Toilet Paper Roll Turkey… Wait, What??

“Oh, Ashley! Since you are the Event Planner in the family, would you be willing to coordinate our Thanksgiving dinner this year?” You bet I jumped at that opportunity!

 My Event Planning talents are rooted in my family. My mom and sisters have the same skill for details and organizing. Basically, we know what we like and we know how to make it happen. That means the menu, location, and time were easy to set, but I was excited to plan fun activities for the kids in the family!

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Toilet Paper Roll Turkeys and “Menurkeys” were the post-dinner craft projects I planned for my neice and nephews who are 3, 4, and 9 years old. The Toilet Paper Roll Turkeys were a big hit! In fact, they were so popular, we never made it to making “Menurkeys”!

If you’re looking for a craft to do with the kids at your Thanksgiving get-together, here is the “how-to” for Toilet Paper Roll Turkeys:

You will need empty toilet paper rolls, construction paper, crayons, scissors, and tape.

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 Pick at least 3 different colors of construction paper to use. Trace your hand on each color and cut the outline from the paper.

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Stack the cut-outs on top of each other and tape them together. Make sure you can see each color! Then tape the cut-outs to the toilet paper roll. 

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Use a piece of white paper to make eyes for your turkey. Color circles on the white paper to give the turkey eyes some personality! Tape the eyes to the toilet paper roll. 

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Cut a square (any size) from a piece of construction paper. Fold the square in half, corner to corner. It will create a triangle for the beak. Tape the beak to the toilet paper roll. 

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Cut a small, thin piece of paper to create what I call the “gobble gobble” part of the turkey. (It’s the part that hangs from the beak.) Tape that on to the toilet paper roll.

Your Toilet Paper Roll Turkey has come to life! Encourage the kids to name their turkey and show him off to all their family and friends!

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Crafter’s Heaven… I don’t think I’m exaggerating…

This weekend, I found a little slice of heaven.  I swear, as we walked through the front doors, angels sang, beams of light poured in, and baby deer drank from a calm stream. (Too much?)   Who knew heaven was located in Point Breeze??  These magical places that I call heaven are known to other people as Construction Junction and Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.

Construction Junction is a non-profit that accepts donations of used building materials to resell for reuse and re-purposing.  It is awesome!  The warehouse building houses a variety of materials from wood, metal, plumbing, cabinets, and much more.


Can you say Wall-O-Doors?!



You never know what you will find!



The hubby and I have a LARGE movie collection.  We’re thinking of buying these shelving units donated by a video store to help us organize and show off our collection in a creative way.



Feeling crafty? I thought it would be super cool to buy one of these doors (very cheap!), cut out the panels, and use the space to frame some family photos.



Located right around the corner from Construction Junction, is my other happy place: Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.  Did you ever start a craft project and find that you need just a handful of beads?  Or maybe you bought a whole ball of yarn and don’t know what to do with the extra?  THIS is the place for you!  You can donate partially used craft supplies and find just the right amount of what you need for your next project.  Now do you understand why I call this place heaven?!

For my Do-It-Yourself peeps, check this out!  A bin of wine corks…

You can buy 10 for $1 and make a gorgeous centerpiece for a wedding or accent piece for you home mantel.

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BEADS!  Buy just as many as you need to enhance your sea-theme party or add glimmer to a candle-light floral piece.

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Remember the Offbeat Occasions post about Candy Bars??  

Plenty of glassware to fill with candy without spending a fortune!

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Seriously.  Do I need to say more?  These non-profits are doing good for our community, our resources, and adding some affordable smiles to our lives.  Clearly, heaven.