After my Halloween party I had a stash of leftover lollipops that I didn't want to waste, but knew I'd never eat. With Thanksgiving on the horizon I decided a holiday craft was in order! After a few glasses of wine and some brainstorming with a creative friend...Gobble Pops were born! Here is the how-to for a cute, kid-friendly, eco-chic craft that uses simple recycled materials and random supplies from around the house.
*coffee filters (I used recycled ones...just rinse and let dry.)
*markers or bingo dotters
* recycled paper bags, cardboard boxes
*red and orange paper scraps (catalogs or magazines would work)
*google eyes (optional)
*pipecleaners, string or twist ties
STEP 1: Color your coffee filters using dots or markers. Try spots, swirls or stripes for different effects.
STEP 2: Spritz coffee filters with water or dab with a clean sponge until saturated and colors are blending together. (You may want to do this on a cookie sheet or plastic table cloth.) Let dry. You can use a hair dryer to speed up the process.
STEP 3: While coffee filters are drying, trace small hand shapes on paper bags or circles on cardboard and cut out. Snip small orange triangles and little red ovals for turkey beaks and waddles.
STEP 5: Assemble your turkeys! Poke a hole in the center of a dry coffee filter and push the lollipop stick through the hole. Gather the coffee filter up around the lollipop base, bunching up the paper to look like tail feathers.
STEP 6: Add your turkey to the front by gathering the bottom of the turkey and the coffee filter together...then securing to the lollipop stick with a pipe cleaner, string or twist tie. Fluff it out to your liking. If you are using just a round face, secure the coffee filter first, adjust the ruffles, then glue the face to the front. If your coffee filter is flopping away from the lollipop, add a dab of glue to the front and back of the lollipop wrapper, then press and hold until it stays put.
VOILA! A flock of turkeys for Thanksgiving!!
Take it one step further and style your turkeys with easy napkin fan folds for a gorgeous holiday table.
These would make great place cards too...either write names directly on the turkeys or attach a small tag to the stick. Hope you enjoyed this craft as much as I did...it was a big hit at the kids table last week when I went home for an early Thanksgiving. Let me know if you make some and feel free to share pics. :)
Wishing you a bountiful and very Happy Thanksgiving! XOXO, Cindi