7 fun Thanksgiving art activities
Get ready for Thanksgiving with these fun-filled projects that are perfect for adults and kids alike

The days are getting shorter, it is getting cooler outside, and that means that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. You have likely already been prepping for the weekend — inviting your guests, settling on your menu, and getting the house ready for any visitors.

One aspect that often gets overlooked, however, is how you are going to decorate for Thanksgiving! If you haven’t thought about that yet (or even if you have!) we are here to help. We have a slew of fun Thanksgiving-themed art creation experiences that you can do to get into the Thanksgiving spirit, and get your house decked out in all its Thanksgiving glory.

The art activities below include home decor projects, painting, drawing, and crafts, and are great for adults and kids alike. They are perfect to do in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, or — even better — as a group activity to help fill some family time during Thanksgiving weekend itself!

So what are you waiting for? Keep reading for ideas for some artsy Thanksgiving fun!

Home decor: Thanksgiving

Reflect on what you’re grateful for this holiday season and create beautiful, rustic home decor! Choose from our selection of pre-designed words and phrases reminiscent of Thanksgiving, or curate your own design with our text editor feature. Trace your word art onto a wooden surface, embellish your creation with an array of floral decals, and finish with touches of warm, autumn colors.

Experience type: Smart-trace powered home decor

Time: 30 minutes

Materials:

  • Square or rectangular wooden surface (or paper if you prefer!)
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Acrylic markers or paints for wood, or regular markers, colored pencils or crayons for paper

Create together: Thanksgiving Turkey

Create a classic Thanksgiving craft!

Join our artists as they work together to make a cute turkey out of colored paper, a paper plate, markers, glue, and of course, googly eyes. This experience is quick, easy, and makes for a fun activity for the whole family this holiday season.

Experience type: Arts & crafts

Time: 20 minutes

Materials:

  • Colorful constuction paper
  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes (if you have them!)

Cookie Decorating: Personalize your cookies

Give your Thanksgiving dessert a special twist with these cookies decorated with drawings of your guests! Upload your personal photos and follow along in tracing and painting them with edible ink pens and paints.

Paint a portrait that looks good enough to eat… literally!

Experience type: Smart trace-powered cookie decorating

Time: 35 minutes

Materials:

  • Paper with dark edges (or on a dark background)
  • Cookies with royal icing
  • Edible paints and paint brushes
  • Edible markers

Thanksgiving place cards

Create personalized name cards for each of your Thanksgiving guests in this fun and festive experience. Spruce up your Thanksgiving table and give a warm welcome to your guests with place cards, or make a greeting card to remind someone special that you’re thankful for them.

Experience type: Smart trace-powered drawing

Time: 25 minutes

Materials:

  • Square or rectangular surface for drawing
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Colored pencils or crayons

Daisy’s Thanksgiving

Create this cute greeting card of Daisy the frog, happily playing with bubbles that represent feelings of gratitude. Learn to create gradients while making fun and uplifting Thanksgiving artwork. Perfect to send to someone you’re grateful for to make them smile!

Experience type: Smart trace-powered drawing

Time: 30 minutes

Materials:

  • Square or rectangular surface for drawing
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Markers, colored pencils, or crayons

Thanksgiving Trees

Create your unique painting of three whimsical trees representing gratitude. Plan your composition, use thick brushstrokes and get bold and free with your use of vibrant colors. This is a perfect group activity for Thanksgiving weekend!

Experience type: Free flow painting

Time: 1 hour 11 minutes

Materials:

  • Canvas for painting
  • Pencil
  • Paint (acrylic if you have them!)
  • Paint brushes
  • Cup of water

Home Decor: Fall

Create rustic wooden decor and spice up your home for fall!

Choose a fall-related quote and as many autumn elements as you’d like to include, and then get creative with free-handed flowy decals to embellish your word art and add warm splashes of color to your autumnal imagery.

Experience type: Smart-trace powered home decor

Time: 36 minutes

Materials:

  • Square or rectangular wooden surface (or paper if you prefer!)
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Acrylic markers or paints for wood, or regular markers, colored pencils or crayons for paper

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