3 Homemade Thanksgiving Outdoor Decorations To Make With The Kids

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Easy homemade Thanksgiving outdoor decorations for kids and grownups

Beautiful homemade Thanksgiving outdoor decorations
Homemade Thanksgiving outdoor decorations add a little something to your holiday decor because you made them yourself. And they look even better when the kids can lend a hand. Here you will find three homemade Thanksgiving decorations that you can make at home along with your children.

The Thanksgiving decorating trend developed after it became a United States official holiday in 1941. People decorate their homes and yards with Fall and harvest themed ornaments. Actually, most of these decorations were used in harvest pagan European festivities while some other of these decorations developed during the 20th century.

Thanksgiving decorations that you can see in your neighbours’ yards and houses include foddershocks, pumpkins, cushaw and scarecrows as all of them are symbols of the Fall season. If you want to learn how to make some of them yourself and get even more creative, then take a cup coffee and read on.

Thanksgiving outdoor decorations past, present and future

One of the most cherished Fall ornaments is the scarecrow that comes right away from one of the oldest European pagan customs. Pagans used to build a “wicker man”; which was bound to burn after they filled it with the first fruits of the harvest as offerings to the gods.

Another very popular of such embellishments for the yard is the wreath. This one is another Fall related ornament that originates from the European pagan customs. Mostly wreaths were made out of grapevines or oak limbs and decorated with acorns, holly, raffia, gourds and other Fall natural items.

Both ornaments crossed the Atlantic Sea to become Thanksgiving symbols where they survived the changes of times and are still cherished.

How to make a Thanksgiving scarecrow for your front porch

So when it comes to homemade Thanksgiving outdoor decorations, you can’t overlook the scarecrow. This is a must-have that you should create yourself – with a little help from the kids. If you have enough place on the yard or on the porch, you will want to make this absolutely fabulous Thanksgiving craft!

Here are the 6 steps to take so as to make your very own strawman for the yard:

  1. Put together two sticks so that they form a cross and tie them firmly.
  2. Put a long sleeved flannel shirt on the stick and as well as pants to feature the body and the legs.
  3. To make the head, fill a pillow case with straw or old newpapers.
  4. With a permanent marker, draw the eyes, the nose and the mouth of your scarecrow on the pillow case.
  5. Tie the head to the vertical stick with a strong lace.
  6. Add a few details such as socks, a straw hat and old boots to perfect the scarecrow.

2 more options to customize your homemade scarecrow:

  1. Use a carved lit pumpkin to feature the head,
  2. Top the pumpkin with a Fedora hat instead of one made out of straw for a humorous twist.

With a little creativity, you can start making your very own traditional and original Thanksgiving strawman and even an entire straw family – which you will find nowhere else.

How to make terracotta pot Pilgrim boy characters

Another type of exquisite homemade Thanksgiving outdoor decorations are the clay pot Pilgrim characters. You can do this using plant pots declined in different sizes.  Here is a tutorial to help you make a pilgrim boy out of terracotta pots. You can also make a girl, a man, a woman. And, with some creativeness and skills, you can even produce Native American characters using the same type of supports. You will quickly be able to recreate the scenery of Pilgrims and Indians who celebrated the very first Thanksgiving holiday in Plymouth.



  1. Paint the terracotta pots black. Allow to dry.
  2. Turn all pots upside down and paint a belt buckle using yellow or gold paint on them.
  3. Cut a square out of the white fabric: it will be used as collar.
  4. Cut out a slit in the center of the fabric and provide its edges with a curvy shape. You can provide all edges with a round shape, this will add to the realistic look.
  5. Using the black marker, draw eyes, nose and mouth on the styrofoam balls.
  6. Remember that the pots are turned upside down! Glue the white fabric on top of the 5″ pots – must feature the pilgrim boy’s collar.
  7. Glue the styrofoam ball on the collar.
  8. Use the straw to feature the pilgrim boy’s hair.
  9. Once the hair is dry, glue the 2.5″ terracotta pot uspide down on top of the head.

Here you are: you have made a cute Pilgrim boy out of clay pots. Go on and create some more of them.

Foddershocks make perfect Thanksgiving outdoor decorations

Thanksgiving foddershock

If you choose to display only homemade Thanksgiving decorations on the yard, then you can’t do without a foddershock. Foddershocks or corn stalks will have your kids occupied with joyful outdoor activities and provide you with one of a kind Thanksgiving yard ornament.

In order to create your own Thanksgiving foddershock, you first will want to embark the whole family in the car for a visit to a corn field or a farm and get some dried corn stalks after harvest.

Foddershocks after corn harvest

Making a Thanksgiving foddershock is quite simple: gather the corn stalks together, tie them in the middle of the bundle with a strong lace so that you create some kind of “tepee” shaped form. The lace that serves to tie the stalks can be a natural one, but it can also be made of a wide themed Thanksgiving ribbon, that will remind passers by from the holiday.

Place the foddershock in your favourite area on your yard or garden and surround it with pumpkins, gourds and squash. Obviously you can spread as many of these ornaments all through your garden.

Aren’t homemade Thanksgiving outdoor decorations the very best of the best ornaments ever? Happy Thanksgiving crafts.

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About Holly Day

Holly Day is fond of special days and celebrations. She enjoys every day of the year and, with some creativeness, turns it into a holiday. Holly Day has also a "thing" for strawberries.
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