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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!


Help celebrate the 4th of July with an adorable (and functional!) Uncle Sam’s hat! Recycle a cereal box and a coffee can and turn them into this festive hat perfect for holding silverware or other small items at your family BBQ. This project promotes recycling and is a great way to get kids involved with the party festivities.

Things you will need:

  • An empty coffee (or similar) can
  • A cereal box
  • Red, white and blue construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A Ruler
  • A pencil


Step 1: Wrap a piece of white construction paper around the can and glue in place. If the paper is longer than the can, trim off excess paper.


Step 2: Use your pencil and a ruler to measure and cut a strip of blue construction paper to fit around the base of the can. Additionally, you’ll want to cut out several stars from your extra white construction paper.


Step 3: Glue the stars onto the strip of blue construction paper. Make sure to space the stars an even width apart.


Step 4: Glue the blue strip around the bottom of the can.


Step 5: Use your pencil and ruler to draw several stripes on the red construction paper, trying to make them all the same size. Cut the stripes out.


Step 6: Glue the red stripes around the top of the can, lining up the edges with the top the blue stripe and the top of the can. Trim any excess red if you’ve cut the stripes longer than you need.


Step 7: Glue a piece of blue construction paper to a piece of cereal box. Once the glue dries, draw or trace a circle onto the paper. Make sure the circle is larger than the bottom of the can because this is the brim of the hat. Cut out the circle and glue it to the bottom of the can with the blue side facing up.


Congratulations! You have made Uncle Sam’s hat! Use it as a centerpiece and fill with fresh flowers or stick it on the food table and fill with silverware. Any way you use it, this hat is fun and functional and will make a statement at your 4th of July bash! Did you make this project? How did it turn out? Please share your comments and pictures in the comments section! Happy crafting and happy 4th of July!

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