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Thanksgiving Mini Scrapbook for Kids

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It is the final week of the Fall Family Fun Night Challenge…hard to believe. But it sure has been a fun ride! And if you have missed all of the excitement, then check out these posts: WEEK 1, WEEK 2, WEEK 3, WEEK 4, WEEK 5. And this week is like the cherry on top. We are moving away from the Halloween theme and on to Thanksgiving activities as we make this Thanksgiving mini scrapbook from brown paper lunch bags. You are going to love this DIY scrapbook tutorial!

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MAKE: Thanksgiving Mini Scrapbook


If you have been around here for awhile, maybe you have noticed a pattern or theme. 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.

Step 1

  • 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
thanksgiving mini scrapbook
thanksgiving mini scrapbook
thanksgiving scrapbook step 1
thanksgiving scrapbook step 1

Step 2

  • 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).
thanksgiving album step 2
thanksgiving album step 2

Step 3

  • 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 glue on the googly eyes.
  • Allow the glue to dry
thanksgiving scrapbook step 3
thanksgiving scrapbook step 3

Step 4

  • Make tags to go with the album by cutting them from the coordinating construciton 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.
scrapbook tags
scrapbook tags

Step 5

  • 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
thanksgiving scrapbook pages
thanksgiving scrapbook pages

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 for later. Pin it to your favorite Pinterest board…

thanksgiving mini scrapbook
thanksgiving mini scrapbook

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. Thank 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 type of 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 hello@inthebagkidscrafts.com

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.

Easy Apple Crisp from Brown Eyed Baker

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