DIY Paper Leaf Thanksgiving Table Runners

DIY Paper Leaf Table Runner for Thanksgiving

Using colorful construction paper you can create some cool Thanksgiving table runners with your kids in an afternoon. This is a great project to get children involved in, and the end result will look great on your dinner table for the holiday. Make a ton of extra leaves now, and have your kids add to the runner every year—it’ll be great to look back on 10 years down the road at what they were thankful for year after year.

Supplies for paper Thanksgiving table runner DIY


  • Colorful pads of paper (lined or unlined) – Mine are from the dollar store.
  • Scissors
  • Glue dots
  • Pencil or pen
  • Roll of kraft paper, roughly 12 inches in width


Step 1: Start by drawing some leaf shapes onto pads of paper. *If you don’t feel comfortable with your drawing skills, you can always print out a leaf image and use it as a guide, for tracing.

Draw leaves onto paper
Step 2: Cut out the leaf shapes. I like to stack several sheets of paper at once to cut down on the number of cuts I have to make. Depending on how long and full you want your table runner to be, you’ll need between 150 and 300 leafs that are roughly four inches in length. If you use larger sheets of paper, and cut larger leaves, you will need considerably less leaves to fill the table runner.

Cut leaves out of colorful paper
Step 3: Next, have family members write messages and notes onto some of the leaves that share what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving season.

Write messages on paper leaves for Thanksgiving
Step 4: Fold the leaves in half, like a hot dog, leaving an inch or more at the top of each leaf where it hasn’t been folded. This gives the leaves dimension so that they don’t just lie flat on the table runner.

Fold paper in half

Folded Thanksgiving Leaves
Step 5: Attach the leaves to the roll of kraft paper with glue dots, in a haphazard pattern. There is no right or wrong way to do it. You just want to make sure that you attach the leaves in such a way that it covers the kraft paper and looks full.

Attach leaves with glue
Step 6: Continue adding leaves until the entire length of the table runner is complete.

Leaves being added to table runner

Closeup of Thanksgiving Table Runner Project

Now, you’re ready to set the table and add this colorful DIY table runner as a decoration for the turkey feast.

Paper Leaf Table Runner for Thanksgiving

Tip: You can read what everyone is thankful for over dinner, and try to guess who said what, as a fun game to interact with kids, friends, and family.

Thanksgiving DIY // Paper Leaf Table Runner

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