Saturday, November 2, 2013

Paint Chip Turkey

I am sure by now you have seen your first Christmas commercial or been to a store that is already fully stocked with holiday spirit..... BUT I REFUSE TO SKIP THANKSGIVING!!! I am sorry, it is as if Thanksgiving has become the neglected step child of the holidays. Forgive me for not rushing to deck the halls, but I like Thanksgiving.... the whole being grateful for the things you have idea... the turkey, mashed tators, homemade bread. Let us not in our haste to Christmas, miss out on a truly wonderful holiday!

So to get everyone in the mood and to start thinking Thanksgiving I have come up with a little craft.... A paint chip toilet paper tube turkey. That's right, we raided the paint department at a local home improvement store (hey those things are free man!!!) and we made a cute little guy to decorate our home.

We cut the multi colored paint chips to remove the names of the colors. Then we simply glued them to a toilet paper tube (you know you probably have one right now in your bathroom trash.) Next we added wiggle eyes, a paper beak and as the oldest country kid calls it, a gobbler, made from a piece of red pipe cleaner. I think Mr. Turkey is looking very colorful this year and adds such a great touch of whimsy to our decorations.

Total cost of this cute little guy was zip, zero, zilch, as we had all the things already on hand! Yes, I pick up stacks of paint chips from time to time! Hey, you never know what you can use those things for! Just saying.....

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  1. How cute! Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday. It focuses on gratitude. and is so less commercial...

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  2. love it! will have fun with the grandbabies making a couple of these :)

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  3. Cute! I am totally stealing this idea for kids' crafts at work! (I'm a children's librarian)

    Also, so agree about Thanksgiving. Even though I did start to read some Christmas-themed books and listen to some Christmas music, Thanksgiving is my next favorite holiday after Christmas, so I hate seeing it slighted too. It's such an important holiday, in my opinion, too - because it asks us to reflect on our blessings and gets us into a good attitude and right frame of mind before Christmas is the glut of consumerism it has become. It's a real shame that we don't take that time to to thank God for all our daily blessings anymore and instead just go after more more more "stuff".

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    1. Steal away LOL Would love to see photos!!! (you can alway post them on my Facebook or email them)

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  4. How fun are these little guys?! I must admit that I am ready for Christmas to get here, but I still love this season and getting ready for Thanksgiving! My kiddos will love this fun craft :) Thanks for sharing at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays!

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  5. I LOVE the free supplies in this FUN, simple craft! And it's so cute too! And I totally agree that we need to celebrate THANKSGIVING! RESPECT THE BIRD! LOL. I stopped by Share Your Stuff Tuesdays too, and I'm so glad I did!

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  6. LOVE IT!! If you haven't already I would love for you to link up to my weekly linky party. http://www.somedayilllearn.com/2013/11/04/teach-tuesday-40/

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  7. Super cute! I'm going to use this with my son as a way to use up the paint chips I have from building our new house!

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  8. I am really into free crafts and I just painted a bunch of the toilet paper tubes for halloween white and black so I will have to go back and dig out the paint chips and the brown tube so that we can make this soon!!! Thanks for the great idea. I will post my pictures on my blog and link back so that everyone can see it was your idea that I borrowed. Is that okay??

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    1. Alison I can not wait to see your turkeys!!!!

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  9. This is a really cute project! Glad your're not skipping over Thanksgiving!

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  10. This is absolutely a brilliant idea! I would love to do this project with the preschoolers I teach (9 of them). Hope my local Home Depot doesn't mind me taking so many. I think I will print this photo to show them. :)

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  11. Cute idea for the kids. Thanks for linking to What'd You Do This Weekend.

    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

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  12. What a great, simple, and fun idea, wish my kids where still in to crafting.

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  13. hoow fun for the kids, such a simple but great craft

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  14. Toooo cute!! Thanks for sharing it. Have a creative week. Linda

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  15. This is soooo cute! I have selected your post to be Editor's Pick on this upcoming Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop on Ducks' n a Row.
    Stop by! :)

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  16. Awesome recycling project! We've already had Thanksgiving here in Canada but I'll have to remember this one for next year. Thanks for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

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    1. I always forget you guys do that one early! LOL Well you could whip them up and then you will have them for next year :)

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  17. Super idea! Pinning to my preschool board!

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  18. I agree with you about not skipping Thanksgiving. So sad how it gets left out from all the holidays. I love this turkey you made. So cute for a Thanksgiving decoration!

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    1. Thank you. We had fun with it. I just can't sit by and go from Halloween to Christmas.... I can't do it! LOL

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  19. This is adorable! And I always love crafts with paint chips! Would love to have you link up with us at our party on Thursdays please :) Hope youre having a great week!!
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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  20. Fist bump for Thanksgiving. This is so cute! I have a TON of toilet paper rolls saved because I knew they'd come in handy with some sort of crafty project for my kids. Just found what I'm going to use some of them on! (Stopping by from Teach Me Tuesday.)

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  21. So Cute! My daughter saw me looking at in and is begging me to make it TODAY!

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    1. Time to go steal, umm I mean liberate a stack of chips!

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  22. This is a really cute idea. I'm glad you shared it. :)

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  23. This is very cute and I also love Thanksgiving. I refuse to put up any Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving and I will not be writing any posts on Christmas things until after it as well. Last year my son and I made decorations for our Thanksgiving Day table and we are going to do it again. We may have to do something like this for the table this year. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Power to the "no Christmas before Thanksgiving" people! You rock :)

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  24. That is so darn cute! My little guy will love making that. Pinned it. Found your blog on Motivation Monday blog hop and started following on Google +.

    Erin
    http://theeveryday-mom.blogspot.com/

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  25. Just love this craft! It is Editor's Pick on this week's Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop on Ducks 'n a Row. Be sure to stop by!

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  26. Adorable! Thanks for sharing. I hopped over from Create with Joy's Inspire Me Monday post.
    ~Christine/Cool Mom
    for The Stanley & Katrina Gang
    www.StanleyAndKatrina.com

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  27. This is so cute! I saw your feature at Create with Joys Inspire Me Monday!

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  28. thanks for adding this to From the Farm blog hop! I loved this and chose this as this week's favorite!

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    1. Aww thanks! I know my country kids had a blast making them and th cost made mommy happy LOL

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  29. Really, who doesn't have paint chips to use for this. Cute! Thanks for sharing at #theWeekendSocial. Pinned. Hope to see you again Thursday 9:00 PM EST. http://www.thekitchenChopper.com

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    1. And if you don't... a quick trip to your local home improvement store can fix that problem LOL

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  30. What a great idea! Bet the kids would love it!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Teach Me Tuesday last week! You are very appreciated! Hope to see you again this week. Starts tonight at 8pm CST.

    Have an awesome week!

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  31. Very cute! My little guys would love this. :)

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  32. I just made two of these the other night. Thank you for sharing. They are so cute! I am putting them up on my blog tonight if you would like to stop by.

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  33. Sharing on our Facebook page today! https://m.facebook.com/twochicksandamom/

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  34. so cute! A nice fun craft. I dont even see those paint chips anymore at my stores. If I ever do I will have to stock up.

    Thanks for sharing at Turn it up Tuesdays

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    1. Awww thanks. I have waaaay to many paint chips, so I had to do something with them LOL

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  36. What a cute idea!!! Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

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    1. Thanks, they are so simple and fun to make.

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  37. I love this use of paint chips - such a colorful and festive turkey! (We don't skip Thanksgiving either - even if Santa IS already in the mall!)

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    1. Mall?!?! LOL We never go to malls. Too far to drive. Glad you like the little turkey :)

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