postheadericon How to Create a Thanksgiving Place Card Holder

A turkey place card holder is a cute and handy item for the Thanksgiving table, to help guide the family and other guests to their seats. It’s a simple enough craft for children to make so that they can feel a part of the festive preparations too.

Steps

How to Create a Thanksgiving Place Card Holder

1 Assemble the items needed to complete this project. These are listed below under “Things You’ll Need”. The items can be sourced from craft stores or craft sections in department stores. In addition, you’ll need to decide on the colors of the foam paper you’ll use for the wings, tail feathers and feet. You can be really creative and use crazy colors or stay traditional and use typical browns, oranges and reds. 2 Make the various body parts of the turkey. Check the drawing for guidance to making each of the following pieces: Make the tail feathers. You’ll need five foam sheets. Trace around your index finger on each different colored sheet and cut out the resulting shapes.

How to Create a Thanksgiving Place Card Holder

Make the wings. Cut out two large triangles for the wings.

How to Create a Thanksgiving Place Card Holder

Make the feet. Cut two small triangles for the feet.

How to Create a Thanksgiving Place Card Holder
How to Create a Thanksgiving Place Card Holder

3 Make the beak. Cut a small triangle out of foam paper. Bend the beak down the middle to give it a realistic shape.

How to Create a Thanksgiving Place Card Holder

4 Turn the clay pot upside down. Place a small drop of glue onto each foot (the small triangles) and attach these to the bottom of the pot. The glue will be hot, even when using a low temperature glue gun, so use caution.

How to Create a Thanksgiving Place Card Holder

5 Put a small glue drop onto each tail feather (the index finger shapes). Place each feather evenly across the back of the clay pot, in a fanning-out pattern.

How to Create a Thanksgiving Place Card Holder

6 Glue a wing (the large triangles) to each side of the clay pot.

How to Create a Thanksgiving Place Card Holder

7 Choose a small foam ball from the package and paint it. Allow the ball to dry, then glue it to the top of the clay pot, making sure not to cover the hole of the pot. Glue wiggly eyes onto the head.

How to Create a Thanksgiving Place Card Holder

Attach the beak onto the head under the eyes.

How to Create a Thanksgiving Place Card Holder
How to Create a Thanksgiving Place Card Holder

8 Tie a knot into the end of a pipe cleaner. Take the untied end of the pipe cleaner and push it through the clay pot so that the knot stays under the pot.

How to Create a Thanksgiving Place Card Holder

9 Wrap the exposed end of the pipe cleaner around your finger to make it twist up behind the turkey’s head. Cut a strip of paper or use an index card and write the person’s name on it. Bend the pipe cleaner to hold paper.

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