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I'm Leah--wife, mother, editor, writer, photographer, and rickrack apologist. There's craftiness in my DNA, but between the kids and my work and the house and the television and my blogs (http://www.agirlandaboy and, among others), I have to keep my projects quick and easy if I hope to finish them before my boys (born December 2008 and July 2012) graduate from college. You're a working mom and you're busy too, but if you still want to get your craft on, join me here for some fun projects!

Kids Craft: TP Tube Thanksgiving Turkeys

Categories: Thanksgiving, activity, fall, glitter, markers, no-sew, paper, upcycle

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Looking for a quick craft to help get your home ready for Thanksgiving? Or maybe you’re in the market for an easy project to keep little hands out of the mashed potatoes while you’re waiting for the bird to finish cooking on the big day. If that sounds like you, here’s a fun and festive Thanksgiving project for kids big and small.



What you’ll need:

–toilet paper tubes
–school glue
–craft brush (a foam one works well)
–googly eyes

This is a three-step project:

1. Cut your TP tube into a turkey shape.

2. Cover the feathers with glitter.

3. Glue on some googly eyes.

What? You expected more from me, the world’s wordiest blogger?

Okay, fine. Here are some specific notes from your favorite been-there-done-that-made-all-the-mistakes host.

For those of us not great at spatial reasoning *raises hand*, I drew on this tube to show what cuts to make in the front (left) and back (right).


Start by cutting the spike for the head and neck, then cut a spike on each side for the wings .(You’ll have two triangular throw-away pieces after this step.) Then all you need to do is make slits for the feathers, which will fan out nicely with minimal coaxing.


Ta da! Two-minute turkey.

Now, you’re going to have plenty of freedom to make your birds look unique once you start decorating, but to help each one really develop his or her own personality, start by being creative with your cuts. Give one of them a big head and a thick neck, give one of them lots of super-skinny feathers. Varying where you fold down the head and wings can also change the look of your little cardboard friend.


And now it’s time to decorate! I used glitter left over from my polka-dot Easter eggs, and the technique I used there is also how I got the polka dots on this fine fellow.



To create the different patterns and colors on the feathers, just apply your glue strategically, one color at a time and then glue on some eyes. (You might recognize these as the ones we used for our pet rocks and our TP tube Halloween creatures.)


I went craaaazy with the glitter, but you can decorate these dudes whatever you have on hand and/or have the patience for. If you’re going over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house and you know she’d faint if all the cousins played with glitter in her dining room, set them up with markers or crayons instead. Don’t stress about this AT ALL. ‘Tis the season for taking deep, cleansing breaths. And for eating pie. Lots of pie.



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