This Thanksgiving mini scrapbook is such a great way to record your family memories. Take pictures of everyone at the feast. Then have them write what they are thankful for on one of the tags that you create for the album. I’ve done this a couple of years and really cherish those little scrapbooks. Or maybe you want to fill the Mini Thanksgiving scrapbook with your favorite recipes and pictures of all those yummy foods you enjoy at the holidays.
If you haven’t already been participating in our Fall Family Fun Night Challenge, this is your chance. This little piece of art is one of the 6 make and play activities that will come straight to your inbox throughout the Fall. It’s an opportunity to make memories with your family without breaking the bank. And each idea also includes an Autumn snack to try. If you are seeing this and Fall is basically over, just save the ideas for next year. You will get beautiful printables for each week that you can put aside and pull out year after year if you want to.
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MAKE: Thanksgiving Mini Scrapbook
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- 4 Paper lunch bags
- Stapler with staples
- Washi tape in a variety of colors
- 3 Paper plates (9 inch coated)
- Construction paper in a variety of colors (must have brown, red and yellow)
- Glue stick
- Black sharpie
- Googly eyes (2 small)
- Printable scrapbook templates
- Scrapbook printable embellishments (optional)
If you have been around here for awhile, maybe you have noticed a pattern. The crafts have a similar look to them. Of course, one of the reasons for that is that they are all created by me, but also that they are all made using the same supply list, without deviation. And when you make up your craft kit using that same list (found HERE), then you will be ready to craft any time you find yourself wanting a way to entertain the kiddos with a great hands-on activity! You will not regret it.
Thanksgiving Mini Scrapbook Instructions
Step 1: Build the Foundation
- Layer the 4 paper lunch bags, turning each one in a different direction as you pile them on top of each other
- Make a fold right in the middle to form a book
- Staple along the binding of the scrapbook
- Cover the spine with washi tape
Step 2: Add Some Turkey Feathers
- Cut 5 feathers from the paper plates. Two should fit on each plate. You can use the template or just draw them free-hand
- Cover each feather in a different colored washi tape and them trim off the excess
- Use the glue stick to attach the feathers to the back of the album
- *if you are limited on time, skip the washi tape feathers and just cut them from construction paper (or scrapbook paper if you have it in hand).
Step 3: Finish the Cover
- Cut a circle from brown construction paper, approximately 1 1/2 inches across
- Cut a small yellow triangle and the red wattle. Templates are provided, but feel free to free hand it
- Glue the turkey’s head, beak and wattle in place.
- Then place the googly eyes
Step 4: Make Some Tags
- Make tags to go with the album by cutting them from the coordinating construction paper
- You can use the provided template or cut them free-hand
- To add a little color to each tag, make the washi tape into a “ribbon” by folding the tape on itself. Then trim the ends of the ribbon and fold it in half, stapling it onto the tag.
Step 5: Decorate Inside Your Mini Scrapbook
- Decorate the inside of the album by adding construction paper and washi tape
- Cut larger squares of construction paper to cover the pages where there is a bottom flap
And I have a little bonus for you! I have been doodling, and you can print my Thanksgiving doodles to use as decorations in your scrapbook. They are sized to fit an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper (or a sheet of sticker paper if you happen to have some), but you can change the size to fit your style when designing your memory book.
Save this Thanksgiving craft for later. Pin it to your favorite Pinterest board…
PLAY: Add family memories to the Thanksgiving scrapbook
When your family gathers together for that big turkey dinner, it can be easy to lose sight of what the holiday should really be all about. Keep the focus on being grateful by giving everyone a tag and ask them to write what they are thankful for this year. Then take pictures of the family together and individual members. You can use your cell phone to take the pictures, a regular camera of any type or an instant camera.
If you use the instant camera, have some adhesive on hand so that you can put the pictures and tags in the album right on the spot. That way everyone can share in looking through the finished product. There have been years where I did that and others where the scrapbook was completed after pictures were printed. Then I brought it back the next year to show where we were and again give thanks! You will truly cherish these little albums. Make one every year and see how everyone grows and changes through the years. It is a great way to chronicle your times together. I would love to see your finished albums! Send me pics and stories at firstname.lastname@example.org
SNACK: Easy Apple Crisp
Apple crisp is a classic fall dessert, and this one goes together quick and easy so that you can enjoy that much sooner with your family! If baking just is not your thing (believe me, I get it), just buy something yummy from your favorite take out place. Seriously, this is supposed to be fun. Do not stress over it.
This week’s snack comes from Michelle at “Brown Eyed Baker” and can be found HERE.