Kid-Friendly Craft: Thanksgiving Turkey Place Card Holders

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Thanksgiving—When I think of Thanksgiving Day, I imagine being with all of my family around the dinner table. My kids love setting the table and making sure that everyone knows exactly where they are going to sit. One way to make it less confusing is to make a place card for every person attending the feast. We made these little turkey holders a few years ago with the kids, and they are one of our favorite things to put on the our Thanksgiving table every year.

Thanksgiving Turkey Place Card Holders

Here is a list of the items needed to make this easy craft:


  • 1 orange pipe cleaner
  • 1 walnut in the shell
  • 1 acorn
  • 2 small googly eyes
  • 1 - 1 1/2 in. wooden heart
  • small scrap of red and orange felt
  • several different colors of 4 in. silk leaves
  • glue gun
  • small card to put your guest's name on

The first thing you do is cut two small pieces of the orange pipe cleaner for the feet. Curve them on the ends and then glue to the wooden heart. Make sure the heart is upside down as shown above. Then glue the walnut on top of the feet. The walnut should be in the center of the heart. Take one of the leaves you have chosen and glue that to the back of the walnut.

The last step is to make the face for your turkey. Take the acorn and gently remove the little top off of it. I like to glue it back on so that it actually looks like a hat. Then glue your eyes on. To make the gobble and the beak take your scraps of orange and red felt and cut into the shape of a triangle and long rectangle. Glue those in place as well so it looks like the one above. Once your head is complete, you can glue that onto your walnut body.

If you want you can add a personalized name card for each person that is attending your dinner, I found these cards in the dollar bin at JoAnn's Craft Store.

What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions? How can you involve your children in your Thanksgiving meal plans?
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