When I first started crafting with my kids, I thought that I had needed to have an art supply closet filled with fancy craft materials. I assumed they needed tons of things like beads, glitter, felt and fabric to be creative. I soon found out, that for most kids – less is more.
Most kids don’t really need that much assortment, they care about how much fun they can have making their masterpiece. They care about how messy they can get without upsetting mom. They care about how many things they can glue together before their hands get stuck to the table.
When presented with a large amount of craft materials, kids can get overwhelmed. I noticed that when I supply my kids with a few materials they are at their most creative.
That was when I started looking into what we could recycle for crafts. Before long I had bins of their preferred art materials. Toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, egg cartons, cardboard boxes, empty food containers – the list goes on.
When it comes to crafting, I learned to keep it simple. All kids have incredible imaginations and they don’t need fancy art supplies to express themselves. Lately, we have spent our time making recycled rhinos, Minion piggy banks and toilet paper tube boats.
For Thanksgiving we worked on these turkeys using cardboard egg cartons, they were simple to make and didn’t require a trip to the craft store to complete 🙂
DIY TURKEY CRAFT FROM EGG CARTONS
Body: With a scissor cut egg carton section from front to back. Trim front to create a flat area where the felt beak will be glued. Paint egg carton section brown. Once dry, paint two white circles for eyes. When eyes are dry, use a black pen to draw on pupils.
Face: Cut out triangle shapes from orange or yellow felt. Cut out a tear drop shape from red or pink felt. Glue the gobble to the point of the triangle. Let dry. Glue beak and gobble to the turkeys face.
Feathers: Glue yellow, orange or red feathers to the sides of the egg cartons. Cut out feather shapes from paper. Have your kids write on each feather what they are thankful for this year.
Want more Thanksgiving crafts?
- Kids Craft: Coffee Filter Turkey Craft
- Kids Craft: Turkey Canisters
- Kids Craft: Turkey Window Decorations