Thanksgiving will be here shortly (in Canada anyways, our US friends have a little more time)! Have you started thinking about what you are going to serve for dinner? Picked up your turkey and stuffing yet? Don’t forget the pumpkin pie! I am lucky that for Thanksgiving we normally go to my Mom’s house so I don’t have to worry about cooking or hosting everyone. Now that our family is getting bigger with more cousins getting married and babies being adding into the mix it is not unusual to have 20+ for dinner. And yes we all squeeze around the table (or 2 tables) for a Thanksgiving feast! The boys and I have been working on a Thanksgiving craft this year and there will be a special centerpiece on Grandma’s table – Pom Pom Turkeys!
Easy Thanksgiving Craft: Pom Pom Turkey Centerpiece
Pom Pom Turkeys are an easy Thanksgiving craft that is fun to do with the kids and can be put away to use again for many years to come! I love that they use hand prints as part of the craft, it adds a personalized touch to each turkey. All you need to create your own turkey is:
- Brown Yarn
- Orange pipecleaners
- Googly eyes
- Coloured Foam – Red, Yellow, & Orange
- Glue gun and glue sticks
I was able to pick up all the supplies I need at Michaels Craft Stores. I love that store and could spend hours looking at all the crafting supplies.
Start off my making the pom pom. To do this wind the yarn around your hand or fingers until they are completely covered and have 3-4 layers on top. The more your wind on the denser your pom pom will be. I used Monkey’s hand to create a smaller pom pom and my own to create a larger one. Once you have the desired density slide the yarn off your hand and lay it across a piece of yarn that you will use to tie it into a bundle. Tie it VERY tightly in the opposite direction that you were winding to create a bundle with loops on both sides. Cut a pipe cleaner in half and tie it into the bottom of the bundle. Next cut the loops to create the pom pom. Slide your scissors inside the loops and cut all the way around. Fluff out the yarn and check for any loops that you missed as they can hide. Trace 3 hand prints, one on each of the colours of foam and cut them out. Use both the left and right hands so that the silhouette is not exactly the same for all 3. Layer the cut out hand prints fanning them slightly to create the look of feathers and glue them together using the glue gun. Trim the bottom of the hand pints as necessary to get the desired height of your feathers for your turkey. Glue the feathers to the back of your turkey using the glue gun.Now it is time to decorate! Attach googly eyes using hot glue. Cut out a beak from orange foam and a wattle from red foam and attach. Create feet by wrapping another small piece of pipe cleaner around the legs.
And you are done! Create a whole family of Turkeys for a gaggle of fun at Thanksgiving! They are perfect to sit along a ledge or in a decorative dish for a Thanksgiving centerpiece. An easy Thanksgiving craft that will add a pop of colour to your table and be cherished for years to come.
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Originally posted September 2013