Sunday, November 20, 2016

Kid's Crafts:Roly-Poly Turkeys for the Table

Thanksgiving is less than a week away...OH MY!
Our Grand was here for Sunday and we try to do a craft.

Yesterday I found a large bag of OLD Vintage plastic ball ornaments at a thrift store, 3 dozen or so for $4.00. Well, over half were lime green (for my D-in-law), with a few gold and 8 orange.

Knowing I was never going to have an orange Christmas tree, I dug in my craft stashes, and decided to REDO them into Turkeys for the table with the Grand, today.

I had everything on hand, I shop end of season sales (70-90% off) for kid's craft supplies, 
and keep a huge tub in the kitchen corner buffet. 
I had a bag of brown feathers, chenille stems, google eyes and lots of foam sheets, 
foam glue and brown paper drip coffee filters. Rather than throw them out when that coffee pot passed on---I saved them for crafts-a GREEN thing to do.

I precut the black, (I didn't have brown) foam sheets into proportional squash shaped heads. The Grand isn't ready for scissors yet, she just turned 4.

Here are the supplies ready for crafting. I corral supplies into plastic tubs, 
to keep the table organized and easy to go fishing in. The Grand picks out the eyes, she made sure she matched them---sometimes eyes don't match though, which can be fun.
I cut each chenille stem in half with a wire cutter and twisted the two pieces
 together leaving the ends open and sticking out for turkey feet.

Here the Grand traces her hand on two-layers of foam sheet. 
You need two hand shapes for each turkey.

She does a pretty good job, we used washable markers.

We use wax paper or parchment paper for work surfaces.
 Nothing sticks to it, and makes for easy clean-up.

While Gramma cut the hands out, Grampa and the Grand glued feathers on the opened coffee filters. 
This worked great, the foam glue is thick and tacky, and the feathers stuck super. 
We each did two or three. The Grand was very patient in placing her feathers without help.

They look very fluffy. The shape of the filter is perfect for a tail. We let these dry for over an hour.

I made one google-eyed turkey face with the precut beaks and wattles. The Grand knew the red thing was the wattle from story hour at the Library. 
She patiently did all the beaks, eyes, and Wattles...(that's a funny word, Gramma, giggles).
I squeezed the glue, because it was thick and sticky. She doesn't like getting sticky, lol.

I love that they are all different, I didn't use patterns and free handed the shapes

I tried to use the foam glue, but as a crafter I'M IMPATIENT, so I got out the hot glue gun. 
First I put the feather layer on, and then the two hands behind, thumbs pointing out.  The Grand helped by pushing on the pieces. She pushed on all the faces after okaying their placement.

Yes, those are cookies she is working on too, we multi-task around here. I always have a plan B when working with kids. You just never know when they will want to do something else.

Gramma hot-glued the turkey feet on by herself. 
I used an extra hot glue-stick as a finger to pushdown on the 'feet'.
No burns that way.

Results, some NEW roly-poly turkeys, that sit up straight on top of a REDO canning jar rims. 
The foam glue will dry completely clear, eventually.  (my Impatience-again)

A Happy Face and Gobble-Gobble Turkeys!

Gobble-Gobble! Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Supplies for a Roly-Poly Turkey

1ball ornament-orange, gold or brown would work, these were soft-ball size
yellow, green, orange, red (glitter is what I had) and black plastic foam sheets.
Google eyes (I buy assorted packs on sale.
Paper coffee filter for a drip coffee pot, or cut a fan circle shape from a paper bag.
1 chenille stem, cut in half and twisted together (yellow or orange)
Foam Glue
rubber bands to hold pieces in place if you use foam glue.
or hot glue used by an adult.
Feathers, we used a bag of assorted brown feathers. 
washable marker, scissors
canning jar lid ring for a base.

Have small pieces cut out ahead of time. 
Make a sample to show what stages of a finished project might look like. 
Put leftover supplies in zip-plastic bags, for easy finding, in your craft tote.

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  1. What a darling project to do with your granddaughter! So cute!

    1. They were so much fun, and who can turn down fluffy feathers! thanks for stopping, Sandi

  2. Very cute! I love the way they turned out.

    1. Thanks so much they were fun and thanks for visiting, Sandi

  3. Oh Sandi, those are adorable! What a fun memorable kids craft! Looks like you all had fun!

    1. We sure did. My blog is about redo/green living, so it was fortunate I had everything on hand to make ORANGE Christmas balls, lol into turkeys. Happy Thanksgiving, Sandi

  4. We sure did Gina, thanks so much for stopping by, Happy Thanksgiving, Sandi

  5. Hi Sandi, what a darling project to do with the grands and they all look so cute gathered together with their own little personalities.
    Thanks for sharing the directions. Your grand is adorable and love the pic of you crafting away!!
    Happy Thanksgiving, xo

    1. I'm afraid, I don't really plan when I take pictures and they are just the way they are. All the background is from the corner cabinet being painted and curing before loading it back up. Life is fun here though, thanks for stopping by, Sandi

  6. She's just as Adorable as she can be and so are her Creations! What a Fun Family Holiday Project to engage in... those are what makes the most Memorable of Holidays IMO! Happy Thanksgiving... Dawn... The Bohemian

    1. She's a riot, especially when we play Barbies. Even Grampa has to get in there, because she always has an entire scenario in her head that all the dolls are going to do. Thanks for stopping by, Sandi

  7. Sandi these are the cuttest... Your grandbabies is adorable.. What a fun thing to do. I'm thinking my grandbabies would love this even the bigger ones. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family with love Janice

    1. Yes, they were easy, and I think you could use gold, or brown I said, I picked ups huge bag of ornaments at a thrift store. And found materials, always make you be more creative anyway. Thanks for stopping by, Sandi

  8. How cute! Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 32 for All Things Thanksgiving. Shared.

    1. They were so much fun! And, just a bit silly! Hugs, Sandi


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