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Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids: Paper pumpkins, pinecone turkeys and more

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Pine Cone Turkeys:

These little turkeys are fun to assemble and provide colorful decorations for the Thanksgiving table.

Supplies:

Pine cones, pipe cleaners, feathers, googly eyes, white school glue or hot glue gun, other embellishments (optional)

How to:

Step 1: Use glue to attach feathers to back of pine cone.

Step 2: Curl top of pipe cleaner to form head.

Step 3: Attach googly eyes to either side of head.

Step 4: Attach head to front of pine cone.

Tissue Paper Pumpkins:

These tissue paper pumpkins require a little patience and fussy work but are absolutely worth it. Use them to decorate the table or mantle, or string a few together to form a garland.

Supplies:

Orange tissue paper, green pipe cleaners, scissors

How to:

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Step 1: Measure and cut five sheets of orange tissue paper 6×12 inches and stack them on top of each other.

Step 2: Fold shortest side of paper (6-inch side) end to end accordion style in approximately 1-inch segments. The finished accordion should measure approximately 1×6 inches.

Step 3: Fold in half so paper stack is now 1×3 inches and round corners of the non-folded (open) edge with scissors.

Step 4: Cut two triangles diagonally from the folded (closed edge) leaving at least 1/4-inch paper attached in the center, then open back to original 1×6 folded stack.

Step 5: Fold a green pipe cleaner in half and insert center of tissue paper stack so that the fold in the pipe cleaner overlaps the stack. Twist pipe cleaner to secure.

Step 6: One side at a time, fan out the paper. Then very carefully separate each layer of tissue, bringing toward the center of the flower.

Step 7: Fold pipe cleaner down to make pumpkin stem shorter.

Note: These pumpkins are made in the same way as tissue paper flowers. Here’s a step-by-step photo tutorial.

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