2 DIY Thanksgiving craft ideas for adults

Whether you’re hosting guests this thanksgiving, or you need to bring a gift to someone else’s house, a cute DIY craft will help you add a personal touch to this festive occasion. Alexis Geissler, owner, and founder of CraftWorx shared 2 easy ideas you can do.

HOUSTON – ‘Tis the season to get creative!

Alexis Geissler, owner, and founder of CraftWorx in Richmond stopped by Houston Life with 2 easy DIY projects you can do at home ahead of Thanksgiving.

These crafts are perfect if you are hosting guests or to take as a gift if you’re at someone else’s house for a holiday meal.

Geissler showed the simple steps to create a turkey place setting and a stovetop simmer tray.

Watch Geissler’s complete interview in the video above.

For the complete instructions, continue reading below.

Turkey Place Setting

Turkey place setting (Alexis Geissler, Craftworx)


• Terra cotta pot

• Artificial leaf/leaves

• Brown felt, foam, or paper

• Orange felt, foam or paper

• Red felt, foam or paper

• Decorations such as raffia, buttons, etc.

• Googley eyes

• Hot glue gun

• Filler such as candy or succulents


1) Glue leaf or leaves to the back of the pot.

2) Cut out turkey shapes – Body, beak, and waddle.

3) Glue the body to pot.

4) Add beak, waddle, and eyes.

5) Add embellishments.

6) Fill with items such as candy or a succulent.

7) Set at each place setting and enjoy!

Stovetop Simmer Tray

Stovetop simmer tray (Alexis Geissler, Craftworx)


• Tray, mug, jar, or another container

• Dried fruit such as oranges, cranberries, apples

• Spices such as star anise, cinnamon, candied ginger, cloves

• Other fragrant items such as vanilla bean pods, rosemary, bay leaves, pine needles

• Items to decorate container, if desired (paint, stickers, etc.)

• Cellophane to wrap items if not using the jar

• Ribbon to add a decorative touch

• Instructions on making the simmer


1) Gather materials to include in simmer (recipes can be found online.)

2) Decorate tray or jar, if desired.

3) Wrap items if loose, and place them in a container (not necessary in a jar).

4) Place decorative ribbon and attach instruction card.

5) Gift to the host or hostess!

If you’re looking to make something special and custom for your holidays this year but you don’t have time to create it, Geissler and her team can make it for you!

To connect with Geissler or to see all her custom projects, visit her website here.

Instructions provided by Alexis Geissler.

About the Author:

Beatriz is a producer for Houston life. She’s a dog mom who enjoys traveling and eating her way through new cities and cultures.