Monday, November 17

Cereal box turkeys

I think this cereal box project has been the most fun for me. This is the 3rd in my Cereal Box Cut-outs series. First, game. Second, mobile. Now, Thanksgiving turkeys.

Cereal box circles (or boxes and circle cutter)
glue (glue stick or craft glue)
small cardboard or foam core scraps
popsicle sticks

I set out all of my cut circles and began layering to create colorful little turkeys, not gluing until I was satisfied with the overall appearance. Experiment with the front and backsides of the cereal boxes, patterns and solids, so as not to have too many competing patterns or like colors on top of each other.
Place a large circle in back, cutting off the bottom and making slits around the rest to form the tail feathers. Choose smaller circles for the body, one or layer two. Cut one circle in half for the wings. Use the smallest circles for the head and wattle. (Sidenote: It surprised me to see how many people have googled "What's the name for that red dangly thing on a turkey's neck?")
Cut little eyes and a beak.
For added dimension, layer small pieces of cardboard or foam core board between some of the body parts. See the middle picture above.
Once you're satisfied with your design, glue.
Glue a popsicle stick on the back and poke your turkey into a plant, centerpiece (make a bunch for an all turkey centerpiece), bowl of candy or cranberries, your baked sweet potatoes, whatever.
For clip-on turkeys and turkey napkin rings, see my corresponding Cereal Box Cut-outs, Part 3: Thanksgiving turkeys post at Blissful Kids.


Kellie said...

Those turned out amazingly cute. I may have to invest in a circle cutter to do this craft with my boys. I enjoy reading your blog and your craftyness.

Megan said...

Thanks, Kellie!

Amy@Let's Explore said...

Adorable!! :)

Amy said...

Those are soooo cute!

Alison said...

You are amazing with those cereal boxes. So cute.
PS I also love the felt animal habitats. Lots of fun. said...

Oh my gosh these are SOOO CUTE! I love all the color! I'll be linking.

mylittlegems said...

oh so cute ! I just love it! Saw it Blissful Kids- love your ideas w/ cereal boxes :)

Maggie Ann said...

Oh these are adorable and so practical too. Hats off to you! =)

Mollie said...

These are so great! I needed a thank you/thanksgiving card today, and quickly assembled one of these turkeys (hand cut) for the front. Perfect! Thanks for the wonderful idea!

Anonymous said...

These cereal boxes keep getting better! So, so clever!

CC said...

this is the cutest thing!!

Dee Light said...

These little guys are too cute!!

Courtney@Booksnboys said...

Wow! I just found your blog through Kiddio and I am subscribing right away! Those turkeys are the coolest and PERFECT to make with my siblings and my boys.
Thank you so much for such a great craft :)

Annie Scarlett said...

Thanks for the fantastic idea. I made some today with my boys. They loved them!

Christin said...

Oh I love using cereal boxes for crafts, too! This is an excellent one! Thank you for sharing!!

I recylce all kinds of boxes...graham cracker, cereal, fruit snack boxes...etc...using them for stick puppets (like the turkeys, but not so creative! ;)) Thank you for the idea! Happy Thanksgiving!

Vintage Tracy said...

What a great way to recycle!

Susie said...

What a great idea!!

Have a Great Thanksgiving:-)

Anonymous said...

I just love these! I'm going to adapt your idea for birthday party invitations for a party to be held at a children's farm. Thanks for the inspiration.

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