“I am thankful for my family; I am thankful for my children (although they’re little turkeys); I am thankful!” Do you ever have moments like this, where you have to say it until you believe it? When I sat down to write this post, my daughter was watching a show, and my son was coloring away in his Bible coloring book! This seems like the perfect time to write a thankful craft post for autumn, right? I kid you not; the moment my finger hit the keys, all chaos broke loose! My should-be-potty-trained three year old climbed onto the shelves under our tall kitchen table, pushing a mountain of books onto the floor. A moment later, my nose realized why! 🙁 Apparently, she thought that under the table would be a good place to poop it up! My son is not impressed, and is now yelling at his sister, who has decided to run off and hide, so now I have to hunt down the poopy child and deal with that!
Okay! Everyone is settled (and poop-free) again, and I am back to write my post! Honestly, I can’t even remember what I was going to write, so I’m truly starting over! After my original thoughts were derailed, I’m left really having to focus on what I’m thankful for, but I suppose that’s the point, isn’t it? That we focus on having a heart of gratitude, and thankful thoughts? Yeah! That’s it! I did it; that’s my post, folks! So, here’s to being thankful in spite of life’s frustrations, let’s shout it out loud if that’s what it takes! I guarantee it’s better than other things we could shout about – LOL!
All joking aside, I really am thankful for my family, I am unbelievably thankful for my husband, who works so hard to provide for our family in so many ways, I am thankful for my beautiful children -they truly are gifts from God- and I am thankful for my caring parents and siblings; God has blessed me so much through them all!
Now that I’ve calmed down a bit, I can circle back to what I originally sat down to write about! The kids and I hung up our “Thankful Turkeys” last night, and they were super excited to help me! We actually made them last year, and I even made one into a hair bow for my little lady (I think doing her hair is one of my greatest parenting joys)! The possibility for these DIY turkeys is limitless, so scroll along and we’ll show you the basics on how we made them and some of the fun ways we put them to use!
For this project, you will need:
Black felt, orange felt
Small googly eyes (Like these ones from Craft Project Ideas!)
Red, orange, and/or yellow fake flowers,
Clothespin or hair clip (depending on whether you are making a bow or a garland!)
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Cut turkey bodies out of black felt (about the size and shape of a Nutter Butter cookie!), then cut little triangles out of the orange felt for beaks. Glue the beaks and the eyes to the turkeys’ bodies to make faces.
Now, disassemble the flower petals and fold them in half. Layer a couple of different colors together to make the feathers.
Glue a turkey into the center of the flower feathers and repeat until you have as many little turkeys as you desire!
For a hair bow, simply glue a turkey onto a hair clip and let dry!
For garland, glue onto clothespins and clip to twine or ribbon (We also wrote on little wood slices and added them to our garland)!
Have fun, make it your own, and remember to be thankful, because thankfulness enables us to put our troubles in their place, and to focus on how much good we really have in our lives!
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