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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!


Nothing says Memorial Day (or the 4th of July) like the colors red, white and blue. To show your holiday spirit you can make these easy and fun patriotic paper sparklers to use as centerpieces at your family BBQ! This is a good beginner project that anyone can do!

Things You will Need:

  • Red, white and blue construction paper
  • Toilet paper rolls (one per sparkler)
  • Silver paint
  • A paint brush
  • A star-shaped stamp
  • Crayons (optional)
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Step 1: Roll a piece of blue construction paper around the toilet paper roll, mark it with a pencil and cut it out. At this point you’ll want to add any decoration using your crayons.

Step 2: Wrap the piece of construction paper around the toilet paper roll and secure it with glue. Set it aside to dry.

Step 3: While the toilet paper roll is drying stamp out some stars with the silver paint on white paper. Set it aside to dry.

Step 4: While the paint is drying cut several strips of red and white paper. Make the strips all different sizes from wide to skinny.

Step 5: Wrap some of the strips around your pencil to make them curly. There is no need to curl the entire strip as some of it will be hidden!

Step 6: Glue several strips to the toilet paper roll. You’ll want to glue them on the inside with the curly ends sticking out the top. Mix it up and make some curly and some straight.

Step 7: Once the stars have dried you want to cut them out. You will then glue them to the ends of some of the strips of curled paper. I’ve also added a few as decoration to the base of the sparkler.

Congratulations! You have made a patriotic paper sparkler to add some spark to your holiday parties! Did you do this project? How did it turn out? Please feel free to post comments and photos in the comments section! Happy crafting!

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