Is your Thanksgiving tablescape looking a little bare? Folks will be knocking at your door soon with casseroles in hand, and sprucing up your decor should be EASY, not intensive. Snag a few supplies you have lying around the house and whip up a Thanksgiving Paper Bag Turkey craft during your lunch break. It will thrill your kids to be a part of the process, and make Nonna smile to see her grandson’s handiwork before her.
Thanksgiving Paper Bag Turkey Supplies:
Construction Paper, Various Colors
Tissue (Facial, Toilet, Newspaper, Wrapping paper, etc.)
Start by cutting feathers out of your construction paper. Red had orange, yellow and red to choose from, but you can easily have a more colorful turkey or a monochromatic one. Make the feathers slightly pointed ovals by drawing them on your construction paper, and then cutting them out with age-appropriate scissors.
Next, stuff your paper sack with tissue. You’ll want your turkey bag to be firmer, rather than softer, so it will hold up all the feathers. Stuff away!
Then, fold the top of the paper sack down and over a few times to “seal” the bad shut. Afterward, arrange your feathers in a fan shape and staple them to the top (and backside) of your bag. Your kids can choose the arrangement style and make it their own.
Now that your turkey’s body and tail are in order, choose a few small pieces of construction paper and cut a triangle for the beak, and a globular shape for the wattle. Apply using a glue stick.
If your kid is looking to continue decorating their turkey, add eyes and even “toes” with a marker. Your turkey can have blue, green, or even purple eyes. Red chose to add green feet and toes to his turkey.
He was very proud of his centerpiece, and despite being smashed around and played with (a lot…) it’s held up through the week for display on Thursday. I hope our family likes him! What crafts are decorating your house for the Thanksgiving season?