Gobble, gobble! As the media likes to inform us this turkey time of year, Thanksgiving is America’s most expensive dinner. When you add in knick knacks to gussy up your table and all those mini pumpkins to put all over the house, no doubt, it’s a pricey holiday.
So if you want to be a Thrifty Turkey this year, request your frozen Butterball be bagged in a brown paper bag. Learn how to use a standard grocery brown paper bag to create a Thanksgiving turkey wreath. Google that up!
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turkey wreath from a paper bag
– Foam wreath (this is the kind I used)
– Large brown paper bag
– Scissors (I like Fiskars scissors)
– Straight pins
– Cardstock paper in Thanksgiving-y colors
– Craft glue (this is my fave glue to use)
Open the brown paper bag and rip it at the seams and folds. Rip 3-4″ long strips.
Begin to wrap these paper bag strips around the foam wreath, securing the ends at the backside of the wreath with a straight pin. Cover the entire wreath.
how to cover the wreath
I sketched out a simple pear-shaped turkey. I used this I’m-no-artist template to cut TWO turkey bodies. Cut FIVE leaf -like shapes from the paper bag to represent turkey feathers.
Don’t feel like sketching these parts out? No fret! Borrow the template I created for my Thankful Turkey Countdown Calendar.
I cut smaller leaf shapes from the Thanksgiving-y colored cardstock. I glued these onto the brown paper bag feathers. PIN the turkey – as is – to the wreath. Glue the second turkey body on top of it. Give this little guy a face and feet with the cardstock.
Cut some simple leaves from the paper bag and overlay some smaller-sized colorful cardstock leaves on top. Pin the paper bag leaves first; glue the cardstock leaves over the pin.
Trace a small round bowl onto the paper bag and cut out. Cut a spiral shape and combine it tightly to create little rosettes. Add a small colorful cardstock circle in the middle to cover the pin.
Rip a 2″ long strip from the paper bag and join the ends at the back. Secure with a piece of tape. Rip a 1″ long narrow piece from the paper bag and wrap around the middle to form a bow. Pin this bow to the wreath and add a couple paper bag ribbons from it.
From lugging home groceries to front door wreath. How’s that, you turkey?!
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