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November 10, 2012

Thankful Turkey Box Tutorial

Last week I guest posted over at Whatever Dee Dee Wants for her "Give Thanks" Series. In case you missed the post, I thought I would share it here too. Our "Give Thanks" inspired idea we came up with to celebrate our blessings this year is our Thankful Turkey Box.

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It is made out of a small tissue box so every day during the month of November we can write down something we are thankful for and feed it to our turkey. On Thanksgiving day while we are all together as a family, we will get all the papers out and read them as a family.

Try pairing this with one of these books:

Supplies you will need:
  • empty small tissue box
  • brown, red, orange and yellow paint
  • paint brush
  • brown cardstock paper
  • white cardstock paper
  • glue stick
  • clear packing tape
  • googly eyes
  • small piece of yellow and red paper
  • scissors
1. Start by painting an empty, small tissue box with brown acrylic paint.

2. For the feathers we painted card stock paper red, orange and yellow. Then we used the same paint to splatter the different paint colors on each sheet of paper. You can imagine how much fun this is for kids. Just make sure you do this step outside or cover your table with newspaper because it gets messy.

Here is up close of what our paper looked like after painting it. You could use just colored card stock for the feathers if you want, we just wanted to incorporate a fun painting activity into our craft.

3. After the paint on your tissue box is completely dry, cut out a bowling ball type of shape out of brown card stock for the turkey head and body and glue it to the tissue box.

4. When your painted sheets of cardstock are dry, trace a feather shape on the back of them. Cut them all out.

5. Glue the feathers around the back of the tissue paper box and then use packaging tape to secure them at the back.

6. To finish the turkey, glue on some wiggly eyes, a beak made out of a diamond shape bent in half, and a red wattle.

Place a stack of thankful cards next to your turkey, and every day or every couple of days you and your family members can write what you are thankful for and place it in the box.

 Hope you have a month full of Thanks!! 

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Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. said... Best Blogger Tips

That is adorable! I love the way you made the feathers with the paint splatter. Totally pinning this! =)

Stephanie @ Toastie Studio said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, I wanted to let you know I featured this on the EtsyKids Team blog along with 50 other Thanksgiving crafts, recipes and printables for kids.

Alison Seaver said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable - love ! Thank u for sharing ;)

Cynthia Sylvestermouse said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fantastic Thanksgiving craft! I love it! It is a great way to encourage everyone to stop and think about what they have to be thankful for. Something about writing it down actually makes us stop and thing first! Awesome!

Shyloh Belnap said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey there! I just wanted to let you know I featured this on a a local television show where I review pins and tell people if they are awesome or not :) Of course, I thought this was AWESOME! I also tried and reviewed the process on my blog along with a link back to your original pin so I hope that helped you get a little traffic :) Have a great day and thanks for the fun idea!