Thanksgiving Crafts

Because what else do you have to do? Cook the year’s largest meal for a bunch of folks that really just showed up for football and leftover sandwiches? If you’re lucky like me, you’ll be going to your chef-mom’s house for the best turkey in North America, bringing just a couple of veggies with you.

What you need:

Pilgrim Hat

White card stock or construction paper (one piece for each pilgrim)
NOTE: 8.5″x11″ paper is too small for adult noggins. If you plan on having adult pilgrims at the party, you’ll need legal-sized paper or larger.
Two 15″ long ribbons or twine
Glue Stick
Hole Punch (nice to have)

Turkey Headband

Brown, Red, Yellow & Orange Construction Paper
Burlap Ribbon, Raffia, or other ribbon
Googly eyeballs (nice to have)

Handprint Turkeys

Brown, Red, Yellow & Orange Paint
White & Brown Construction Paper
Glue Stick
Googly eyeballs (nice to have)

How Tos:

Pilgrim Hat

  1. Make a 1″ fold along the longest side of the paper.
  2. Cut a small hole 1/2 inch back from the folded corner on each side.
  3. Place two 2″ slits on the opposite long side of the paper, placed 4″ from each edge (3″ between the 2 slits).
  4. Using the glue stick, attach section A to section C with a 1/4 inch overlap.
  5. Glue section B onto the glued sections A&C.
  6. Thread ribbon through each hole.
  7. Tie onto your little one and take a picture before it’s smeared with jello salad!

pilgrim hat

Turkey Headband

  1. Cut bowling pin shape (turkey head & body) out of brown construction paper.
  2. Cut feather shapes out of yellow, orange and red construction paper.
  3. Using scraps, cut beak out of orange paper and wattle out of red paper.
  4. Draw eyes with a black marker or stick on googly eyes. Add beak and wattle.
  5. Trace kiddo’s hand on remaining brown construction paper and cut out.
  6. Glue bottom of feathers to a 5″ by 1″ scrap paper, then glue brown cut out hand on top of feathers. Allow to dry.
  7. Measure burlap ribbon or raffia to fit head, leaving an extra 1/2 inch for overlap.
  8. Glue turkey on front half and scrap paper with feathers and hand onto back of raffia.
  9. Attach to cutiepie’s head using a safety pin on burlap ribbon/ raffia or tape on ribbon.

Turkey Handprint

  1. Paint the thumb and palm of your little one (or yours!) with brown paint and the fingers alternating with red, yellow & orange paint.
  2. Stamp kiddo’s hand on white paper. Repeat for as many friends and relatives as would appreciate kid art.
  3. After the paint dries, draw on legs, beak and wattle using colored pencils.
  4. Add googly eye or draw on with black pencil.
  5. Display art prominently. Preferably with special light trained on the turkey.

Now PIG OUT on turkey, dressing and all the fixings!!!