Thanksgiving Acorn Turkey Craft

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This unique Turkey craft will bring a smile to the Thanksgiving decorations. Upcycled craft for Thanksgiving (is your yard covered in acorns!) The Thanksgiving Acorn Turkey craft is very easy to make with craft supplies already in your craft closet and the yard! An easy Turkey craft for kids and I am sure the squirrels won’t miss a few acorns from their Fall gathering.

Turkey made of acorns and colorful paper feathers.

How To Make Thanksgiving Acorn Turkey Craft


Acorn turkey materials: googly eyes, foam paper, acorns.

2 Acorns

Foam Paper

Googly Eyes


  1. Lay one acorn on its’ side with the acorn hat facing to the back.
  2. Assemble the turkey head.
  3. Cut out a yellow triangle from the foam paper. This is the beak.
  4. Cut out the red gobble from the foam paper. This is the gobble.
  5. The yellow and red cut outs will be glued to the turkey head which is the acorn with the hat at the top.
  6. Glue on two googly eyes slightly below the acorn hat. Googly eyes can be testy, those little devils! I share a few tips and tricks to make googly eyes stick to help the “installation”!
  7. Glue the gobble below the two eyes.
  8. Glue the yellow beak on top of the gobble.
  9. Remove all strands of glue if using a glue gun.
  10. Lay an acorn on its side. The acorn hat is facing to the back.
  11. Glue the finished acorn turkey head to the second acorn by placing the head at the front of the acorn facing you.
  12. Let the glue set.
  13. Cut out feathers free hand from the foam paper.
  14. Glue the feathers to the back of the acorn. The arrangement and colors are up to you. 
  15. I used two size of feathers. The smaller feathers I glued directly behind the acorn turkey.
  16. The smaller feathers served as a base for the larger feathers. I layered the large feathers behind the small feathers.
  17. Let the glue dry.

The acorns should be prepped after gathering from the outside. It is very easy and I suggest batch drying the acorns after gathering. The acorns can then be stored with the craft supplies for future use. Who knew acorns make such a cute turkeys!

I combined acorns and walnuts to make the Thanksgiving Walnut Turkey. These little turkeys sprinkled around the Thanksgiving table or throughout the house on Turkey Day always bring a smile to guests.

Two turkeys made of walnuts, acorns and leaves.

How To Dry Out Acorns

Acorns should be baked and prepped to dry out the acorns and prevent and unwelcome bug visitors. 

  1. Put a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  2. Lay out the acorns.
  3. Bake for one hour at 175 degrees.
  4. Let cool or cool overnight.

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