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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!


Jazz up your No.2 pencils with this cute and easy pencil topper craft! You can follow along and make the frog shown below or get creative and create your own design using the same technique. The possibilities are endless. This project is perfect for art classes, after school programs, a rainy day, you name it!

Things you will need:

  • A pipe cleaner (You’ll need green for the frog)
  • A piece of craft foam (You’ll need green for the frog
  • A pair of googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A pencil for drawing with
  • Markers (You’ll need green and black for the frog)
  • A brand new pencil for topping

Step 1: Begin by drawing the shape of a frog on a piece of craft foam. Make sure that the frog is not too big other wise it might not sit right on top of the pencil. You can place the pencil under your drawing as a guide. Once you draw the frog, carefully cut it out.

Step 2: Once you cut out the frog outline it in green marker and add a smile in black marker. You can add additional details if you’d like.

Step 3: Take a pair of googly eyes and glue them to the frog and let dry.

Step 4: While the glue is drying begin wrapping the pipe cleaner around the top of an unused pencil. Start at the base of the metal piece that holds the eraser in place and wrap tightly until you reach the end of the eraser. Use the scissors to cut off the excess pipe cleaner leaving about a 1in tail for attaching the frog.

Step 5: Center a line of glue down the back of the frog and press the pipe cleaner down firmly. You can add a piece of clear tape to hold everything in place if you need to.  Let the pencil topper dry.

Congratulations! You have made a super cute and easy pencil topper. These toppers add a little flair to a plain pencil but remove easily when you need to use the eraser. Just pull the topper off to erase and then slide it back on. Did you do this project differently? Did you make a different animal? Make crazy shapes instead? Please share your comments and photos in the comments section. Happy crafting!

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