Thanksgiving Craft—Finger Puppets

I finally finished up these fun Thanksgiving Finger Puppets.  I have had these planned for a while now and was just able to find the time to get them all finished up.  These are the perfect Thanksgiving craft to do for and with some of your kids.  Need some distractions for the kids while you are prepping for Thanksgiving Dinner and preparing for the relatives to come over?  Traveling to be with family this holiday?  These finger puppets will be great for entertaining.

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The patterns for these puppets will be available tomorrow for purchase in The Idea Room Store…or you can try your hand at making some!

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The pattern will sell for $2.50 and comes with pictures, patterns and step by step instructions.

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The patterns are for the boy and girl Indians and Pilgrims and the turkey.

To Purchase the patterns for these puppets click here:

Thanksgiving Finger Puppet Patterns

Bread Cornucopia

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Looking for a last minute centerpiece to decorate your Thanksgiving Table next week? Make a Cornucopia out of bread.

I have been wanting to make one of these for a while now after seeing one over at Taste of Home.

The process was actually quite simple. I took a piece of paper (an old homework assignment) and rolled it into a cone shape and taped it. Then, I took a sheet of tinfoil and wrapped it around the paper cone to get the correct shape.

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Next, ball up some more tinfoil and fill the inside of the cone. **Make sure you have a single layer on the outside that is separate from the inside. This makes it possible to easily remove the tinfoil from the inside of the cornicopia after it has been in the oven.

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Then I just make some bread dough and let it rise. After the first rising, I rolled the dough out into one LONG rope.

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Take your rope and wrap it around the tinfoil cone shape. Let rise for another 1-2 hours depending on your recipe.

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Then bake in the oven. I baked mine at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Times and temperatures may vary with your recipe and/or oven.

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After your bread cornucopia has cooled, remove all tinfoil carefully (I had to leave some of the foil in the tail end since it was baked into the bread). Fill with fruit or anything you would like to display or serve. The best part is that it is edible. It can easily be made a couple days before Thanksgiving too!

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Thankful Rolls

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Want a fun, new tradition to add to your Thanksgiving festivities? How about making some “Thankful Rolls” a perfect twist for your Thanksgiving Rolls. These are kind of like fortune cookies…but for rolls…with personalized messages.

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I wrote down some different questions on a strip of white paper. Questions about things that you are thankful for. So, if you know you are going to be making the rolls for this year’s Thanksgiving Dinner and you have a list of the guests who will be there, you can include them in the questions.

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I made a question for everyone in our family…For example…”Why am I thankful for __(name)___?”

Then you can also make up different questions to go in any extra rolls you may have. 1 question per roll.

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Then simply cut out the questions and fold them up as small as you can. Wrap them in a rectangle of tinfoil.

Then take your favorite rolls…homemade or frozen dough. I used frozen Rhodes dough for these to share with you here, but for our Thanksgiving dinner we always make my mom’s yummy dinner roll recipe!

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Roll your dough into small balls. Then take two dough balls and put them together with a note in between them into a greased muffin tin pan. Let them raise the recommended time and bake them as your normally would according to your recipe directions.

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Then serve them up. Your guests will be surprised and excited to find they have a fun little surprise awaiting them. Just make sure no one eats a note on accident :). I guarantee you will be able to spark a fun discussion that will help you remember why you are thankful for your friends and family.

You could also use this idea for someone’s birthday or other special occasion. Just change what is written on the little notes to customize it for a certain event!

Can anyone else believe that Thanksgiving is next week?? CRaZy!!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

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I hope you aren’t sick of pumpkin recipes yet…I for one, love the flavor of pumpkin and these pumpkin cinnamon rolls did not dissapoint. I found this recipe from over at TasteOfHome.

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Ingredients:
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
4 eggs
1 cup shortening
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup instant vanilla pudding mix
1/3 cup instant butterscotch pudding mix
1 teaspoon salt
7 to 8 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

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Icing:
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla Extract

Directions:
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the eggs, shortening, pumpkin, milk, sugars, pudding mixes, salt and 6 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down; divide in half. Roll each portion into a 12-in. x 8-in. rectangle; brush with butter. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over dough to within 1/2 in. of edges.

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Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal. Cut each into 12 slices.

We cut our cinnamon rolls using a piece of thread, a technique passed down from my Grandma’s family. It cuts cleanly and easily. Just slide the thread under the rolled dough and then cross-over at the top and pull all the way down through the dough pinching off each cinnamon roll.

Place cut side down in two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Bake at 350° for 22-28 minutes or until golden brown. In a small bowl, combine the water, butter and cinnamon. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Spread over buns. Serve warm. Yield: 2 dozen.

**Edit–For night before prep: Prepare the rolls up to the point where you roll and place in the pan. Then, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, remove the pan from the fridge and proceed with the instructions where you left off. Rising time may be slightly longer than noted in the recipe due to the dough being cold vs. room temperature.

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I realized I never took any pictures of the finished rolls after we iced them. We must have gobbled them up too quickly :)! For a printable version of the recipe go here.

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Thanksgiving Entertainment for Kids

Need something fun for and entertaining for the kids while they wait for Thanksgiving dinner?  Encourage them to play with their food on these fun food face plates.

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I have seen these Food Face Plates around and have always thought it would be fun to make faces with your food. So instead of spending $9.95 on some, we made our own by drawing a face with Sharpies on paper plates.

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We gathered up a variety of food to decorate them with. For example, noodles, dry pinto beans, kidney and black beans, split peas, pretzel sticks and cheerios. Then we let the kids design and decorate to their liking. I thought the older kids would get fairly bored, but they actually made a couple of different faces.

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We used regular Elmer’s white school glue and it worked great to hold everything in place if the kids want to save their faces, or don’t glue them and let the kids experiment with different faces. When finished, they just slide the food pieces off and start over again.

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Then we decided to trace the kids hands and they each made a turkey. Now I know this is not exactly a new and brilliant idea, but it might be something that you can use to entertain the kids when Thanksgiving rolls around.

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Especially if you have a lot to get prepared for your Thanksgiving feast or a house to clean before company comes….Just don’t clean the kitchen floor until AFTER the kids are finished decorating their faces!

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And in the spirit of giving, you can click here to download our Food Face to trace onto your own paper plates.

Food Face Plate Download

Thanksgiving Dinner Name Placements

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Are you hosting your family’s Thanksgiving Dinner this year? Need an idea to help your guest know where they are sitting? Here is a simple idea to hold your name place cards.

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I simply took my 2 inch scalloped punch and my 1.5 inch round punch and used some fun scrapbook paper. Then after gluing the two pieces together with the string or twine in between the two layers, hung it around the pear.

You could do this with other fruits and vegetables as well. Or make a name tag much like a cupcake topper and stick it in an apple or pomegranete.

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A simple, yet festive touch to your Thanksgiving Table!

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Thankful Bucket

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Do you have any special Thanksgiving traditions at your house?  This is one Thanksgiving Craft we enjoy each year.

Each year my mom gives each of her children and their families a Thanksgiving Bucket. Then each family is supposed to fill the bucket with things that they are thankful for. Then after our Thanksgiving dinner, we sit around the fireplace, while are tummies are digesting our meal, and take turns sharing what we have written for our buckets.

It always invites a special feeling to our Thanksgiving Celebration. And though some of the kids (and adults…*ahem*) complain a bit, they always end up participating and enjoying the activity.

So this year I spiced up our bucket and have it on the kitchen table to remind of all month long to be thinking and adding things to the bucket that we are thankful for.

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First, I added the word Thankful, then I simply took a rectangle piece of chipboard and decorated it with some scrap book paper. Glued some brown ribbon inbetween the paper and the chipboard and then tied it to the back of the bucket handles.

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Then I added a small green leaf and some red berries that I snipped off the back of a wreath where you wouldn’t notice they were missing.

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Then I whipped up some papers for the family to write down their blessings on. The kids are encouraged to write something each time they think of something they are grateful for and drop it in the bucket. It is a good reminder to us all of just how MANY blessings we enjoy and take for granted on a daily basis! It’s amazing how focusing on all the positives can change your outlook and give you some much needed perspective.

I love Thanksgiving for that very reason!

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I have provided you with a free download of our “Thankful” cards. I simply printed them out on white paper and then glued them onto some colorful scrapbook paper. They aren’t very fancy, but if you would like to use them for your family, you can get them here:

Thankful Bucket Cards

What about you and your family? What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions that you enjoy?


Personalized Embroidered Hand Towels

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Make a festive hand embroidered dish towel to celebrate the season…every season. Do you remember these handtowels I made for some friends last Christmas? Well,I just made a Thanksgiving version for my kitchen.

I typed out the word blessing and then traced it onto the bottom half (in the middle) of a flour sac hand towel with a pencil. I found mine at Ben Franklin for $1.50. I have also seen them at Wal-Mart, etc. I then cut out some material (the same material I used for my oven hand mitts) and applied the flowers as an applique to the towel under the word I had penciled on the towel

Then I placed an embroidery hoop around the letters and embroidered the word using a backstitch. I wanted the word to be thick, so I used 4 strands of the embroidery floss.

The fun thing would be to have one for every holiday and season. I had planned on making one for Halloween with the word Boo, but never got around to it. Since the flour sac towels are so large, I think I will just turn the towel around and add the Boo to the other side. Then you could use the same hand towel for both seasons. Just turn the towel to the right side for the season. These could not be simpler to make.

I have this hanging on the handle of my oven door and have tied a ribbon around it, I don’t have to hang it back up anytime the kids get near the towel (if you know what I mean). When the kids dry their hands on it, it actually stays in place!

If you are interested, I have posted the pattern I used along with patterns for Boo!, LOVE, and Gratitude. Click here for the downloadable version.

Oreo Cookie Turkeys

These Oreo turkeys are really cute and are really easy to make and are the perfect cookies for Thanksgiving.

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I made several of them for a party last year in just about 30 minutes. I had a friend show me how to make these after she made them for the preschool our kids attended together. You will need the following:

Double Stuff Oreos (2 per turkey)
Small Reeses’ Peanut Butter Cups (1)
Whoppers (1)
Candy Corn
White Frosting
Black Frosting

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First place your peanut butter cups in the fridge. They will cut cleaner cold. Then take an Oreo and carefully separate one of the cookies from the frosting. Gently press the pointed tips of 6 candy corns around one half of the Oreo. Take some white frosting and cover the frosting and re-attach the cookie.

Now, take the second oreo and lay it flat on the table. Pick up your Oreo with the candy corn and put some icing on the bottom of the oreo opposite from the candy corn and attach the Oreo onto the flat oreo so that it is on the back half. Prop the stuck together Oreos against a book or a wall to hold it up while the icing dries. If it does not stand up well, add some more icing.

Now take a cold peanut butter cup and cut a small section off of it so that it will have a flat side. Place some frosting on the flat section and the top of the peanut butter cup and attach it to the Oreo with the candy corn so that it becomes the body of the turkey.

Take the Whopper and put icing on the back side of it. Attach it so that it is right on top of the peanut butter cup and iced to the Oreo and Whopper. Add two drops of white icing for the eyes and a smaller drop of the black for the pupil.

For the wings, I cut the very tip of a candy corn and glued a wing on both sides of the peanut butter cup. For the feet, you can use the same tip you cut off when making your wings. Let dry for about 20 minutes before handling.

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These would be so cute to give to a friend, child or neighbor. They would also be really cute holding a name place card for your Thanksgiving Dinner. You could just put the name card behind the candy corn on the top of the turkey. So cute and easy!

Here is another adorable turkey treat that my sister made for us last Thanksgiving.

Cake Pops

Cake pops are all the rage right now.  Here are a couple different versions of cake pops.

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My sister made these amazing turkey cake pops for the kids at our family’s Thanksgiving Dinner. They were a hit! Even the adults wanted to get their hands on one. She found this idea over at Bakerella.

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My sister decided to make them again, but this time she made them for her in-laws to enjoy at their family Christmas get together. She found the instructions at Bakerella also. My sister took these pictures and I begged her to let me post them here. Someday I may get brave enough to attempt these for myself. Maybe I will make myself a box of chocolates for Valentines Day. It is important that you love yourself too ya know!

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