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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!


Presents aren’t just for Christmas and Hanukah!  They’re also a great way to give thanks to the ones you love on Thanksgiving too. Get the kids involved this Thanksgiving and have them make this simple project sure to brighten up any table setting. These make great party takeaways or seating cards if you plan to make your seating arrangements ahead of time.

Things you will need:

  • Brown construction paper
  • Tissue paper in an assortment of fall colors
  • Baby food jars (one per gift)
  • School glue
  • A paint brush
  • A small dish or cup
  • Scissors
  • A pen
  • A leaf stamp
  • A brown stamp pad
  • Snack-size candies or mints

Step 1: Fill a dish with one part water and two parts glue and stir it up. Additionally, rip the tissue paper into small pieces.

Step 2: Begin painting a section of the jar with the glue and water mixture.

Step 3: Begin placing bits of tissue paper over the glue. Continue painting with the glue mixture and covering the jar with tissue paper until it is completely covered.

Step 4: Once you’ve covered the entire jar with tissue paper, paint a thin layer of glue mixture over the paper and let it dry.

Step 5: While the glue is drying, put some ink on your stamp and stamp out a leaf onto a piece of brown paper. Once the ink dries you should cut out the leaf, trying not to be too exact in your cutting. If you don’t have a leaf stamp try tracing a real leaf with a marker and coloring it in. Similarly, if you don’t have a brown ink pad, use a small amount of brown paint instead.

Step 6: Flip the leaf over and use a pen to write something special for the person receiving this gift. You might say why you like the person or why you’re glad to have them in your life. Grab a few pieces of candy or mints and the leaf and tuck them into the jar.

Congratulations! You have made a Thanksgiving gift sure to brighten the mood anyone you give it to! Once the candy has been eaten you can place a battery-powered tea light into the jar and use it as a festive votive or nightlight. Did you do this project? How did it turn out? Please share your comments or photos in the comments section. Happy crafting!

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