Thanksgiving Ideas: Thanksgiving Centerpiece Craft
Turn feathers and pine cones into tabletop turkeys!
- Pine cones:One per turkey.
- Feathers:Available at most craft, dollar or mass-merchant stores.
- Felt:Any color you've got will work just fine!
- Googly Eyes:One pair.
- White poster board
- Craft Glue
- Twigs:Optional, if you want your bird to have legs.
- Hot-Glue Gun and Glue Sticks:Kids and hot glue don't mix, so make sure you do all the gluing!
- Markers or crayons
- Have your kids collect some pinecones from the yard. Live in a city or in the tropics and don't have easy access to fir trees? Go to a nearby park or buy some Ponderosa pinecones online to help the founders' Girl Scout troop. (So helpful! And so much less fattening than buying their cookies!)
- Plug in your hot-glue gun so it's out of your kids' reach and insert a glue stick.
- If you want your turkey to have legs, have your child flip the pinecone onto its side so you can hot-glue some small twigs onto it. (She may need to make a turkey tripod and glue on three legs to get the thing to balance properly.)
- Next, have your child draw a silhouette of a small turkey head and neck onto a piece of the poster board and then color it in. (If you're artistically challenged, find a picture of a turkey online or use one of the zillion turkey coloring pages your kid brings home from school in November as a guide.) She can sass it up with some glitter if she's making a fancy turkey!
- Get your kid to cut the wattle (yep, the flap of skin that looks like your mother-in-law's neck ... oh, sorry, that was mean!) and beak out of felt.
- Have her glue the felt pieces onto the head and neck cutout.
- Next, have your kid stand back while you grab the hot-glue gun and stick one googly eye on each side of the turkey head.
- Hot glue the head and neck onto the pinecone.
- Have your kid use craft glue to glue on a fan of colorful tail feathers.
- If she's inspired, encourage your kid to make a turkey for every place setting. Then she can make a name card for each place setting and you can hot-glue it on!
- Hand her some silverware and plates when she's finished. Why not get her to set the table while she's at it?
- If your kids just gobbled up this Thanksgiving idea and they want to create more Thanksgiving-themed place settings, have 'em make Little Hands Turkey Place Cards from NickJr.com.