I started this family tradition when I was in high school. First I cut a turkey body out of cardboard. (My turkeys look like some sort of rare goose/chicken/turkey hybrid)
Next I use printer paper and scissors to make feathers. EVERY family member creates their own feather masterpiece. Each designer writes their name on the back of their work. Finally the feathers are taped to the cardboard body.
This is not a fancy project, but it has evolved into a makeshift family time capsule. Our feathers reflect what has been going on in our lives and current events.
If you look carefully, you will see feathers depicting school spirit, a presidential election, inside jokes, a marriage proposal and lots of creativity.
Some family members go over the top and incorporate mixed media or origami.
Our turkeys are also special because we have feathers created by family members who are no longer with us. Six years ago today my Grandpa Kregel passed away. On Thanksgiving Day 2005, we still made our paper turkey and we customized special feathers just for him.
This year I have so many blessings to be thankful for. I will be enjoying my day filled with gratitude, family, fantastic food, and quirky traditions.