Have no fear. Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away, but you still have time to whip up the perfect centerpiece or hostess gift (make it to the end of today's post and discover at least one more fun way you can use the idea being featured today).
Stuff one brown grocery bag with crumpled newspaper (notice my use of yet another brown bag!). Set stuffed bag aside.
Using one package of brown tissue paper, cut into long strips. My package contained ten sheets of paper. I doubled my sheets and then cut them into three smaller strips for a total of 15 strips (10 sheets/by 2 per fold x 3 strips per fold = 15 strips). Holding strips horizontally make 1.5 -2 inch cuts along the full length of each strip. Set aside.
Sketch a turkey head onto orange foam or card stock. Double the foam or card stock, so you have two cutouts (a front and a back). Using a google eye or markers, place eyes on the turkeys head.
Assure the head stands up straight by inserting a dowel or stick between the two sides of the head. Hot glue two sides together.
Insert dowel into the brown bag.
Running the full length of the brown bag, glue strips of tissue paper to the brown paper bag. I used hot glue, because it is faster. If doing with kids Elmer's Glue will work fine.
Slightly overlap strips on top of one another. Repeat on both sides.
Affix strips to top of the bag, carefully working around the turkey's head. Once the sides and top are covered, you should have used 13-15 strips of brown tissue paper.
So far so good.
Cut feathers from fall colored construction paper. I used red, orange, and yellow. Fold bottom about about an inch and add glue.
Attach feather to the turkey's back. Hold in place while glue dries.
Pieces of feathers might need to be glued to one another in order to assure they don't flop to one side or another.
Voila! The turkey is done!
Yes, it would make a cute centerpiece. Yes, it would be super cute "stuffed" with a small house warming gift for your hostess (maybe dish towels or potpourri). But... it could also make a super cute pinata for the kids to break after dinner is over.
Gobble any other ideas?
Signing off until tomorrow...