Easy Crafts for Kids: A Handmade Thanksgiving Centerpiece

By Loretta Maimone   Follow me: Loretta Maimone on Facebook
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 9:47AM

Happy Thanksgiving! Whether your holiday style is chic and sophisticated or artsy and eclectic, we think there’s room at any Thanksgiving tablescape for a handmade piece of art. Get the kids involved with decorating this year and try this fun centerpiece: a cute Turkey that expresses what we’re most thankful for!

You’ll need:

6 inch Styrofoam ball

3 inch Styrofoam ball

Dark brown yarn

Tan yarn

Craft sticks

Construction paper

Permanent markers

Red, white, black and yellow felt

Glue sticks

Hot glue gun, sticks

1. Cut off the bottom 1 inch of the large Styrofoam ball.

2. Begin wrapping your dark brown yarn around the Styrofoam to completely cover it. When you’re finished, attach the ends to the bottom of the ball with hot glue. This is the body of the turkey.

3. Repeat step 2 with the smaller Styrofoam ball and the tan yarn. This is the head of the turkey.

4. Cut out two ½ inch circles from the white felt and two ¼ inch circles from the black felt to create the eyes.

5. Cut out a 2 inch diamond for the turkey’s beak and a heart for its wattle.

6. Use your glue gun to secure all of the cutouts to the turkey’s face.

7. Attach your turkey’s face to its body with a craft stick. Place the stick inside the turkey’s body and tuck it behind the yarn in the back of the turkey’s face.

8. Cut out at least 12 construction paper “feathers” and, using your glue stick, attach them to craft sticks. Write down what you are thankful for on the feathers; use ideas like family, health and security to help get your kids started.

9. Push the feather craft sticks into the turkey’s body.

10. On Thanksgiving Day, place your homemade centerpiece on the dinner table and let it serve as a reminder to be thankful. You can even keep the turkey and add to it next year!

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Easy Crafts for Kids: A Handmade Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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