November Craft Ideas

09 Oct



  • Acorns
  • Wicker wreath
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Newspaper
  • Flowers or other decoration


  1. First, spread the newspaper on a flat surface.
  2. Lay your wreath down flat.
  3. Heat your glue gun.
  4. Next, starting in the middle of the wreath, begin gluing the bottom of the acorn. Place the glued part of the acorn in the middle of the wreath and stand the acorn straight up.
  5. Make one row in a straight line going all the way around the wreath.
  6. Repeat the process from top to bottom with the wreath still laying flat.
  7. Then decorate with flowers, bows, or even holiday ornaments. Be sure not to leave any open spaces except in the back. The back of the wreath shouldn’t have any acorns on it so when you lay it down it is flat.


Apple Votive

What you need:
Apples or small pumpkins
Tea candles
Utility knife
Lemon juice

What you do:
If you are going to place the apple votives in the water check how they float first.  
Do this by filling the pot you’ll be putting them in and marking with a dot the side 
that stays up above the water.
Place a tea candle over the dot you have made in #1 and trace around its 
circumference with a utility knife, inserting the knife vertically as deep as the tea 
candle is tall.
Set aside the candle, and cut the circle into sections and scoop out using the 
spoon.   Squeeze lemon juice onto the cut surface to keep the apple from 
turning brown, and insert a tea candle.

Holiday Bean Soup Gift Jar

Holiday Bean Soup Mix

Here’s what you need:
1 pound dried black beans
1 pound dried red beans
1 pound dried kidney beans
1 pound dried navy beans
1 pound dried great northern beans
1 pound dried baby lima beans
1 pound dried large lima beans
1 pound dried pinto beans
1 pound dried green split peas
1 pound dried yellow split peas
1 pound dried black-eyed peas
1 pound dried green lentils
1 pound dried brown lentils

What to do:
Combine all of the beans in a very large bowl.
Pour two cups of the bean mixture into pretty jars ( 16-oz.) jars- these jars 
should hold two cups of bean mix.
Give with the following recipe for holiday bean soup. You could also layer the 
beans in the jar for prettier effect. Just put a little of each of the beans in until 
you fill it to the top.
Print out the tag and attach it to the jar. (
It is an attractive label as well as the preparation instructions for the recipe.

Straw Hat Turkey
Materials Needed:
1 Straw Craft Hat
Yellow, Orange, Red and Brown Felt Sheets
5 Craft Sticks
Orange Chenille Stem
Wiggly Eyes
Tacky Glue
 How To Make It:
1.  Glue 5 craft sticks to the top rim of the straw hat to support your felt feathers.
2.  Cut 5 feather shaped pieces out of the colored felt sheets.
3.  Cut out wings, yellow beak and a red gobble out of the felt sheets.
3.  Glue the back feathers to the craft sticks.  Allow the glue to dry.
4.  Glue on the wings, eyes, gobble and beak.
5.  Twist the chenille stems to make feet for the turkey then glue them on.
Thankful Wreath of Leaves

You and your residents can make a beautiful wreath of leaves that displays 
what your resident is thankful for. This wreath makes a great Autumn or 
Thankgsiving decoration.  

Supplies needed
A plain white paper plate
Construction paper (orange, red, yellow, brown, and other earth tones)
Crayons or markers
Glue or a glue stick


Cut a half circle out of the center of a plain 
paper plate. This will hold the leaves.

Cut out a lot of leaves from construction 
paper. Draw the leaf veins if you wish.  

Glue the leaves all around the rim of the 
paper plate.

In the lower center of the wreath, write, “I am 
thankful for,” and then let your resident write 
or draw what they are thankful for.  


Kachina Doll

In recognition of this American Indian Heritage Month, encourage residents to make a Kachina Doll to give as a gift to a child relative.

Mosaic Fall Planters

Invite residents to make beautiful and fun mosaic fall planters to use as decoration throughout your facility.

Tissue Paper Turkey

Encourage residents to make tissue paper turkey centerpieces for your dining room.

Thanksgiving Cards

Encourage residents to make Thanksgiving cards to send to loved ones.

Gourd Turkeys

Encourage residents to use real gourds to make beautiful turkeys.

 Dream Catcher

Encourage residents to make a Native American dream catcher during this National American Indian Heritage Month.

Native American Pottery

Recognize this National American Indian Heritage Month by encouraging residents to create their own American Indian pottery out of sculpting clay. Once the clay dries, have residents paint their pottery.


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