Three Inexpensive, Easy and Fun Thanksgiving Crafts

The online world is filled with almost countless zero-cost Thanksgiving images that have terrific potential. They can be used to impart a traditional Thanksgiving feel on websites or blogs, or for one of my favorite things: Thanksgiving crafts. As an example, crafts made from vintage Thanksgiving greeting cards are no-brainers, because vintage images are versatile and also quite effective when it comes to delivering a message. Because of their age, these images can also be downloaded and used without fear of consequences stemming from copyright infringement.

Doing a quick Internet search for “vintage Thanksgiving cards” will produce a huge number of no-cost images from which many craft projects can be made. And if you’re not a fan of vintage, new Thanksgiving art or free Thanksgiving scrapbook papers can also produce great craft projects.

Here are some examples of simple projects virtually anyone can make by using free images found online:

* Thankful Garlands *
Crafting thankful garlands is as simple as having your guests write all the things they’re grateful for in their lives. Then, download and print an assortment of vintage Thanksgiving cards and with the help of tiny clothespins, add the cards and the leaves in an alternating pattern onto a long piece of ribbon or yarn. If you don’t have any clothespins, you can use paper clips, colorful clamps you can get at the office supply store or tape to hold everything in place. If you want, you could also use contemporary Thanksgiving clip art instead of the cards to alternate with the leaves. Once the garland is completed, hang it from a windowsill or a mantelpiece so your guests can be proud of what they created!

* Handmade Thanksgiving Cards *
Once you’ve gone online and downloaded the image you would like to use, paste it into a Word, PowerPoint or OneNote document. You can make the card virtually whatever size you want by adjusting the software’s settings. Position the image on one half of the card, so it can be folded in half once it’s printed. Print the card on sturdy stock, fold it and use a little glitter glue to make it sparkle. You can also make your own envelopes or just get some at the dollar store.

* Thanksgiving Table Place Cards *
Some believe a Thanksgiving dinner table is bare and incomplete without table place cards. Fortunately, these can be made quite easily using free clip art images or vintage cards. Just download the image or images you want to use and paste them into a table in your word processing program. The table should have two columns and six or eight rows, depending on how long and thin you want the cards. Place your chosen art into every other cell, leaving room to write people’s names. Then, print onto heavy card stock, cut the place cards using a paper cutter or a ruler and craft knife and just fold them in half. Voila! That’s all it takes. Your holiday table will be that much more festive.

I hope you enjoy making these simple and fun Thanksgiving crafts and that you have a happy holiday!