Thankful Turkey Craft Tutorial

November 14, 2012 in For the Holidays, Gettin' Crafty

I’m a sucker for crafts. There. I said it. I’ll admit it. I love craft paint, pipe cleaners, googly eyes and styrofoam. Yup… love it all.

So when I was asked to run a staff meeting at work, I instantly thought – “How can I incorporate something crafty?”  Haha… No, I’m not kidding. That really was my first thought. I know… I’m pathetic!

I decided we could make turkeys… but not just any turkeys…  we could make turkeys to show the things we are THANKFUL for in each other. Yes, now I’m pathetic AND cheesy.

How’d we do it? Well duh – of course I’ll show you how!

  1. Purchase large styrofoam balls (to cut in half for body) and small styrofoam calls (for head).  Using toothpicks, attach head to body and paint with brown acrylic craft paint. At first I tried spray paint, but it was melting my turkey bodies! Insane!  (and makes me realize I really DO need to wear a mask when I spray paint… no telling what those fumes are doing to my lungs!)
  2. Make the beak – Fold a piece of orange scrapbook paper in half and cut an arrow shape along the fold.
  3. Unfold the arrow and cut notches into the straight end…
  4. …this allows the beak to line up perfectly when folded and ready to glue!
  5. Hot glue the beak to the head.
  6. I had this oversized pipe cleaner on hand (found at Michaels) so I cut about a 1″ piece.
  7. Pull the fluff off one end to expose wire.
  8. Insert the red pipe cleaner under the beak.
  9. Not pictured – hot glue the googly eyes above the beak.

Repeat steps 1-9 to make SEVEN turkeys!

To make the feathers, fold your scrapbook paper in half (so you can cut double the feathers with half the effort). Cut out desired number of feathers and then hot glue toothpicks to the ends.


I did all the prep work at home and brought the turkeys and feathers to work. Yup… it was a LOT of feathers!

I think my coworkers might have thought I was at least 83.5% nuts… but they humored me… and we all walked away from the meeting with a token of appreciation. I had fun reading my feathers and smiled at the things my coworkers appreciated in me. :-)

…and the yellow feathers are blank because they were “my color”. I gave everyone their own color to write on. That way people could identify who the feathers were from. I didn’t want my turkey to be without yellow so I stuck a couple blanks in.

I think this turkey craft would be GREAT to make with kids. They’d have a great time assembling and painting them. How cute would they be on your Thanksgiving table!

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