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So you’ve already done all the typical Thanksgiving turkey kids’ craft and you’re looking for something new? It’s time to try out the interactive process art activity of bleeding tissue paper! Not only is this fun to make when you see the colors bleed right before your eyes, but it produces a pretty design once dry that will be perfect for your Thanksgiving turkey craft!
Last month I shared the first bleeding tissue paper craft we did in out home where the girls each made a piece I used for wall décor in their room.
It was so much fun and produced an awesome look that I knew we had to try it again. This time it was in the form of turkeys for Thanksgiving which is less than a month away!
Bleeding Tissue Paper Turkey Craft Supplies:
- Bleeding tissue paper (We’re still using the same pack as it has 100 sheets which last us through MANY projects!)
- Water color paper
- Construction paper (brown, red and orange)
- Googly eyes
- Spray bottle
- Plastic table
- Glue stick
I recommend doing this project on a plastic table cloth to protect your surface since water and bleeding tissue paper is involved and may bleed the color onto your surface!
First cut long strips of orange, red and purple tissue paper. We added a few blues and greens but they were very overpowering in the design so I suggest keeping them to a minimum or don’t use them. Spray your piece of watercolor paper and lay your tissue paper strips down. I let the girls do whatever they wanted. Brielle preferred to line hers up while Hailey just went crazy with her arrangement.
Once you like your design, spray more water on top to continue the blending effect.
Allow to dry thoroughly then remove the dried tissue paper pieces to reveal a beautiful design! Cut the paper into a fan design that will be the turkey’s fanned feathers.
Glue a brown turkey head, orange beak, red snood (that dangling thing under his beak), and 2 eyes onto the watercolor paper to form your turkey.
We use these big glue sticks that are purple when applied and dry clear so they know exactly where they applied the glue.
This turkey craft is now only fun to make but each one is completely unique! This is a great way to turn a process art activity into a finished kids craft they can enjoy. If you try out this technique, please tag me! We’d love to see your turkeys!
This year seems to be the year of the bleeding tissue paper crafts but last year was spin art! Check out these Thanksgiving turkey place cards the girls made last year with their spin art machine!