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With the holidays coming up I’m sure you must be like me, trying to find ways to cut corners and save a little extra for the expected and unexpected splurges that lie ahead.
My children love doing crafts so you will find random things from around the house, frugally salvaged to use in projects, stashed away safely in the supplies drawers.
Things like packing peanuts, toothpaste containers, the backs off used notepads and even toilet paper rolls!
Thankful Turkey Toilet Paper Roll Craft
November is one of my favorite times of the year.
I love being able to find new ways to encourage our children to be grateful in the little things and give back or serve in areas/avenues we haven’t done so in earlier years.
This past week, Baby Girl and I made a Thankful Turkey for our family.
Mr Turkey is ever so easy to make with the kids and I love that his tail feathers are made using the child’s hand outline, thereby making him a sweet craft to save over the years.
1 toilet paper roll
2 googly/wiggly eyes
Construction paper- brown, orange, red, yellow- 1 sheet of each color
A pair of scissors
A pencil (not pictured in the photograph)
Craft sticks and a marker (also not pictured. A certain little being took off with a few supplies!)
Optional: the back of an old notepad
1. Draw the outline of your child’s hand on the red, orange and yellow sheets. Do two of each color, cut the outlines and set to the side.
For younger children, just draw one outline, fold the sheets and use that as a template to cut the rest.
2. Now cut a strip of brown paper, enough in size to wrap around the toilet paper roll
and to tuck in on either side.
Ensure you glue the paper on well.
3. Now glue the eyes on.
4. Once this is done you can begin gluing the tail feathers onto the other side of the roll.
Layer each handprint, ensuring each one is glued on well.
5. Now you can either take the back of an old notepad (cut to size) or the remaining brown paper to create a platform for Mr. Turkey to stand on.
6. Complete the turkey by drawing, cutting out and gluing on an orange beak, a red snood and feet.
7. Finally, have your older child write out the names of family members and friends on the craft sticks, a name per stick. (You can do this for younger children who can’t write)
And pop these into the Thankful Turkey.
Different times during the day or during family prayer time each day, have each family member draw a stick, pray for the person named on that stick.
Such a simple yet wonderful way to remember the different people in our lives, with gratitude.
And that too with inexpensive materials, repurposed from around the house!
It doesn’t take much to make the most of the resources around us. All you need to do is think outside the box. What was once considered trash, can actually be made a sweet treasure, with a little creativity!
Another way you can help do your part is by purchasing smart.
With the holidays coming up I’m sure you will need batteries. Consider buying Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries. This is the world’s first AA battery made with 4% recycled batteries. This is also available in AAA, in all national retail stores.
Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ AA and AAA batteries are our highest performing, most responsible alkaline batteries; by using longer lasting and reliable batteries, consumers use fewer batteries, create less waste and have less impact on the planet
Our local Walmart had these in the battery center, right in front of the cash registers.