When you think of Thanksgiving, you inevitably think about
turkey! And what better way to prepare for the holiday than to make
your very own puffy pompom turkeys? With a few simple supplies that
you might already have at home and the help of your little ones'
hands for the feathers, these fluffy turkeys are a fun way to feel
Plus, these little guys can sit perfectly on your dinner table
or happily on a mantle as decoration.
Orange pipe cleaners
Colored foam in fall colors like red, orange and yellow
Hot glue gun or craft glue
Start by making the pompom. Wind the yarn around your flat hand
until all your fingers are covered and the yarn is your desired
thickness. The more yarn, the puffier your ball. Carefully pull the
yarn off your hand and lay it on top of a long piece of yarn.
Place one pipe cleaner across the bundle of yarn going the
opposite direction of the piece of yarn. This pipe cleaner will be
the base for the turkey legs. Pull up the piece of yarn from both
sides and tie it very tightly together several times. It may help
to flip the bundle over and tie tightly a few times.
Make the pompom by cutting the loops. Slide the scissors under
the loops and cut all the way around. Fluff the turkey into a ball
once all the loops are cut.
To finish the feet, bend the long pipe cleaner in the pompom
ball in half to look like legs. Use another pipe cleaner to form
the feet by tri-folding it and then twist the leg pipe cleaner
around the feet pipe cleaner to attach. Repeat for the second
To create the feathers, have your child place their hand on the
colored foam and trace around it. Cut out the hand and repeat to
make at least three feather hands.
Glue the handprints together, while being careful to fan them
out slightly to create the look of feathers.
Now's the fun part of bringing the turkey to life with a face.
With glue, add the googly eyes to the pompom ball, as well as beak
and wattle that you cut out of the colored foam.
Bend the legs of the turkey to help him take a seat on your
desired surface. Gobble gobble and enjoy!