Family is an important focus of the Thanksgiving season. So why not gather your loved ones for some DIY family fun?
Creative crafts will bring your family closer together in the true spirit of the holiday. Moms, dads, tots and everyone in between can join the party with these Turkey Day tutorials!
- Thankful Turkey: Ask each child to write what she’s thankful for on a paper feather, then stick it into this cute turkey centerpiece.
How to make it: Cut a 1-inch sliver off the bottom of a 9-inch polystyrene ball. Wrap sphere neatly in thick dark-brown yarn, covering surface completely; knot on bottom. Make a 4-inch ball from light-brown yarn and attach to body with a wooden craft stick. Create simple facial features using felt: white circles (approximately the size of a quarter, with 1/8-inch pom-poms for pupils) for eyes, yellow triangles for the beak, and long red felt teardrops as the wattle. Cut feather shapes from colored craft paper and bend in half lengthwise to create seam. Glue wooden craft stick to the bottom third of the feather and insert in a fan shape on turkey body.
- Sock Turkeys: These friendly fowl are the perfect decoration for every Thanksgiving table.
How to make it: To make the sock turkeys, you’ll need the following: Solid-color adult- and child-size socks, scissors, pinking shears, dried beans, twist ties, stiffened or regular felt in assorted colors, one large and two tiny pom-poms for each turkey, fabric glue. Cut off the top of each sock. Leave about 6 inches to the toe for each adult sock and 5 inches to the toe for each child’s sock. Fill a sock with beans until it is two-thirds full. Gather the sock’s opening, and close with a twist tie. Pull sock edges down and over exposed twist tie; glue to secure. Use pinking shears to cut out 6 turkey “feathers” from felt and glue over this area; this will be the back of the turkey. Cut out a felt wattle and beak; glue them to the front of a large pom-pom. Glue on two tiny pom-poms for eyes. When dry, glue head to the front of the turkey.
- Pilgrim Hats: These hats are sure to be a hit at the Thanksgiving table. Perfect for your little pilgrims, and parents too!
How to make it: For the pilgrim hats, you’ll need: black cardstock, yellow construction paper, grey construction paper, a glue stick, scissors and tape. Click here for the paper measurements, as well as the full set of instructions.
Cherish your creations and family memories this Thanksgiving, and every year after!