Turkey Craft

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Here's an easy turkey craft you can make with your child.  I was inspired by this turkey at World Market, and created a turkey using materials found at our home.

Materials
  • paper bag - small or large 
  • construction paper 
  • googly eyes or you can cut out eyes
  • leaves
  • berry twigs
  • acorns
  • sticks
  • piece of craft styrofoam
  • glue
  • paint
  • string

How to Make a Paperbag Turkey 

I wish I had better pictures to illustrate, but my camera ran out of battery power when we started this project.
  1. Take a paper bag and stuff it with crumpled paper to about a few inches from the top of the bag.
  2. Tie off the top of the bag to make a round body for the turkey.
  3. Where the bottom of the bag is, hot glue a round piece of craft styrofoam.  You don't have to do this but it makes it a bit easier to secure the berry twigs and sticks.  
  4. Shape the head by taking a small square piece of paper and wrapping it around crumpled paper.  Tie the head to the tied end of the paper bag.  At this point, your turkey will look creepy, but I promise it looks cuter by the end of the project.
  5. Collect leaves, acorns, sticks, and berry twigs to decorate your turkey.
  6. Glue the leaves and acorns onto the paper bag body.
  7. Poke the leaves and berry twigs into the styrofoam plate.
  8. Make the turkey's face with construction paper and googly eyes.  Glue those onto it's face.
  9. Wait a day for the glue to dry.
  10.  Paint the turkey.  We used fall colors to paint since we don't get the lovely fall foliage down in Central Texas.  If your leaves are colorful, it's not necessary to paint.






    Now, you have a handcrafted turkey made by you and your child.  Gobble! Gobble!


    22 comments:

    Christine said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    I love this turkey! Very creative!

    Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    Thank you, Christine!

    Ali said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    Your turkey is fabulous. Too cute for words :)

    Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    What a cute turkey! I love this - so creative. Thanks for linking up to TGIF. I am your newest follower and I'd love for you to follow me back, if you want =-)
    Beth

    Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    I'm glad you liked it, Ali and Beth.

    I love your blog, Beth. I am already a follower, and I am happy that you are following mine. =)

    Aimee from Classified: Mom said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    This is awesome! I love making stuff out of everyday household materials! Would love it if you linked up to The Sunday Showcase !

    Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    Aimee, I will definitely pop on over to the Sunday Showcase! Thank you for checking out our turkey!

    Debi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    I love crafts that incorporate nature & the chance to get messy! What fun!

    Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    Debi, gotta find some use for all the treasures we collect. ;) It was a lot of of fun. Thank you!

    Susan Case said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    That may be the coolest turkey I've ever seen! Love it!!!! And the price is perfect. Sure do love seeing children enjoying nature.

    Jenny said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    He's a beauty! What a creative, fun idea! It's a perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece. :)

    Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    Thank you for the turkey love, Susan and Jenny!!

    JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    He is so cute! What a great idea! I hope you will link this post to my Thanksgiving Traditions link up!

    Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    JDaniel4'sMom, thank you! I will head on over to the Traditions Link Up. Looking fwd to seeing what others are doing for Thanksgiving.

    Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    I love everything about this! I want to make a couple as centerpieces!! I featured you this week!
    http://www.delicateconstruction.com/2011/11/made-by-little-hands_20.html

    Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    Michelle, Your table will look so lively with the turkey as your centerpiece!! I wanted to make more to make a turkey family, but never got the time. Thank you for the feature! Happy crafting!

    Brooke (Siayla) said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    This is the BEST turkey idea I have ever seen :) Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm enjoying reading through your back posts :)

    crittersandcrayons said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    He is beautiful! Good job! We'll have to try this next year!

    Rashmie @ MommyLabs said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    He's seriously beautiful. You people turned this into such a pretty art project!

    SarahElisabeth said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    Such fun and inspirational to think of what else can be made from oddments.

    Katey said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    super cute. I really like using natural items for Thanksgiving decorations- seems appropriate somehow.

    Stephanie @ Toastie Studio said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

    Hi, I wanted to let you know I featured this on the EtsyKids Team blog along with 50 other Thanksgiving crafts, recipes and printables for kids.
    http://etsykids.blogspot.com/2012/11/50-thanksgiving-crafts-recipes-and.html

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