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 festive together.
Plus, these little guys can sit perfectly on your dinner table or happily on a mantle as decoration.
Even young kids can make these easy pompom turkeys for your holiday table.
Orange pipe cleaners
Colored foam in fall colors like red, orange and yellow
Hot glue gun or craft glue
Supplies you’ll need
Start by making the pompom. Wind the yarn around your flat handuntil all your fingers are covered and the yarn is your desiredthickness. The more yarn, the puffier your ball. Carefully pull theyarn off your hand and lay it on top of a long piece of yarn.
Place one pipe cleaner across the bundle of yarn going theopposite direction of the piece of yarn. This pipe cleaner will bethe base for the turkey legs. Pull up the piece of yarn from bothsides and tie it very tightly together several times. It may helpto flip the bundle over and tie tightly a few times.
Make the pompom by cutting the loops. Slide the scissors underthe loops and cut all the way around. Fluff the turkey into a ballonce all the loops are cut.
To finish the feet, bend the long pipe cleaner in the pompomball in half to look like legs. Use another pipe cleaner to formthe feet by tri-folding it and then twist the leg pipe cleaneraround the feet pipe cleaner to attach. Repeat for the secondfoot.
To create the feathers, have your child place their hand on thecolored foam and trace around it. Cut out the hand and repeat tomake at least three feather hands.
Glue the handprints together, while being careful to fan themout 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 beakand wattle that you cut out of the colored foam.
Bend the legs of the turkey to help him take a seat on yourdesired surface. Gobble gobble and enjoy!