Kids Crafts: Thanksgiving Turkey Napkin & Place Holder

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)

Yes, we have more turkey’s!  Can there really be too many turkey’s this time of year! We think not :D  So, when Grandma and Wayne were in town AGAIN this last weekend, Soph and Grandma made more turkey ‘stuff’…these napkin/place holders to be exact!

The kids are with their dad this year for Thanksgiving so I won’t be hosting, BUT, if I were, these would be on the table for sure…we’ll save ‘em for next year!

Anyway, if want to jazz up your Thanksgiving table with some handmade fun from the whole family, here’s how we make ‘em:

Supplies Needed:
Toilet paper rolls, Construction paper (brown, red and orange), Black Marker, Glue Stick, Scissors, Colorful Napkins

Step 1: Cut-out Your Turkey Body
Take a fourth of a piece of brown construction paper and fold it in half.  Then draw a half of  a turkey body outline to cut out (see pic).

Step 2: Cut out Your Turkey’s Waddle
Next, take your red paper and draw a turkey waddle on it to cut-out. You can make it however large or small you want, you can see the one Soph drew in the pic.

Step 3: Cut out your Turkey Beak
Take your orange paper (or yellow) and cut out a beak shape. You can pre-draw it if you’d like–we did not.

Step 4: Glue the Turkey Parts on the Body
Get out your glue stick and glue on the turkey’s waddle and beak. Glue the waddle on first and then the beak over it.

Step 5: Draw the Turkey’s Eyes, Feather’s etc…
With the back marker, give your turkey some eyes and chest feathers. Leave room under the chest feathers for your guest’s names. You can give him wings, too…Grandma and Sophie did not. I guess they thought they might fly away :D

Step 6: Write your Guest’s Name on the Turkey
Write one of your guest’s names on each turkey body, under the chest feathers.

Step 7: Cut your Toilet Paper Roll in Half
Take one of your toilet paper rolls and cut it in half. If you use a paper towel roll instead, thirds should work.

Step 8: Glue your Turkey Body to the Toilet Paper Roll
Time to get out the glue stick again and glue your finished turkey body to the toilet paper roll. Line the bottom edge of the turkey body up with the bottom edge of the toilet paper roll. Make sure that the flat end of the toilet paper roll is at the base of your turkey so he sits straight.

Step 9: Fold Your Napkin
To prep your turkey’s tail feathers, take one of your napkins and unfold it once (not all the way, just one fold, so it’s long, but folded in half).  Then take the napkin from the long side and fold it like an accordian (see pic).

Step 10: Stuff Your Napkin in the Back
Once you’ve got your napkin completely folded, bend it in half like a fan and insert it into the hole in the toilet paper roll.

And there you are, a super cute napkin holder AND place marker.  Plus, if you have the kids do it, it’ll keep ‘em busy while you’re in the kitchen–unless you want them in the kitchen, but that’s a different post!

Happy Family Thanksgiving Crafting!

4 Comments For This Post

  1. Aubrey @ Real Housemoms Says:

    These are adorable and they totally look like something I could handle. :)

  2. the Mom Says:

    Thanks! They are super easy and cute :D

  3. Theresa Says:

    Hi, I saw your post on Fabulus Fridays! My kids would love to make this! I’m finding so many new ideas to keep them busy this week! Thanks for sharing, Theresa

  4. the Mom Says:

    So glad you stopped by! We’d love it if you’d share pics of your kids creative endeavors over the week…share it here or over at facebook so we can show off their work :D

    Have a great Thanksgiving week!

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