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Thanksgiving Crafts with Leftover Halloween Candy

How to make the best of that 10/31 haul? Make cute little table toppers for the big Turkey Day dinner!

Your kiddos hauled in a lot of sweet loot on October 31. They can either eat it all, give some to you (!), give it away or, best yet, turn it into some crafty fun for the upcoming holidays. Keep little hands busy (and bellies ache-free) with these cute craft ideas. (Click on "directions" for full instructions.)

Oreo Turkeys

Oreo Turkeys

What you need:

  • Double Stuffed Oreos
  • Mini peanut butter cups
  • Candy corn
  • Whoppers
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Yellow frosting
  • Red frosting (optional)

Directions:

Add some chocolate frosting to the top of an Oreo, then attach five candy corns with the tips down. Put chocolate frosting on another Oreo and attach it to the first Oreo so they make an L-shape. Cut the sliver off the end of a peanut butter cup, add more frosting to the cut end and top, and attach to the Oreos. Put more frosting on the sides of a Whopper and attach to where the Oreo and the peanut butter cup meet to make a turkey head. With yellow frosting, glue on the white tip of a candy corn to the Whopper for a beak, then draw on eyes and feet. If you want, use red frosting to add a snood between the candy corn beak and the peanut butter cup.

Sugar Cone Cornucopia

Sugar Cone Cornucopia

What you need:

  • Sugar cones
  • Jelly beans
  • White chocolate
  • Chopped pistachios

Directions:

Heat water in a teakettle, then place the pointed end of a sugar cone in the spout about one minute. Curve the end ½” up from the tip, hold it for 15 seconds. Then steam one side of the open end and flatten it so it doesn’t roll. Repeat with the other cones, then roll the open ends in melted white chocolate and chopped pistachios. Refrigerate the cones until set, then fill with jelly beans. Store in a cool dry container for up to two days.

Pilgrim Hat Cookies

Pilgrim Hat Cookies

What you need:

  • 1 cup vanilla frosting
  • 7 drops yellow food coloring
  • 32 mini peanut butter cups
  • 1 package fudge-striped cookies
  • 32 orange mini Chiclets

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine the frosting and food coloring. Take the peanut butter cups by the bottom and dip the tops generously into the frosting mixture. Position them on the center hole on the bottom of the cookies, form the excess frosting into the hatband. Add a Chiclet to make a buckle, then repeat with the rest of the cookies.

Sweet Little Gobblers

Sweet Little Gobblers

What you need:

  • M&Ms in fall colors (yellow, orange, brown)
  • Brown Netting
  • Pipe Cleaners (brown, red, orange, yellow)
  • Goggle Eyes
  • Glue Dots
  • Small Rubber Bands
  • Scissors

Directions:

Cut the brown pipe cleaner in half and roll the top part down for the turkey head. Feed the orange pipe cleaner through the loop in the head, then bend and cut off the excess, folding it up to make the beak. Then feed the red pipe cleaner through in the same way, but bend it down instead of up for the snood. Fold the brown part one more time so it is double and twist it. Take the glue dots and glue on goggle eyes to the head. Then make the feet by taking the yellow pipe cleaner and folding up three toes, cutting off any excess pipe cleaner to leave about three inches of leg. Now cut some 12”x 12” square of netting and fill them with about ½ cup of M&Ms, close up with rubber bands. Stick the turkey heads into the netting in front (on the opposite side of the tied up netting), and stick the feet in below. Cut off the excess netting in back so it resembles turkey feathers.

M&M Maize

M&M Maize

What you need:

  • Dried corn husks for tamales (available in international foods aisle)** **
  • Yellow, orange and brown M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces** **
  • Small plastic bags** **
  • Raffia ribbon or twine****
  • Small pieces of paper for place cards (optional)****

DIrections:

Fill the bags with candies and place between bottom and center of the open husks. Then wrap the sides of the husks around the bag and tie with ribbon or twine. To use as place cards, tie a small paper with your guest’s name on it to the maize and place in the center of plate.

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