This adorable Thanksgiving Turkey Craft is a cute way to celebrate what is becoming one of our favorite holidays.
Between the rush to start Halloween earlier every year, and then the rush to start Christmas before Halloween is over, we are tired of overly commercial holidays.
Thanksgiving is the one beautiful holiday that truly is all about family and giving thanks and simple living. We have so much to be thankful for each and every year. No matter what you might feel like, we are all so very blessed.
So it’s satisfying to stop and truly celebrate a non-commercial holiday that is more about being thankful for what we have, rather than the need to own more.
Craft For Thanksgiving Holiday
Thanksgiving is also one of the first times in the school year with a long break. It’s when the kids are home and you’re trying to figure out how to keep them entertained.
This Thanksgiving turkey craft is perfect for older kids, and even visiting family, to do as a DIY project. It’s simple enough to make. You just need thread and a needle and some scraps of felt (or substitute material if that’s what you have on hand).
If you don’t want to sew – or have small kids trying to do this project – you can use glue instead!
Be sure to pin this craft idea to Pinterest for later so that you’re ready with great activities when the family says that they are bored!
Turkey Craft DIY Project
- Colored felt – yellow, orange, red, brown, black and white
- Needle and thread
- Pencil or pen – for tracing the template
- Cotton filling
- Hot glue gun
- Optional: Craft glue if not sewing, googly eyes instead of felt eyes
- Trace the patterns from the template onto the felt. Download the PDF craft template in our Digital Library. You should have the following: 2 parts for the body, 1 beak, 1 wattle, 10 feathers (2 for each feather pattern), 2 parts for the white area and 2 parts for the black area of eyes, and 2 legs.
2. Take a main body part and stitch the eyes, the beak and the wattle on it.
3. Take the other (plain) body piece and place it under the one with the face attached. Match their sides together.
4. Stitch around the sides of the body cut but keep a small opening at the bottom side.
5. Stuff cotton filling through the opening and then place the 2 legs between the 2 body cut outs at the bottom open end.
6. Stitch the bottom in order to attach both the body parts and the 2 legs together.
7. Take any 2 feather patterns (same color) and place them together, making sure that the sides are matched.
8. Stitch around the sides of the feather patterns and before closing the stitch make sure to stuff a little cotton filling through the opening. Do the same process with the remainder of the feathers.
9. Decide how you would like to arrange the felt feathers on the turkey. Heat up the hot glue gun.
10. Glue the feathers on the back side of the stuffed turkey body one by one. Make sure that the feather patterns are visible from the front side of the turkey.
11. If you want to cover the places where you glued the feathers (if, for instance, there’s a lot of hot glue gun wax showing), you can cut a circle out of a piece of felt and glue on top.
12. Glue a small piece of round felt on the front of the turkey.
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