Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Tablescape

Let the kids be a part of the decorating fun this year as you create this simple Thanksgiving tablescape. Collect treasures from the woods, grab some burlap, and let them pick out festive paint colors. Throw your control out the window and let them create their own masterpiece! The greatest joy is seeing the smiles on their faces as it comes together.

Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Tablescape

What You Need

  1. Burlap
  2. Acrylic paint
  3. Circular sponges
  4. Sticks
  5. Vessel to be used as the centerpiece
  6. Paper Tags
  7. Little hands (to help put everything together!)


  1. First, cut the burlap into a table runner, leaving it four inches longer than desired final length.
  2. Place paper grocery bags or other barrier between the burlap and the table. Pour out some paint for your child to use, then let them stamp away on the runner using different sizes of circular sponges. Feel free to use a little gold paint to create a shimmer effect for some of the circles!

  3. Once the paint is dry, have your little one help you pull out about 2 inches (on each side) of burlap strands, so it creates a fraying. Take a few strands and tie a knot to prevent any further fraying. Repeat until the entire side is full of knots.

  4. Use the left over strands of burlap to tie around your glassware. Fill out a tag with a name (could be used as your place card) and string it onto the strand of burlap.

  5. Gather some twigs or branches from around your yard, or go on a nature walk to collect some sticks.
  6. Pour a small amount of gold paint into a tiny vessel (we used a children's medicine measuring cup) and dip each of the tips of the branches into the gold paint.

  7. Place the branches into a large centerpiece vessel and let them air dry. Once dry, rearrange the branches just the the way you want them.
  8. Set your table, and let your children add some fun extras to each place setting, such as leaves, pinecones, or acorns.