Tuesday, November 10, 2009
For Family Home Evening last night we made "Thankful Turkeys". I got the idea from here. I loved her idea of a turkey you could use over and over, but I knew there was no way I would be able to do that project this year with a new baby, so I used her pattern as a starting place and made each family member his/her own turkey that could go in our scrapbook. I premade the turkeys after the kids were in bed Sunday night. I made 4 of them and it took maybe and hour or an hour and a half. Cutting out the feathers took the longest time. I traced a peanuts lid and cup overlapping to make the body and then used the Roots and Wings feather pattern for the "gobble" and tried to eyeball my own feather pattern in the size I needed by looking at the shape she used. I would have just used her pattern, but my printout of it was much smaller and I don't have a copier that I can enlarge it one, so I improvised. I got the pieces all glued onto the black cardstock and let them dry overnight (I just used elmer's glue because it was easy and I had tons of it). As we were leaving for school I showed the kids the turkeys and told them we would be writing things we were thankful for on them later ( I was hoping if I talked about it my daughter would start to understand, so she could come up with some things on her own). My daughter surprised me by immediately telling me she was thankful for lip gloss (you have no idea how much we go through lately!). Anyway, it really helped to talk about it through the day. By the time we got to Family Night, all they had to do was put the things they were thankful for on the feathers. My son was able to write his own and loved using a Sharpie. My daughter told me what to write and pointed to which color feather she wanted it written on.