Make It: Chalkboard Turkey Place Card

Each year at Thanksgiving, my family has the tradition of going around the table and saying what we’re thankful for. Even though there are some eye rolls from certain members of the family, it is something I look forward to every year.

This year, I thought it would be fun to write down what we’re thankful for…and what better way than making a chalkboard turkey place card and getting two uses out of them! I’ve made one…now I’ve got 7 more to go!

Every single one of these materials I already had on hand from other projects, so I didn’t spend a dime.

Here’s what you’ll need:  chalkboard spray paint, foam board, a baby food jar, a tiny bit of batting, fabric, an Xacto knife, a hot glue glue gun and some craft odds-and-ends to make the turkey face. Chalkboard spray paint comes in at least a few different colors. If you don’t like the black, check out what others colors are available at your hardware/paint store.

1. Use a hot glue gun to attach the batting to the baby food jar.

2. Wrap a rubberband around it and then use the hot glue gun to attach the fabric.

3. Fold the ends up kind of like a present and secure with hot glue.


 4. Add a face. I used another piece of fabric for the head, tiny pom-poms for the eyes, and cutout the beak from another piece of fabric. Once again, attach with hot glue.

5. Trace your feathers onto the foam board.

6. Cut out with an Xacto knife and spray with chalboard spray paint. Let sit for 24 hours.

7. After 24 hours, cover the entire surface with chalk and wipe off.

8. Attach the foam chalkboard to the baby food jar turkey using hot glue. And you’re done!

Here’s what it would look like on the table.

*Just a reminder…MAKE IT activities are for parents to make. Your child might be able to help you with a few of the steps, but you will be doing almost all the work (which will then benefit your children later). :)

One Comment

  1. That is really precious! As a child, my mom taught me crafts (it kept me busy and out of trouble)and it just opened up a wonderful world of creativity for me. It is wonderful to learn how to make pretty things with your hands when you are young!

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