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While food is a definite maker-or-breaker for Turkey Day, don’t underestimate the power of really great decor — like these DIY Dollar Tree crafts for Thanksgiving you can easily create for cheap. Make some pretty impressive stuff for your holiday table (kids’ table included!) by taking a trip to your local dollar store and following these simple instructions.

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1. Make a Pilgrim hat crayon holder for your Thanksgiving table.

crayons in a DIY pilgrim hat

To make the hat, use an X-Acto knife to cut the bottom out of a black paper cup. Cut a buckle and hat brim out of cardstock paper and glue them in place. To get a perfect circle, use a small bowl or a roll of packing tape as a template.

someone cutting out the bottom of a paper cup and holding the cup with a paper around it


2. Use a Dollar Tree chalkboard to give your dinner guests a special place to share what they’re thankful for.

someone writing on a chalkboard sign that says im thankful for

You’ll need to prep your dollar store chalkboard before applying any stickers or designs to the surface. To ensure words erase from the chalkboard completely, place a piece of chalk on its side and rub it in one direction over the entire board. Repeat this process in the other direction. If you don’t do this, any words you write on this $1 chalkboard may not erase fully.

someone rubbing chalk on a chalkboard and then holding a piece of chalk over a chalkboard that says im thankful for

At the end of your Thanksgiving celebration, send the chalkboards home with your guests, or hang on to them for future Thanksgivings.


3. Turn tree branches into expensive-looking faux fall foliage with Dollar Tree leaves and hot glue.

someone gluing leaves onto a stick and sticks with leaves glued on set up on a coffee table

Amazon sells fall foliage for around $40 per set. Make your own by pruning a few branches from an outside tree. Apply hot glue to the base of each leaf, and attach them to the end of each branch.



4. Make DIY Dollar Tree crafts your kids will gobble up.

pudding cup upside down with feathers and fake eyes to make it look like a turkey

Dollar Tree inventory varies by location, but if yours is like all the dollar stores I’ve been to, you’ll find googly eyes, foam craft sheets, and feathers — all perfect materials to create turkey pudding cups. They’re not just adorable DIY Dollar Tree Thanksgiving decorations, they’re delicious snacks kiddos will want to dig into.


5. Play pumpkin Tic Tac Toe.

tape on a piece of construction paper in a box of nine squares and a bunch of little white and black pumpkins

First, paint Dollar Tree styrofoam pumpkins with two different colors of chalk paint. Then, using a ruler, lay out strips of washi tape on the surface of your table in a grid pattern to create 9 even boxes. Finally, challenge a family member to a game of Tic Tac Toe!

someone painting fake pumpkins and taping construction paper


6. Snack on ice cream cone cornucopias.

someone filling icecream cone with candy

To make your Thanksgiving cornucopia, drip a small amount of water inside the cone, being careful not to wet the sides. Place the tip of the cone in hot water for 30 seconds and then put it in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds.

Once the tip of the cone has softened, use a clean pencil to curl the cone tip.

someone dipping a cone into water and using a pencil to turn it

Once the cone has hardened again, fill it with candy and use plastic wrap and a string to finish it off!



7. Transform ordinary Dollar Tree spice jars into fall salt and pepper shakers.

someone holding salt and pepper shakers with a leaf and pumpkin on them

Transfer fall-themed stickers to the outside of each shaker. Using painter’s tape, mask off the top to prevent any paint from getting inside.

Following the direction on your spray paint can, paint the surface of each shaker. Once they have fully dried, carefully remove the sticker to reveal your design!

someone holding glass jars with stickers on them and someone spray painting the glass jar

Fill each shaker with salt or pepper (or cinnamon and nutmeg for your favorite fall drinks).

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8. Make a candy-stuffed turkey gift out of tissue paper, googly eyes and a foam beak.

a paper turkey next to candy on a table

If you’re feeling extra thankful, use these DIY Dollar Tree gifts as Thanksgiving party favors for all your family and friends.


9. Mark wine glasses with simple acorn charms.

someone holding a wine glass with an acorn on it

Use styrofoam acorns, Mod Podge, glitter, hot glue and floral wire.

someone painting an acorn and putting wire around it

Paint the styrofoam acorn with Mod Podge, then roll it in glitter. Once the acorn has dried, cut a piece of floral wire 2-3″ long.

Gently push the wire halfway through the styrofoam part of the acorn. Secure it in place with a dab of hot glue.

someone holding a wine glass with an acorn on it

Gently wrap the wire with the acorn attached to the stem of your wine glass.

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10. Glue leaf and pumpkin placemats together for an easy Dollar Tree craft table runner.

someone gluing felt and felt leaves and pumpkins on a table

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11. Decorate your home by making a 15-minute fall wreath.

someone holding a wreath

Use hot glue to secure the end of burlap ribbon to a styrofoam wreath. Wrap the burlap until it covers the wreath and secure it again.

Use hot glue to attach styrofoam pumpkins and faux fall leaves to the burlap. It’s that simple!

someone wrapping ribbon on a wreath and someone holding the wreath with pumpkins and leaves on it


12. Turn a dish scrubber into a pumpkin with leaves and a twig.

someone putting a twig and leaves in a gold dish scrubber

Place these shiny pumpkins strategically throughout your home or Thanksgiving table.


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