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Celebrate Thanksgiving in style with this fun family of turkeys! These turkeys can be used as napkin rings, name cards, or both! It’s an easy project that is customizable and makes any Thanksgiving table setting more fun.

 

Things you will need:

  • A paper towel roll (one roll makes about 6 turkeys)
  • Construction paper (red, yellow, orange and brown)
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A pencil

Step 1: Measure a piece of brown paper to fit around a paper towel roll. I only wanted to make four turkeys so I cut the paper in half and saved some for the turkey faces.

Step 2: Glue the paper to the paper towel roll.

Step 3: While the glue is drying, draw some lines on the toilet paper roll to mark where you’ll cut to make your turkey bodies. Once the glue is dry, carefully cut the paper towel roll into as many sections as you want turkeys.

Step 4: On a piece of brown paper draw a head and neck for each turkey. The shape almost looks like a peanut or the number eight. If you are making multiple turkeys, accordion-fold your paper (like a paper fan) and cut multiple pieces out at once.

Step 5: Repeat step four but with feather shapes. I made enough feathers so that each bird has three. You will also need one triangle for each turkey beak.

Step 6: Add some eyes and a beak to each turkey face. This is where you can have fun and personalize each of the turkeys in the turkey family. Does Great Uncle Mark love to act silly? Add some silly eyes! Does mom wear glasses? Add a pair! Get creative with the eyes and glue on a beak before gluing the piece onto the paper towel roll body.

Step 7: Glue three (or as many as you choose) paper feathers together and then glue them to the back of the paper towel roll body.

Congratulations! You have made a family of turkeys for your Thanksgiving table! How did this project turn out? Did you do something differently? Please share your comments and photos in the comments section. Happy Thanksgiving and happy crafting!

Celebrate the Fourth of July with this fun star necklace. The little pocket is perfect for storing tiny treasures like lip gloss, trinkets and other fun things. This is an advanced beginner to advanced project because it involves simple sewing techniques.

 

Things you will need:

  • Foam sheets in red, white and blue (you can also try using felt)
  • Plastic cord for tying (other options include yarn, ribbon and shoelaces)
  • A large star shape cut out of scrap paper
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • Glue

 

Step 1: Using the paper star as a template, trace and cut out two large stars from the foam. You will need two large stars per necklace. I chose to cut my stars out of red and blue but you can use any combination you like. You can also make a third smaller star out of the remaining color to use as a decoration on the necklace.

 

Step 2: Carefully use your pencil to poke holes along the edge  of one of the large stars. Notice how there are no holes along the top of the star. This is the opening of the pouch.

 

Step 3: Line up the two large stars on top of each other. The star with the holes should sit on top. Poke your pencil through the holes making marks around the edge of the second star. Using the marks as a guide, poke holes along the edge of the second star.

 

Step 4: Begin sewing the stars together with the plastic cord. Be sure to use a piece larger than you think you’ll need. Since the cording is stiff you do not need a needle for sewing. If you are using string or ribbon it is helpful to thread it on a child-friendly sewing needle. These needles are usually large and plastic with a blunt point and can be found in your local craft store. As you are sewing be sure to leave a long tail at the end for tying the necklace.

 

Step 5: When you have finished sewing around the edges of the star, tie off the ends of the cord to create the necklace. At this time you can also add extra decorations such as the smaller star. You can even add a small star to both sides and make the necklace reversible.

 

Congratulations! You have made a fun star necklace that is perfect for holding your favorite small trinkets! This project would be a great party activity for keeping all of the kids entertained. You can also turn this into a birthday party craft using other colors and shapes. How did this project turn out? Did you do it differently? Please share your comments and pictures in the comments section. Happy crafting!


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