Who would have thought that popsicle sticks and turkeys go together like mashed potatoes and turkey! Thanksgiving themed crafts can be difficult to find for your crafty little ones, but the Popsicle Stick Turkey Crafts For Kids are easy to make and oh so cute! Handmade and homemade turkeys to add to your Thanksgiving table and decor.
Only a few materials are needed for each Popsicle Stick Turkey Craft and more than likely the materials are already in your craft stash. A quick trip to the dollar store will yield the additional materials plus a quick trip to the yard for acorns!
How To Make Popsicle Stick Turkey Crafts For Kids
Popsicle Stick Duct Tape Turkey
Yellow and red felt scraps
Sticky alert! The biggest obstacle in this craft is the sticky duct tape which can be well, very sticky, to maneuver. However you have an entire roll so a few oops along the way is no big deal.
- Cut a 5 inch strip of duct tape.
- Cut the 5 inch strip in half length wise.
- Wrap the duct tape around each stick.
- Make the body of the turkey by sliding one popsicle stick half way up the second popsicle stick and glue together. The smaller ice cream paddle popsicle sticks can also be used.
- No pattern is needed for the turkey gobble and nose. It is actually easier to eyeball the size than use a template.
- Cut a small triangle from the yellow felt.
- Cut a turkey gobble from the red felt. It is easier just to cut a small wavy strip from the red felt then size to the popsicle stick turkey face.
- Glue the googly eyes to the popsicle body.
- About 1/8″ down from the middle of the eyes glue the red turkey gobble.
- Line up the straight edge of the triangle to the top of the turkey gobble and glue.
- The popsicle sticks need to be cut to make the duct tape feathers. Adult supervision is necessary for the part of the craft with younger children or if an exacto blade is used. The popsicle sticks are easily cut with an exacto blade, but I used sharp craft scissors for safety.
- The size of the feathers is up to you. I cut a few sticks in half first and then laid the feathers out behind the turkey body to see what sticks needed to be adjusted to size.
- Glue the feathers in a V shape behind the body so the feathers are spread apart to make a plume.
- Let the glue dry and voila! A Popsicle Stick Duct Tape Turkey.
- As with any new craft, the first turkey is the toughest. Once you have a feel for the duct tape the craft will move along much quicker.
Googly Eye Secret Weapon
Crafting with googly eyes can be frustrating because the eyes are so small to work with and position properly. I use angle slanted tweezers for crafts which require working with small pieces. It is so much easier! The forcep like ends are wider than traditional tweezers and allow grasping small materials much easier than pointed tips. Many crafters buy a set of craft tools to help with small materials when crafting. This is the tool I use all the time for crafts large and small.
Mini Popscicle Stick Turkey
Red and yellow scrap felt
2 small googly eyes
This Popsicle Stick turkey is part two of the Thanksgiving Nametag Turkey.
Tutorial is available here to make the acorn turkey head. Kids can help with this craft by gathering acorns for the turkeys and positioning the turkey feathers.
Make the Thanksgiving Nametag turkey – do not attach the turkey to the popsicle stick as you would to make a nametag.
The turkey is now ready for its’ mini popsicle stick feathers.
Attach each mini popsicle stick/feather to the rear of the walnut shell to make the turkey plume.
If your turkey is slightly tilted a small piece of double sided tape can help the turkey stand tall!
We are now ready for Turkey number three!
The Walnut Shell Turkey With Flowers
As you have noticed this is not a Popsicle Stick Turkey but is in the same lane as the Mini Popsicle Stick Turkey – just a little twist on the feathers I thought you might enjoy !
Same Materials (The Tutorial and material list is here)
Add a fabric flower from the dollar store – package of three flowers for $1.00 !
- Make the turkey as described in the tutorial for the Walnut Shell Thanksgiving turkey.
- Instead of attaching mini popsicle sticks as feathers — use a fabric flower!
- I found fabric flowers at the dollar store 3 in a package for $1.00.
- Detach one flower and gather the flower petals to one side.
- Glue to the walnut shell turkey as the turkey plume.
- Let Dry.
I hope you have enjoyed these Popsicle Stick Turkey Crafts For Kids ideas plus the bonus walnut shell turkey with flowers. Tour the craft section of the dollar store with feathers in mind and it is amazing what might visualize to use as crafty feathers! Happy Thanksgiving!
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