Turkey Headbands

Yep, you read that right…turkey headbands! It seems like a lot of folks have gone from celebrating Halloween straight to Christmas preparations, but I think we should enjoy Thanksgiving first! So here’s a Thanksgiving craft to do with the kiddos that will also make for a cute photo op on Thanksgiving Day. 😉

You will need a piece of brown or black construction paper, some scraps of different colored construction paper, a small piece of cardboard or cardstock, scissors, a black marker or crayon and glue or double sided tape.

Cut 2 strips about 1 1/2″ wide the length of the brown construction paper. Make sure that 2 pieces put together will fit around the head of the child making this. You can cut more strips if needed.

Tape or glue 2 narrow ends together to make a longer strip for the headband.

Wrap the strips around your child’s head so the headband is snug enough to stay in place. Tape or glue the other 2 ends together too. Your headband will now look like a circle.

Now let’s make the turkey parts! Using the piece of cardboard or cardstock, make a pattern in the shape of a narrow leaf or feather.

Use the pattern to trace around the feather on each scrap piece of colored construction paper.

Cut out each feather.

You know the red thing that hangs down by the turkey’s beak? It’s called a snood. You can draw one on a piece of red construction paper. Don’t worry about being exact here. Just draw something similar to this:

Cut it out using your scissors. Next, draw 2 fairly big circles on white paper for the turkey’s eyes. You might have a tiny glass you can use to trace around to make your circles.

Using a black marker or crayon, color 1 dot on each white circle for the eye pupil.

Cut a nice sized triangle out of orange paper for the turkey’s beak.

Ok, we have all the pieces ready so let’s put the turkey headband together! You can use glue or double sided tape. I went with the tape. First glue/tape the orange triangle on for the beak.

Put the snood on next, right at the corner of the beak.

It’s time to add the eyes! You can put them on in any direction you like. I put the black dots close together, but you can experiment with the eyes to see how you want your turkey to look.

Apply the feathers to the inside of the back of the headband. You can put on as many feathers as you like.

Once the feathers are attached, your turkey headband is ready to wear! (Unless the glue needs to dry first.)

If you have more than one child making a turkey headband, you can customize them so each child’s look a bit different from the others. I tried to get Rusty (our dog) and my husband to model my headband for you, but both said they would rather not. 😉 Have fun and don’t forget to take some pictures!

Is It Too Soon to Build a Snowman?

How do you feel about snowmen? I love them!! Especially the crafty kind that you can make in your house and they never melt! 😉 We had some cold days recently that felt like winter and we even had a light dusting of snow, so I got to thinking about snowmen and decided to make some. (Now it’s warmed back up and the temperature has been in the 60’s.) This is an easy craft for kids and takes just some “normal” kind of things you might have around your house. Let’s take a look at my snowmen…

I thought they turned out to be pretty cute! Some things that you’ll need to make these snowmen are empty toilet paper rolls, white paint, paint brush, pipe cleaners, small pom poms, ribbon or yarn or felt, maybe a button or two, wiggly eyes, orange and black markers and either a bottle of glue or a glue gun. (I used the glue gun.)

The first step is to paint the empty toilet paper rolls with white paint. Let them dry however long your type of paint requires.

Glue on 2 wiggly eyes. It doesn’t really matter what size the wiggly eyes are. I used 3 different sizes for my snowmen.

Cut a pipe cleaner in half…or even smaller…to use for the top part of the snowman’s ear muffs. Glue the 2 ends to opposite sides of the toilet paper roll. Place the ends on either side of the eyes in a place where the snowman’s ears might be if he had some. 😉

Next glue a pom pom over each end of the pipe cleaner to finish making the ear muffs.

Use the orange marker to draw a triangle below the wiggly eyes to be the snowman’s carrot nose. Use the black marker to draw on a mouth and eyebrows. (I drew the eyebrows on after I took the next picture. Oops!)

For the snowman’s scarf you can use pieces of yarn or ribbon or felt or fabric…you get the idea. 😉 For this snowman, I put 3 pieces of yarn together. Glue the scarf in one spot on the back of the snowman. Then wrap each side around to the front and cross one side over the other and glue in place.

I glued a little star button on top of where the 2 sides cross in the front. You can add 3 black dots for the stones or buttons on the snowman’s tummy, if you like.

And there you are! Great job! You’ve made a snowman! 🙂

For my second snowman, I followed the same steps, but for his/her scarf I took 3 pieces of yarn and braided them together. I tucked one end around the other in front, like you do when you are beginning to tie your shoes. Then I glued it in place.

For my third snowman, I again followed the same steps, except this time I made his/her scarf out of a piece of ribbon. And I glued on a matching button.

You can make your snowman look however you like. He/she might look different because you have different materials to use than what I had. You can shape his/her mouth in different ways to make him/her look happy or sad or silly. I’m sure he or she will look great! The important thing is to have fun making your snowmen! 🙂