Simple Thanksgiving Favor and Table Decoration

paper turkey leg - the crafty mommyWe are hosting Thanksgiving this year for the first time at our new home. We have around 12 adults coming and 6 children so I decided to make a table for the adults and a table for the kids.

I’m going to have kraft paper covering the kids table with crayons so they can draw before, during, and after their meal. I also made them Indian and Pilgrim hats to wear.

When thinking about a centerpiece for their table, I wanted something fun that they could enjoy after the part was over as well. I was inspired by a few images I saw on Pinterest, which looked like turkey legs or full turkeys made out of kraft paper and stuffed with goodies like popcorn and candy.

I didn’t see any instructions for these, so I decided to make my own.┬áHere is how you can do the same for your little turkeys this Thanksgiving.

Kraft paper
8 1/2 x 11 White paper
Craft glue
Hot glue gun
Candy or other treats

How to Make the Paper Turkey Legs

diy chop frill step 1 - the crafty mommy
1. To make the chop frills, take a piece of white 8 1/2 x 11 and cut in half lengthwise. Take each piece and fold it in half lengthwise.

diy chop frill step 2 - the crafty mommy
2. Using your scissors and being careful not to cut all the way through the paper, make small slits on the folded side of the paper about halfway down all the way across the length of the paper.

diy chop frill step 3 - the crafty mommy
3. Keeping the paper folded, roll it. When you reach the end, use craft glue to adhere the end.

diy chop frills - the crafty mommy

4. Next, cut a piece of kraft paper so it measures approximately 8 inches by 8 inches. You can make them bigger or smaller depending on what you want to stuff inside of them.

paper turkey leg step 1 - the crafty mommy

paper turkey leg step 2 - the crafty mommy5. Take the treats (candy in my case) and place it in the center of the kraft paper you just cut. Pull the corners of the paper up around the candy and twist making a cone-like shape.
6. Take the chop frill you made earlier and put hot glue inside of it then place it around the kraft paper you twisted. Pile them high and serve on a platter for a festive centerpiece the kids will enjoy.

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