I first saw these cuties a while back in a magazine. I of course can’t remember which one, but I wanted to give credit where credit is due so I did a search for them and came up with none other than Family Fun! For some reason I think it was a different magazine, but since this is the first thing that came up here is their tutorial.
What you will need:
- Small Bubble Votive Holders
- Wooden Doll Heads
- Itty Bitty Black Beads
- Hot Glue Gun
- Mod Podge
- Tissue Paper
- Tacky Glue
- Flameless Tea Lights
- And if you are more patient than me, time to wait for your little ones to get home from school to help!
As I mentioned before this is a very family friendly craft. I however, am very impatient and wanted to make a few of these up before my kids got home from school. (I decided I would only finish 2 of them and leave the other 2 for the girls to do later.)
First things first:
Cut your tissue paper into small scrap pieces.
I did the next steps a tiny bit different than the tut. You do what works best for you.
Brush Mod Podge all over the votive holder then apply your tissue paper scraps in an overlapping manner. Then apply Mod Podge and tissue paper to your doll head. Next attach your doll head to the votive holder with a dab of hot glue. Hold the head on the votive holder for about 10-15 seconds to make sure the glue is good and dry before moving on. When your sure your head is stuck, reapply Mod Podge over your entire Turkey and head. Let dry for at least 45 min. Here is what they look like in the drying process.
While your bodies are drying you can begin to cut tissue paper for the tail feathers, beak, and wattle. The Tutorial says to measure 9x2 inch strips of tissue paper. I’m not one to measure so I’m not sure my exact dimensions. (It just adds my own personal flair right?) When you have your strips, fold them in half one at a time over your index finger. (be careful not to crease the fold) Twist the open ends together, set aside and continue with how many tail feather you would like. My feathers were kind of big (remember I didn’t measure) so I only used 3 per turkey. Cut a triangle on the fold for a beak, and a long oval with 1 twisted end for the wattle. When your Turkey bodies dry you can begin to assemble the parts. using small dabs of tacky glue attach the beads to the head for eyes. Again using tacky glue apply the beak and wattle. This part gets a little tedious, I used tweezers and a toothpick to help me out. Next apply the tail feathers to the back with tacky glue. And finally add your flameless tea light. Make sure you don’t use real candles due to the tissue paper sticking up in the back. You want to set your turkeys aglow not on fire!
There you have it an adorable Thanksgiving Craft that is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face when they see it in your home!
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