Happy Thanksgiving! However you are planning to celebrate this year, we hope these Thanksgiving crafts are a fun addition to your holiday. Check back each week for a new craft from the staff at Cancer Support Community North Texas.
Pinecone Turkey Decoration
This turkey craft is cute by itself or as an added decoration to your Thanksgiving table! You can watch a tutorial on our Facebook Page.
1. Pinecones (rounder are better)
2. Feathers (or felt cut into feather shapes)
3. Felt (yellow and red)
4. Pom-poms (yellow)
5. Googly eyes or buttons
7. Glue gun
8. Glue sticks
Lay the pinecone on its side so it sits steadily on a flat surface and doesn’t roll around. Start prepping the feathers to go in the back of the pinecone by making a little cut through the shaft of the feather, about halfway up.
Arrange the feathers in between the pinecone scales, varying the colors as you go. Make sure the feathers are cut to a good length so they’re not too tall for the pinecone. If the feathers are a little long, just trim them down to the size that you want.
Keep going, row by row, until you are happy with how the feathers are placed. Once you’re happy with how they look, take them out and use a glue gun to place a small dab of hot glue at the bottom of each feather. Quickly and carefully place the feather back in its place on the pinecone. Use a toothpick to help you get the feather into place before the glue dries without burning your fingers! When you’re finished gluing the larger feathers to the back of the pinecone, start trimming the feathers that you will glue towards the front of the pinecone. The feathers should gradually taper in length, getting shorter towards the face of the turkey.
Once you have the pinecone filled in with feathers, start making the turkey face! Grab a pom-pom and glue on some googly. Next, cut a small triangle out of a piece of scrap orange felt for the beak, then cut a wattle out of red felt. The wattle is skewed teardrop shape – rounded at the bottom with a thinner point at the top. Your beak and wattle don’t have to be perfect – this will make each turkey unique! Glue the wattle to the pom-pom, then glue the beak on top of the wattle to finish the face
Glue your turkey face to your pinecone and decorate your house with some fun Thanksgiving decorations!
Learn more about Noogieland – our support program for kids and teens – here.