I just wanted to make something easy and fun this week, something I could construct while I listened to Spotify and turned off my brain. You probably know that November isn’t my favorite month of the year, and my head is on cruise control until we pass Madeline’s birthday on the 11th. Still, I find crafting to be relaxing, so I thought I’d channel my inner elementary school kid and make some clothespin turkeys.
Decorative paper (cardstock/scrapbook paper is best)
Paint (I used metallic finish paint for the bodies, plus yellow and red)
I started by painting several clothespins with metallic-finish paint, then set them aside.
While the clothespins dried, I traced several feathers onto my paper.
Even though I was looking for an easy, zen activity, I really regretted picking a feather pattern that was so detailed. They were a PAIN to cut out! But at least they look good.
I then glued several feathers onto the inside of the clothespin.
Once the feathers were glued on and dry, it was time to add the face.
First I added the beak onto the clothespin…
Then I added the…red hangy-thingy.
I was going to leave them with just the beak and hangy-thing, but Annabel told me the turkeys looked weird without eyes. So I grabbed a sharpie and drew a couple on. She was right, they looked better with eyes.
Annabel wants to make some turkeys to give to her friends, so we’ll do that soon. I will use a much simpler feather pattern for her!
They are a cute bit of Thanksgiving cheer in our house right now – we definitely need it.
Gobble, gobble, have fun!
That was supposed to be Hangy Thingies.
These are cute, but I think the feathers are too ambitious for me, too!
Birthdays are such a reminder of all we are missing… As though we needed a reminder. Thinking of you and Maddie as her day approaches. xo
You could easily tuck in a piece of paper in the feathers to create place cards!
I cannot believe you cut those feathers out, I would have closed up shop at that point!!
Red hangy thingy! You crack me up!
Those turkeys are adorable. Wishing you peace and love this November, especially on Maddie’s birthday.
Debbie B. says:
Thinking of Maddie and your family a lot this month.
This is a great little activity – thanks for sharing! Red hangy thingy – haha. My kindergartner informed me that her teacher calls it a turkey gobble so that’s what we’re going with here.
It’s called a wattle, right?
I bet Annie would like it if you got some little googly eyes to put on the ones she makes. Actually, I’m sure you already have those, as crafty as you are!