I can’t wait to try this Thanksgiving project for the kids that I found on the Disney family fun website. This website is oozing with fun thanksgiving projects for kids of pretty much every age. The “glow bird” as they call it on that site is something my 8th and 10th graders are excited to do just as much as my smaller group, so you can’t go wrong with this kids project that will light up your Thanksgiving table more than just once, if you make more than one that is!
Wooden doll head measuring 1 ¼ inch from the craft store
Glass bubble votive holder (small)
Glue gun with sticks
Tissue paper- orange and red colors
1. With a hot glue gun, apply a small dab of glue to the small bubble votive holder. Then, adhere the wooden doll head to that spot. This is your turkey’s head.
2. Next, brush mod podge over the entire votive holder. Be sure to include the head. Cover this whole area with overlapped tissue paper scraps. Then apply another coat of the Mod Podge and allow to dry.
3. For the feathers that make up the tail, cut 9 by 2 inch pieces of tissue paper, and bend these in half without putting a crease in them.
4. Tacky glue a beak on the doll head by doubling up on some yellow tissue paper cut into a diamond and folded in half.
5. Add two wiggle eyes
6. Cut a red oval shape out of doubled tissue paper for a wattle and glue next to the yellow beak.
Allow the entire project to dry for a couple of hours, then add your votive candle and light it up! There you have a fun project and a cute Thanksgiving table addition all in one!
With our large family, we’ll have a few “glow bird” turkeys staggered across the Thanksgiving dinner table on Thanksgiving day to add a bit of childlike warmth to Thanksgiving dinner. Not only will it look great, but the kids will get a kick out of the fact that they helped to make the Thanksgiving dinner table look spectacular!