By Noreen Doll.
Turkey Money Hugs is a cute way to give a Thanksgiving gift to a grandchild, a hostess, or as favors.
Your kids can make them for their friends and add a stick of chewing gum, or use them as classroom gifts or projects.
The turkeys can be made of card stock or construction paper with a tail that is colored with crayons or markers.
Or make turkeys with craft foam or felt.
Brown Craft Foam
White, Black, Orange Craft Foam Scraps
Silk Fall Leaves
10 Inch Piece of Twine
1/4 Inch Hole Punch
How to Make Turkey Money Hugs.
1. Make a pattern for the turkey’s body.
If you plan to make more than 1 turkey, trace the turkey pattern onto cereal box cardboard and cut out.
2. Trace the turkey on brown craft foam. Cut out.
3. Make eyes from craft foam, using white ovals and black circles.
Make an orange craft foam beak.
4. Attach eyes and beak as shown.
5. Punch 2 leg holes about 3/4 inch apart at the bottom of the turkey’s body, using a 1/4 inch hole punch.
6. Push the ends of the twine through the holes from the back, making the ends even when the twine is pulled all the way through.
Decide how long you want the turkey’s legs, and make knots for feet at the ends of the twine.
Cut off excess twine below the feet / knots.
7. Cut 2 curved slits for the turkey’s arms. Make sure the slits are long enough to hold the folded money, but not too close to the edge.
8. Arrange 3 fall leaves behind the turkey body and attach to the back with tacky glue.
9. Fold the dollar bill to fit the slits, with the face on the bill showing when the money is inserted into the slits.
If you are making the turkey out of card stock or paper, put tape across the ends of the slits on the back so they don’t tear out.