We’re talking turkey today: Two easy turkey crafts for kids

It’s going to be a hard choice – do you and your kids want to craft the paper decoupage turkey with lollipops for tail feathers, or the turkey with chalkboard feathers on which you can write your notes of gratitude? Maybe you make them both! Patty Schaffer shares her Chalkboard Turkey today, and Kathleen George designed the Lollipop Turkey. These turkeys have lots of kid appeal, but you will want to supervise closely – no child should handle a sharp knife, glue gun or a can of spray paint!

(Be sure to page down, too, for an update on our series Handmade Holidays with Under the Table & Dreaming.)

turkey crafts for kids

Decorate your Thanksgiving table with the Lollipop Turkey.

turkey crafts for kids

Chalkboard Feather Turkey by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Chalkboard Turkey, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 2-7/8″ x 3-13/16″ egg
  • Thick brown yarn (Patty used Barley Homespun by Lion Brand Yarn)
  • Pompom, 1-3/4” brown
  • Felt, scrap of red
  • Paper, scrap of orange
  • Wiggle eyes, two
  • Chenille stems, two orange
  • Feathers, eight – ten
  • Cardstock, white
  • Chalkboard Paint (Patty used Krylon Chalkboard Paint)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Low temp glue gun & glue sticks
  • Chalk
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; wooden skewer or knitting needle; plastic knife OR serrated knife and old candle OR bar of soap

NOTE: The adult in charge should use the glue gun, spray paint and serrated knife. If a child is cutting STYROFOAM Brand Foam, he or she should use a plastic knife under the supervision of an adult.

To make a Chalkboard Turkey:

Make a Thanksgiving Chalkboard turkey craft for kids

Kids will have fun helping to make this Chalkboard Turkey.

1. Cut a small, horizontal slice from the side of foam egg so it won’t roll; make the cut on a slight angle so that the narrow end of the egg angles up. Trim a small slice from the narrow end of the egg; this is where you will attach the pompom head. Cut small slice from back of egg; this is where the tail feathers will go.

2. Apply double-stick tape to all sides of the foam egg. Start at the back end of the egg and wrap the yarn around and around to cover the egg completely.

3. Glue the pompom head to the egg body. Add wiggle eyes, a wattle made from the red felt, and a beak made from the orange paper.

4. Make feet and legs using the orange chenille pipe cleaners. Poke holes into the body with a wooden skewer or knitting needle and insert and glue legs into holes. Position legs so the turkey looks like it’s sitting.

5. Move to a well-ventilated area and spread newspapers over your worksurface. Closely read the label on the Chalkboard Paint. Spray white cardstock with Chalkboard Paint. Let dry. Draw a template for the feathers and trace seven feathers on the back of the cardstock. Cut out feathers. Have a child use the chalk to write something they are thankful for on each feather.

6. Fan the chalkboard feathers and glue to the back side of the body. Add colorful feathers behind the chalkboard feathers.

To make a Lollipop Turkey, you’ll need:

Lollipop turkey crafts for kids

Kids can help glue the papers onto the turkey.

  •  STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 5” ball; 2-3/8” egg; 18” x 12” x 1” sheet
  • Paper: scrapbook paper in assorted fall colors & patterns; corrugated paper; textured brown paper
  • Beads, two 5mm
  • White craft glue or decoupage mediumLollipops, 14
  • Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; sharp pencil or marker; 1” paintbrush; plastic knife OR serrated knife and old candle OR bar of soap

NOTE: The adult in charge should use the glue gun and serrated knife. If a child is cutting STYROFOAM Brand Foam he or she should use a plastic knife under the supervision of an adult.

To make a Lollipop Turkey:

1. Pin tail feather patterns to foam sheet and trace around the patterns, scoring the foam with a sharp pencil or marker. Cut out using plastic knife or serrated knife. If using a serrated knife, wax the blade with an old candle or bar of soap for easier cutting.

2. Cut a small slice from the 5″ ball so it will stand and not roll. Cut a ¾” slice from the back of the ball; this is where you’ll attach the tail.

3. Cut small, angled slice from wide end of egg. Twist cut end of egg against front of ball until two parts fit together snugly. Glue head to body using low temperature glue.

4. Tear textured brown paper into 2″ squares. Working on one section at a time, spread glue generously over turkey body; press torn paper onto glue. Spread glue over papers, applying liberally to edges, so papers lay flat. Continue, overlapping pieces as you go, until body is covered. HINT: It may help to insert a chopstick or dowel into bottom of body to use as a handle. Place stick in glass while glue dries.

5. Using pattern, cut out decorative papers for tail section. Glue papers to tail but do not cover papers with glue. Place flat, heavy object, such as a book, on tails to hold down paper until dried.

6. Cover top, curved edges of tail sections with 1″ paper strips.

7. Assemble turkey with low temperature glue:

  • Glue two tail pieces together.
  • Glue body to front of tail.
  • Cut wings from corrugated paper; glue onto sides of body.
  • Cut out beak, roll into a cone, glue on head.
  • Cut out comb; glue over beak.
  • Glue on eyes.

8. Using metal skewer or tips of scissors, poke holes through the paper along top edges of tail pieces; make nine evenly spaced holes on large tail section and five holes in small section. Insert lollipops.

I am thankful today that Kathleen and Patty shared their talents with us.

I’m also thankful for the holiday inspiration shared daily in the Handmade Holidays series on Stephanie Lynn’s blog Under the Table & Dreaming. Every day this week, five incredible craft bloggers will share their handmade creations. Oh. My. Goodness. It’s only Tuesday and I am already so inspired! Below are just two of the projects from Monday. Please don’t miss a day of Handmade Holidays.

make subway art

Janet from Today’s Fabulous Finds captured the the soft, snowy essence of the popular Christmas song “It’s a Marshmallow World.” Her tutorial shows you how to make all five holiday topiary trees and the subway art.

advent calendar craft

Laura, from Come Together Kids, made a Christmas Countdown Tree. Each day in December, her girls will decorate the tree with another colorful ornament. On Christmas Eve, they’ll add the star. (Her girls had fun making the tree, too.)

And in more news, Alyse has won last week’s prize package — six, 3″ balls and a craft apron.  Congratulations, Alyse.  Please contact me for the details.

Happy crafting!


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  8. oh my gosh, dare i say that is one cute turkey.

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