What You Need
- Can, short such as a tuna can
- Card stock or cardboard
- Elastic band
- Fabric – a strip that fit around the can
- Glass or vase, same height as pumpkin
- Glue, bottle or glue gun (optional)
- Paper bags from grocery stores printed with fall or harvest themes
- Small picture frames
- Pumpkin, tall and thin
- Rubber stamps and ink (optional)
- Scissors or Exacto knife
- Wire photo holder (optional)
What You Do
- Gather colorful leaves.
If you have a simple wire photo holder like this one, you can display the leaves instead of photos.
- Make a flower vase from a pumpkin.
Choose a tall, thin pumpkin with a steady base. Carve and empty it as usual. Find a glass or vase that fits inside it comfortably. Put water in the glass or vase.
- Display the flowers in your pumpkin vase.
- Gather small frames.
Cut cardstock or cardboard to fit inside the frames. Decorate with a few small leaves. Write or stamp the names of your guests on the cardstock.
- Put a placecard at each person’s seat at your Thanksgiving table.
- Make placemats from fall-themed brown paper shopping bags.
Many local grocery stores print fall or harvest messages on their bags at this time of year. Just cut out the sides to make a place mat. Decorate by gluing leaves in the corners or at one end.
- Make a cute container from a recycled can.
Clean out a short can, such as a tuna or pet food can. Make sure the edges are not sharp.
Find a piece of fabric in a strip that wraps around the can. Hold it in place with an elastic band.
Tuck a few leaves under the elastic band all the way around.
- Set your table.
All your combined decorations make a colorful and welcoming site!
Here’s a few more Thanksgiving craft ideas that are not necessarily made from nature objects, but can add to your decor. They are great for smaller children.