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Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Gourd Gobblers

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Like a 3-D version of the classic handprint turkey, these charming birds are great to make with the kids. The fat tear shape of a Hubbard squash perfectly mimics a turkey's body (but any squash or gourd with a similar profile will work); just add a cornhusk head and tail feathers.
Materials
  • 15 fried cornhusks, or construction paper (cornhusks, 8 oz., mexgrocer.com)
  • Red food coloring (soft gel-paste food coloring in Christmas Red, 3/4 oz., sugarcraft.com)
  • Screw punch
  • Brown paper
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Turkey template
  • Winter squash or gourd that narrows at stem
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Paper Mayflower Centerpiece

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Shimmery Lined Cornucopia

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A basic cornucopia basket gets a glamorous makeover, thanks to sparkly paint and fabric. Fruits and vegetables in rich shades of ruby and amethyst spill out like jewels. For a soft shine, brush the produce with an edible petal dust, a finish available at baking-supply stores.
Materials
  • Cornucopia basket
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric, such as silvered linen
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
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Paper Pilgrim Bonnet

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Remember the Mayflower, and give the little ones a fun way to play out scenes from the first Thanksgiving with these paper bonnets. You do the cutting, and the kids can do the gluing and tying.
Materials
  • Bonnet Template
  • Heavy-stock paper, 11 by 17 inches
  • Binding, two 24" lengths
  • Ruler
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
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Velvet Trivets

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Set the table with this easy and elegant velvet trivet.
Materials
  • Wood art-box board, 5-by-7-inch box by American Easel; dickblick.com
  • Silk-and-rayon velvet, in Gold, 44 inches, New York Elegant Fabrics, 212-302-4980
  • Washed silk-and-rayon velvet in Blue, B&J Frabrics
  • Foam brush
  • Adhesive, Yes Paste; artsuppliesonline.com
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Easy Paper Turkey

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Cornhusk Wreath

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Humble corn husks take a decorative turn when dyed a rich burgundy shade and looped around a wreath frame. The resulting display makes a radiant Thanksgiving welcome.
Materials
  • Liquid Rit dye, in Wine; ritdye.com
  • Corn husks (50 for 18-inch wreath)
  • Paper towels or kraft paper
  • 18-inch straw wreath form, createforless.com
  • Floral U pins, createforless.com
  • Satin ribbon (optional)
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Thanksgiving Place Mat

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Paper-Bag Turkey

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This simple, popcorn-filled paper-bag turkey from One Charming Party crafter Sara Westbrook is a perfect centerpiece for a children's Thanksgiving table. If the popcorn is buttered or cooked in oil, use plastic bags or wax paper to line the paper bags.
Materials
  • Sheet of standard printer paper
  • Scissors
  • Fringe scissors (optional)
  • Two small brown paper lunch bags
  • Popcorn
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Large brown paper shopping bag
  • Plastic bags or wax paper for lining (optional)
  • Parsley (optional)
  • Fruit (optional)
  • Corn-on-the-Cob Favor (optional)
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Corn-on-the-Cob Favor

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY
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