Crafty Kitchens 10 Thanksgiving Crafts and Recipes

Published on November 13th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe

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10 Thanksgiving Crafts + Recipes to Deck Your Table

10 Thanksgiving Crafts and Recipes

The Thanksgiving countdown is on! Are you planning your Thanksgiving tablescape and menu yet? Here are some Thanksgiving crafts to help you out!

We have a couple of weeks until Thanksgiving, so if you want to cook from scratch and create a some DIY pieces for your tablescape, now is the time to start planning.

Thanksgiving Crafts for a DIY Tablescape

Get your place cards, centerpieces, and napkin ring ideas here!

Thanksgiving Crafts: Gratitude Place Cards

1. Gratitude Place Cards – These upcycled place cards do more than show your guests where to sit. They’re an activity! Encourage your family to write down something they’re thankful for on the back, then read them aloud or string them up like garland with clothespins!

Thanksgiving Crafts: Paper Leaf Centerpiece

2. Paper Leaf Centerpiece – You only need five items to make this simple, fall-themed centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.

Thanksgiving Crafts: Mason Jar Centerpieces that Sparkle!

3. Glitter Jar Centerpieces – Grab some old glass jars and turn them into sparkly centerpieces. You can fill them with wildflowers, herbs from your container garden, or even fallen branches.

DIY Napkin Rings from a Paper Towel Tube

4. Washi Tape Napkin Rings – Turn paper towel or toilet paper tubes into simple, modern napkin rings for your tablescape.

DIY Halloween Ideas: Pumpkin Napkin Ring

5. Pumpkin Napkin Ring – Paper tubes and book pages are the key to these sweet, upcycled napkin rings.

Handmade Recycled Paper Napkin Rings

6. Recycled Paper Napkin Rings – Make these woven napkin rings from recycled paper or paper you would have otherwise tossed. Book pages, sheet music, or junk mail would all work well for this tutorial.

From-Scratch Thanksgiving Recipes

Our household waste explodes during the holidays, and cooking those big holiday meals is part of that spike. Get crafty in the kitchen to produce less waste by cooking from scratch rather than buying processed, prepackaged foods.

Thanksgiving Recipes: How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree

7. Homemade Pumpkin Puree – Canned pumpkin puree is convenient, but it’s actually pretty easy to make your own from scratch. Check out the video tutorial for making your own! Crunchy Scott has a secret for making your pumpkin puree taste extra pumpkiny with no added ingredients.

Thanksgiving Recipes: Making Cranberry Sauce from Scratch

8. Homemade Cranberry Sauce – You can make your own cranberry sauce in about 20 minutes from start to finish. You’ll never buy the canned stuff again!

Thanksgiving Recipes: From-Scratch Olive Oil Drop Biscuits

9. Olive Oil Drop Biscuits – Skip the biscuits from the non-recyclable can. The beauty of drop biscuits is that they don’t need kneading or time to rise. Making them is as easy as making cookies.

Thanksgiving Recipes: Easy Crock Pot Applesauce

10. Crock Pot Applesauce – Skip the jar and make applesauce in the crock pot. This no-sugar-added recipe is easy to make and only uses two ingredients!

cranberries photo via Shutterstock

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



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