Yarn, felt and feathers are used to create this adorable turkey 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
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.
Cut the yarn about 2″ on each side of the tie. This is your head.
Take the remaining bunch of yarn and fold in half.
Tie in the center. Cut the looped end. This is your body.
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.
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.
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.
When feathers are all on, add the last piece of felt and glue to cover the feathers.
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.
Make the turkey legs by folding a pipe cleaner in half and twisting it about halfway down.
Take the loop and divide it into three hooks. Take these three hooks and twist them to create feet.
Glue your feet onto the bottom of your turkey and bend to shape into a sitting position.
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.