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Even little ones can do this simple pinecone turkey craft for Thanksgiving with a bit of help. Supplies are inexpensive and easy to find, and instructions are easy. Stand him on a shelf or hang him from a string, either way this pinecone turkey makes a cute display your youngster can be proud of!
1 pinecone for each turkey body
One foam paper sheet in several colors (orange, green, tan, yellow) for making feathers
1 tan chenille bump stem (pipe cleaner), cut in half, for the head
1 brown chenille bump stem (pipe cleaner) for the wings
Newspaper to lay on your worksurface
Optional: 2 paste on eyes
Do ahead: Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F. Place the pinecones you're using on a baking sheet lined with foil, and place in the oven for 45 minutes. This process will kill any insects or spider mites that may have been living in them.
Sketch the shape of a feather on one of the foam sheets and cut it out. Use that feather as a stencil, and trace and cut out three feathers in each color. Take note of the size of your pinecone and make the feathers large enough to see, but not too large that they're out of proportion for the turkey.
Place the pinecone on its side. The bottom of the pinecone will be the back of the turkey, while the tip of the pinecone will be where the head goes.
One at a time, dab a dot of glue at the tip of each feather, then insert into the openings at the base of the pinecone. You should have 2-3 rows of feathers.
Stretch the brown chenille bump stem so that it is straight. Center it over the top of the pinecone and insert it into the middle of the pinecone so the "arms" are sticking out both sides. Bend the tips of the stem back so the bumps form the wings.
Cut the tan chenille bump at the end of the thin section following the first bump. Dab a drop of glue at the thin end, and insert the bump in front of the slot where the brown stem is. Bend the end of the tan stem to look like a beak and head. See photo.
Optional: Glue one eye to either side of the turkey's head.
You can keep the turkey as-is, or if your pinecone turkey is too wobbly, you may choose to hot glue it to a piece of cardboard for stability. You can also tie a string around the body and hang it from the ceiling.