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Thanksgiving Centerpiece Craft for KidsI have been dreaming up this Thanksgiving Centerpiece for a while and somehow this morning it happened.  Didi wanted to collect pinecones and I encouraged her to get some sticks and then we found some leaves and before we knew it we had everything we needed to make the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece for kids to make.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Craft for Kids

In truth, the girls spent about 30 minutes on it then petered out.  I could have spent a whole day making this so when they saw me really into it, they came back and helped with the final details and the cards.

Here’s what you’ll need…


A large stick as the base

nature bits like pinecones and leaves (acorns would be so nice but we couldn’t find any)

yarn and a glue gun

cut up paper and a marker for gratitude notes

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Craft for Kids


1. Wrap your main stick with yarn any way you want.  We tie a knot to start, wrap and then add a dab of glue to hold it in place.

2. Wrap a few more sticks with yarn and glue gun them onto the main stick.

3. Glue gun the pinecones all over the wrapped areas.  Glue gun will adhere way better to the yarn than the actual wood.

4. Glue gun on the leaves.

5. Invite everyone in your family to write what they are thankful for and stick the notes in the centerpiece.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Craft for KidsWe are going to leave blank notes out for our guests for Thanksgiving. I love any excuse to use Gigi’s pottery she made at Bitter Root, a great pottery place by us. She made the green holder on the wheel.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Craft for KidsWe cut up old art work to make the gratitude cards. You can whole punch the cards and attach them to the centerpiece too if you want.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Craft for KidsThanksgiving centerpieces for kids are such a nice collaborative project you can do with the whole family. We will for sure keep this year after year.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Craft for KidsWe’ve done a few really special Thanksgiving art projects over the years, like Gratitude Boxes and Gratitude Jars.  This Thanksgiving centerpiece for kids might be my new favorite.  I can’t wait to set the table with it tomorrow.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Craft for KidsI have so many things to be Grateful for this year.

Here are my top ten.

1. I am grateful for my family.  We are a whacky bunch and I love every part of us.

2. I am thankful to live in California, where people dream big and the sun shines every day.

3. I am grateful our beautiful home is safe from the fires.  I am sending love and light to all the families that have to rebuild.  Thank you to all the fire fighters and first responders for doing such an amazing job keeping us all safe.

4. I am thankful for Flor, our amazing nanny, who has been been a best friend and role model to our girls since they were born.

5. I am forever grateful for the studio, which continues to thrive thanks to our amazing Meri Cherry Team.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Craft for Kids6. I am thankful for our new puppy Violet.  We prayed for the perfect addition to our family and I think that’s just what we got.

6. I am thankful for my friends who make life full of laughter, support and love.

7. I am grateful to the wealth of creativity that lives in my brain and in my heart.  I feel blessed to have so many ideas to play with.

8. I am grateful to live in America.  Even though we are really struggling right now, I believe in the good of our country and I am hopeful that things will be different in the years to come.

9.  I am grateful to my amazing husband, Evan Cherry.  He is the most understanding, non judgmental, caring and considerate and level headed person I’ve ever known and I am so grateful to call him my partner and best friend.

10.  I am grateful to YOU! Thank you for reading my blog and being a part of this art filled community.  It’s pretty special.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! with lots of love, Meri

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Craft for Kids