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Yarn, felt and feathers are used to create this adorable turkey Thanksgiving craft!

This adorable pom pom craft is the perfect kids Thanksgiving craft! Homemade pom poms are made in to a turkey and embellished with feathers, legs and a face! An adorable Thanksgiving craft!

Thanksgiving was my least favorite holiday as a kid. My sisters and I basically sat around watching TV all the day. Somewhere we'd eat turkey and all the fixings.  But without any cousins or other kids around to play with we were bored! So I try really hard to make Thanksgiving more fun for my kids.

One way I make Thanksgiving fun is to craft with my kids.  Our Halloween yarn garland turned out so cute that I had to try another pom pom craft. I seriously can't get enough of this adorable Thanksgiving craft! You can make them ahead and let the kids play with them or let older kids make them while dinner cooks.

Brown Yarn -I used Red Heart brand in Chocolate
Orange, Red, and Brown Felt
Orange Pipe Cleaners -2 per turkey
Googly Eyes -2 per turkey
Scrap Cardboard or thick card stock
Book -mine was 11″
Bowl or Glass for circle template
Hot Glue

Yarn Turkey Craft

Wrap your yarn around the book about 125 times. Cut two 12″ pieces of brown yarn. Use one piece to tie the yarn that's wrapped around your book. Remove yarn from book by sliding it off.

Pom Poms

Cut the yarn about 2″ on each side of the tie. This is your head.

Brown Yarn Pom Pom

Take the remaining bunch of yarn and fold in half.

Pom Pom Tutorial

Tie in the center. Cut the looped end. This is your body.

How to make a yarn pom pom

Shape your turkey head and body by keeping the tail on (the one you tied) and holding in your hand. Trim over the trash can and even out your circle.

Pom Pom

When I was done, I had one 3″ ball and one 5″ ball. Set your body and head on top of each other. Glue the two pieces together or, tie your tails together. Trim any straggly yarn pieces if desired.

Easy Thanksgiving Craft


Find a bowl or glass about the size of your turkey and use it to trace a half circle onto a piece of cardboard. (My circle template was about 3-1/2″) Cut out the cardboard. Cut out two pieces of brown felt to match the circle. Glue the cardboard to one side of the felt and attach feathers.

Craft Feathers for Turkey Craft

When feathers are all on, add the last piece of felt and glue to cover the feathers.

Turkey Craft

Cut beak and red hangy thingie (the wattle) from orange and red felt. Glue onto your head.  Add googly eyes. Glue feather onto the back of the turkey.

Thanksgiving activity

Make the turkey legs by folding a pipe cleaner in half and twisting it about halfway down.

Pipe Cleaner Crafts

Take the loop and divide it into three hooks. Take these three hooks and twist them to create feet.

How to make a turkey with yarn

Glue your feet onto the bottom of your turkey and bend to shape into a sitting position.

Turkey Craft for Thanksgiving

These would be so cute to make and set at the kids table or place settings for Thanksgiving! If you have older elementary or tweens, they could certainly make these on their own to pass the time while dinner cooks and the adults watch football.

This adorable pom pom craft is the perfect kids Thanksgiving craft! Homemade pom poms are made in to a turkey and embellished with feathers, legs and a face! An adorable Thanksgiving craft!

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23 comments on “Turkey Pom Pom Thanksgiving Craft

  1. How adorable! I love him.
    🙂 gwingal

  2. Super cute! Looks like a good craft project for kids. Visiting from What’d You Do This Weekend party.

  3. I love this, it is so cute!

  4. Thanks for joining the #InspirationSpotlight party. Shared

  5. Adorable. Thanks for sharing with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week!

  6. Oh my goodness, how stinkin’ cute are these!! Thanks for sharing at Share the Wealth Sunday, we hope to see you again this week!

  7. Cute turkey, I like that you have to make the wrapping only once 🙂

  8. I can’t wait to share this one with my older daughter who has little ones. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration spotlight party pinned & shared.

  9. This is the most adorable little turkey craft! Thanks for linking up at “A Little Bird Told Me” Wednesday link party! You have been featured on Mama’s Happy Hive blog. 🙂

  10. Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Round Tuit post this week!
    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  11. This is absolutely adorable. I will have to tell you that I’m upset that I didn’t see your Halloween garland in time (LOVE love LOVE it!) but this turkey craft is a really close runner up. 😉 I’m going to show it to my kids this morning!

  12. He is such a cutie pie and this is such a great project! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 Congratulations, you are being featured in this week’s Snickerdoodle Mini Round Up!
    Have an awesome day, Joanita

  13. Such a cute little one!! Love your instructions too!! I\’d love to have you come over and link your post up to my craft party which starts at 7pm EST. and is new every Thursday! I also pin every post!

  14. Very cute craft! I’m always on the look out for fun crafts to to with my kids. Thank you for inspiring us with this one today! Blessings always. Misty.

  15. OMG! This little turkey look sooo adorable! Pinning it to make it later with my girls! Thank you so much for a helpful tutorial!

  16. Isobel Morrell ( on said:

    That’s got to be best turkey I’ve seen in a long time! Thanks for the idea.

  17. really adorable, thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  18. Camille, this is one of the cutest things I’ve seen in a LONG time! Love it! 🙂