Holiday Crafts

Published on November 15th, 2010 | by Julie Finn


Thanksgiving Crafts that You Can Make out of Recycled Materials

Reverse Applique Handprint Turkey Shirt
Whether you’re a crafter who works with recycled materials or a crafter who works with natural materials, there are a million eco-friendly Thanksgiving crafts out there for you!

Stay tuned until next time, nature crafters, because this round-up is all about recycled crafts:

1. Reverse applique your child’s handprint onto a shirt that she already owns to make her a handprint turkey shirt.

2. Felt wool sweaters in autumn colors (or not!) and hand-embroider these split-stitched felt leaves.

3. Tack those leaves onto felted wool napkin rings made from the cuffs of sweater sleeves.

4. Fill a wicker cornucopia with all the pinecones, walnuts, acorns, and beautiful leaves that you harvested as craft supplies.

5. Drag out your stash scrapbook paper, old family photos, decoupaging supplies from vintage books and magazines, and any other flat embellishments that you can scavenge and create a personalized placemat for every member of your Thanksgiving table. If you laminate your placmats, set out dry erase markers so that your guests can pass the long interval before the pie arrives by drawing a mustache on Uncle Charles.

6.  Cut a slit in the top of a cardboard box, decorate the rest of it with wild abandon, and encourage everyone to write down what they’re thankful for and slip their note into the thankful box. Read everyone’s submissions out loud at dinner.

What Thanksgiving crafts do YOU make out of recycled materials? Share them so that I can make them, too!

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About the Author

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.

4 Responses to Thanksgiving Crafts that You Can Make out of Recycled Materials

  1. Peaches says:

    Thanks! There are some great ideas in here. Im going to have to use that sweater turned napkin ring idea!

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