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Monday, November 22, 2010

Friday Thrills

So, I don't usually have my nieces on Fridays, but I did last week. We decided to have a crafty day and turned it into craft central at my house. First we finger painted. Whew! What a job that was. The girls had on these cute little smocks and *N* & *J* painted their little hearts out. *B* did like half a picture with a paint brush and she was done. That chick does NOT like paint on her hands. Ah, the attention span of a two-year-old. :) Then we made fun little "canned" Turkey dishes. Instructions for making those are listed below the picture.

To make one of these little guys you will need:
  • 1 soup or vegetable can (these used to hold green beans) (Make sure it has been washed out with soup and warm water first and allowed to completely dry)
  • 1 4 1/4"x 91/4"strip of brown cardstock
  • 1 4"x4"strip of orange cardstock
  • 2 Googely eyes
  • 1 4 1/4"x 2 3/4" strip brown cardstock
  • 4 or 5 fake fall leaves (I got them at the dollar store)
  • Elmer's Glue
  • Hot Glue
Click here to get the pattern for the head, wings, feet, and beak. Remember to cut 2 of the feet and wings.

First take your strip of 4 1/4"x 9 1/4" brown cardstock and wrap it around the can. Adhere to can with hot glue.

Cut a beak and two feet out of the orange cardstock, and two wings and a head out of the brown cardstock. Stick glue on the back and let your little kiddos stick them where they please. (I generally told them to put the head on the opposite side of the can from the paper seam.) Hold the parts in place for a minute or two while the glue dries. Otherwise they will fall off.

**To give the wings a dimensional look, fold back the tab and glue only the tab to the can and leave the rest of the wing free.

Glue the beak and eyes to the head after the head is attached to the can.

Once they head, wings, and feet are dried, let them pick out the leaves they want and have them point out where they want them. Use the hot glue to adhere them. They are too heavy for Elmer's glue.

And VOILA!! You've got a sweet little candy dish for your kids to enjoy on Thanksgiving.

Be sure to leave comments on the project. Feedback is always appreciated!

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