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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!


Want to show that special someone just how much you care this Valentine’s Day?  Facebook fan and blog reader Magdalena V. suggested this adorable butterfly card!  It’s a beginner project that’s great for even the youngest sweetheart to make.  It teaches basic cutting and shape recognition skills and of course sparks a little creativity!

Things you will need:

  • Purple, pink and white construction paper
  • Googly eyes (Don’t have these? Use construction paper instead!)
  • Crayons
  • Glue
  • A pencil
  • A pen
  • Scissors

Step 1: Fold your piece of purple construction paper in half.  Draw a large heart with the pointy end facing the fold.  Add a little bit of a “tail” poking off the bottom of the heart and onto the fold as shown.  Cut it out making sure to NOT cut the fold.  When you cut out your heart and open it up it will look like two hearts connected by a strip of paper.

Step 2: Draw the rest of your pieces and cut them out.  Draw the butterfly’s body on white construction paper.  This will look like a long oval with two little paper tabs sticking off the sides at the top.  This is where you will glue the googly eyes.  Using the pink construction paper repeat step one.  This time however make sure the pink hearts are slightly smaller than the purple ones.  Additionally, cut two skinny strips to use as antennae.

Step 3: Flip the purple hearts over so they right side up.  Draw a small line of glue along the center strip connecting the two hearts.  Take the pink hearts and place them right side up on top of the purple ones  making sure they are centered.  It’s OK if the middle strips are not even.  Adjusting the paper so that the hearts are centered (as shown below) is more important. Press gently to secure.

Step 4: Put a small dot of glue on the backside of the butterfly’s body and press it into place on the wings.

Step 5: Flip the butterfly over.  Gently roll the pink paper strips around a pencil and glue them to the back of the butterfly.  These will be the antennae.

Step 6: Flip the butterfly over and glue the googly eyes to the tabs at the top of the body.

Step 7: Use some crayons to add detail to the butterfly and a pen to add the mouth.  I’ve added stripes and dots.

Step 8: Lift up the pink heart on the left side of the butterfly and write a special message.  I’ve written “Happy Valentine’s Day” but you can write something else such as “You make my heart flutter.”  Repeat this step on the other side, writing an additional sentiment or who the card is to and from.

Congratulations!  You have made a special butterfly Valentine’s Day card.  This is a great way to show someone special how much you care.  Did you do this project?  How did it turn out?  Please feel free to post comments and pictures in the comments section!  Thanks again to Magdalena for the great idea!  Happy Valentine’s Day and happy crafting!

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