Clarion Crafts: Fall fun


Mason jar light

Tatum Bruno, Staff Reporter

Thanksgiving is a time for fun, family and friends. What better way to spend time with the people you love than doing crafts? Make sure your Thanksgiving is one to remember with these Fall-tastic crafts!

Mason Jar Leaf Lights:

This craft will surely “leaf” you glowing with happiness. A very simple but elegant must-have at your Thanksgiving dinner.


materials for the leaf light
Materials for the leaf light.
  • Mason Jar
  • Leaves (real or fake)
  • Glue
  • Candle


1. Gather your leaves outside! (This is optional you can always buy them) Try to pick ones that are relatively clean. This makes the finished product much nicer.

2. Take your glue and put the glue on the back of the leaves.

Glue the leaves to the jar
Glue the leaves to the jar.

3. Then proceed to place the leaves on your mason jar. The leaf placement doesn’t have to be in a pattern and the leaves can overlap!

4.   When all the leaves surround the mason jar, light your candle and place it in the jar. This sets a tasteful mood for the evening.

Leave Mason Jar Light
Leave mason jar light.


Brown Bag Popcorn Turkey Leg:

This fun craft is a perfect treat for the kids table!  It is sure to be a festive hit this season.


  • Printer Paper
  • Scissors
  • Brown Paper Bag
  • Popcorn
  • Glue Stick


1. Make the popcorn. I prefer to use microwavable popcorn just because it’s fast and easy to make.

2. Then proceed to make your hand into a fist and put it inside the lunchbag.

3. Using your other hand, sculpt the bag into a turkey-leg shape. I would try to make the edges more round.

4. Then fill ⅔ of the bag with popcorn.

Fill the bag 2/3's of the way
Fill the bag 2/3 of the way.

1. Next, take your printer paper and cut a long strip using your scissors.

2. Then use your scissors again to make fringe along the edge of your strip.

cut the fringe
Cut the fringe.

1. Finally, wrap the fringe strip around the closing of the bag and glue it to secure it.

Brown Paper Bag Turkey
Brown Paper Bag Turkey.


Turkey Napkin Rings:

A nice touch to your perfect meal! Dazzle your guests with these easy-but-cute napkin rings!


Napkin Ring Materials
Napkin ring materials.
  • Colorful Pipe Cleaners
  • Napkins
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Orange construction paper


1. Use one pipe cleaner for the body/head of the turkey. In my case, I used white because I thought it would be one of the more realistic colors. Proceed to spiral the pipe cleaner.

2. Then choose two pipe cleaners for the feathers of the turkey. I chose orange and red because those are fall colors.

3. Cut the pipe cleaners, mentioned above, in half with scissors.

cut the pipe cleaners in half
Cut the pipe cleaners in half.

1. Then shape the pipe cleaners into feather like shapes twisting the ends together so they will stay.

make the feather shape
Make the feather shape.

1. When all the feathers are formed glue them together.

2. Then glue the feathers to the body of the turkey.

Glue the feathers to the body
Glue the feathers to the body.

1. Finally, glue googly eyes to the body as well and add a beak which I cut out of orange construction paper.

Glue the eyes and beak to the body
Glue the eyes and beak to the body.

1. Then glue any color pipe cleaner to the back of the turkey, creating what wraps around the napkin.

Glue the pipe cleaner to the turkey body
Glue the pipe cleaner to the turkey body.


Turkey napkin ring
Turkey napkin ring.

Overall, I hope these crafts make your meal feast-tastic! Happy crafting!