15 Thanksgiving Crafts from Recycled Materials

Save some cash and reduce your impact this Thanksgiving with these recycled Thanksgiving crafts!

Save some cash and reduce your impact this Thanksgiving with these recycled Thanksgiving crafts!

Don’t waste your money shopping for Thanksgiving decorations, centerpieces, and fun activities, not when you can make so many recycled Thanksgiving crafts to decorate your table! Whether you want some festive decor, are hosting the big holiday dinner, or have kids who are eager for handprint turkeys, you’ll find something fun–and upcycled!–in the project list below:

1. beer bottle centerpieceYou were going to drink those beers anyway–might as well upcycle the bottles!

2. coffee can turkeyCan’t get enough of holiday crafts? This coffee can turkey is a fun and easy build.

Thanksgiving Crafts from Recycled Materials3. Give Thanks decorationUpcycle an old picture frame into this lovely holiday decoration.

4. glove turkeyMy only caveat is to use orphaned gloves–not new ones!–for this project.

5. gratitude place cardsThese upcycled place cards are also a good conversation starter for Thanksgiving dinner.

6. holiday buntingYou can make a version of this for all of your favorite holidays.

7. napkin ringsThanksgiving crafts from recycled materialsYou’ll never guess what these napkin rings are made from!

8. pop tab turkeyIf you drink soda, then surely you’re already saving your pop tabs for awesome crafts like these. Donate a few to the turkey cause!

9. pumpkin napkin ringHere’s another set up upcycled napkin rings to make.

10. recycled utensil holderNever end up with one too few forks again.

11. reverse-appliqued turkey shirtThis is the kind of handprint turkey that you’ll want to keep forever.

12. sock turkeyUse an orphaned sock to make this festive turkey!

13. thankful turkey bookThis is a great craft to do with a group of little kids, especially if you ask them to bring in their own cardboard food packaging from home.

14. toilet paper tube turkeyThanksgiving Crafts from Recycled MaterialsYou KNOW we can’t get enough of our toilet paper tube crafts!

15. turkey snowglobeThe secret stash supply for this project? Baby food jars!

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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