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How-Tuesday: Thanksgiving Project Round-Up

Nov 22, 2011

by Julie Schneider handmade and vintage goods

It’s no secret, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It has it all — all my dearest home-cooked comfort foods, quality time with friends and family, lots of pie, leftovers, a parade, and that warm cozy ember of thankfulness for what you’ve got. In that spirit, this week’s How-Tuesday column features ten tutorials centered around the handmade accoutrements of a fall feast and a multitude of ways to say thanks.


Thank You Award

Throughout November and December we are presenting specific Etsy teams with the prestigious Etsy Team Spirit Award, to recognize the work of outstanding teams and to share the importance of connecting and collaborating with our entire community. You can express gratitude to a champion in your life with your own handmade plaque. Etsy Admin, Cheyne Little, took inspiration from the hex symbols coaster project on Design*Sponge, and just added a picture hanger hook on the back to turn it into a medal of honor.

LED Hand Turkey Sweater

Take that classic grade-school turkey icon into the 21st century with the glowing glory of this LED hand turkey sweater idea. (Found via Craftzine.)

Pumpkin Centerpiece

How will you crown your dinner table? Create an elegant paper pumpkin centerpiece with the help of Esther Ramirez from Essimar.

Pine Cone Place Card Holders

Ever since I was a kid, it has been my job to make place cards to denote where each Thanksgiving dinner guest will sit to munch and mingle. Over the years I’ve tried everything from scrawled out marker numbers to paper-cut numbers. These pine cone place card holders from Project Wedding add a nice woodsy touch to any dining occasion.

Felt Turkey

Pay tribute to the iconic bird of Thanksgiving with this needlefelted turkey tutorial by Etsy sellers, winsomehollow & littleloveblue.

Gratitude Sampler

Capture a feeling of thankfulness in thread and vintage linen in this Online Lab detailing how to stitch a gratitude sampler, taught by embroidery artist Joetta Maue at a recent Craft Night at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn, NY.

 Paper Leaves

I’ve always liked the phrase feuille de papier, French for piece of paper. Since feuille means leaf, it paints a nice picture in my head. Make your own leaves of paper to celebrate the season with this tutorial from Bloomize.

Leaf Trivet

Raid your fabric scrap bag and stitch up an autumnal trivet for your family-style feast.

Pinprick Thank You Cards

Sometimes the sweetest projects require the humblest of materials. Send thank you notes with these high-class, low-budget pinprick cards.

Pulled Fringe Napkins

Every year just before Thanksgiving, my mom makes a project similar to these pulled-fringe napkins from Purl Bee with her second grade class, and makes sure to emphasize very seriously that the kids must pull just one thread at a time, to calm eight-year-old hands that are antsy with holiday excitement.

If you try any of these projects, share a photo with us in the Etsy Labs Flickr group!

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  • AlannaRK

    AlannaRK said 5 years ago

    Lots of neat things to try out this Thanksgiving! So excited.

  • PowderButterfly

    PowderButterfly said 5 years ago

    Can't wait to create something now, I feel totally inspired!! Thanks Etsy.

  • girasolevintage

    girasolevintage said 5 years ago

    Looking forward to making some fringe napkins!

  • vintagejane

    vintagejane said 5 years ago

    Fun projects....thanks for the inspiration!!!

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 5 years ago

    Great ideas for a crafternoon during the holiday weekend!! Thank you!!

  • scarletbegonia11

    scarletbegonia11 said 5 years ago

    love thanksgiving and the gratitude sampler, great ideas!

  • ShastaBlastaMasta

    ShastaBlastaMasta said 5 years ago

    Great post! I love the LED hand print sweater. Very cute :)

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Great projects!!! Thanks!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 5 years ago

    These are great crafting ideas for thanksgiving - I've always wanted to experiment with needle-felting, thanks for posting the link to that tutorial!

  • winsomehollow

    winsomehollow said 5 years ago

    thanks for including our needlefelting turkey tutorial in this collection of great thanksgiving week projects... think i will have to try my hand at a few of these over the next several days ;)

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers said 5 years ago

    totally groovy projects :)

  • ImSoVintage

    ImSoVintage said 5 years ago

    such fun projects. thanks so much for sharing them.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Wonderful projects and lots of fun !

  • Cleverella

    Cleverella said 5 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 5 years ago

    Great Projects! Happy Thanksgiving:)

  • FireflyPuppets

    FireflyPuppets said 5 years ago

    So fun!!! You could combine a few of these: pinprick cards with your guests' names, then stand them in the pinecone placeholders. Scatter some leaves around the plates. The combinations are endless.

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits said 5 years ago

    Lots of fun stuff here! I love making my own decorations!

  • Grafxquest

    Grafxquest said 5 years ago

    Like the nice and simple back to basics of the pine cone place holders. My father has a yard full of the spiny lil things! Time to do a round up! EEEEHAAAAAA!

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 5 years ago

    The humble hand drawn turkey wins the Thanksgiving decorating derby "hands down" every time! ;)

  • NicoAndMooMoo

    NicoAndMooMoo said 5 years ago

    hahahah the turkey sweater is hysterical!

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 5 years ago

    Love the turkey sweater!

  • Bumbleweedz

    Bumbleweedz said 5 years ago

    nice projects, creative!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 5 years ago

    Love the simplicity of these items! Thanks for posting, Julie :)

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 5 years ago

    Love the napkins! Cute and easy.

  • FiberContent

    FiberContent said 5 years ago

    Crafts for my favorite holiday! Thanks, Julie.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    man i forgot about how tuesday and how awesome it is. i love those covered pumpkins and the vintage linen

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 5 years ago

    Long live the Turkey!!!

  • samsnatural

    samsnatural said 5 years ago

    Love the pine cone place card holders!!!!

  • mcaleenan

    mcaleenan said 5 years ago

    Love the pine cone place holders...I am going to make them for my Thanksgiving table....

  • BallisticInkwell

    BallisticInkwell said 5 years ago

    I like the pine cone place card holders. The pin prick cards are a nice idea too. Keeping it simple.

  • isewcute

    isewcute said 5 years ago

    The pine cones are great! I love bringing nature inside!

  • FranceGallery

    FranceGallery said 5 years ago

    Fun ideas! I remember making fringed place mats as a kid and seeing fringed napkins from back then too. : )

  • RDArtrip

    RDArtrip said 5 years ago

    Go turkey! Love the back to basics~ pine cones are a great idea and a good excuse to get outside, thanks.

  • Bananamoo

    Bananamoo said 5 years ago

    Fantastic ideas!! LOve....Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 5 years ago

    Good ideas!

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 5 years ago


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    WalterSilva said 5 years ago


  • mingtaphotography

    mingtaphotography said 5 years ago

    WOW!!! GREAT!!! : )

  • jdfootloose

    jdfootloose said 5 years ago

    Coo,l Fun Crafts to try!


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  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes said 5 years ago

    Wow love that sweater;)

  • JillianReneDecor

    JillianReneDecor said 5 years ago

    What awesome ideas... thanks so much for sharing this with us Julie! Love the napkins and great story about your mom!

  • MoonstoneCreation

    MoonstoneCreation said 5 years ago

    this article makes me wish i was hosting a huge crafty get together for thanksgiving :)

  • circadejavu

    circadejavu said 5 years ago

    I adore the pine cone place cards! Brilliantly creative!

  • EFaceDesigns

    EFaceDesigns said 5 years ago

    Very cool.. :^D

  • bernabermek

    bernabermek said 5 years ago

    lovely! congrats!

  • teconlene

    teconlene said 5 years ago

    Lots of cool ideas! I love the Pine Cone Card Holders :)

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 5 years ago


  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    Simply Lovely!

  • poshcreations1

    poshcreations1 said 5 years ago

    Pretty! =)

  • wmalexalvarez

    wmalexalvarez said 5 years ago

    that LED turkey sweater.... i think id never take it off.

  • emwi

    emwi said 5 years ago

    These are all such great ideas! I want to make the napkins to have for all seasons. Winter is my favorite time to make new crafts. Thanks for sharing!

  • TastefulThings

    TastefulThings said 5 years ago

    wonderful inspiring tips! Happy Thanksgiving! Love your posts!

  • fondueavenue

    fondueavenue said 5 years ago

    How fun! I remember making pin prick cards in school and pricking my finger :) They are really cool on foil too!

  • RareDesign

    RareDesign said 5 years ago

    Great ideas and inspiration!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 5 years ago

    My husband came home with a turkey made from cookies and candy that some guy in his office made with his toddlers. It is priceless and will be included in the T'day table arrangement.

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 5 years ago

    i absolutely adore the pine cone place card holders. i have a collection of pine cones and i've never thought of using them as card holders. thanks for the wonderful ideas!!!

  • BiomedDesign

    BiomedDesign said 5 years ago

    fun and great ideas.

  • VidaDoce

    VidaDoce said 5 years ago

    So fun. I can't wait for Thanksgiving. :) We have a tradition where usually go around the table and thank God for three things. Which always ends in tears. :p So this year, to save us from using up so many Kleenexes, we printed up these strips of paper which say "I'm thankful for...". We are all going to write whatever we are thankful for on the papers, staple the ends together, and use them as napkin rings. Then we will all go around the table and read whatever was written on our napkin rings...and maybe try to guess who wrote what. :)

  • leslieholz

    leslieholz said 5 years ago

    Cute original ideas!

  • sballgurl072005

    sballgurl072005 said 5 years ago

    Great ideas!!!

  • gkdecorate

    gkdecorate said 5 years ago

    Amazing ideas, I wish I read this before thanksgiving! I love the leaves, wonderful but simple.

  • andi3kosa

    andi3kosa said 5 years ago

    thanks for the inspiration

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