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We try to have a family craft night about once a month. This month, we raided a bin with interesting packing materials we'd been saving for just such an occasion!

Start with:

  • Thick Cardboard
  • Textured Cardboard
  • Colored Cardboard
  • Colored Cardstock
  • Pom Poms
  • Paper Straws
  • Assorted Odds and Ends
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Cut squares out of the thick cardboard. This will be the main building shape for each house.

Step 2: Cut triangle shapes for the roof from textured cardboard and glue to the thick cardboard.

Step 3: Add all the decorations!

To make this super easy for everyone, each family member had his or her own scissors. We shared glue and placed all of the decorating options in one central place for everyone to choose their favorites for each house.

 

Snow globes are such a fun and classic Christmas decoration! We made an upcycled version using some materials we found in our recycle bin. And, these fun decorations can be made totally wintery to keep up well into the new year!

Start with:

  • Round Cardboard Container (ours was a cheese box)
  • Cup Holder or Egg Carton (cut into shape for the base)
  • Thick Yarn
  • Cardboard
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

Create it!

Step 1: Paint the inside of the round carton. Allow to dry.

Step 2: Paint the base and allow to dry.

Step 3: Glue yarn to the bottom of the round carton. 

Step 4: Create a tree, snowman or other wintery or Christmas scene from cardboard.

Step 5: Glue scene into round carton.

Step 6: Glue the round carton onto the base.

Christmas music in the background and maybe some apple cider warming on the stove - this is a fun upcycle craft for playdates or even as a family craft night!

We've got one last Thanksgiving craft for you - a turkey hat! It's made from cardboard and we used a variety of painting techniques for the feathers.

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Pom Poms
  • Cardstock 
  • Plastic knife
  • Plastic Lid
  • Stapler

Create it!

Step 1: Cut two cardboard circles, one for head and one for body. Glue together.

Step 2: Cut two eyes from cardstock. Glue to turkey head and add a pom pom in the center of each one.

Step 3: From cardboard or cardstock, cut a beak and wattle and glue to the turkey face.

Step 4: Cut a large half circle and two smaller half circles. To each half circle, add dots of paint to the outer edge. Scrape downward with plastic knife. Allow to dry.

Step 5: Dip plastic lid in paint and use to decorate the wings, tail feathers and turkey body. Allow to dry. 

Step 6: Create a band from cardboard, size to fit and secure with stapler. Glue turkey head and body to cardboard band.

Step 7: Cut a notch in the center of each of the wings. Cut two notches in the tail feather piece so it sits across the cardboard band.

Step 8: Place the wings and tail feather on the cardboard band.

A fun addition to Thanksgiving! 

We like to use recycled materials as much as we can and we keep a bin on hand with several different sizes and shapes of plastic lids. For these turkeys, we used recycled lids in autumn colors!

Start with:

  • Recycled plastic lids
  • Colored paper and cardboard in a variety of colors
  • Paper bag
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Single hole punch
  • 1 inch hole punch

Create it!

Step 1: Cut triangle from the paper bag and snip off the top point. Fold back and forth like a fan.

Step 2: Cut a piece of colored paper or cardboard (we used a painted paper plate from our scrap bin) and glue to the top of the folded paper bag piece to create feathers.

Step 3: Cut or use a 1 inch hole punch from textured cardboard. Add eyes from single hole paper punch and a triangle beak.

Step 4: Glue the plastic lid to the feathers.

Step 5: Glue the head to the plastic lid. 

We had several lids that we thought worked for turkey bodies so made our own little flock!