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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Coffee Filter Turkeys

Melissa Griffiths
Hobby Farms Guest Blogger

Kids Craft: Coffee Filter Turkeys - Photo by Melissa Griffiths (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Melissa Griffiths/Bless This Mess

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we couldn't be more excited at our house. Thanksgiving is certainly not a holiday to be skipped over! We always enjoy a gigantic dinner with extended family and friends. One of the best parts of the meal is the craft and activities that we plan for the kids to enjoy while the finishing touches are put on dinner and the adults catch up with one another.

The kids love having something to keep their hands busy before dinner and the aunties love having something to keep little fingers out of their pies before dinner is served. It's a win-win situation for everyone.

This year we are going to be making some adorable, easy and inexpensive coffee-filter turkeys. These easy turkeys are made with a simple (and cheap!) coffee filter that is painted with watercolor paints. Even the youngest kids can use watercolor paints and the cleanup is a breeze because it all just wipes up.

Kids Craft: Coffee Filter Turkeys - Photo by Melissa Griffiths (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Melissa Griffiths/Bless This Mess

Materials You Need:

  • coffee filters
  • watercolor paints
  • paint brushes
  • water cups and water
  • glue (hot glue if you are in a hurry and have adults around to help)
  • jumbo craft sticks
  • google eyes
  • colored construction paper for beak and gobble

Start the Turkey Making
Let the kids paint the coffee filters as they please. You can paint them folded in half or paint the whole thing and fold it later. It's up to you!

Kids Craft: Coffee Filter Turkeys - Photo by Melissa Griffiths (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Melissa Griffiths/Bless This Mess

Fold the coffee filter in half and glue a jumbo craft stick in the center of the painted coffee filter, extending about halfway up the coffee filter. Cut a gobble and beak out of construction paper. Add them and the google eyes to the stick, and you’re done. If you don't want to cut the beak and gobble out paper you can simply draw them on with a marker or pen. Easy!

Note: If the kids get really crazy with the water it will take a while for the coffee filters to dry enough to glue things to.  When really wet, they don't stand up nicely either. You might want to consider using three or four coffee filters stacked together for younger kids because they will absorb extra water better.

Have a great Thanksgiving and happy crafting to you and the kids in your life!

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About Melissa Griffiths
Melissa is a photographer, recipe developer, hobby farmer, food blogger, momma and general lover of all things delicious. She joins at The Craft Hub each month with a new kid-inspired craft that’s fun for the whole family. In the meantime, keep in touch on her blog Bless this Mess.

 

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Aww those are adorable, I can't wait to make them with my son one day! Maybe next Thanksgiving :)
Michelle, Saint Clair, MI
Posted: 2/5/2014 5:36:53 PM
Sounds like fun.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 12/21/2013 11:24:45 PM
What a good idea!
Katie, Bangor, CA
Posted: 11/20/2013 8:29:39 AM
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