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This turkey badge is both festive and fun - the perfect accessory for Thanksgiving gatherings!

Start with:

  • Colored Cardstock
  • Textured Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Safety Pin
  • String
  • Paper Punch (optional)

Create It!

Step 1: From textured cardboard, cut half circle - approximately 5 in. across. (Trace from small bowl or large mug.) This will be the turkey's body. Also, cut approximately 2 in. circle for the turkey's head.

Step 2: From colored cardstock, cut shape of feathers, 3-4 inches tall.

Step 3: Cut fringe along feather shapes on both sides for texture.

Step 4: Glue feathers to cardboard half circle.

Step 5: Cut two white circles for eyes (1 in. hole punch or freehand), two black pupils (single hole punch or freehand), orange triangle for beak and red wattle.

Step 6: Glue eyes, beak and wattle to 2 in. circle to create turkey face.

Step 7: Cut small strip of cardboard. Place approximately 4 inch string underneath and glue cardboard strip on top. Tie string around safety pin.

Step 8: Glue face to body.

Pre-cut the parts and offer as a fun activity for kids (or young at heart) pre or post Thanksgiving dinner!

Robots and upcycled crafts are two of our favorites around here so we combined them for these fun robot marionettes! Robots are so great for using creativity since they can be made from so many loose parts. The recycled items listed below in the materials are just a suggestion - so many objects could be used to create unique robots!

Start with: 

  • Recycled material such as toilet paper tube, small box, etc.
  • 2 frozen treat sticks
  • Cardstock, multiple colors
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • String
  • Single Hole Paper Punch

Create it!

Step 1: Cover paper tube and box with cardstock and embellish with facial features and robot details.

Step 2: Create arms, legs and neck by folding strips of cardstock. Use two sets for arms, two sets for legs with space between them for gluing together to aid movement.

Step 3: Glue pieces together to form robot body.

Step 4: Punch holes between two pieces that make up arms, between two pieces that make up each leg and one in back of head.

Step 5: Tie strings to holes and attach to two frozen treat sticks.

Fun to make, fun to play with! Makes such a fun family art project too!  Encourage your artists to make a small skit featuring the robot marionette and let their creativity shine!

Do you enjoy art or craft projects as a family? Family art can be a fun family time to create together and contribute to a finished masterpiece! Our Valentine family art project is really flexible and allows for so many variations. The best part is having fun together!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Decorations (paint, markers, colored paper, tape, yarn, etc.)

Create it!

Step 1: Cut hearts from cardboard in various sizes. For example, a family of 5 may choose to each decorate a heart or work together on multiple hearts.

Step 2: Decorate hearts using materials of choice. Include a wide variety of possibilities!

Step 3: Glue hearts together in descending size order.

String can be stapled to each side of the back of the heart to hang as decoration for Valentine's day!