printable // thanksgiving turkey cracker table favors
When you want to add a bit of extra flair to your Thanksgiving place settings, whether it's the kids' table or the "grown up" table (whatever that is), these turkey crackers are fun to make and use. Print, cut, and fold the pieces, then fill them and place them at each plate. Let each of your guests pull the ends to pop them open and find a treat!
As I write this, it's less than two days before Thanksgiving, which isn't the ideal time to share a Thanksgiving craft project. What can I say? I run late most of the time. If you're like me, perhaps you're still looking for a little something to make for Thursday. These go together pretty quickly, so you still have time. I'll be making ten more in the next 36 hours.
If you're one to plan ahead, pin this post and come back to it earlier in November next time. And please don't judge my last-minuteness.
You will need:
Ruler & knife
Double-sided tape or a glue stick
Small treats, trinkets or large confetti
DOWNLOAD THE TURKEY CRACKER PDF
Print the PDF onto cardstock and cut them out.
You really only need one set of tail feathers per turkey cracker, but you can use both of them if you want the back to be pretty too. Otherwise, print two body piece pages for every one tail feather page.
When you cut out the body pieces, cut the notches at the sides and leave everything else for now.
Use a ruler and knife to score every place that will fold. A craft knife is great, but even a steak knife works. Only press hard enough to score the cardstock and NOT cut through it.
Score all of the horizontal lines where the brown and yellow meet, as well as across the yellow where the white diamond shapes are. Score all of the vertical lines, including where the brown meets the white.
Fold the cracker on the vertical lines and cut out the diamond shapes on the fold.
Fold the cracker on the horizontal lines so that the yellow section has right sides facing themselves.
Roll the cracker into a square tube. Use double-sided tape or glue stick on the white section (on the ends and the center section) to secure the shape.
Tie ribbon around the bottom yellow section and secure it with a knot. You can tie a bow, but it's a little fiddly to get your fingers in there. Trim the ends.
Now it's time to stuff your turkey. Because of how this ties together, there will be a bit of a hole still in each end. That means you'll need to choose items that are large enough that they won't fall out.
Small confetti won't work, but larger confetti or metallic table scatter will. Individually wrapped candies are good. Small plastic toys are fun for at the kids table. You could even include a card and crayons to write down what you're thankful for!
Tie up the end with ribbon, then attach the tail feathers with double-sided tape or glue stick. If you want the tail feathers to be double-sided, attach to the two pieces together before sticking them to the back of the turkey.
Now, make a bunch of them for your Thanksgiving guests! Happy Thanksgiving!