Plastic-Bag Turkey Decorations
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!
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:
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.
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.
Enjoy = )