Creative Crafts for Creative Kids

Festive Thanksgiving Gifts

Posted on: November 19, 2011

Presents aren’t just for Christmas and Hanukah!  They’re also a great way to give thanks to the ones you love on Thanksgiving too. Get the kids involved this Thanksgiving and have them make this simple project sure to brighten up any table setting. These make great party takeaways or seating cards if you plan to make your seating arrangements ahead of time.

Things you will need:

  • Brown construction paper
  • Tissue paper in an assortment of fall colors
  • Baby food jars (one per gift)
  • School glue
  • A paint brush
  • A small dish or cup
  • Scissors
  • A pen
  • A leaf stamp
  • A brown stamp pad
  • Snack-size candies or mints

Step 1: Fill a dish with one part water and two parts glue and stir it up. Additionally, rip the tissue paper into small pieces.

Step 2: Begin painting a section of the jar with the glue and water mixture.

Step 3: Begin placing bits of tissue paper over the glue. Continue painting with the glue mixture and covering the jar with tissue paper until it is completely covered.

Step 4: Once you’ve covered the entire jar with tissue paper, paint a thin layer of glue mixture over the paper and let it dry.

Step 5: While the glue is drying, put some ink on your stamp and stamp out a leaf onto a piece of brown paper. Once the ink dries you should cut out the leaf, trying not to be too exact in your cutting. If you don’t have a leaf stamp try tracing a real leaf with a marker and coloring it in. Similarly, if you don’t have a brown ink pad, use a small amount of brown paint instead.

Step 6: Flip the leaf over and use a pen to write something special for the person receiving this gift. You might say why you like the person or why you’re glad to have them in your life. Grab a few pieces of candy or mints and the leaf and tuck them into the jar.

Congratulations! You have made a Thanksgiving gift sure to brighten the mood anyone you give it to! Once the candy has been eaten you can place a battery-powered tea light into the jar and use it as a festive votive or nightlight. Did you do this project? How did it turn out? Please share your comments or photos in the comments section. Happy crafting!

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