Here is a super-simple Pinecone Turkey craft you can make with kids for fall or Thanksgiving. This is a low-cost DIY, especially if you can find the pinecones in your yard, or on a nature walk. Make several of these and put one at each person’s plate for Thanksgiving dinner, add a name card and you can use them for placecard holders. Try this Thanksgiving craft this year!
- 1 red pipe cleaner
- 1 yellow pipe cleaner
- 1 orange pipe cleaner
- 1 brown pipe cleaner
- 1 small scrap brown construction paper
- 1 small scrap yellow construction paper
- 1 pair small wiggly eyes
- Pinecone Turkey Pattern
Step 1: Cut each of the pipe cleaners in half, and cut a small piece off one end of one of the red pieces. (Save this small piece. It will be used for for the turkey’s face.)
Step 2: Bend the pipe cleaners in half, so they make a loop on one end.
Step 3: Lay the pipe cleaners out so they look like a fan, with the loop at the top of each one. Rotate the colors so you have one of each color, then repeat the same order a second time.
Step 4: Glue all of the pipe cleaners together where they join at the base, then glue them to the wide end of a pine cone. Set this aside to dry.
Step 5: While the tail is drying, print out the Pinecone Turkey Pattern and cut it out.
Step 6: Use the pattern to cut out one turkey head from brown construction paper, and one turkey beak from yellow construction paper.
Step 7: Stick the wiggly eyes to the turkey’s head. Most wiggly-eyes comes with a sticky adhesive backing, but if your don't simply add a little dot of glue to the back of each eye.
Step 8: Fold the beak in half, and glue it on the fold below the eyes.
Step 9: Bend the small piece of red pipe cleaner, then glue it in place above and down the side of the beak.
Step 10: Glue the head to the narrower end of the pine cone.
Step 11: Display your Pine Cone Turkey on your Thanksgiving table. Add a name card and use it as a place holder.
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