Posted by Amber Galore on May 01, 2014
The holiday is my favorite time to craft with my kids. Bubby, who is turned 4 today is just now starting to appreciate them more, and Rainbow, who is 8, is one of the most creative kids I have ever met! Give her a craft and she will give you HER version of the craft. She definitely demonstrated this today in our Paper Bag Turkey tutorial.
I actually did this craft a few years ago as a class activity when Rainbow was in 2nd grade. It was a ton of fun and the kids absolutely loved it. It is easy enough for them to do without much help, but complex enough to make them feel like they are really making something! Plus, they really love running around and playing with their turkeys when they are done.
Have you done any thanksgiving crafts with your kids yet? If not, you must give this a try. They will love it! And pretty much kids of all ages can do it.
Total Cost (used): $1.18
Total Cost (supplies): $6.75 (and you could make a whole classroom of turkeys for this cost)
Total Time to Craft: 30 minutes or less (this includes painting drying time)
The first step is to paint your spoons. You can hold them at the bottom to make it easier to paint since the bottom will not be showing.
Let the kids color their bags while they wait for the spoons to dry. When I asked Rainbow why she was coloring hers black she said “Turkeys are black. Everyone makes them brown but they are black!” I can’t argue with her on that one… she is right.
The older kids can cut out their own shapes while the little ones can help you. You will need a triangle for the beak in orange, a curved shape for the waddle in red, a color of your choice to cut out the bow tie which is basically two triangles on their sides connected in the middle, and orange for the turkey feet!
Bubby’s turkey pieces on the left and Rainbow’s turkey pieces on the right.
I found the easiest way to cut out the waddle was to put your cut out beak on the felt paper and cut around it in a way you would want the waddle to look. In generally hangs down and curls up around the beak.
Fold the paper bag over and make a soft crease where you want the feathers to end. This will give the kids a line to cut to.
Once the lines are cut they can start painting the strips, aka the feathers. If the kids are impatient and do not want to wait for them to dry (I learned this the hard way!) you can go ahead and stuff your turkey, tie the bag off, and then paint the feathers. They can continue to work on the turkey this way while it dries. You can see the steps done this way in the video below.
Take any number of items and stuff the turkey! We used balled up plastic grocery bags but you could also use extra paper bags, paper towels, or even polyfill stuffing!
Tie a rubber band around the turkey’s feathers; the tighter the better. With Rainbow’s turkey we used a strong rubber band and the feathers looked great, with a weaker rubber band they may not stand up perfectly. You can remedy this by dabbing a little glue near the bottom and pushing it against the base.
Now it’s time to put the face together! Glue the waddle on first, then the beak, and finally the eyes.
Make a small hole on the top of the bag. I suggest you use scissors and pinch the bag a bit and cut a hole. Forcing the spoon through even a small hole may cause the bag to rip. Once you have your turkey head all set up, it is time to glue on his bow tie and feet!
As you can see, Bubby is enthralled with his new turkey. In fact, he took it to bed with him!
As you can see, the ever creative Rainbow took hers even more seriously! I allowed her to rummage through my craft boxes and she added a skirt, necklace, and bow to her beautiful turkey! Keep scrolling to watch her make this gorgeous turkey!
We hope you enjoyed spending a night in with us and making paper bag turkeys! As you see, just a touch of creativity can create many ripples and Rainbow demonstrated her very own Personal Accent!