Pilgrim Turkeys…A Handprint Thanksgiving Craft!

These adorable Pilgrim Turkeys are so fun to make and are just perfect for Thanksgiving!  This craft uses your child’s handprints for the turkey feathers making each creation unique!

These adorable Pilgrim Turkeys are so fun to make and are just perfect for Thanksgiving! | MomOnTimeout.com

These Pilgrim Turkeys are so darned cute!  I knew that I was going to make turkeys to use up some extra styrofoam cups.   I was trying to figure out what to use for the turkey head and realized I had the perfect solution – shatterproof ornaments!  The pilgrim hats were inspired because the turkeys looked a little bald…

Get ready for Thanksgiving with these imaginative Pilgrim Turkeys!  A great craft for all ages. | MomOnTimeout.com


Materials Needed:

foam or paper cup
acrylic paints (brown, red, orange, etc.)
shatter-proof ornament or large pom-pom
googly eyes
foam (red, orange, brown, black, yellow)
orange fuzzy sticks
hot glue gun (or white glue if you’ve got the time)
Pilgrim Hat Template


Paint the styrofoam cups brown using acrylic paints.  I found that having the boys put one hand inside the cup while painting limited the mess somewhat.  You can also place the cup upside down on your work surface and work around it.  Punch the ornament through the bottom of the cup to make the turkey’s head.   You can glue it if it needs some stabilization.

Trace your child’s hand print (or your own) on a brown paper lunch bag.  Cut out the hand and you will have two sets of “feathers”.  If you want more feathers for your turkey, just repeat this step.

Paint the feathers using whatever colors you want. and let them dry.  If the paper starts to curl, wait until dry and lay a heavy book to flatten them out.  The curl looks cool too though :)

Glue the feathers to the back of the turkey.

Glue on some googly eyes.  Cut a triangle out of the orange foam for the nose and a heart from the red foam for the gobbler.  Glue on the nose and the gobbler (upside down heart).

To make the pilgrim hat, cut one rectangle and two circles out of the black or brown foam.  Form a cylinder with the rectangle and glue.  Glue the larger circle to the bottom and the smaller circle to the top.  I embellished the hat with an orange strip and some gold foil.  Glue the hat to the top of the turkey head.

 On the hat shown, I also glued brown felt to the foam to give it some texture.  I think it turned out super cute!

To make the feet, fold orange fuzzy sticks and glue to the inside of the cup.  You can also cut out feet from orange foam or construction paper.

I think these little Pilgrims turned out so adorable and they will definitely be adorning my Thanksgiving table!

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  1. Cute gobblers :)

  2. What fun- makes me wish that we celebrated Thanksgiving in Australia just so I could make on of these little cuties! Lou

  3. Your turkes are adorable! WOW – you are super crafts & I’m impressed!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF – I can’t wait to see what you link up next!
    Beth =-)

  4. this is so cute – here from Tidy Mom – you inspired me to figure out a way to do this with food..maybe a sugar cone inverted and a donut hole ……hmmmmmmm off to figure it out! THANKS!

  5. These pilgrim turkeys ARE so darn cute! Ha ha. Love them and it looks like you all had tons of fun making them. Thank you for sharing at Freshmen Friday, Trish!

  6. so cute!!

    Thanks for linking up!! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/thanksgiving-ideas/

    Have a great weekend

  7. What a cute and fun little craft for the little ones. I would love it if you could link this up at our linky party going on right now.


  8. Coming over from Sunday Showcase Link Party. These are DARLING! I’m pinning this and can’t wait to try it out. :)

  9. These are so cute!

    Stopped in from TGIF.

  10. Doggone these are adorable! What a perfect project to do with kids!!

  11. Super cute!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea!

  12. Cool!
    My daughter said, she wished she had the cups to make these turkeys. They are cute!

  13. Love it.. This is soo cuute Trish…. What a lovely idea.. I have to try it sometime (maybe this thanksgiving).. I would LOVE if you could please link it to my thanksgiving {three weeks of thanks} party pweease – I’m officially following ya with smiles.. Via http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/11/thankful-for-food.html Wishing you an awesome start to your week

  14. love this. I will be using it to keep the little ones busy while we are getting ready for thanksgiving!! thanks! :)
    carla :)

  15. Adorable. Love the use of the ornaments too!!!

  16. These are great! Don’t forget to link them up this Friday, to our special TUrkey show off party, we have lots of fun prizes in store!


  17. So cute! Perfect project for the kiddos today a “no school” day ;) So glad that I found you! Thank you thank you!

  18. Ha ha- This is fantastic- I just pinned it on Pinterest! Thank you for sharing this with us on The Sunday Showcase

  19. These are adorable, Trish! Great one for the kids!

  20. Absolutely adorable! We’d love you to submit this to the Make and Takes spotlight page–http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

  21. These are so cute! I love their heads!

    What a great idea! I hope you will link this post to my Thanksgiving Traditions link up!

  22. Those are adorable.

  23. I have a feeling your kids must think you are the coolest mom ever– you have so many clever ideas! I need to start doing more projects with my kiddos. Thanks for linking up to Refresh Your Nest Friday!

  24. These are so cute! Perfect Thanksgiving decorations.

    Love to invite you to share this project at my Thingamajig Thursday party going on now…http://radcrafter.com/2011/11/thingamajig-thursday-party-3/


  25. Oh for cuteness sake! These are so adorable. My kids will totally be doing these turkeys this year for Thanksgiving.
    I would love to you link up on my blog as well so my readers can see this awesome kid-friendly craft too!

  26. Too cute!! Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday!

    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear

  27. These are so cute!

  28. Those are super fun! What a great craft for the kids!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie this week! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

  29. Super cute! Thanks for linking up with us and hope you join us again this Wednesday! Happy Thanksgiving!


  30. Your turkeys are adorable! I found you through Creative Me Mondays. Thanks for sharing!

  31. cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. I Still love these ;)

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Linky party with The Wildly Original Crowd.

  33. I’m loving that these are kid friendly and so fun for them! You should enter your photos from this project into Craftbaby’s DIY Thanksgiving Crafts & Decor Challenge! :)



  34. Oh my gosh, those are just too cute! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  35. These are really cute! Thanks for sharing!

  36. Just beyond cute!

  37. Those are simply adorable! Pinning this one for next year!

  38. Could these be any cuter? I am showing them off at my party this morning!


  39. Next week on The CSI Project is the Thansgiving crafts, Food and Gratitude challenge. Come link this up and you may WIN!
    Link up begins Wednesday. Tutorials Monday-Wednesday.

  40. Love these!!! How fun! Would love for you to share at our weekly heart&home link up, tuesday-sund at mercyinkblog.com :) anytime!
    hope you’re having a great weekend!

  41. Julie Meskill says:

    These are awesome and I’m in charge of the first grade craft for thanksgiving so I’m thinking of making these. Having some trouble finding the right size ornaments though. Do you remember what size you used and hopefully where you got them? Thanks so much!

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