Plastic-Bag Turkey Decorations

 November 19, 2013
Posted by jenn

plastic bag turkey

Turkey recycling and we’re not talking leftovers.

Are you one of those people who have a stash of plastic bags in your kitchen? If you’re looking for a creative use for that stash and a way to keep your little gobblers busy while the real bird is baking, have we ever got the perfect Thanksgiving decoration idea just for you!

Plastic-Bag Turkey
by Debra Immergut, pictures by Alexandra Grablewski
(alternative suggestions in parentheses below are by OYP)

What you’ll need:

  • 7 colorful plastic bags (or tissue paper)
  • 3 pipe cleaners (or multiple twist ties twisted together for length; you could paint them if they’re not the color you want)
  • tacky glue
  • 1-inch pom-pom
  • 2 tiny white pom-poms (or tiny googly eyes)
  • yellow craft foam (or yellow card-stock, or paper painted yellow)
  • black marker

How you make it:

1. Cut the handles and bottoms off four plastic bags. Trim the bags into 7- by 9-inch sheets and stack them, as shown. Starting on a short side, make 1-inch accordion folds.plastic-bag-turkey-step1

2. Tie the folded stack at the center with a pipe cleaner.plastic-bag-turkey-step2-crafts

3. Gently separate the layers, creating a puffy ball shape. With scissors, trim the body to the desired size.

4. Make the tail: Cut the handles and bottoms off the remaining bags and trim them into 13- by 8-inch sheets. Starting on a short side, make 1-inch accordion folds. Tie the folded stack at the center with a pipe cleaner; do not separate the layers. Trim the tail to the desired size. plastic-bag-turkey-step3-

5. Finish the turkey: Twist the pipe cleaners together to join the body and tail; this will also create the neck. Form a small loop at the neck’s end. With tacky glue, adhere the large pom-pom to the loop. Glue on white pom-poms for eyes, a yellow foam beak, and a red pipe cleaner snood. Draw on the pupils.plastic-bag-turkey-step4-

Enjoy = )