Are you hosting a school feast? Want a cute decoration for your own family dinner? These handsome turkeys can be used to hold mixed nuts or a sweet treat. Be sure to ask if there are nut allergies before starting!
12 brown, 12″ chenille sticks (heads)
72 googly eyes, ¼” size
36 12″chenille sticks, assorted colors
3 dozen, 1 ½” paper condiment cups
1 sheet red felt
scissors or kitchen shears
Using scissors or kitchen shears, cut all the chenille sticks into 4-inch pieces.
1. Turkey Head: Curl a piece of a brown chenille stick into a flat spiral shape, leaving 1 inch straight at the end for a neck. Lay flat on your workspace and glue 1 eye in the center. After the glue has dried, turn over and repeat on the opposite side. Cut small triangles out of the red felt and glue to the front of the spiral to make a beak. Small adhesive-backed foam triangles can be substituted as well.
2. Tail: Twist the ends of assorted colors of chenille sticks into feather-shaped loops and group into sets of 3.
3. Assembly: Using clear tape (or glue if you’re patient!), attach the head and three tail “feathers” to the side of a paper condiment cup.
Fill with your favorite nuts or candy. Tips: Preparing all the chenille sticks first makes for faster assembly. You can also divide this activity into two days to allow the eyes to dry completely on one side before turning over. If glue is not your thing, try using mini glue dots for the eyes and beak too.