3 Paper Craft Ideas for Thanksgiving

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Kids will love these easy construction paper based crafts in Sunday School or Children’s Church. Download the printable instructions and then watch how-to craft directions below. You’ll be ready to help kids learn about gratitude with simple hands on projects.

Kristen shares the directions and examples of these easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids Sunday School
Try these simple construction paper crafts for Thanksgiving in your Sunday School or children's ministry.

Thanksgiving Crafts

Paper Crafts for Teaching Thankfulness to Kids


The fall Sunday School  craft projects possibilities are really endless, but as we enter into the month of November, it is fun to challenge children with special activities geared toward being consistently grateful for what God has blessed them with. It’s important to encourage them to be thankful, not just on Thanksgiving, and not just in November, but all the time. Hopefully these Thanksgiving crafts will help get their appreciative thoughts inspired and open up habits that will continue throughout the year! Watch the video of these Thankful craft ideas on our YouTube channel.

Don’t miss our Thanksgiving Coloring Pages and Bible Lesson on Thankfulness.

Thanksgiving Bible Verses or Captions for These Craft Ideas

Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever! -Psalm 106:1

Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit.
-1 Thessalonians 5:16-19

“Give thanks every day!”

“Grow an attitude of Gratitude!”


Thankful Pumpkin Craft for Thanksgiving

Craft one: “Thankful Pumpkin”

Easy Fall Craft on Thankfulness


Craft Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Construction paper or note cards
  • Markers/decorative materials
  • Stapler or tape

Craft Procedure:

  1. Cut construction paper (likely orange, but any color will do) into strips, or have students cut it. Strips should be about 1-1 ½ inches wide.
  2. Have students write something they are thankful for on each strip; assist with writing if necessary.
  3. Fold the strips up one by one and staple or tape them together, one atop another.
  4. Arrange the strips into a sphere shape, much like a pumpkin (you may need a staple at the bottom, as well).
  5. Attach a green paper “leaf” to decorate. Feature as a center piece or decoration!

Group craft of thanksgiving for Sunday School kids

Craft Two: “Chain of Thanks”

Group craft project about Thankfulness


Supplies Needed:

  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Crayons or markers
  • Construction paper

Craft Directions:

  1. Cut colorful construction paper into strips, or help children cut the paper.
  2. One day at a time, identify an item that families feel thankful to have, and write on the paper.
  3. Staple the paper strips together, forming a chain that lengthens each day.
  4. Hang your chain of thanks and appreciate the blessings of November!

grateful garden craft project idea for Thanksgiving

Craft Three: Kids “Gratitude Garden”

Simple thanksgiving craft project, perfect to display


Project Supplies:

  • Construction paper (various colors)
  • Crayons or markers
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Popsicle sticks or clothespins
  • Cup or mini pot container
  • Markers or crayons
  • Glue or tape
  • Scissors

How-To Make this Craft:

  1. Cut the construction paper (or help students cut) into flower shapes.
  2. Have students write things they are thankful for on the flowers.
  3. Place each “flower” on a pipe cleaner or popsicle stick stem.
  4. Add extra decorative embellishments as desired.
  5. Place “flowers” in a special cup or miniature garden pot.
  6. “Plant” in a visible spot and recall gratitude!

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