Paper Crafts: Paper Mache Thanksgiving Center Piece

When holidays come around, I am in a big mood to craft.  Late one night last week the girls and I started a paper mache turkey.

We found a unused balloon from one of our many birthdays.

We grabbed some newspaper ads and made a mache mixture (1part flour 2parts water).

We cut strips of paper, dipped in the mache and loaded them evenly around the balloon.

Ok Remember I said it was late and I was tired.

Well we didn’t have any brown paint and for the life of me I couldn’t remember to get or couldn’t find brown paint when I went shopping.  So a couple days later after the balloon was good and dry we did something different.  We used brown construction paper with more mache.

Once that was complete and dry I had the girls cut out various (fall colored) strips for feathers, torso, beak and a waddle.
We used some left over wiggle eyes from previous projects and lots of elmer’s glue.

We glued “feathers” on the side and behind.  We glued the face and torso on the body (with some manipulation) and viola….

A Thanksgiving piece that can be used year round and the kids will remember having fun making it with you.

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Hi There, I'm Anjanette aka. @MommaYoung. I'm Married to my best friend and Mom to six wonderful kiddos, our house is nothing short of exciting.. I keep toddlers entertained, craft recipes, run kids around town, keep my house clean (I'm so fibbing) and blog at

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