1 acorn (bigger is best)
1 pair of googly eyes
Hot glue or super glue
Several construction paper leaves cut out, in autumn colors (red, brown, orange, yellow)
1 construction paper “wattle” in pink or red
Here’s How to Make Your Turkey–
*Best & easiest for elementary aged children to do with their parents help and supervision.*
1. Start with the small clay base– “feet”. Choose any color you like. It’s okay to be creative. Roll it in a ball and flatten like a pancake. Place pine cone firmly into the clay wherever you prefer the base to stand/feet to be. Use a protective surface on your tabletop like newspaper or paper towels (for the clay), if desired.
2. Take the paper leaves and glue them around the wide bottom part of the pine cone (the butt). Using hot glue is ideal, but sticking them in between the spikes of the pine cone with a little super glue applied to the leaf ends can also work (make sure it’s snug).
3. Glue a head (acorn) on your turkey– opposite end of the leaf/feather-butt… the skinny end of the pine cone. The bigger the acorn the better. We chose a tiny one– made for an interesting and funny little character. The big, full, brown, rimmed, traditional, mature acorns make more accurate looking heads. This is also easier with hot glue, but super glue can work if done carefully and creatively.
4. Apply googly eyes in desired size! Use glue.
5. That little flap of skin that hangs under the beak or chin of the turkey– sometimes called the “wattle” (I’m no turkey anatomy expert, but there are arguments about this term)– comes next. Take your paper wattle and glue it under the acorn head.
You’re finished! My 6 year old daughter and I made this fairly easily and quickly, even with the occasional obstacle and a one year old to reckon with and myself being a pregnant mommy. We will use it as a Thanksgiving centerpiece for as long as it holds up as a decoration. We also like it because we are vegetarians, and we love incorporating the idea of “living”, “free”, or “liberated” turkeys into our holiday whenever possible. This is a great craft project for every family and with some patience and peace, you’ll be sure to enjoy it.