Below are ideas given to make your thanksgiving
dinner more colorful, creative, and special. Whether you are keeping
it a family event, or inviting guests, they are sure to make the event
You will need:
Plain white table cloth
Printing items- here are some suggestions:
Use potatoes to cut desired shapes into and use to print on the cloth.
Sponges- these can also put cut using scissors to make a great print for
example a pumpkin.
For a nice flat surface to work on wash and iron the cloth first.
Place the cloth on a clean wide space and lay down protective newspaper.
You can use a paper or styrofoam plate to put the paint on.
Try and choose fall colors and colors that bear the message of Thanksgiving
to you- gold, brown, green, orange, red etc...
Nature print: Trace pics of characters like turkey(s), the face of native
Indians from any book and use pencil to print them on the material through
the tracing paper.
If you want to include leaves as a print item you can get them from outside
your house and trace them right on the material with a pencil and paint
later. The more characters the more diversity. But don't make it look clumsy
Large sheet of construction paper - 1
Construction paper to cut out dinner items
White craft glue or a glue stick
Laminate to cover the placemat when it's finished
First decide the spot to place the dinner items. You might want to gently
sketch or mark where this will be on the large piece of construction paper.
Draw the items to be included on the placemat and cut them out. Then glue
them to the large sheet of construction paper.
Do any writing or any other decorating. Like the drawings of some of your
favorite people who might attend the dinner, the date, the name and so
forth. When all these are done laminate them on the placemat.
PAPER PLATE HAND TURKEYS
You will need:
(Optional: leaves, acorns, goofily eyes and glue)
For each turkey, you need one paper plate. Place your hand in the center
of the paper plate, spread out so your fingers are separated. Trace your
hand with a pencil. If you need help doing this, ask a parent or older
sibling to trace.
Carefully cut out the hand on the plate. The thumb is the head of the
turkey and the fingers are its feathers.
Use markers, crayons or colored pencils to color your turkey. Be sure
to include eyes on your thumb so your turkey can see.
If you're feeling very creative, use leaves or acorns on the fingers for
feathers and paste goofily eyes on the turkey. You may need to have two
plates for that to support everything.
Put your turkey on display on the fridge so everyone in the family can
see what you made!
You can also use this idea to make waste plates
for thanksgiving dinner. After you make the outline, don't cut it out,
rather color it inside. You can also stick the cut outs you have made
inside a plate to turn them in thanksgiving waste dinner plates.