Pom Pom Turkeys – Thanksgiving Craft

Pom Pom Turkeys are a fun and easy craft for Thanksgiving! | MomOnTimeout.com

So far the extent of my Thanksgiving decorating has involved removing spiders, bats, and black cats from our Halloween decor.  Lots of pumpkins left though!  November just snuck up on me and now Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I have somehow failed to do any real Thanksgiving crafts with Reece and Bryce.  I knew I needed to do something this weekend because we have a busy week ahead and we leave next Sunday for Disneyland {yay!}.  So today was the day!

I decided to try for a Pom Pom Turkey.  I love doing pom pom crafts with the boys because they can really get involved and I always have yarn on hand :)  It’s nice not having to run out and get supplies for a craft right?  The turkeys turned out really cute and I love that they are personalized with hand print feathers – so fun!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn {I used brown}
  • Pipe cleaners for the legs
  • Colored foam for the feathers, beak, and wattle
  • Googly eyes
  • Hot glue

Let’s get started!  First we’re going to make the pom pom.  I have a very detailed tutorial here but basically you are going to wind the yarn around your hand or fingers until you have the desired density.  Pull the yarn off and lay it on top or a piece of yarn that you will use to tie up the bundle.  Place the pipe cleaner across the bundle the opposite direction of the piece of yarn.  This will be the turkey legs and we want it nice and secure.  Pull up the piece of yarn from both sides and tie VERY TIGHTLY several times.  Flip the bundle over and repeat.

Next we are going to cut the loops.  Slide scissors up under the loops and cut all the way around.  Loops will hide so be on the lookout for them!  After you have all the loops cut it’s time to make the feet.  Use a second pipe cleaner to form the feet and twist the legs pipe cleaner around the feet to secure.

Now it’s time for the fun part!  Have your child place their hand on the colored foam and trace around their hand.  Cut out the hand and use it for a template to cut out two other colors of foam.

Hand Prints

Glue the hand prints together, fanning them out slightly to create the look of turkey feathers.  Glue the hand prints to the back of the turkey.

Now it’s time to add the googly eyes.  Cut out a yellow or orange triangle for the beak and use red foam for the wattle.  And you’re done!  So cute right?  We have a large collection of googly eyes and the boys always love to pick out fun ones to really personalize their crafts.  I love the ones with eyelashes!

Pom Pom Turkeys are a fun and easy craft for Thanksgiving! | MomOnTimeout.comSo are you all ready for Thanksgiving??  I feel kind of strange that we will be at Disneyland on Thanksgiving Day but I will of course be preparing a Thanksgiving dinner when we get back.  Of course :)

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  1. These are so cute!

  2. These are cute. I’m always looking for fun projects to do with my neices and nephews during the holidays. Looks like this is what we’ll be doing this year.

  3. These made me giggle. So cute! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop http://www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you’d like to follow each other!

  4. Your turkeys are just so cute – they make me smile. :) Looks like a fun project for the kiddos, too!

  5. ahhhh! This make me smile :o) I came over from ginger snap crafts to invite you to join my month long Thanksgiving link party. It will be open for one more week, with fabulous features on Thanksgiving day! I would lovr for you to join us!

  6. This is too cute! Pinning it to do later my girls. Definitely my favorite turkey craft I’ve seen!

  7. What an adorable idea! My girls love making pom poms, too. This would be fun to do with them.

  8. These are awesome! I know my daughter is gonna totally love ’em when I show her…a perfect craft for her age–plus super cute.

    I’d love it if you’d stop by my linky party and share ’em: http://www.twokidscooking.com/2012/11/sunday-show-and-tell-week-9/

    Hope you stop by and link-up!


  9. OMG these are so fun! Love Love Love them!

  10. They are so cute! The little ones hands make them extra special!

  11. This is so adorable!!
    thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/thanksgiving-turkeys-crafts-and-pies/

    have a great rest of the weekend, and Happy Thanksgiving.

  12. Too cute, I love it! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  13. Hi Trish,
    This project is so cute, we featured it on our blog today:
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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