Thanksgiving Crafts

BY: Deanna Carter

November 21, 2019

2 min read



Thanksgiving is so soon! This year has brought my family and me so much to be thankful for! I am so excited to be home, hang out, and eat a lot of food! But the best part of home is the things I get to make with my family. Something we did a lot of was collecting and pressing leaves, making cinnamon dough ornaments, and using pinecones to make birdfeeders! I know you will love these DIYs I found, specifically for your home during this beautiful fall season! I hope this gets you into an attitude of gratitude! 


Clay Gratitude Leaves 

 These are super simple and so easy to make! If you decide that you don’t want to go out to buy clay, I recommend looking up a “salt dough clay,” recipe on Pinterest! 


You will need: 

  • Clay that you can bake 
  • A rolling pin 
  • Leaf cookie cutters, or leaves from outside! 
  • Alphabet stamps 
  • White or black markers 
  • A straw 
  • String 
  • Scissors 



  1. Roll out your clay and cut it into shape. If you are using leaves you found outside be sure to lay it flat onto the clay and using a butter knife cut around the leaf. 
  2. Use your alphabet stamp to stamp what you are thankful for, or leave it blank so that you can write with your maker. Don’t forget to make a hole at the top so you can hang it.  
  3. Go ahead and bake it according to the clay instructions.  
  4. Cut your string and hang them up! 


Thankful tree 

This is the perfect DIY for your thanksgiving centerpiece and something that your whole family can interact with! 


You will need: 

  • A large jar 
  • Hardshell nuts (for decoration) 
  • Sticks 
  • Chalkboard tags, or paper tags 
  • Chalk or markers 
  • (you can even use the clay leaves DIY!) 



  1. Put your sticks in your glass jar and fill with the nuts so that they don’t wiggle around too much 
  2. You can go around the table and have everyone fill out paper tags with what they are thankful for and have them hang it on your tree! 



Cinnamon Scented Pinecones 

You will need: 

  • Pinecones 
  • Cinnamon essential oil 
  • Resealable food storage bag 
  • Small Spray bottle 
  • Clear dry craft glue 
  • Disposable craft brush 
  • Ground cinnamon 


The Essential oil Method:

  1. Put 20 drops of cinnamon essential oil into a 16 oz spray bottle 
  2. Add 1/8 cup of water and shake well. 
  3. spray the pinecones lightly with your cinnamon water while in the plastic bag.  
  4. Close the bag and shake. Then leave them in the bag to soak up the scent, the longer the better.  


The Glue Method 

  1. Paint your pinecones with craft glue 
  2. Sprinkle the ground cinnamon 
  3. Shake off excess in a sealed container.  


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Deanna Carter

Deanna is a graduate from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design. She works as the Graphic Designer for LUOA. Her favorite things to do are exploring new places and things with her husband, and using her creativity to glorify God.

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