kids thanksgiving craft: paper tube turkeys

November 2, 2010

Okay, so I'm excited about this craft because it is the first time I've ever used an old craft and turned it into a new one!

Remember our fall owls? We transformed these into thanksgiving turkeys just by adding a few simple details. (Well, not these ones exactly--we made so many, I just chose two with orange beaks to make into turkeys!)
turkey wattle
First, we glued on a red wattle...
Then we added some colorful feathers for the tail and two orange feet.

We started out using regular glue (which worked fine for the brown feathers), but I found that the colored feathers were a bit too heavy to stand up and stick with the regular glue. So, I resorted to hot glue...which worked, but also resulted in a burned thumb for me. Ouch.

However, if you are more careful than I (and less impatient), I'm sure you can handle it and not burn yourself!

I don't like using the hot glue gun for kids crafts because then it takes away the kid part, but I had Juliet hand me the feathers in the order she wanted them in and I applied the glue and feathers, so she was still involved. Maybe you can get the regular glue to work for you!
turkey craft
We've got a couple of nice birds sitting out for our thanksgiving table and plenty of owls left over as well.

Ten Fat Turkeys
Ten Fat Turkeys  by Tony Johnston
This is a book I am looking forward to reading with Lucia next November.

What sort of turkey crafts are you getting into this year?

Remember to add your photos to the Silly Eagle Books flikr group if you end up making these turkeys (or any other of our craft ideas) with your kids! At the end of the month, I'd love to feature your work!

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welcome to our wonderland said...

aww cutest turkey ever :)

Megan said...

I'm really enjoying the variety of feathers - and those googly eyes are so fun! Neat idea!!

Jill said...

These are adorable! So bright and colorful.

jellybeanjunkyard said...

GREAT PROJECT! And easy to do with kids! Thanks for sharing this! Saw you over at CSI link up.

Sassy Sites! said...

Thanks for linking up with Sassy Sites for "Trash to Treasure Tuesday". :)

-Marni @ Sassy Sites!

michaela said...

They are adorable! I am so making these with the kids! I am now a follower too!

Jackie said...

Those are cute and a great way to recycle your owls.

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