My friend showed me an image of this adorable and homemade turkey nametag and I thought what a cute way to combine Thanksgiving and Fall into a practical and easy craft. I’ve been on the lookout for easy walnut shell craft ideas after making the Walnut Shell Pumpkin and Spider and the Thanksgiving Popsicle Stick Place Card fit the quest!
How To Make Thanksgiving Popsicle Stick Place Card
1 Acorn (from your yard or plastic acorns)
Glue and glue gun
2 googly eyes
The Thanksgiving nametag is not difficult to make and it can certainly be made with children. However the children will need help with the gluing and cutting of felt due to the micro size. For this craft I utilized my favorite set of craft tweezers; I highly recommend this set of tweezers which have a few different sizes to meet your crafting needs.
If you are using acorns from the yard a little pre prep is wise. Spread the acorns on parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake for one hour at 175 degrees. This will keep all the possible critters out of your nametag!
- Write the name of your guest with a sharpie on the craft stick. The name should begin at the end of the craft stick.
- For the gobble gobble, cut a small piece of red felt into an oval shape. There is a little bit of trial and error here to find the size you like for your Thanksgiving Popsicle Stick Place Card. Size the gobble to the whole walnut.
- Cut a smaller long triangle for the beak. This will lay flat on top of the oval.
- Match the top of the triangle to the top of the red gobble and glue together.
- Glue the 2 googly eyes side by side on the top edge of the red and yellow felt.
- With the round side of the walnut facing you, place the felt with the top at the center of the walnut to gain an idea if the felt is sized to the walnut.
- Turn the acorn with the bottom facing you (the little acorn hat faces toward the back of the walnut.)
- Glue the eyes and felt gobble to the top of the acorn.
- This is the slightly testy part, with your glue gun and be generous, put a dab of glue on the top of the back of the walnut. Press the acorn/turkey head into the walnut. Before the glue hardens there is a minute or so when you can adjust the tilt of the head to your desire. Adjust.
- Then firmly hold the acorn to the walnut for the glue to dry.
- TIP: I have a tilted turkey head ! It can be easily be redone. With a little pressure remove the acorn and the dried glue and repeat the steps above.
- After the acorn and walnut are adhered, place the walnut on the glue stick and glue.
- Add two leaves to the back of the walnut as feathers and you are done!
As with any new craft the first try at the Turkey Place Card takes the longest and the next ones go much much quicker. The hardest part of this craft I found was finding acorn shells that the squirrels had not already chewed apart! My answer was to head to the local park with oak trees and in the Fall the trees rain acorns; it was easier to stand by the oak trees and as the acorns fell I gathered the fresh and untouched acorns. Or there is always the dollar store!