Here are some fun, new Thanksgiving crafts from Family Fun:
Display this clever gizmo in a prominent spot, appoint an official clock turner, and your crowd will always know the answer to Thanksgiving Day's most-asked question.
3 paper plates
Packing peanuts for carrots
Tissue paper for peas
Plastic fork and knife
Time needed: About 1 Hour
1. For a custom clock, have your kids hunt down the perfect household items for making faux food that reflects your feast's menu. We used cardboard for turkey slices, trimmed and painted packing peanuts for carrots, and wadded tissue paper for peas. The cutout square from our clock's window made a perfect butter pat to top our cotton-ball mashed potatoes. Once you have the food assembled, create the clock: With a ruler and pencil, determine the exact center point of three paper plates, then use a nail to poke a hole at the center point of each.
2. Cut the rim off one plate and, with a permanent marker, write numbers as shown, 1 inch from the circle's edge. (We wrote on the plate's white underside for better readability and used half-hour increments from 1/2 to 6.) Glue the circle onto one of the other plates.
3. Cut a square window in the remaining plate (size it to be a bit bigger than the numbers), then use the marker to write "When do we eat?" above the window and "Hours to go" under it.
Step 4 - Count It Down 4. Stack the plates and secure them with a paper fastener through their center holes, leaving it a bit loose so that the plates can rotate.
5. Use tacky glue to affix a plastic fork and knife and the faux food of your choice.
Create a flock of these bright votive holders: they're a great project for kids and, filled with battery-operated tea lights, a luminous addition to your table.
1 1/4-inch wooden doll head (available at craft stores)
Small glass bubble votive holder (ours is 4 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches high)
Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours
1. Apply a dab of hot glue from a glue gun to the wooden doll head. Then adhere the head to the votive holder.
2. Brush Mod Podge over the head and body, then cover them with overlapping tissue paper scraps. Apply another Mod Podge layer and let it dry for at least 45 minutes.
Step 3 - Glowbird 3. To make the tail feathers, cut 9- by 2-inch strips of tissue paper, bend each in half without creasing it, then twist the ends together. Use a dollop of tacky glue to attach each feather to the body.
Step 4 - Glowbird 4. Cut a beak from a double layer of yellow tissue and affix it with tacky glue. Add two beads for eyes. Cut a long oval of red tissue, twist one end, and affix it as a wattle. Allow the turkey to dry.
This is one turkey that won't get eaten this Thanksgiving. Your kids can make a flock to decorate the dinner table -- or for all the kid guests to take home as favors.
Yellow and red felt
Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. For each turkey, cut out a yellow beak and a red wattle from felt. Then glue the beak, wattle, and a pair of googly eyes onto a pom-pom to create the turkey's head.
2. Glue the pom-pom head to the tip of a pinecone. Allow the glue to dry.
3. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle of the turkey's cone body, starting from the top and twisting it together a few times on the underside. Separate the ends of the pipe cleaner (below the twists) and bend each tip into a 3-toed foot.
4. For the turkey's tail, individually wrap 3 or 4 pipe cleaners around the back of the pinecone, starting from the underside and twisting them together a few times on the top of the pinecone to secure them. Then loop both ends of each pipe cleaner to shape tail feathers.