Jessica, one of the co-hosts for Awesome Things Tuesday, gave me a bunch of these ginormous pine cones from her yard. They are incredible. And I knew right away that they would make perfect turkeys.
Now let me teach you how we made these amazingly simple pine cone turkeys!
- Pipe cleaners
- Puff balls
- Googly eyes
- Yellow felt (cut into small triangles)
- Hot glue
I cut each pipe cleaner in half. Then I folded them in half and twisted the ends together to form an upside down teardrop.
Once I was satisfied with how many "feathers" I wanted for each turkey, I just shoved the pipe cleaners into the pine cones. You could glue them if you wanted, but I was doing this craft with 13 kids at once and didn't want to wait for the glue to dry and did not want to spend the entire day hot gluing them all in. They stuck pretty well with just being shoved in there though.
Once all the feathers were in place, I hot glued the puff ball to the bottom of the pinecone, followed by the googly eyes and yellow felt beak.
And finally, I took the brown pipe cleaners and twisted them into tear drops and stuck them in on the bottom of the turkey as feet.
Total time for this was about 20 minutes (for me). I held two play dates making these, one with kids ages 1-3 and another with kids ages 3-6. The smaller kids of course needed more help, but the bigger kids were able to do it all on their own, minus the hot gluing.
You could even add little name cards to these and make them into place settings for Thanksgiving dinner!