Kids Crafts: Thanksgiving Fall Leaf Turkey

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)

So when we were thinking of craft ideas for Thanksgiving, we came up with lots of ideas. As expected, many were turkey’s and more than you’d think included toilet paper rolls–I guess you work with what you’ve got. ;D  This is one of the toilet paper roll ideas that made it past the testing phase and we’re happy to share our creation…actually Soph did most of the work, but we’ll take credit too :D

Here’s what you need to create your own Thanksgiving Fall Leaf Turkey:
-1 empty toilet paper roll (or paper towel roll, cut in half)
-Fall leaves
-1 pine cone
-1 helicopter seed
-Markers, one black sharpie and one red
-Other tree seeds
-Orange construction paper

Step 1: Prep your toilet paper roll or paper towel roll
If you’re using a paper towel roll, cut it to size. If you’re using a toilet paper roll, no prep is really necessary, just pull off any tidbits of remaining toilet paper.

Step 2: Glue on your leaf feathers
Now it’s time to break out the hot glue gun and get busy gluing on some colorful leaves to so your turkey is super beautiful.  Younger kids should have adults help with this step. Soph is 9 1/2 and an expert glue gunner, so I just had to watch and photograph the gluing event.  Aren’t my pics great ;D

Step 3: Draw Turkey Eyes
In the general location of where your turkey’s eyes should be, draw some eyes.

Step 4: Cut Your Beak and Glue On
Take your orange construction paper and cut a beak shaped piece and glue it on.  You can also break out the sharpie and add some nostril holes like Soph did. Turkey’s gotta breath too, plus it looks cute.

Step 5: Add the Waddle
Grab the helicopter seed and your red marker. Color the helicopter seed red and then glue it under the beak.

Step 6: Embellish with Other Tree Seeds
Some of the trees outside of the apartment we live in have seeds like those you see in the pic.  If you have a seed that creates seeds like that, this is the time to embellish your turkey.  Now, if you have other items to embellish with, use those. It’s about creativity, not exactivity.

Step 7: Add the Pine Cone Hat
This is the easiest part of the whole project!  Stick the pine cone in the head part of the turkey.

And, that everyone, is it!  And isn’t it so cute!

Do you have any Thanksgiving crafts you like to make? If so, please tell us about ‘em or share a pic, we’d love to see what you’re up too!

Happy Family Crafting Everyone!

2 Comments For This Post

  1. Trish - Mom On Timeout Says:

    Your turkey turned out soo cute! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity at Mom On Timeout. Hope to see you back tonight!

  2. the Mom Says:

    Thanks! We’ll be there.

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