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7 DIY Projects for the Kids’ Thanksgiving Table

Give the kids a chance to get creative this Thanksgiving with these DIY table decorations.

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Thanksgiving Table Crafts

Thanksgiving is always a family affair and though it tends to often be an afterthought, the kids’ table is one of the best areas to infuse creativity and whimsy into your Thanksgiving decor. These seven easy projects are simple enough for any home entertainer. Best of all, the kids can help with any of the crafting, meaning they'll be beaming with pride when guests finally gather 'round the table to see their creations!

By Camille Styles, photography by Nicole Mlakar

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DIY Rock Place Cards

Leading up to your Thanksgiving dinner, send the kids out into the backyard to hunt for smooth, flat stones — enough for each place setting. Once found, spray until fully coated in a color that's seasonal and also complements your table design. As soon as the stones are dry, use a permanent paint pen to handwrite the name of each guest. When positioned on top of each place setting, these fun stones make a great focal point and the perfect pocket-size Thanksgiving keepsake.

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DIY Coloring Place Mat

Turkey day isn’t complete without a celebration of thankfulness, and sometimes words just aren’t enough. For this artsy DIY place mat, carefully tape a long, colorful envelope onto a rectangular piece of kraft paper, then use more tape to attach it all to an exposed tabletop or tablecloth. The envelope helps keep all those pencils and markers in check during dinner, and kids will have a blast getting creative at the Thanksgiving table.

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DIY Googly Eye Pinecones

Make room for a few more guests at the table by placing a googly eyed friend at the center of each place setting. 

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