The Crafty Mom: Set the Perfect Thanksgiving Table

By Mary Lyon

Here’s a fun and colorful way to celebrate the delicious food on your Thanksgiving dinner menu. Decorate your mats with seeds, nuts and dried fruits, and you’ll have original place settings just perfect for a Pilgrims’ banquet! 

What You Need

  • Several 12-by-18-inch sheets of construction paper in fall colors like yellow, orange, red, green and brown
  • Colored markers to match your choice of construction paper
  • Bags of dried sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, unpopped corn kernels, mixed herbs, dried cranberries (or other nuts and seeds of your choice)
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • medium-heat glue gun

What You Do

1. Select your colors of construction paper to represent some food types that you’ll have on your Thanksgiving table, such as yellow for an ear of corn, orange for a pumpkin, green for leaves or herbs, brown for bread and red for cranberries. Draw that food item, using a light pencil outline on each piece of paper. Think big – take up the whole sheet of paper.

2. Cut out each food item you just drew. Then, with the colored markers, draw in some details on each “food mat.”

3. With the glue gun, drizzle a line of glue just inside the edge of each mat. Take it slow – a few inches at a time. Then drop or sprinkle whatever herbs or nuts or seeds or dried fruit you want as a border for your “food mat.” For example, use dried cranberries around the red cranberry mat, corn kernels for the corn, mixed herbs for the green leaf, pumpkin seeds for the pumpkin and sunflower seeds for the loaf of bread. Continue gluing and sprinkling until each mat has a decorative border.

4. Let the glue set – it just takes a couple of minutes. Then set your table!

The Crafty Mom, Mary Lyon, is the author and illustrator of The Frazzled Working Woman’s Practical Guide to Motherhood and former host of DIY Crafts TV show. For previous Crafty Mom projects, check out the Crafty Mom Archives.