Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner Placemat Craft

Thanksgiving craft

You’re getting ready to set the holiday table for Thanksgiving dinner. You pull out the same old placemats that you’ve been using for years. Why go with the ready-made ones when the kids could handcraft new versions each year? These turkey feathered placemats (using faux craft feathers, and not the real thing) are super-simple and festively fun! The best part is that they’re easy enough to make that even young children (as young as 3-years-old) can get in on the crafting action!


  • Craft foam sheets (either use single 8×10-inch sheets or trim down a larger size)
  • Scissors
  • Craft feathers
  • Clear-drying school glue


  1. Start with one craft foam sheet. If you’re using a large size, use the scissors to cut the foam into a placemat-sized rectangle.
  2. Draw a glue border on the foam, roughly one-inch in from the edge.
  3. Arrange the feathers on the glue. Press down firmly. Give the placemat at least a few hours to dry.
  4. Optional: Use a permanent marker (washable ones may run and smear) to write each family member’s or guest’s name onto the center of the placemat.

Your child can craft a seasonal placemat in traditional autumn colors (i.e., red, yellow, brown and orange) or choose hues that match your dining room color scheme!