Friday, November 16, 2007

Felt Turkeys

It's no secret that I'm not much of a crafter. I admire crafts, and place on a pedestal anyone who possesses the creative genius absent from my own brain. I'm not down about it. I have other gifts.

But every once in a while, some project jumps out at me and says, "Look here! Aren't I beautiful? Aren't I adorable? Your girls will love making me, and so will you!" I embrace these moments wholeheartedly. I admit they don't come all that often - the craft must be very appealing - but when they do I inevitably discover myself getting excited over every little detail.

When I saw these Pom-Pom Toms, that was it for me. I wasn't even looking for a craft at the time, but the turkeys were impossible to miss, appearing on the first page. Then I showed the image to Gianna......and the rest is history!


Gianna gluing the feathers. Though a little young for
turkey-making, Madeleine had great fun with the materials!
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Finished Toms

These guys were super fun and very easy to make. You don't need a pom-pom maker as Martha insists. I just picked up a bag of various-sized poms from the craft store. Not keen on the idea of using a hot glue gun around small ones, I had Gianna use Glue Dots and Lines to adhere the materials together. They're wonderful - easy for children to use, mess-free and strong.

When I complete a craft I inevitably ask myself, "Would I do this again?" In this case, I absolutely would. Great fun and terrific results!
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(N.B. To simplify the project even further, making the finished product achievable for young ones, I didn't use needles or yarn. We glued our eyes on and chose not to make wings at all.)

16 comments:

Margaret in Minnesota said...

These are cute!

For me it's neither the desire nor the know-how that's the impediment to our crafting. Rather, it's that (being an extremely sidetracked person), I see the craft, think "Oh, how cute!" and then quickly move on to other projects. ;)

Perhaps Dawn runs a 12-Step program for people like us!

Jennifer said...

Those are super cute! I suppose I need to add "Pick up pom-poms" to my list of things to do today!

Faith said...

Thanks for this! I think we even have all the materials on hand!

Faith

Tracie said...

I'm not a craft person, either. I think I ironed fall leaves between wax paper one year for my children to tape to our windows ... and then decided it looked a little tacky and never did it again! LOL

BTW, I notice that red hair on your little one is getting thicker! It's a beautiful shade, and I'm sure it can't help but draw atention. I know that I love it!

scmom (Barbara) said...

I wish Faith could come over for craft time. Very cute! Can you say Gobble, Gobble?

Meredith said...

These are darling (all of them), well done!! And I'm with Margaret :)

Cheryl M. said...

Cute little turkesys! and those girls are precious...look at all that red hair coming in and so thick! :)

Julie said...

I'm with you on the not crafty thing. These are so cute... and I bet you and the girls had a fun time!

Mimi said...

Glue Dots are awesome, aren't they?

Good job, those are cute!

Beth said...

Is it just me, or is Madeleine getting a lot more hair?

Erika said...

Oh my goodness! I think those are even cuter than Martha's. http://www.marthastewart.com/article/pom-pom-tom-decoration?lnc=6f79cf380e1dd010VgnVCM1000005b09a00aRCRD&rsc=top7pop_entertaining_entertaining_7. I want some!

Suzanne Temple said...

They are adorable, girls and turkeys both!

Alice Gunther said...

They are too cute!!!!!! And the turkey projects are nice too!!!

; ) : ) : )

Sharon said...

They turned out really cute!

Rebecca said...

I love those turkeys! They are so cute!

Maria said...

I love this idea! Too bad Thanksgiving is over already. I like easy ideas for the non-crafty person like me.