you’ll need paper, paint, and leaves. If you want, you can get all fancy and use a paintbrush, but it’s not really necessary. Take your leaves, and apply paint on the veiny back side. Once they have paint on them, press the painted side onto the paper. IT’S JUST THAT EASY!

2. Toilet paper tube bird feeders – You’ll need a toilet paper tube, peanut butter, and bird seed. Spread peanut butter (or, you know, sun butter would work, too) on the outside of a toilet paper tube. Roll the buttered tube in the bird seed. Slide the tube over the end of a tree branch. Nailed it!

3. Paper plate leaf wreaths – You’ll need paper plates, leaves, scissors, and glue. Cut the center circle out of your paper plate, so you just have the outside ring. Glue leaves to the plate ring. Wanna get fancy? Use the painted leaves from your leaf prints. Wanna get really fancy? Go crazy and glue a magnet on the back.

4. Fancy hand turkey silhouettes – You will need paper, scissors, contact paper (or sub in wax paper and glue), random bits of stuff, a pen, and someone’s hand. Trace the hand on the paper, and cut out the hand shape, being careful to leave the silhouette intact. Slap some contact paper or wax paper over the hole. Stick or glue random bits of stuff, glitter, etc. on there.

5. Paper plate turkeys – This is the most complicated one because you need to know what shape a turkey’s head is. You’ll need paper, scissors, paper plates, leaves, and glue. Bonus points for googly eyes. Cut the paper plates in half. Cut turkey head shapes out of the paper (hint: beaks and wattles). Glue leaves to the half plate. Glue the turkey head on there, too. Put googly eyes on if you want. Or not, it’s cool.

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT! So easy even a kid can do it! So easy that you don’t have to feel bad if they turn out weird! No kidding, here is one “wreath” that we ended up with:

Why drive yourself crazy trying to make ‘perfect’ crafts anyway? Keep it real!

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  1. When we were little we would do “leaf rubbings” – leaves plus fully-unwrapped crayons plus paper (we used newspaper, which isn’t as fun but keeps the leaves off the table, but anything thin works) – that kept us busy for as long as we could find new weird leaves. I wish we had known about the leaf prints, though!

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