Birds of a Feather

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Birds of a Feather

This Thanksgiving, your child can put his best foot forward — and brighten your home's windows — with one of these colorful turkey sun catchers.

What you'll need

  • Brown tempera paint
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Red, orange, and yellow tissue paper
  • Tape
  • Plastic wrap
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes

How to make it

  1. Creating the Body: Paint the bottom of your child's bare foot with brown tempera paint and help him to stamp his footprint on a piece of brown construction paper.

  2. Fashioning the Feathers: While his footprint dries, have him cut out a bunch of 2 1/2-inch-long feather shapes from red, orange, and yellow tissue paper. Meanwhile, draw and cut out a brown-paper turkey plumage outline (see diagram) proportional to your child's foot. Cut out the center of the shape, leaving a 1/4- to 1/2-inch-wide border.

  3. Next, tape a 1-foot piece of plastic wrap to your work surface. Using your plumage outline as a guide, cover a similar-size area of the plastic with a mixture of 2 parts glue to 1 part water. Randomly place the tissue feathers on the sticky surface, brush on another coat of the glue mixture, then place the plumage outline on the feathers. Let the glue dry completely, then gently peel away the plastic wrap and trim any excess tissue paper.

  4. Assembling the Bird: Cut out your child's footprint and glue it in place atop the feathers. Add googly eyes and a construction paper beak and wattle. Don't forget to have your child sign and date his turkey sun catcher before taping it to a windowpane.

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