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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!


Easter is almost here so help celebrate this special holiday with a cute Easter basket paper craft! Depending on the variation of this project you choose to do, it can be either a beginner or advanced beginner craft.  Practice weaving paper strips in the advanced beginner version or simply practice drawing lines if you’re a beginner. Either way, this project is sure to please and look festive to boot!

Things you will need:

  • Construction paper (two pieces brown, one piece white, one piece green, various color scraps)
  • Crayons
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
Step 1: Draw a basket shape on a piece of brown construction paper. If you plan on doing the advanced beginner version of this project draw vertical lines along the basket at equal widths apart. These will be used for weaving later on. If you just want to do the beginner version, omit the lines.

Step 2: Cut out the basket. If you are doing the advanced beginner version of the craft carefully cut the vertical lines. Additionally, you’ll need to cut out several strips of brown paper for weaving. If you are doing the beginner version, omit cutting the strips.

Step 3: If you are doing the advanced beginner version of this craft you will start “weaving your basket” at this point. Take a strip of paper and weave from right to left, going under, over, under, over as shown. Make sure that you do all of the weaving from the wrong side (back) of the basket.

Step 4: Take a second strip of paper and begin weaving from left to right, going under, over, under, over. Repeat steps three and four until you’ve “woven” the entire basket.

Step 5: Once you have “woven” the basket you will glue the ends down so the strips don’t slip out. There will be loose ends on both sides of the basket so be sure to glue them all! If you are doing the beginner version of this project and have not woven strips of paper you can draw this texture on instead. Simply take a crayon and practice drawing a crisscross pattern on the basket.

Step 6: Take your scissors and cut strips of green paper for the basket grass. The strips do not need to be perfect or even. This is perfect for the beginner cutter just learning to handle safety scissors. Glue the grass to the backside of the basket so it is poking out of the top.

Step 7: Draw several egg shapes on the piece of white paper and cut them out.

Step 8: Use your crayons to color the eggs. Additionally, you can decorate the eggs by gluing on various colored scraps of construction paper.

Step 9: Glue the eggs onto the basket. Remember that you are gluing everything to the back of the basket with the right sides forward. This means you will put a dab of glue on the bottom front of the egg and glue it to the back of the basket (gluing front to back). Let everything dry and flip the entire project over.

Congratulations! You’ve made an easy paper Easter basket! It’s simple to adjust this craft to any skill level and make it your own. Did you do this project? How did it turn out? Please feel free to share your comments and pictures in the comments section. Happy crafting!

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