a super fun kids craft -- make a scrapbook paper, thanksgiving turkey, place card favor-wahoo!
We've been making turkey place cards and favors over the last few days and having so much fun that I thought I should share.
Little O's paper plate version
It looks a little complicated at first, but it's really simple once you make one and they go together pretty quickly so you still have time to make some for thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Turkey Paper Craft
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Here's what you need to get started:
-Free Printable Turkey Pattern <--click to download the zip file with pattern
-Scrapbook Paper (I used almost all Elsie's from her adorable Zoe collection. The brown paper is from Over the Moon Press. Sadly neither of these paper lines is still available as of Nov 2013, but Echo Park has some cute papers that I think would work well, especially the Here and Now collection from Lori Whitlock!)
-Paper Plates or Construction Paper
-Plain White Cardstock
For little ones who are using a plate you'll want to draw a square in the center of the back side of the plate that is about 2.5 x 2.5 inches.
Then draw lines from the corner of each square, out to the edge of the plate. These are your cutting lines.
If you're using scrapbook paper or construction paper for your turkey then you'll need to trace the paper plate on the back of your paper first and then create the cutting pattern.
Next, cut your paper or plate on the four lines, stopping when you get to the square.
(I'm switching to patterned paper in the photos for better visibility
but the steps are the same for paper plate or construction paper)
Now fold and score each section of paper on the square lines as above.
Next you'll want to fold and score each of the four sections in from the corner of the square as in the photo above.
It should look something like this when you're finished:
Now begin to fold the sides up to form the cup. The right and left side flaps should be inside the cup.
The front and back flaps should be on the outside.
Use your favorite adhesive to attach the back flaps to the inside of the cup.
The front flaps will only be attached on the inside to create wings.
Now cut out and trace (or color) and glue your feathers, face etc. (well not *your* face, I mean the turkey pattern face...heh-heh)
I have to say, I especially fell in love with these turkey legs because it looks like he has the word "art" tattooed on his thighs, heh-heh.
My little guy created his own design on the feathers and plate and then colored them.
(we're learning about the five senses right now,
so that's the mat you see under his work surface)
I found with the feathers, that it was easier to lay them out, arrange them, glue them together and *then* glue them to the bird rather than trying to glue them individually.
Now you can make name cards and attach with ribbon...
Or make a little sign with a favorite Thanksgiving scripture or quote for him to hold:
The cup is fairly large and could hold candy corns or snacks (maybe line it with plastic wrap first) or napkins or any number of things you might want on your Thanksgiving table this year.
You could also just make one and use it as a centerpiece.
I think these would be really cute made from felt or fabric too and then you could save them to use each year!
One more thing before I go, have you chosen an advent activity to do with your kiddos yet?
If not I *highly* recommend Truth in the Tinsel. It is a quick, easy yet still crafty and fun way to spend time each day focusing on the Lord and teaching your children the true meaning of Christmas. Click below to learn more about it (and use code peptalk to get a 20% discount!)
You can also listen to the Christmas Episode of the Peptalk podcast to hear a great interview with Amanda about the book!
Have fun making turkey placecards and send me links if you post photos so I can pin ya!
Grace and Peace,
"...singing a song of Thanksgiving, telling of all Your wonders."