Thanksgiving is a time when families come together. A great way to help celebrate this holiday is with Thanksgiving placemat projects for kids. What better way to celebrate a feast than with placemats. Here are 5 easy Thanksgiving placemat projects for kids.
Ribbon weaving is easy and fun. All but the very young can participate in this placemat craft project. You will need Thanksgiving or fall ribbon (not wired), fusible webbing, an iron, pins, and 9 x 11 inch fabric for placemats. To start, iron the fusible webbing to the wrong side of the placemat fabric. Follow the manufacturer’s directions. Let cool and then peel off the paper backing. Cut the ribbon into lengths that will fit the placemat plus 2 inches on each side. Lay out the lengthwise ribbons onto the fusible webbing and pin in place. Next weave the crosswise ribbons through the lengthwise ribbons alternating the starting point. Pin in place. With an iron, fuse the weaving to the fusible web following the package directions. Trim edges.
Another Thanksgiving placemat project for kids is made using wax paper, fall leaves, and glitter. Cut the wax paper to placemat size. Arrange fall leaves around 1 sheet of wax paper. Sprinkle with glitter. Place a second sheet of wax paper on top of the leaves and glitter. With an iron, fuse the two pieces together, taking care not to scorch the wax paper. Let cool and trim with pinking shears or decorative scissors. You can iron a second time if needed.
A new sew cloth placemat project is perfect for kids. Using felt, markers, scissors, fusible webbing, and an iron you can make a beautiful Thanksgiving placemat with your kids. Use 1 solid color of felt for the placemat. Have the kids trace their hands and cut the shape out. This shape will be a turkey. Apply fusible webbing to the turkey shape. Add feet with gold or yellow felt and have the kids color in the turkey features. Make a waddle out of felt. Fuse all felt pieces to the placemat.
For something really different you will need fusible plastic, netting, Thanksgiving confetti, and small ribbon. Cut a piece of fusible plastic (fuse side up) and place netting, confetti, and ribbon on top in a collage. Add another piece of plastic, fuse side down on top of the collage. Following manufacturer’s directions, fuse the entire collage together. These Thanksgiving placemats can be used over and over again. Just wipe them clean after each use.
The final Thanksgiving placemat project for kids involves fabric markers and store bought plain placemats. Have each child write what they are thankful for on the cloth placemat. Set the markers by drying them in a hot dryer for 30 minutes and allow to cool. You can help smaller children with the writing and spelling. This makes a unique table setting that can be treasured for years to come.
Thanksgiving placemat projects for kids are fun and easy. They bring together the feast and the reasons behind the holiday. Try some of these ideas to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving table.