Fall and Thanksgiving DIY Ideas

Fall and Thanksgiving DIY Ideas

History of Thanksgiving in Canada

Thanksgiving in Canada has its roots in European traditions and Indigenous harvest festivals. The earliest recorded Thanksgiving-like ceremony in North America took place in 1578, when English explorer Martin Frobisher held a formal ceremony in present-day Nunavut to give thanks for his safe arrival to the New World.

However, the modern Canadian Thanksgiving is more closely linked to the traditions of European settlers, particularly those from England and France. It was primarily celebrated as a religious observance and a way to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. The date of Thanksgiving varied until 1957 when it was officially set as the second Monday in October. Unlike the American Thanksgiving, which commemorates the Pilgrims’ 1621 feast, the Canadian Thanksgiving doesn’t appear to have a singular historical event associated with it.

DIY Projects for Fall and Thanksgiving:

  • Pumpkin Centerpieces: Hollow out small pumpkins and use them as vases for fall flowers. You can also carve or paint them for added decoration.
  • Fall Wreaths: Create wreaths using autumnal elements like leaves, pinecones, and berries. You can use real or artificial materials.
  • Leaf Art: Collect colourful Fall leaves and press them to make artwork or use them for decoupage projects. See our blog on decoupage and collage.
  • Apple Candles: Hollow out apples and place tea lights inside for a cosy Fall ambiance.
  • Harvest Banner: Craft a banner using burlap or paper to spell out “Harvest” or “Thankful” and hang it as a decoration. You can also stencil, paint and decorate a Banner.
  • Mason Jar Lanterns: Paint or decorate mason jars with glass pebbles and place candles inside to create charming lanterns.
  • Thanksgiving Place Cards: Craft personalized place cards for your dinner table using cardstock, markers, and decorative elements.
  • Gratitude Journal: Make a gratitude journal where family members can jot down things they’re thankful for throughout the season.

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Use Designer Napkins to create Fall and Thanksgiving DIY Ideas

Designer napkins can be repurposed in various ways for DIY Thanksgiving crafts. See the ideas below:

  • Decoupage: Use the napkins to create decoupage designs on pumpkins, candle holders, or trays. See our Blog on Decoupage and Collage for YouTube ideas on Collage and Decoupage projects.
  • Collage: Use Fall Paper leaves in all sizes which are bright and colourful on a Canvas, Thanksgiving Card or Wood Collage. You can also use the Fall red, green and glitter edged gold coloured leaves as an addition to your table centrepiece. See our blog on decoupage and collage.
  • Napkin Rings: Craft napkin rings by wrapping designer napkins around cardboard rings and securing them with suitable craft glue or twine.
  • Table Runner: Create a unique table runner by arranging unfolded designer napkins in a decorative pattern and sealing them with suitable glue such as Mod Podge.
  • Mod Podge Art: Use Mod Podge glue to adhere napkin designs onto canvas or wood for a stylish wall art piece.
  • Framed Napkin Art: Frame sections of designer napkins as art pieces for your fall decor.

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DIY Fall and Thanksgiving Crafts for Adults and Kids

Ideas for DIY Crafts for Fall and Thanksgiving:

  • Embroidered Leaves: Embroider fall leaves onto fabric to create elegant decor or embellishments.
  • Wine Cork Pumpkins: Glue wine corks together to form pumpkin shapes, adding twine for stems.
  • Harvest Mason Jars: Paint mason jars in fall colours and use them as vases or candle holders.
  • Wood Slice Coasters: Decorate wood slices with fall designs and seal them to make functional coasters.
  • Wood Shapes for Adults and Kids to Paint: Paint a pumpkin or a Turkey. See our Craft Store Craft Accessories.

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  • Turkey Pictures to Paint and Decorate: Create pictures of turkeys using kids’ handprints as feathers.



  • Use Pinecones: Turn pinecones into cute animals with googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and felt.

  • Leaf Collages: Collect leaves when they fall off the trees and once dry, let kids create collages gluing the leaves onto a canvas or paper or a card, using the different colours and shapes. Otherwise take a look at our Craft Store under Craft Accessories and choose pretty fall leaves especially meant for collage and decoupage projects.

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  • Acorn Keychains:

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Other thanksgiving DIY Craft ideas for kids and adults

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Remember to adapt these projects based on the age and skill level of the participants, and have fun getting creative during the fall and Thanksgiving season!

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!


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