Gobble Gobble! How To Make A Pinecone Turkey Craft

My daughter made the cutest little pinecone owl at Fusion this past weekend, and I was inspired to put a little spin on the process to come up with a Thanksgiving craft that is both fun and colorful. Behold, the pinecone turkey: The beauty of the pinecone turkey craft is that it can be disassembled and added to many times, offering plenty of entertainment for children that need to be kept busy on Thanksgiving day. Here's how to make a pinecone turkey like Danger's (above):

What you'll need

  • Pinecone
  • Googly eyes
  • Corn kernel or Peanut (for beak)
  • Glue (I prefer hot glue)
  • Feathers of varying shapes and sizes

First step: File down any sharp edges on the pinecone to protect little hands from being pricked. Not all pinecones are sharp, but it doesn't hurt to take the precaution.

Second step: Use hot glue to adhere the eyes and beak to the pinecone.

Third step: Stick feathers around the "fat" end of the pinecone. So long as the feathers are not glued to the pinecone, the child can add or remove feathers for quite some time. This will really come in handy if you plan to fix a big Thanksgiving meal for family and friends!

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving crafts to keep little hands occupied on the big day? I'd love to see them :)