Last week Owen and I brainstormed ideas for the construction paper feather he was asked to decorate for the class turkey. I mentioned how cool spaghetti noodles would look glued on top, like individual feather strands. But after staring at his green paper for a minute, he said "Mom. It needs to be a watermelon" (which I loved, and which looked awesome). But I couldn't get that spaghetti out of my head.
So while he was at school, I made my own turkey feathers!
And I have to be honest, they turned out even cooler than I imagined. Kinda classy.
• Look in the organic aisle of the grocery store for interesting colored pastas, like black bean spaghetti, sweet potato, etc.
• Use metallic acrylic paint (found at most craft stores for about $1/bottle). I like the Folk Art brand because they have a good range of colors.
• Draw a turkey feather shape....kind of like a corn dog. Leave a slight tail at the end, and if you plan to add a metal grommet (info below), make the tail wide enough for your grommet size.
• Cut small diagonal cuts in the sides of the feather
• Paint using acrylic paint (the feather might curl up after painting but will relax as it dries)
• Let them dry (if you're antsy, use a blowdryer but don't let them blow around in the air!)
• Glue a single spaghetti noodle down the middle of the feather, using standard Elmer's type glue.
• Glue small spaghetti strands to the sides, in a diagonal. The best way to do this is squeeze a little glue around, then hold the noodle in place with one finger and snap the end with the other finger. It's quick and easy. Don't worry if some noodles hang over the feather edge. Messy and uneven is cool here. And remember...it's always fun to peel that dried glue off your fingertips, right?
Here are a few ideas:• Hang them on the front door
• Hang them on artwork, window corners, on the wall
• String and tie them into a garland
• Decorate a lampshade
• Scatter them around the Thanksgiving dinner table
• Hang one from your belt.