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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Paper Bag Turkey with Popcorn Stuffing

This Paper Bag Turkey with Popcorn Stuffing from One Charming Party is a perfect draft for the kids table this Thanksgiving. It's a simple and easy Thanksgiving Day craft to keep the kids busy preparing their table while you prepare yours! Create a Paper Bag Turkey for a Thanksgiving decoration that won't be forgotten. Thanksgiving crafts for children are great ways to keep the little ones occupied while you're finishing up your holiday preparations, and this turkey craft is no exception.

Paper Bag Turkey

Materials:

  • 3-4 bags of popcorn
  • Large brown grocery bag
  • 2 small brown lunch bags
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • White paper for the frills

Paper Bag Turkey Steps

Instructions:

  1. For the frill, take a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11″ white paper and cut it in half lengthwise. Fold the paper in half lengthwise and make small cuts with a pair of scissors on the folded half to create loops.
     
  2. For the drumsticks, make one hand into a fist and stick it inside the lunch bag. With your other flat hand, press on the bag to mold and smash it down into a more rounded shape.
     
  3. Fill the bag 2/3 of the way with popcorn.
     
  4. Gather up the bottom of the bag and twist to keep it tight.
     
  5. Hot glue the beginning of the length of frill and wrap it around the bottom, twisted part of the lunch bag. Then hot glue the end of the white paper frill to keep it in place.
     
  6. For the main bag, do the same thing as the drumstick to make the corners rounded.It’s best to use a plain brown bag, but if you can only find one with writing on the outside, you can carefully turn the bag inside out and it will be just fine.
     
  7. Fill the bag up full with popcorn.
     
  8. Fold the sides of the bag in and tuck the bottom edge under.
     
  9. Hot glue the edge shut.
     
  10. Hot glue the legs onto the sides of the “turkey.” Easy Peasy.

 Paper Bag Turkey Finished

Notes:

  • If using buttered popcorn to fill the turkey, use parchment or wax paper to line the paper bag to avoid grease marks.

 


 

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So so clever, just great! If you don't want to use popcorn, you could stuff this bad boy with clean crunched up plastic bags for a bit more lasting version! If you wanted to take it another step further, you could use the same design with brown fabric and stuff with fiberfill, paint with brown tones with fabric paint, and make this into a pillow! Such a fun idea either way!

That is so stinkin' cute!!! I am totally doing this!

My daughter made this for Thanksgiving and filled it with new PJ's for her 3 girls. It was just adorable. As a added twist, she made extra turkey legs and put them on headbands for the girls to wear during dinner. Needless to say, they were the cutest turkeys this grandmother had ever seen.

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