In my family, it seems like Thanksgiving is all about the food, which is fine, but shouldn’t it also be about reflecting on what we are thankful for? Well, this November, I’m sending out homemade Thanksgiving greeting cards to all of my closet friends and family members letting them know how grateful I am that they’re in my life. These handmade Thanksgiving cards feature a vibrant abstract turkey simple enough to be constructed by grown-ups and kids alike. And these turkey cards are a fantastic classroom craft or a fun and festive after school activity. You can also gather the children around after Thanksgiving dinner to participate in this terrific turkey project.
To make these adorable handcrafted turkey cards, purchase several sheets of 8 1/2 by 11 brown cardstock paper from your local craft or scrapbooking shop. While at the store, also pick up an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of beige cardstock as well as some all purpose glue. You will need to locate a rubber stamp that says “give thanks” or something similar and a black stamp pad too. Then, buy a bag of small colorful wooden sticks and some tiny buttons. You may be able to find them at a dollar store. In fact, I just recently purchased a bag of 50 sticks for just a buck!
Now, cut the brown cardstock in half to make two smaller cards. Arrange five to six of the small colorful wooden sticks slightly apart from one another on the card. When the sticks are positioned properly, carefully glue them onto the cardstock paper. I use an all purpose glue made by 3M that works great on wood, paper, plastic and fabric. I paid around $5 for a bottle many years ago at a scrapbooking store and haven’t even put a dent in it.
Once you have attached the vivid wooden feathers, cut an oval shape from the lighter beige cardstock. Glue the turkey face under the feathers and then apply the buttons with the 3M glue as the eyes and the beak. If you are super creative, instead of wood sticks, consider using colorful silk ribbon folded into loops and glued to the card for a fanciful three dimensional affect. And you can also substitute rhinestones and sequins for the facial features. I actually used a fall leave button for a cute turkey beak on my cards.
Underneath your darling turkeys, you can print or use a stamp to express several different sentiments. And, if you host Thanksgiving Day at your home, why not utilize these cute cards as a dinner invitation. I used a rub on application on my card that says simply: “comfort food,” but you can print just about any verbiage from your computer. Then, on the inside of your homemade turkey card, you can state all the pertinent information.