October is filled with ghosts and goblins and December is all about lights, Santas, candy canes, and decorated trees. Poor November kinda gets jilted with little beyond a few pinecones or fall colored flowers placed here and there. Thanksgiving crafting just became as much fun as the other holidays, with this turkey windsock toilet paper roll craft, inspired by Happiness is Homemade, that is guaranteed to liven up your holiday decor.
Turkeys are not commonly recognized as an attractive bird. Shhh – don’t tell them! But, with this fun craft, we can create a turkey that people can easily agree is the cutest fowl around. Haul out your craft supplies box and you might just be surprised at how many items you already have for this simple, inexpensive craft. Leftover feathers, scraps of construction paper, pieces of foam and likely multiple sizes of googly eyes will find new purpose in this craft.
Need a project to keep the kids busy this weekend? This is an ideal craft to do with children. Why not include the neighborhood kids as well? Kids of all ages can help with the painting and the glueing of feathers and ribbons. They’ll just need a bit of notice to save the next empty toilet paper roll they have. If inviting neighbors and their kids, get parents to help with the necessary supplies and to provide some extra hands to help little ones with their creations.
This would also be a simple, fun craft for preschool and elementary school classrooms. As a classroom activity, this could be done whole class with helpers, depending on the age of the students, or as a center activity with a parent volunteer. Just imagine how festive your classroom would look with a flock of turkeys hanging from the ceiling, whiteboards and in windows. They could then migrate home for Thanksgiving.
A bit sturdier option to the toilet paper roll is an empty aluminum can, bottom and top removed, label free, cleaned and dried. Once decorated, these could be hung in the house or outside from the porch, a tree branch, a flag holder – anywhere they can hang freely.
Experiment with different supplies to create your turkeys. Faux feathers are great but any material you have on hand that will remain upright once glued would also be ideal. In place of feathers you could use leaves or trace a child’s hand as the “feathers”. However you chose to adorn your turkeys, you’ll have lots of fun creating them and they’ll make a great addition to your Thanksgiving decor.