So often we turn to the traditional turkey craft when it comes to Thanksgiving and our kids. As we and our schools teach our children about the Thanksgiving holiday, kids learn that the American Indian played an integral part, yet we still tend to craft more with turkeys. Today I’ll show you how to make these cute teepees either as a fun craft to pass the time, or as a festive table decoration for Thanksgiving.

Paper Teepee Decorations for Thanksgiving

Supplies you will need:

  • 2 sheets of tan construction paper
  • Colorful markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • 1 brown pipe cleaner
  • Hot glue gun

Note: Parents should handle the hot glue gun, which is only used in the final step of this project.

Paper Teepee Decorations for Thanksgiving

Begin by making a cone shape from construction paper. Use a pen to mark inside the cone where you will tape it together.

Paper Teepee Decorations for Thanksgiving

Open it up and use colorful markers to draw Indian symbols such as turtles, bear claws, suns and mountain ranges. There are plenty of symbols on the internet, simply do a web search for “american indian symbols”, then choose the images option to see the different sources.

Paper Teepee Decorations for Thanksgiving

After decorating your cones, tape them together, inside and out.

Paper Teepee Decorations for Thanksgiving

Use scissors to snip off a small slanted opening at the top.

Paper Teepee Decorations for Thanksgiving

Cut pipe cleaner into 6 equal parts. Twist three of those pieces together at one end. Hot glue the twisted end into the opening at the top of the teepee. Repeat with the remaining three pipe cleaner pieces for the second teepee.

Paper Teepee Decorations for Thanksgiving

Have fun and enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with the ones you love!