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Thanksgiving craft: Glowbird

Thanksgiving craft: Glowbird

Total Time Needed: 2-3 Hours

Create a flock of these bright votive holders: they're a great project for kids and, filled with battery-operated tea lights, a luminous addition to your table.


  • Hot glue
  • Glue gun
  • 1 1/4-inch wooden doll head (available at craft stores)
  • Small glass bubble votive holder (ours is 4 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches high)
  • Brush
  • Mod Podge
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue
  • Beads


1. Apply a dab of hot glue from a glue gun to the wooden doll head. Then adhere the head to the votive holder.

2. Brush Mod Podge over the head and body, then cover them with overlapping tissue paper scraps. Apply another Mod Podge layer and let it dry for at least 45 minutes.

Step 3 - Glowbird

3. To make the tail feathers, cut 9- by 2-inch strips of tissue paper, bend each in half without creasing it, then twist the ends together. Use a dollop of tacky glue to attach each feather to the body.

Step 4 - Glowbird

4. Cut a beak from a double layer of yellow tissue and affix it with tacky glue. Add two beads for eyes. Cut a long oval of red tissue, twist one end, and affix it as a wattle. Allow the turkey to dry.