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Craft #5: Pumpkin Turkey

Today’s craft is a great project for little hands!  My son loves to hold “baby” pumpkins.  We usually end up purchasing 8-10 of these during the season because he picks one up every time we go to the store. 

CRAFT NAME: Turkey Pumpkin

DIFFICULTY LEVEL:  Easy

MATERIALS:

  • little pumpkins (no more than 3″ high)
  • 6 popsicle sticks
  • markers or paint
  • sharp knife

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Color or paint 5 popsicle sticks in different colors.
  2. Break or cut the final popsicle stick in half.  Paint or color brown and draw a turkey face on it.
  3. Using the sharp knife, cut 5 slits in the pumpkin behind the stem.  To make sure you are even, start with the slit in the middle and then do 2 on each side.
  4. Push the 5 multi-colored sticks into the slits.  This is the turkey’s tail.
  5. In front of the stem, cut another slit in the center of the pumpkin.  Insert the 1/2 stick with the turkey face into this spot.
  • Make 3 or 4 of these cuties for a table centerpiece. 
  • They also look great holding a name card.  They can be placed outside if you use paint (not washable). 
  • This can also be done with a full-size pumpkin and boards.  Shop for pints of  paint seconds or mis-mixes at the paint counter in your local Home Depot or Wal-Mart store.

Because you cut the pumpkin, this project will NOT last from year to year–it will start to rot in several days.  Please send your pictures of this project and I will be happy to post them (with credit, of course!).  What variations can you think of to change or improve this project?

 

 

 

 

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Craft #3: Handprint Turkey Ideas

R’s first handprint turkey

Most people have traced their child’s hand when sitting in a waiting room, trying to keep him quiet in a church service, or when the coloring is just getting boring.  Most of these people have also probably turned this hand print into a turkey during November.  Since this is such a common idea, instead of just giving you the craft, I have compiled some ideas on using the hand print turkey!  I would love to see YOUR  turkeys!!!

All of the following projects will start with the basic rule of tracing around a hand to make a turkey.  If your child is old enough, tell him to spread his fingers out and hold his thumb near his hand up to the middle knuckle and then point it out to the side.  Cut out the traced hand.  If your child is small, it is a good idea to trace once and use that as your template for any future projects!  Most of these projects I am recommending using red yarn for the waddle.  Feet can be drawn on or you can use yellow, brown, or orange pipe cleaners.

 

 

CRAFT: Turkey with Feathers

DIFFICULTY: Moderate

MATERIALS:

  • Cardstock or fun foam–brown & orange
  • pencil
  • markers
  • hole punch
  • googly eyes
  • tissue paper in 3 or 4 colors
  • red yarn
  • scotch tape

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Using the pencil, trace your child’s hand on the cardstock.  Cut out the hand. 
  2. Punch 2-3 holes in each finger–1 about in the middle and 1 just above the knuckle.  If you plan to hang your project, punch an additional hole in the middle finger near the end.
  3. Tear the tissue paper into 2″ squares.  This is a fun project for little hands–my 2-year-old tore WAY more than the 8 pieces we needed!  We have torn tissue for many projects to come!  **NOTE: This is a great way to recycle torn or wrinkled tissue paper not suitable for gift bags that usually gets tossed.**
  4. Grab the center of the tissue square.  With the other hand, grab the loose ends and twist the tissue paper to look like a flower.
  5. Push the twisted end into one of the holes, leaving the flowery end sticking out on the front of the turkey.  Fold down the piece in the back and if needed, secure with a small piece of tape or glue.  Continue until all of the holes (except the hanger hole if you punched one) are full.  Mix the colors however you like.  Fluff the flowered part of the tissue to fill in the turkey.
  6. Stick on one or two googly eyes (my son requires that both eyes be on the same side so that the turkey can see everything, not just half of everything–his logic makes sense to me!).  Glue on the beak.  Draw on any other features you think your turkey needs. (In our house, everything has to have ears right now.)
  7. Cut a piece of red yarn about 1/4″ long and tape to the underside of the thumb for his waddle.  Make sure to tape it to the backside of the project so your tape doesn’t show.
  8. Cut a piece of yarn about 4″ long and loop it through the hole at the top of the middle finger.  Knot the end for the hanging loop.  **NOTE:  If you are using cardstock instead of foam, you may want to reinforce the hanger hole with clear packing tape.**

CRAFT: Family of Turkeys Centerpiece—Dress up your holiday table with a family of gobblers.  Dress up these turkeys to look like each member of your family.  For added design, scatter pine needles under their feet and put a few small gourds or pumpkins & some tiny pinecones with it.

DIFFICULTY: Easy

MATERIALS:

  • fun foam hand print turkey for each member of the family
  • googly eyes (preferably in each family member’s color)
  • orange cardstock for beak
  • thick cardboard (such as a diaper box)
  • yarn, fabric scraps, felt, pipe cleaners, etc.
  • markers
  • glue

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add the googly eyes. Glue on the beak.
  2. Cut two rectangles from the diaper box about 2″ x 1/2″.  Cut notches in the center of the long side of each cardboard piece that goes almost all the way through.  Slide the two pieces together at the notches to make a cross.  This makes a stand for your turkey.   Glue or tape the turkey to one of the cardboard pieces around the notch.  (I will try to post pictures or a video of this soon)
  3. Dress up the turkey to look like your family members!  You can use black pipe cleaners to make eye glasses, yarn for hair, add clothing or hats from fabric or felt scraps. 
  4. Embellish further with recyclables around the house.  A bottle cap can be a hat (you would probably have to use hot glue or something stronger to support most additions).  The cut end of a toilet paper tube, twisted pipe cleaner, yarn, or an old ring can be a necklace.  Do you have a bookworm in the family (like we do)? Cut a few rectangles of paper and fold them over and place the turkey’s book in front of him.  To make it more realistic, write words or draw scribbles on the pages.  Do you have little princesses?  Glitter, glitter, glitter!  You  could also cut out a tiara from paper and glue it on (don’t forget more glitter!).  Barbie shoes can also be placed near the turkey of the shoe fanatic in your house!
  5. Put the turkeys on their stands and put them in the middle of the table.  Using different colored foam (something to match each personality or favorite color) will add flair as well.  It will definitely be a conversation starter!!

CRAFT: Place cards and/or Family Favors

DIFFICULTY: Easy

MATERIALS:

  • foam or cardstock turkeys in a small size–Cut the feet out, as well.
  • googly eyes
  • red yarn
  • glue
  • orange cardstock
  • permanent marker
  • magnetic strip or magnet dots

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add the googly eyes and red yarn to make the turkey’s face. Cut a beak from the cardstock.
  2. Write each person’s name in te center of the turkey.  Underneath write, “Thanksgiving 2011.”
  3. Add a magnet dot to the back.
  4. Take a picture of each guest.  You can either send the turkey magnet home with each person and mail them the picture to put on it OR take the picture, glue the picture over where the name was (leaving the Thanksgiving 2011 showing) and then mail them.
  5. VARIATION: Use a picture of the person (facebook is a great place to find pictures of your friends and family) in place of their name. 

*****I hope to add photos to this project.  I am still having problems with the camera and taking pictures of such small things is difficult!  If you make any of these projects, please send the pictures and I’ll post them in the blog! Thanks!!******

Craft #1: Thanksgivng Napkin Rings

Craft Name: Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

Difficulty Level: Easy

Materials Needed:

  • toilet paper or paper towel tubes
  • craft paint (optional)
  • foam paint brush
  • colored card stock
  • several small leaves (no larger than 2″ length dry, but not cracking)
  • Black or Brown magic marker
  • glue (hot glue preferably)
  • Mod Podge or see explanation below to make your own

Instructions:

  1. Cut each tube into 1.5″ sections.
  2. You can either leave them brown or paint the outside of each tube piece.  Different colors make a very festive table.  If you choose to paint them, let them dry completely.
  3. Trace each leaf on colored card stock.  You can either use the same leaf over and over or different leaves.  You may also choose to trace them in one color or variations.  You may also trace the stem or not–adding the stem adds character to each leaf, but if you plan to use them year after year, these tiny stems are the first thing to bend or tear!
  4. Using the magic marker, trace around the outside edge of each leaf.  Then, add the leaf veins. ***For a personalized table, write names on the leaves and use at each place setting as a name card (these can also be used yearly).  Or, write things to be thankful for on each leaf such as, “family,” “friends,” etc.  For a fun party game, see below.
  5. Hot glue one or two leaves to each tube section.
  6. Once glue is completely dry, paint over each leaf with Mod Podge to add stability and shine.  Let dry completely for several hours.
  7. Roll napkin and slide into tube section.

 

Mod Podge:

Mod Podge is a sealer within a glue used in decoupaging projects.  It comes in various strengths and finishes.  When applied in even coats, it will dry with a nice, gloss or matte finish (depending on which bottle you get).  I have only used the glossy finish.  More information, project ideas, and a chart about the different finishes offered can be found on the Plaid Mod Podge website

To make your own glossy finish Mod Podge, mix 3 parts white school glue with 1 part water.  Paint on with a foam brush in even coats.  Allow to dry completely before applying subsequent coats.

 

 

 

Napkin Ring Party Game:

Look up 2 bible verses about thankfulness that are about the same length.  Divide the leaf colors into teams.  One team can be all the yellow and red leaves and the other can be orange and brown.  Write one word on each leaf.  Teams must figure out their verse and stand with their leaves together to make up their bible verse.  You may help them out by giving them the reference & a bible to look it up. 

Variations on this game can be done by having teams put the words of thankfulness in alphabetical order or use a common poem or nursery rhyme.