Gobble, gobble! Thanksgiving is right around the corner which means it is time to take down the Halloween decorations and put up some fall decor. My kids added to the fall feeling in our house by making a colorful Turkey Suncatcher Craft. We hung them in the window, and when the sun light streams through, they really brighten up our home. These turkeys are simple to make with many items that you already have at home. You might also enjoy this Scrapbook Paper Thanksgiving Turkey Craft. Thanks to Imperial Sugar for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
We found the inspiration for these turkey suncatchers on Imperial Sugar’s Kid’s in the Kitchen section where you will find many Thanksgiving Craft Ideas. I was particularly impressed with the turkey suncatcher craft since the colored tissue paper creates such pretty see through patterns when added to wax paper with homemade decoupage glue. You'll also enjoy this Pipe Cleaner Turkey.. That's right, we made our own decoupage glue and it was super easy!
To make this turkey suncatcher craft, you will need:
- tissue paper (assorted colors)
- wax paper
- decoupage glue (recipe follows)
- paint brush
- construction paper
- black marker (to draw pupil in eye)
Recipe for homemade decoupage glue:
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 ½ cups water
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with a whisk until smooth.
Tear tissue paper into thin strips. This tearing makes this craft great for practicing fine motor skills. Little hand muscles really need to work to get the tissue paper into strips.
Tape a large piece of waxed paper onto a table and brush glue onto half of the waxed paper. This should be a thin layer of glue.
Place the tissue paper over the glue, overlapping until the surface is covered. As you lay down each piece, smooth it, so it lies flat.
Brush a thin layer of glue over the tissue paper.
Fold the other half of the waxed paper over the tissue and flatten until the surface becomes smooth and free of air bubbles.
Let dry overnight, then fold in half again. Draw an outline of turkey feathers along the seam. You only need to draw half of the feathers since the rest will be revealed when you cut and then unfold the wax paper.
Cut around the feather outline and open to reveal the turkey feathers. Using various colors of construction paper, cut out a turkey body, beak, eyes and wattle. Assemble the turkey body and glue onto the wax paper turkey feathers to complete your look.
Hang in the window and enjoy the pretty colors that come alive as the sun appears. I love how the feathers turned out so differently on each turkey, depending on the placement of the tissue paper.