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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A fun Thanksgiving craft: turkey-drumstick hats

If your kids are anything like ours, the idea of a day centered around eating and talking is a yawner. So we spice up our Thanksgiving with some kid-friendly activities. We make and decorate gingerbread houses (that was our new tradition as of last year) and also do some kind of Thanksgiving crafty thing. This year we're going to have everyone at the table make and wear turkey-drumstick hats. Classic!! Just warning the guests in advance... heh heh.


I got the instructions from Family Fun magazine and we had a ball doing a couple of practice hats today. These turkey heads are hilarious! You can make them too, with stuff you have sitting around the house. Here's what you do: Grab some big brown grocery bags, white paper napkins, small brown lunchbags (we didn't actually have any of these lying around, but we did have plenty of "art projects" the girls brought home from preschool, so I ruthlessly peeled off faces and stickers and reused the priceless art), tape, scissors, stapler, and scrap paper.

For the headband, cut a 5" wide strip from a grocery bag and fold it in thirds lengthwise. Wrap it around your head to see how big you need it, cut off the excess, and use tape or staples to secure.

To make each drumstick, trim a lunch bag so it's about 7" long. DSC_8700LRs

Fold the bag around your fist and kind of scrunch it into shape, then stuff it half full with balled-up scrap paper.

To make each bone, unfold two white paper napkins and crumple one napkin into a ball. Drape the second napkin over the ball and twist it to form the narrow part of the bone. Insert this end into the stuffed bag. Twist and tape the two parts to secure them.
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Staple the legs to the headband and use tape to cover any staple ends inside the band. DSC_8705LRs

If you can get your sibling or a relative to wear one too, bonus! You're not laughing at them, you're laughing with them, right?

I'll post later with a picture of the whole table wearing their drumstick hats. Hee! And if anyone makes these (or any other nifty fall crafts), please leave a link in the comments or email me a picture. We'd love to see what other crazy folks are doing during turkey day. Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Okay. That's hilarious. I can only imagine it will be even funnier with an entire table full of peeps in their turkey-banded finery.
    I'll definitely be looking for more pics :)
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful crew!

  2. Anonymous11/25/2009

    Oh my. I hope your heads don't fall into your plates of food.

    Psst: you can only center ON something, not around it.

  3. Anonymous11/25/2009

    And you are coming to my house and expect the cook to make and then wear these! Oh and then be in pictures! *grin*

    Wishing all families a very Happy Thanksgiving

  4. Lol At Wela's Comment

  5. Oh that is too funny!!! I really like the idea of doing a gingerbread house every year!

  6. Hahaha - thanks for the laugh - those are soooo darn cute! Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Awesome! Love them. =)

  8. OK, it's decided. I want to BE one of your kids. They are having just too much fun (and I want some!)


    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  9. Anonymous11/25/2009

    I just have one request - a picture of cute Uncle Bobby in that hat. That would make my Thanksgiving.

  10. OK that is so funny! Emma is going to be wearing a Turkey hat which is very cute.
    I have one cute treat perfect for the girls for Thanksgiving: Pumpkin Cheetos! If they like Cheetos they will love these. Check my site for the photo. I bought the Cheetos at Safeway. Emma and I will be doing some tomorrow for her cousins.

  11. Anon: Ha!!! I have sent an email to my brother and will see what we can do.

    Mexican chopsticks: Oh man, Pumpkin Cheetos sound right up our alley! Can not wait to see the picture tomorrow!

  12. OKAY!! Now this is one CUTE craft!! I haven't been checking into many blogs since FB came to my life. I decided to check in, & I found a heck of a lot of cuteness!

    Happy Thanksgiving!! I'm looking forward to checking in & seeing everyone wearing their hats.

  13. Kristina11/26/2009

    Happy Thanksgiving Salsa Family!!! Can't wait to see the pics of eveyone wearing their drumsticks!!!

  14. Made those adorable turkey drumstick headbands with my son's first grade class at their party yesterday. Didn't have enough grocery bags sitting around, so we used a cut up piece of posterboard. When my 3 year old put hers on and wore it down my her big sister's 4th grade party, the teacher and mom leading the party burst into such hysterics that the party came to a stand still. They are priceless!

  15. we made these!! thanks for the idea.

    pictures on my blog post: http://shaggabear.blogspot.com/2009/11/sarahs-first-thanksgiving.html

  16. last year we started gingerbread houses as a tradition too ... our masterpeices will be posted soon on Carmelle's site, but where are your pics???

  17. Anonymous11/27/2009

    Thanks for the idea...love it !!! So Cute !!! ( warms a heart to know a mommy is spending such quality time with her babies and making it so much fun (on such a busy day). You arw wonderful M3!!!!

  18. So cute!! Heh....looking forward to seeing the after pics!

  19. The single greatest Thanksgiving craft ever. I have tears rolling down my cheeks from laughter. I can't wait until next year when we make these for our family!

    And to quote my 2 year old, "Appy Panksgibbing ebry-one."

    Best, Indiana Lori

  20. Love your new blog look for the fall! Your girls are so photogenic it's so much fun seeing what your family is up too.

  21. Those are hilarious! I'll have to remember that for next year!

  22. The hats are so cute....what a great Turkey Day project:)

    Can't wait to see your entire family wearing them while at the table. A Thanksgiving to remember for sure:)

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday......I am officially back from my bloggy break and it seems as though I have a lot of reading to do......you all have been busy!!


  23. Hilarious and dang cute. We couldn't resist adding that to our Thanksgiving day activities. Thanks for sharing.

  24. I know this is a bit of a belated comment, but we made Oreo Turkey Cookies.


  25. I made one of these for my lil' bro to rock at our Thanksgiving table and it turned out great! I'm posting a link to you on my blog. Thanks so much!!