Between sorting out the dinner menu and preparing your house for guests, you may not feel like you have a free moment for, well, anything. But while you wait for your turkey to roast, find a few minutes to complete these Thanksgiving crafts for adults. They're all well worth your time: Although these craft ideas are a fun way to give thanks the DIY way, they also double as Thanksgiving decorations that you can use for years to come. Find clever ways to add a personal touch to your home with homemade place cards, centerpieces, wreaths and other festive decor. Some of these craft projects are made specifically with the holiday feast in mind — the detailed table settings, especially — but all of these ideas are tailored to the November holiday with the help of corn husks, fall foliage and mini pumpkins.
While you get a head start on these adult-friendly crafts, keep your little ones occupied with a few Thanksgiving crafts catered to kids of all ages. By the time Thanksgiving comes, you'll have a house decked out with the season's best, all thanks to you and your little turkeys.
Get a fake pumpkin and paint it a solid color, like white or gold. Then snip the ends off opaque balloons (any color, any pattern) and stretch it around the pumpkin's base.
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This craft will encourage you to pick up a book and read. It's super simple to make: Cut a leaf shape out of felt and glue it to a jumbo craft stick. That's it!
Peel back the husks on 20 ears of Indian corn and arrange them around a 18" craft ring. Make a bigger statement by alternating the corn colors.
Stick this pumpkin vase on your table for a standout centerpiece. To make, carve a deep hole in a pumpkin, then slide in a plastic cup and fill it with water. Right before the guests arrive, fill it with a beautiful flower arrangement.
Paint small pumpkins in different red and pink hues before placing them down the center of your dining room table. For a bigger statement, sprinkle in red votive candles and radiant flowers.
Slide a paper strip in the stem of a tiny pumpkin to make a Thanksgiving-appropriate place card. Write your guest's name on the front and then add a small note on the back to explain why you're thankful for them.
You won't have to bust out your carving tools to make this beauty come to life. Simply, glue 1- to 2-inch sequin circles on a faux pumpkin until it has just the right amount of sparkle and shine.
Bring nature to the dining room table with this festive place setting, complete with a napkin ring adorned with acorns right from your backyard. Write each guest's first initial on the leaf, so they know exactly where to sit when it's time for dinner.
Stacking plain pumpkins is an easy way to deck out your front stoop, but this etched trio will really catch your neighbors' eyes. Using a linoleum carving tool, carve vine designs on the front of each pumpkin and embellish them with red berries or beads.
Turn plain corn husks into a stunning sunburst by dyeing them in a mixture of 6 cups of warm water, 3 Tbsp vinegar and 1 cup liquid fabric dye in a range of bold shades. Let them soak in the mixture for 20 minutes, then rinse and let dry. Once they're fully dry, iron the dyed corn husks until their flat and hot-glue them around a 12" foam wreath.
Mix an assortment of yellow, orange and red blooms with berries and magnolia leaves to create the perfect fall statement.
Put the season's most quintessential flavors on display in this topiary quartet. To make a nut topiary, paint a Styrofoam craft ball brown and glue rows of walnuts and hazelnuts until its completely covered. Attach it to a candlestick base for extra height. Follow a similar approach for the pumpkin topiaries: Remove stems from the pumpkins and stack them on top of one another, securing them with wooden skewers. Place the stacked pumpkins in a ceramic vase and dress it up with moss, grapevine accents and faux berries.
With orange, red or yellow dye, you can make any plain dinner napkins fit for the season. To give them a dotted effect, set flower bunches or rolled oats (the blogger's go-to) on top of the freshly-dyed napkins and place them in the direct sun for about 20 minutes.
Give your pumpkin patch finds new life by wrapping them with bittersweet vine or a grapevine and red berry combo. Stack pumpkins near your front door for a memorable entrance or scatter a few smaller gourds across your dining room table.
Cut fabric scraps into a variety of leaf shapes — oak, maple and more — and string them together to create a harvest-inspired mantel decoration.
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Cast an autumnal glow with these custom colorblock candles. Just dip plain taper candles into a mixture of orange crayon shavings and melted candle wax. Let them dry completely before lighting.
Carve out the center of a pumpkin (or cut off the stem on a fake one) and fill it with a vase of seasonal blooms. The bigger, the better.
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Pine cones already have a rustic look that feels appropriate for Thanksgiving, but painting the tips orange, white and yellow really makes 'em pop.
Trade a traditional tablecloth or table runner for these hand-cut cork leaves, painted in a medley of neutral colors. They even double as coasters and trivets, protecting the table from spills and heat.
Spruce up any ol' bottle of wine with these burlap bags, stamped with a word or phrase like "give thanks" or "drink me." Finish them off with a velvet bow in a pretty fall hue.
Let these adorable turkeys, made out of fallen leaves from your own backyard, direct people to their seat.
Pumpkin spice cake is festive enough on its own, but these colorful leaf cake toppers take things to the next level (especially when you use real twigs).
These well-dressed gourds are small enough to use as table decorations, but statement-worthy enough to decorate your mantel. Best of all, they're easy to make: Hollow out mini pumpkins, cut the bottom of a water bottle and drop it in to act as a vase. Right before the guests arrive, fill them with ranunculuses, mums or dahlias.
There's nothing quite like a big, flavor-packed turkey leg on Thanksgiving. Surprise guests with this paper version, packed with candy, popcorn and other sweet treats. Once it's packed to the brim, tape the opening shut, wrap a piece of frayed weight paper around the end and write the guests' names.
Paint the base of an antique tray with chalkboard paint, then write a special message for anyone who knocks on your door in the months to come.
Print your favorite family recipes — Grandma's mouthwatering pecan pie, for example — on tea towels for a thoughtful Thanksgiving gift or decoration.
Add sparkle and shine to your tablescape by painting smooth rocks with metallic paint and personalizing them with the names of your dinner guests.
Your pumpkin carving days my be over, but that doesn't mean you can't put your pumpkin decorating skills to work. Just Mod Podge fake leaves to a painted pumpkin for a full-on fall look.
This Thanksgiving, you can bathe in pumpkin pie and eat it too. Make soap that looks and smells like the real thing, and then lather up all winter long.