Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for all that we have, and celebrating nature’s bounty is a wonderful exercise in appreciation to share with our children. All of these crafts can be made with leaves and acorns from your own backyard or the local park.
Materials you will need:
- Colorful leaves
- Heavy books
- Hole puncher and/or various paper punches
- Acorns (or hazelnuts from the grocery store)
- Paints (tempera or acrylic) + paint brushes
- Permanent markers
- Hot glue or glue dots
- Tiny pilgrim top hats (handmade or store bought)
- Yellow felt or heavy paper
Here’s a wonderful craft idea anyone can make! All you need are some colorful leaves and some paper punches. To prepare the leaves, have your children gather them outdoors and then stick them in between the pages of a heavy book. Place another heavy book on top and let them dry for at least 24 hours. Once the leaves are completely flat, insert them into paper punches like those shown here, or use a regular office hole puncher. The kids can scatter the confetti on your dining table the day of Thanksgiving for a festive look!
There are tons of acorns available in my neighborhood this fall, and they are so fun and easy to decorate. If you can’t find any where you live, you can use something similar from the grocery store such as packaged whole hazelnuts. Simply brush away any dirt or dust from the acorn, and paint them while holding the cap between your fingers. Add a face using a small paintbrush or permanent marker. Other decorating ideas would be to paint stripes or polka dots on each one in bright colors.
I am a vegetarian, so I prefer my turkeys as cute crafts instead of a meal on Thanksgiving day 😉 No matter what your tradition is, these adorable Acorn Turkeys will look wonderful on your table.
Use one pressed leaf for the ‘feathers’ of the turkey. Hot glue it to the back of an acorn or use a glue dot or double sided tape. Cut two feet out of yellow felt or paper and adhere them to the bottom of the acorn. Using a very small paintbrush, add orange to the point of the acorn for a beak, a little red paint under the beak and white and black paint for eyes.
A little black pilgrim hat on each turkey adds some character. You can buy them at party supply stores, or make your own with 2D version with black construction paper.
Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop. She loves celebrating all holidays and teaching art to children of all ages.