Amy is a stay-at-home mommy to her 1-year-old daughter, Hailey Mae. She is a lover of all things domestic and blogs about her cooking, crafting, and parenting adventures on her personal blog, The Artful Blogger.
Fun Thanksgiving turkey crafts will brighten up your holiday table
Turkey crafts are such an awesome way to add a little fun to your kids' Thanksgiving break. The feathers of the bird and the bright colors of the season lend to endless possibilities, and you'll love watching your kids tap into their creativity as much as they love doing it.
The great news about turkey crafts is they are usually easy and inexpensive to pull off — so kids of all ages can get in on the fun. Added bonus: the works of art look awesome as part of your holiday tablescape on Thanksgiving Day.
Large googly eyes
Assorted fall-colored pipe cleaners
4 yellow pipe cleaners
Cut a piece of cardboard that is 5 to 6 inches across.
Wrap the yarn around the cardboard approximately 100 times.
Cut a small piece of yarn. Slide the wrapped yarn off of the cardboard and tie the small piece of yarn around the center of the yarn bundle.
Trim the loops at each end of the yarn bundle to form the pom-pom.
Take several fall-colored pipe cleaners and loosely fold them in half to form feathers. Twist the ends of the pipe cleaners around each other to keep them together.
Glue the pipe cleaner feathers to the back of the pom-pom.
Glue 2 large googly eyes to the front of the pom-pom.
Cut a triangle out of the orange felt and glue it below the googly eyes.
Take 2 yellow pipe cleaners and fold them to make 2 turkey feet.
Grab 2 more yellow pipe cleaners and wrap 1 end around the turkey feet. Glue the other end of the pipe cleaners to the underside of the pom-pom to make the turkey's legs.
White construction paper
Orange construction paper
Color on your child's finger with 1 of the washable markers. Stamp the finger on the white construction paper.
Create a semi-circle of fingerprints, alternating colors to form the turkey's feathers.
Draw the body of the turkey with a brown marker.
Use the hole punch to punch 2 circles out of white construction paper. Use a black marker to create a dot in the center of the circles, then glue the circles to the turkey to make the eyes.
Cut a triangle out of orange construction paper and glue it beneath the turkey's eyes to make the beak.
Draw 2 feet on the turkey with an orange marker.
Mini pumpkin turkeys
Brown, red and orange felt
Cut out the body of the turkey from brown craft felt.
Glue 2 googly eyes to the brown craft felt, then cut out a triangle from the orange felt and glue it below the googly eyes.
Cut a small squiggle from the red felt and glue it below the orange beak.
Glue the body of the turkey to the mini pumpkin.
Glue feathers to the opposite side of the mini pumpkin.
Coffee filter turkey magnet
Brown construction paper
Orange construction paper
Lay a coffee filter out on a protected surface and color it in with the washable markers.
Lightly mist the coffee filter with water until the colors begin to run together. Allow the coffee filter to dry completely.
Fold the coffee filter in half and glue the 2 halves together.
Cut out the body of the turkey from construction paper and glue it to the coffee filter.
Glue 2 googly eyes to the construction paper, then cut out an orange triangle for the beak and glue it below the googly eyes.
Cut out 2 long, skinny strips from the orange construction paper. Fold the strips like an accordion, then unfold them and glue them to the bottom of the turkey to form the legs.
Glue a strip of magnet tape to the back of the coffee filter, then stick the turkey on the refrigerator.