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Thanksgiving Crafts

Written CAPA-JRC reporters Jessica Zhang and Bojie Li

When Thanksgiving comes around, it is often the time to give thanks. One way to give thanks is by making gifts for others. Creative and beautiful handmade crafts make the perfect gift to give to someone you are thankful for. Crafting is always a fun activity to do with your family or your friends, making memories along the way. Here are some easy and foolproof crafts to try on your own:

  1. Turkey Glove by Tulip Color Crafts

It is always the time to make DIY crafts. To add a little fun into your home, this turkey DIY will do the job. It is a simple and easy craft, but it will always bring a smile to your face. These DIY turkeys will always be a great gift for others.

What you will need:

  • construction paper (we recommend red, orange, and brown)

  • glue

  • mason jar

  • googly eyes

  • scissors or other appropriate tool

Here are the steps:

  1. Trace your hand on each of the construction paper that you chose making a “glove” shape

  2. Cut out the traced hands with an appropriate tool

  3. If you like, you can paint the jar so that it fits the color scheme

  4. Turn the jar upside down and glue the googly eyes on close to the center of the jar

  5. Cut out a triangle from an orange construction paper

  6. Glue on the orange triangle below the eyes, with the tip of triangle pointing downwards

  7. Arrange the different color hands into a half circle, like in the picture above

  8. Glue them one by one onto the jar

2. Painted Acorns

Each fall, many individuals look for some color and festivity to their Autumn season. Whether it is to stock up on orange, brown, and yellow pillows, or becoming way too addicted to Pumpkin Spice Lattes. One way to do this while still embracing the fall spirit is to paint acorns for decoration. These can be placed nearly anywhere and can also be given in a jar as a gift.

Here are the materials you will need for this craft:

  • Acorns (store-bought or natural)

  • Craft acrylic paint in varying colors

  • Flat paint brushes

  • Paint palette

  • Toothbrush

Here are the steps:

  1. If you are using naturally found acorns, you must wash and dry them first. Gather them in a bowl and use a toothbrush to scrub them.

  2. Pour your acrylic paint onto a paint pallet or piece of wax paper

  3. Paint the bottoms of the acorns and rest on a baking tray lined with wax paper to dry. (I find that flat paint brush is best for even painting)

  4. You may need two or three coats of paint

  5. Let dry completely, preferably overnight

  6. Arrange or package as desired!

This article was provided by Chinese American Parents Association Junior Reporter Club (CAPA JRC) with members who interviewed, audio recorded, wrote, translated, and video recorded. CAPA JRC has 26 Montgomery County middle to high school students. They have created a bilingual platform delivering news and serving the community.


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