Last year, I found the cutest Thanksgiving Turkey craft at Kaboose.com. I immediately let the child in me run loose and created a turkey to show my family and friends. This year, I’ve been working with Camtasia through projects at BarJD.com, so I wanted to put a video together about my 2012 Turkey Decoration using a hand shape and a shoe shape. The original craft suggestion recommended using certain colors of construction paper for the hand and shoe cutouts, including TAN. The tan in my paper packages is totally non-exciting. I used a crayon to decorate the edges of the cutout and make the tan paper a little more dramatic.
While I was making the turkey shapes and scanning each step, it occurred to me that construction paper might not always be available. But other sorts of paper can be used…even paper that has been printed on one side. As an example, I made a hand shape using notebook paper such that a school child might have readily available. That notebook paper cutout can be colored with crayons or markers.
Now that the creative monster has been turned loose (DH thinks I’m about ready for one of those PBS craft programs), I went outside an gathered some of the intriguing autumn leaves in my yard — more scanning and tracing. Tracing an Oak leaf using notebook paper meant that I had a thin paper decoration. I could lay it over the leaf and pick up the shape of the veins in the leaf with a crayon. More fancy crayon work produced a fairly impressive leaf decoration. Some of the leaves had uncomplicated shapes that are easier to trace and cut out.
I had a really good time! I hope that you do too. The video is for you to watch and I have also linked to a pdf of the slideshow. Thanksgiving Turkey Decoration PDF