Disclosure: The following review is part of the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Celebrate the Season campaign. I received a compensation for this review; however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.
14 Days. Thanksgiving is coming, y’all! Last year, I was at my sister’s house and had a flock of children at my disposal to help with the craft projects. (We made votives and paper bag turkeys.) Well, for the latest Jo-Ann challenge, I got to noodle over fun #turkeytablescapes. I LOVED the votives the kids made last year so thought I’d jazz that project up a bit for our 2013 Thanksgiving table.
Here’s what I gathered from Jo-Ann… glass paint, decorative paper, some hot glue, mason jars and raffia. The premise is simple… add tail feathers and a beak to make the jars festive and perfect for Turkey Day.
I started by painting the jars with my glass paint… I wanted the color to be subtle but with each layer of glass paint, the color gets more and more saturated so you could go darker if you wanted.
Next, I used my craft scissors to cut the feathers out of the craft paper I selected.
I fanned out all the tail feathers and glued them together. To make the back look a little neater I also cut a piece of paper to fit the turkey’s backside.
For the turkey noggin, I used more craft paper and some popcorn for the eyes. Yeah… it’s a little creepy but turkeys are weird. (And the legend that Native Americans showed the early settlers about popcorn has been debunked… a little history for you right there- bam!)
These were hot glued (hot glue gunned?) onto the jars along with the tail feathers. I wrapped the neck of each mason jar with the raffia and #turkeytablescapes complete!
With young kids, our Thanksgiving table can’t be too formal or flashy (hello, fidgety little curious hands…), but it can be fun and cheerful! So fun, that Eleanor couldn’t help herself from wandering over to help me take pictures…
I love the color of these votives and the playful paper of the turkeys. You can use any type of jar and get as creative as you want with the tail feathers. (Incidentally, I learned that what might look like beautiful sunshine streaming in through our windows in person does NOT look the same through a camera lens. Sorry if your eyes are hurting a bit here…)
Here’s how pretty the turkeys look all lit up. The painted glass may be my new favorite craft obsession. Just sayin’.
Thanks to Jo-Ann for the motivation (and supplies!!) for this craft. Now if I could just figure out what our menu will be for the big day and I’ll be all set!
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