12 Budget-Friendly DIY Christmas Gifts that Your Family Will Enjoy Making

I love the holidays but I hate the stress of trying to make sure I have enough money for bills, food, and ummmm gifts. It seems like you spend the whole year saving up (or paying off some credit cards) just so you can make sure you have money to buy presents for everybody.

Even the relatives that don’t deserve it.

Well, I’ve changed my mentality over the years. I realize that most of the things I buy for people aren’t really getting used. Let’s be honest.

So what I do now is keep an eye out for gifts that can be made by everyone.

If you’re worried about people thinking you’re cheap then those are the type of people that you need to remove from your life.

Seriously.

These gifts are not only budget-friendly but they are simply adorable and everyone in your family can make them.

12 Gifts You Can Make This Christmas

By no means am I suggesting you get some popscicle sticks, some googly eyes and call it a reindeer. These are the type of gifts that loved ones like to cheris because who gets handmade anything anymore?

Everything comes in that plastic packaging that is impossible to open up.

Be unique this Christmas with these gifts.

1. Sharpie Art Gift Mugs

Sharpie art mugs make a perfect gift for anyone who likes to sip a hot drink at any time of the day. The whole family can personalize their mugs with a cool saying or some awesome art.

Get the tutorial here!

2. Stenciled Tote Bags

Step up your holiday gift-giving with something a little more personal.This DIY tote bag is so simple, and children will love using their very own tote bag they helped to create!

Get the tutorial here!

3. Pretzel Snowman

Yes! This DIY Pretzel Snowman is even cuter in person. This simple gift can be given to your child’s teachers or neighbors.

All you need is a mason jar and chocolate covered pretzels to get started.

Get the tutorial here!

4. Stovetop Scents

One of my all-time favorites! These are SO SO SO cute and will fill any house with the aroma of the holidays.

This tutorial has three amazing sents to choose from.

Get the tutorial here!

5. Hot Chocolate in a Mason Jar

If you want another good present to go along with that sharpie mug gift, then definitely try this one out!

With just a few ingredients like cocoa powder, sugar, and toppings of your choice, you can give your friends or family a tasty drink for the cold season!

Get the tutorial here!

6. Christmas-y Chocolate Covered Oreo Pops

Whether you’re a nibbler, gone in a bite, milk-dipping or twisting oreo kind of person these Christmas-y Chocolate Covered Oreo Pops satisfy any oreo lover.

Get the tutorial here!

7. Masson Jar Magnets

These simple Masson Jar Magnets make a perfect gift for family members that are near or far away.

To get started all you need is a little Mod Podge, a picture, scissors, magnets and some lids.

Get the tutorial here!

8. Gingerbread Granola

Teachers and neighbors will love munching on this homemade granola.

Made with old-fashioned oats, shredded coconut, almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg, dried cranberries and white chocolate chips whats not to love.

Get the tutorial here!

9. Popcorn Snowman

Grab a bag of popcorn and make one of these super cute popcorn snowmen for all of your friends and co-workers.

Get the tutorial here!

10. Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments

These salt dough handprint ornaments will absolutely touch the heart of anyone they are gifted to this holiday season.

Get the tutorial here!

11. Lump Of Coal

Know someone who is hard to buy gifts for but he appreciates a good gag gift. Then look no further this Lump Of Coal is a great gift your kids will get a kick out of making.

Get the tutorial here!

12. Paw Print Cookies

Pet Lovers and their pups will love this thoughtful and special gift this holiday season. These adorable paw print cookies are so easy and fun to make your kids won’t wanna miss the fun.

Get the tutorial here!

It’s More Than the Thought

It might be silly to say that it’s the thought that counts but in this case it really is. As long as you show the people you love that you’ve been thinking about them then they will appreciate anything you get for them.

If you can show them that you took the time to make some things, they will love that even more.

If you’re looking for even more ideas, check out 11 Cute and Easy DIY Christmas Presents People Love.

9 DIY Dollar Store Hacks Every Parent Should Know

As a mom, you understand the value of hacks. Buying one thing and turning it into another is a mom superpower. I’m always on the lookout for hacks and when I did some research and found these Dollar Store hacks I was jumping for joy.

It seems like with kids you accumulate more stuff than you get rid of which leads to a bunch of clutter and nobody knowing where to put anything.

That’s why you need these hacks.

Sure they are cool and show off creativity but it’s really about organization.

Who doesn’t want an organized home?

DIY Dollar Store Hacks for Parents

It’s easy to think that you need to go to Nordstroms to solve all of your problems but the Dollar Store (or Amazon) really has everything that you need to fix things up.

The hacks on this list are living proof of that.

Let’s take a look.

1.Hanging Buckets to Store Your Kids Arts & Crafts Supplies

If you’re having a hard time keeping all your kids’ art supplies in one place, then try out this simple DIY project.

Get this hack here!

2.Plastic Cereal Container turned Trash Bin for Your Kids’ Messes

Keeping your car tidy isn’t always easy especially with kids. But with just a simple plastic cereal container and a plastic bag, you can easily keep your car a little cleaner.

Get this hack here!

3.Ice Pack Frozen Sponges

These DIY frozen sponge are a super simple way to keep your kids cooled down, keep food cool in their lunch boxes or to apply on a booboo.

Get this hack here!

4.Kids’ To-Go Meal Container

Between bumps in the road and your Kids eating in the car can be tricky. But with this DIY hack, you can keep your car and kids tidy with an organized container like this one.

Get this hack here!

5.Kids’ Toy Storage Baskets

If your kids are leaving all of their stuff around your home, then put buckets with their names on them by the stairs. This’ll help them keep things picked up and taken back up by the end of the day.

Get this hack here!

6.DIY Bookends

Take some of your kids’ favorite animals and create bookends with them! Super cute and creative.

Get this hack here!

7.Soap Box Organizer

Stop your kids from losing playing cards, crayons or kids puzzles by storing them in travel soapbox holders.

Get this hack here!

8.Beach Toy Holder

Use a mesh laundry bag to hold sand toys at the beach. The awesome thing about this is that you don’t drag home a bunch of sand at the end of the day!

Get this hack here!

9.Emergency Diaper Changing Car Kit

Grab one of these cute Dollar Store totes and make a Diaper Change Kit for your car. This emergency diaper changing kit is super handy when you’re out and about and realize you used your last diaper and don’t have anymore.

Get this hack here!

13 Fun DIY Christmas Crafts For Kids to Make

When I think about Christmas I sometimes think about all of the different crafts that I would make in elementary school. Who knew that when I became an adult, Christmas crafts would still be a thing? Pretty cool that you don’t need to be in school to have your kids work on these Christmas crafts.

13 DIY Christmas Crafts for Kids

The goal of these crafts is not only to be fun but also something that you wouldn’t mind keeping around your home.

I know as a parent you’re supposed to love everything that your child makes but you spent enough time and energy making sure your home is decorated to your liking. There is no reason why you can’t expect some level of quality from your kid’s crafts. Especially since they are going to ask you to bring them out for the next couple of years.

Maybe that makes me evil.

I simply like to think I’m respecting the Christmas spirit to the fullest extent.

1. Frosted Christmas Tree Sugar Cones

I was on the lookout for Christmas crafts for kids to make and I found these awesome DIY Christmas crafts. Definitely giving them a shot.

These festive and easy Frosted Christmas Tree Sugar Cones are a great way to bring the whole family together during the holidays. Your kids will love munching on all the sweets as they decorate their very on Frosted Christmas Tree Sugar Cone.

To get started all you need is ice cream sugar cones, frosting, and various colored candies.

Get out the tutorial here!

2. Sugarplum Pine Cone Christmas Garland

I was on the lookout for Christmas crafts for kids to make and I found these awesome DIY Christmas crafts. Definitely giving them a shot.

With some pine cones, white paint and colorful felt balls you and your kiddos will enjoy making your home a little brighter with this Sugarplum Pine Cone Christmas Garland.

Get the tutorial here!

3. Christmas Paper Tube Characters

I was on the lookout for Christmas crafts for kids to make and I found these awesome DIY Christmas crafts. Definitely giving them a shot.

Upcycle those empty tubes into a fun winter wonderland scene with these DIY Christmas Paper Tube Characters.

To get started just print out the free printable template, cut and paste!

Get the tutorial here!

4. Stamped Towels

It's not easy finding Christmas crafts for toddlers but these DIY Christmas crafts look like they'll work out just fine.

Handmade gifts, from kids, really are the best. With a simple plain towel some
green + red fabric paint these DIY Stamped towels make the perfect gift for grandparents, teachers, and other important people in their lives.

Get the tutorial here!

5. Stained Glass Christmas Photo Ornament

It's not easy finding Christmas crafts for toddlers but these DIY Christmas crafts look like they'll work out just fine.

Looking for fun decorations for kids to make? These stained glass Christmas photo ornaments are simple and thrifty to make.

To get started all you need is unpainted wood photo ornaments, acrylic paint or washable tempera paint, printer and mod podge.

Get the tutorial here!

6. Sequin Ornament

Preschool Christmas crafts are not easy to find but these 13 DIY Christmas crafts work well with toddlers and those kids in preschool.

Sparkly, shiny sequin ornaments make a perfect craft for preschoolers, elementary, or older children.

With a little paint and sequins, your kiddos are sure to add a little bling to the Christmas tree this year.

Get the tutorial here!

7. Pretty Paper Straw Christmas Trees

Preschool Christmas crafts are not easy to find but these 13 DIY Christmas crafts work well with toddlers and those kids in preschool.

Want to make memorable Christmas ornaments with your kids? I’ve got the perfect craft idea: DIY paper straw Christmas trees. Cheap, easy AND beautiful!

These Simple Paper Straw Ornaments are fun to make and will add a sense of whimsy to your tree!

Get the tutorial here!

8. Tin Can Christmas Tree Activity

Santa's workshop isn't the only place where gifts are created. You and your kids can make these Christmas crafts for gifts and people will love them.

Recycled crafts are always a winner and this easy Tin Can Christmas Tree Activity for kids is the perfect way to upcycle some cans and provide the kiddos with a design challenge!

Get the tutorial here!

9. Handprint Snowmen Ornaments

Santa's workshop isn't the only place where gifts are created. You and your kids can make these Christmas crafts for gifts and people will love them.

This DIY Handprint Snowmen Ornament is one you cherish each and every year you hang it on your tree.

To get started all you need is plain bulb ornaments, white acrylic paint, paintbrush, something fun to fill your ornament with, permanent markers and little hands.

Get the tutorial here!

10. Paper Christmas Lights Garland

Christmas crafts don't have to be difficult to make. These Christmas crafts are perfect for kids and adults.

This Christmas lights garland is a simple craft project that will give the kids something to do this holiday season! Your kiddos will love seeing their beautiful Paper Christmas Lights Garland on display.

Get the tutorial here!

11. Snowman Milk Jugs

Christmas crafts don't have to be difficult to make. These Christmas crafts are perfect for kids and adults.

Go green this Christmas and make use of your recyclable milk jugs to create this lovable snowman Christmas decoration. These snowmen milk jugs will make Santa really proud of your creativity and your effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Get the tutorial here!

12. Toilet Paper Rolls Christmas Decorations

These fun DIY Christmas crafts will have you drinking eggnog, singing Holiday songs and provide you with nice Christmas decorations for years to come.

The end of your toilet paper is a beautiful new beginning for your Christmas decorations. With your creativity, I’m sure you’ll have unlimited crafts to do with toilet paper rolls.

All you need is cute holiday paper, scrap ribbon, a piece of brown felt, a pack of little eyes, and a pack of red pom poms to start this cheap and easy craft!

Get the tutorial here!

13. Reindeer Pillows

These fun DIY Christmas crafts will have you drinking eggnog, singing Holiday songs and provide you with nice Christmas decorations for years to come.

If you want a fun craft to share with your kids, these reindeer footprints and handprint pillows will sure give you the joy of crafting with your kids. They are a great keepsake you and your young ones can treasure.

Get the tutorial here!

For Kids of All Ages

These Christmas crafts work well with toddlers all the way to teenagers. There is just something about making stuff with your bare hands that people love and for good reason.

We don’t get to make enough stuff with our hands anymore so when the opportunity presents itself it is wise to step up and handle the business.

13 Amazing DIY Body Butters That Are Easy to Make

You have to admit that body butter doesn’t have the best sounding name. Butter is delicious but body butter?

Not sure I can get behind that.

Thankfully, body butter isn’t used for eating although I wouldn’t be surprised to find some people eating it.

But what is body butter?

What Is Body Butter?

Body butter is similar to lotion in that it’s supposed to provide moisture to your skin.

They are usually made with carrier oils and essential butters.

13 DIY Body Butters

Just like any other fancy beauty products, you can actually make body butters at home and save yourself a ton of money.

Even better you can customize the scents that you want.

As you’ll see, making them isn’t that hard and you don’t need that many ingredients. Here are some of the best body butter recipes that I could find.

1.Cinnamon Vanilla Whipped Body Butter

This body butter is light, fluffy and glides onto your skin beautifully while leaving your skin moisturized and soft!

There are two amazing ingredients in this body butter your skin will thank you for using. Cinnamon is cleansing, it plumps the skin by increasing collagen, and is an antiseptic, and great for eczema. Another ingredient is coconut oil. Coconut oil works so well on the skin because the saturated fats help the skin stay moisturized. These fats also give the skin a healthy, smooth and even tone.

Try this amazing body butter!

2.Whipped Pumpkin Spice Body Butter

If you’re looking for an amazing body butter that is non-greasy and absorbs easily into the skin look no further.

Mango butter really is the star ingredient here with its softening, soothing and moisturizing properties Mango butter helps to combat dry skin, eczema, and dermatitis. Mango butter also helps in protecting the skin from the weather and UV radiation.

Try this amazing body butter!

3.Chocolate Souffle Body Butter

If you are looking for a new and indulge in chocolate check out this whipped Chocolate Souffle Body Butter.

Made with four simple ingredients you’ll be surprised how amazing it feels on your skin. Cocoa is the main ingredient in this recipe will give your skin a light bronzing effect which you will love.

Try this amazing body butter!

4.Gingerbread Body Butter

During the holidays there is nothing better than smelling like gingerbread from head to toe!

This Gingerbread Body Butter has antioxidant properties that prevent free radical damage and protect against aging. It also evens skin tone and improves elasticity while leaving it soft and moisturized.

Try this amazing body butter!

5.Lemon Vanilla Body Butter

This Lemon Vanilla Body Butter is an easy DIY craft that you’ll love!

The lemon extract used in this body butter can be effective against a number of skin problems such as acne. This is because of the vitamin C which promotes healthy, glowing skin. While the vanilla extract soothes wrinkles and heals damaged skin.

Try this amazing body butter!

6.Whipped Mango Body Butter

Rehydrate your skin with a taste of something a little more tropical.

This luscious lotion absorbed it quite quickly, leaving you with soft, even-toned skin. The almond oil gently dislodges debris from deep within skin pores and follicles helping prevent future acne because of its vitamin A content.

Try this amazing body butter!

7.Honey Coconut Body Butter

Coconut oil is a pretty thin moisturizer, but when paired with beeswax it gets just enough of a thickening kick to deliver the perfect dose of summer moisture.

There are two essential oils found in this body butter clove bud and labdanum. Clove buds are known for its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac and stimulant properties which can help address skin problems like acne, sagging skin, and wrinkles. And labdanum which reduces the signs of aging such as wrinkles rejuvenates aging and tired skin and tighten the loose muscles and skin.

Try this amazing body butter!

8.Cranberry Body Butter

I know that I’d love to have a jar of the pretty pink stuff stocked in my bathroom.

Cranberry seed oil contains a variety of nutrients working together which provides anti-aging effects, helping to protect the skin from the elements, while moisturizing and strengthening, helping firm and tighten your look.

Try this amazing body butter!

9.Plum and Coconut Body Butter

Speaking of pink, how about trying out this concoction? Coconut oil, plum kernel oil, and jojoba wax make this the ultimate tool for a pampering sesh.

Plum kernel oil is very nourishing, as it is very high in essential fatty acids that are key to keeping skin bright and healthy. Powerful antioxidants help to protect skin from damaging free radicals.

Try this amazing body butter!

10. DIY Bronzing Butter

Get a sun-kissed glow and smell AMAZING with this recipe. It’s packed full of cocoa and cinnamon for an all-natural tan.

Lavender oil was used in this scrub since it is a great skin detoxifier, exhibiting bacteria-fighting properties that help reduce acne and inflammation while also relaxing sore muscles.

Try this amazing body butter!

11. Basic Body Butter

This simple, unscented version is great for everyday use.

This scrub includes coconut oil which will add great moisture to your skin while cleansing and providing anti-aging benefits to your skin. Infuse the suggested essential oil blends to create a scent that matches your morning mood and adds extra benefits.

Try this amazing body butter!

12. Cooling Aloe and Mint Body Lotion

While this would be perfect for calming skin after a sunburn, we think the cooling properties of aloe and mint would feel great after a long, hot shower too.

Aloe is one of the main ingredients in this scrub. It is used to effectively heal chronic skin problems, such as psoriasis, acne, and eczema. While the second ingredient mint gives a cooling sensation as it calms the body.

Try this amazing body butter!

13.Chocolate Hazelnut Body Lotion

Get your Nutella fix without the calories thanks to this body butter.

Hazelnut oil actually tightens your skin and stimulates your circulation so it’s amazingly good for your skin.

Try this amazing body butter!

Body Butters Are Great for Your Skin

Depending on your skin sensitivity you can maybe settle for regular ol’ lotion, but what’s the fun in that?!

Body butters make your skin feel smooth while also smelling great. Everything that a mama deserves in life.

They also make great gifts!

Before you use any of these body butters on your skin, first you should do a sugar scrub.

13 Simple DIY IKEA Hacks for Any Kids’ Room

Is there any better store in the world than IKEA. The answer is “no”. If you said anything but “no” then that means you haven’t been to IKEA.

Seriously, I can get lost in that store due to the possibilities that exist with everything that they create. It’s a million times worse because their showroom is a maze of awesomeness with each piece of furniture act like a siren luring you in.

Sure, having to put everything together isn’t the most fun activity in the world but when you can get such great deals on things AND do some incredible hacks with them, then you can’t be too upset with having to put things together.

In this post, I want to share with you some of the awesome looking IKEA hacks that I’ve come across that I think will try out in the future.

IKEA Hacks for Kids’ Bedroom

Everybody wants their bedroom to have a little bit of personality and kids are no different. If you can find a way to take some normal furniture and transform it into an awesome piece of furniture that your children love then you truly deserve that best parent trophy sitting on the bookshelf.

So, without further ado let’s dive into the hacks.

1. Secret Loft

ikea hacks for kids

Add some wood paneling to turn the upper bunk of the Kura loft bed into a space that feels like a secret tree house.

Instead of worrying about your kids taking the pillows off of the couch to build some forts, you can expect to see them hiding in their new bed fortress or whatever cool little nickname that they decide to give it.

Get the tutorial here!

2. Book Shelves

These clever shelves were made using the Bekväm spice racks and hung low enough to be easily accessed by the smallest of bookworms.

What? Did you forget that physical books even exist? That’s understandable but it’s good to have some books laying around for your kids to go through.

While the future is digital, there is just something about being able to put your hands onto something.

Get the tutorial here!

3. Step Stool Makeover

Go crazy personalizing these little stools with bright colors and patterned wallpaper. You won’t mind having them all over the house, from the kitchen to the bathroom.

I really love this one because it’s something that your kids can get involved in and really flex their creativity. However, since this will be a piece of furniture in your home it’s on you to be their creative director and guide them along a bit so you aren’t left with something that you want to keep hidden.

Get the tutorial here!

4. Colorful Dresser

This IKEA dresser already has a great shape, but pick out some colorful wallpaper and some fun knobs and it becomes even prettier.

If you don’t want to deal with wallpaper then you can purchase some fun stickers that you can change a couple times a year.

Nothing is permanent when it comes to IKEA hacks.

Get the tutorial here!

5. Children’s Table

The little ones are known to be highly energetic, and they would play all day long – this is why this beautiful, attractive and child-friendly table might be a perfect fit for your house when they finally tire out.

Because they aren’t big enough to sit at the adult table, having a personal table of their own can go a long way in making them feel like their own person.

Who knew that all of our self-esteem issues stem from the fact that we didn’t have beautifully decorated IKEA tables as children?

Get the tutorial here!

6. Lego Station

This is a great tutorial for all Lego fans. If your child is passionate about playing with Lego yet you are tired of stepping on the pieces every day, then look no further than this tutorial that will help you keep all the pieces in one place, without too much effort!

You’ll still end up stepping on some Legos from time-to-time but that’s not the end of the world. In fact, you can turn it into a game where you act like you’re back in World War II trying to avoid landmines.

Because that’s what they feel like when you step on them. A friggin landmine.

Get the tutorial here!

7. Homework Station

This practical tutorial will teach you how to organize it so that your child can store pencils, notebooks, crayons, brushes, paints and all the other supplies in an efficient, organized and beautiful manner.

Nobody likes the idea of homework but at least for your sanity you can keep things organized so your kids can’t use the excuse of not being to find their homework supplies.

Once they are done with school then you can transform this cute cart into anything that you want. The possibilities are endless!

Get the tutorial here!

8. Car Display

Instead of piling toy cars into bins and buckets, try filling a wall with your kids’ favorite four-wheeled treasures. These Ikea book ledges are the perfect size for a colorful displaying of toy cars.

What I love about this hack is that it can turn your child’s room into a museum. You can even pretend that it is an expensive exhibit you would find in the Louvre.

Get the tutorial here!

9. Activity Table

Art lovers will go gaga for this fantastic IKEA hack. Here, a clever bunny has turned the IKEA LATT table into an artist’s station complete with a roll of MALA drawing paper, galvanized buckets and a place to display your kiddos beautiful artwork.

You want your own home office. Kids want their own activity table.

It’s a fair tradeoff.

Get the tutorial here!

10. Store Front Shopping

Kallax becomes your child’s dream come true with this awesome hack that turns a simple shelving unit into a play storefront.

Now we’re just getting into the crazy world of IKEA hacks. I mean who seriously thinks of doing this with a simple bookshelf?

If you want to raise your kid as a budding entrepreneur then this is a good way to start.

Get the tutorial here!

11. Learning Tower

This DIY learning tower using the inexpensive IKEA BEKVÄM stool to keep kids safe while learning all they can. You cant go wrong with this tutorial. It’s load with great pictures and step-by-step instruction.

It’s pretty damn genius.

Get the tutorial here!

12. Work Bench

This IKEA hack workbench is so adorable any little child would love spending hours building new projects just like their parents!

If you aren’t a builder that’s okay. You can always fake the funk, your kids won’t know any better and by the time they are old enough to use power tools you can pretend that you’re too old to build anything anymore so they will have to do it!

What a great master plan.

Get the tutorial here!

13. Cozy Kitchen

Wow! This IKEA hack kitchen is so gorgeous any child would be lucky to play in this dream kitchen.

I’m ending this list on some next level stuff here. Not much to say, just admire the creativity behind it.

Get the tutorial here!

IKEA Hacks for Your Kids

I’ll never stop being amazed at the creativity people use to build these IKEA hacks. I easily could’ve done a list of the 50 IKEA hacks that I love but I wanted to keep the list smaller so I don’t go an rob my local IKEA for everything that they have.

Combine these IKEA hacks with these Dollar Store hacks for kids and you end up saving more money than you imagined. Worried about keeping things organized? Then at the very least you can keep shoes in the right place with these shoe storage ideas.

11 DIY Activities to Make Thanksgiving Fun for Kids

As adults, holidays are fun because it means you have a reason to do more adult things like flirt with your co-workers and blame it on the punch.

For kids this usually means…well it depends on the holiday.

For kids, Thanksgiving usually means eating random food and gathering with relatives that like to give them kisses on the cheek. However, it doesn’t just have to be about that!

You can actually integrate some fun kids’ activities into the month of November.

While you’re getting excited about your Grandma’s gravy, your children can get excited about the cool things they are about to make.

11 Thanksgiving DIY Activities for Kids

Even though these activities are geared towards kids that doesn’t mean they can’t be enjoyable for you as well!

Any time you get to sit down with your kids and make stuff it should be considered a great time.

As adults, what do we get to make now besides things for people at work?

I’m spiraling out of control on adult responsibilities so let’s dive into the kids’ stuff.

1. Thanksgiving Bingo

Turkeys, Pilgrims, corn, and scarecrows. It’s all kinds of Thanksgiving fun for the kids. Everyone enjoys playing a game of bingo, especially after a satisfying Thanksgiving meal.

Fun fact: I’ve won bingo once and that was in college. I won a TV from it. The TV was the size of a mini-fridge with a screen the size of a new iPhone.

I had some good moments with that TV.

Get the tutorial here!

2. Turkey Tracks

This fun and thrifty craft will keep your kids busy until dinner is served.This turkey art activity is a great extension of the book Run, Turkey, Run! The children’s artwork could be bound and turned into a class version of that book.

All you need to make the turkey art is a little paint, pipe cleaners, and some paper.

You can even add a little more fun and let your kids dip their hands and feet into the paint so it looks like little people are hunting the turkeys!

Get the tutorial here!

3. Pilgrim Hat Crayon Cups

Giving the little one a space to color? Go a step further to ensure crayons displayed festively, too. These pilgrim hats are made out of paper cups, and you can reuse them from year to year.

If you’re forcing your kids to sit at the kids’ table for Thanksgiving then you can cover the table with paper, throw on these crayon hats and let them run wild with things.

Get the tutorial here!

4. Turkey Napkin Rings

If you thought napkin holders were too sophisticated for the kids’ table, this adorable tablescape that’s made from felt and ribbon will make you think again.

Your Thanksgiving guests will smile during the whole meal at the creativity that your kids possess.

Get the tutorial here!

5. Colorful Pumpkin Seeds

Every kid at the table will love this creative project. Plus, it’s the perfect way to use your leftover pumpkin seeds.

These colorful pumpkin seeds kind of remind you of Christmas lights right? That means you can easily transfer this activity into one for the winter holidays.

Get the tutorial here!

6.Thanksgiving Turkey Play-Doh

Set out some craft supplies and brown Play-Doh so the kids can create their own turkeys.

Of course, if you can’t find brown Play-Doh you can scoop up this Play-Doh 10-pack so the kids can make the turkeys almost any color that they want.

Get the tutorial here!

7. Thank-You Tree

thanksgiving activities for kids

Remind the kids that the holiday is about more than food and football with this pretty paper tree. Guests can write down what they are grateful for on a paper leaf and tie it on a branch with ribbon.

What I love about this activity is that it gives the kids a sense of accomplishment when they see the big people adding their leaves to the tree.

It goes a long in showing kids that it’s possible for anyone to create something that can be enjoyed by others. That’s a pretty cool life lesson.

Get the tutorial here!

8. Pinecone Turkeys

Pinecone turkeys are a cute, easy and fun craft project you can do with your kiddos to create handmade decor for your Thanksgiving table centerpiece.

If you live in the right place then pinecones are free so that makes this a pretty cost-effective activity to do with your kids.

Get the tutorial here!

9. Paper Turkey

Take turkey to a whole new place with brown paper bags-fashioned to mimic a traditional Thanksgiving bird, but filled with popcorn!

This might be my favorite activity on the list due to how awesome it feels to toss your hand into a turkey and pull out some treats.

There is just something tribal about the experience.

Was that too dark? It might have been but when it’s time for the turkey to go, it’s time for the turkey to go.

Get the tutorial here!

10. Hand Print Wreath

This ‘handy’ Thanksgiving wreath give your child a chance to have a little fun and get a little messy!

If you’re adverse to using paint then you might want to stay away from this activity since your kids will want to paint everything in your house with their hands.

Now that I think about it, why do we even bother with brushes?

Get the tutorial here!

11. Paper Placemeants

Sitting at the kids’ table can be a drag but with plenty of kid-friendly activities and decor, it can be more tempting than the adult table! These crafty placemats can double as name cards and keep the kids busy at the same time.

Mix this in with the crayon hats above and you really have an activity that kids can make that also has the reward of keeping them busy later.

It’s also a good way to get them off of their electronics and focusing back on doing things with their hands.

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Fun Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

So as you can see, your children don’t have to associate Thanksgiving with just food and football. They can see it as a time to make fun things with their family.

It’s just an added bonus that some of these fun activities get to be used by the adults later.