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Thanksgiving Garland Craft for Kids

The children’s table can often feel like the last place a young child wants to be at a family celebration, but with a little creativity, it can be transformed into the hot spot for young children.

 This table garland is one of those crafts that can be done with the help of older children or independently, for children who can tie their own shoes. My 4 year old son needed help understanding the directions, but once he figured them out, he wanted to create the project on his own, an accomplishment that took him 45 minutes of concentrated crafting.

The beauty of this project is that several children can work on this together without getting in the way of one another. With little to no mess to clean up, this is definitely one of my favorite toddler crafts.

I opted for having my shapes cut at the craft store to save me time and ensure that the shapes had clean cuts – often times they will do this for you free of charge so don’t be afraid to ask. To make a string of 10 pipe cleaners, I used 10 sheets of felt and 10 pipe cleaners, costing me a total of $3 for the whole project.

  • 4-5 pieces of pre-cut felt per pipe cleaner
  • 2-3 pipe cleaners per child



Step 1: Create a pile of felt fall shapes for the children to work with – you can either use the die cutter at the craft store or just cut the shapes out by hand.



Step 2: Cut 2 slits in each shape to allow the pipe cleaner to slide through.

Step 3: Place each different shape into a pile and give each child a pipe cleaner(s) to work with, and then demonstrate how to find the wholes, and how to stitch the pipe cleaner and felt together.



Step 4: Once all the pipe cleaners are full, twist the ends of them together to create a garland.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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