Every Thanksgiving I try to create a unique ‘take home’ gift that all visiting family and friends can take home with them. For adults this tends to be a unique hand-made place card. Like many family traditions, this one actually did not start off with the intention of becoming a yearly event but it has become one of our family’s favorite memories. Needless to say, I hold on to all of the previous year’s place cards and crafts and every Thanksgiving we pull them out of the storage boxes and discuss our favorite memories from that meal.
This year my daughter and I wanted to create something fun for all of the kids attending our Thanksgiving meal, festivities, and parties leading up to the holiday. As many of you who have followed along with my site already know, we have an abundance of acorns around our rural home. They are my favorite go-to hands on craft item on our property. Some of the fun hands-on crafts that we have made are Acorn Fireflies craft and Acorn Bumble Bees. So in true Winnie-the-Pooh fashion we sat and we thought about what we could create. And we sat. And we thought.
Then it hit us as my daughter was playing with a pile of leaves: let’s make an Acorn Turkey using a leaf for the turkey feathers for our Thanksgiving kids craft!
To make your own Acorn Turkey you will need the following supplies:
- Fall Leaves
- Googly eyes
- Red felt
- Yellow pipe cleaner
- Hot glue
This quick and easy craft is as easy as 1-2-3. Start by placing a line of glue on your leaf (the turkey feathers) where you would like to place the acorn (the body of the acorn).
Then place the acorn on top of the glue. Make sure to prop the leaf up so that it lays flat when drying. Our leaf and acorn took roughly 15 minutes to completely dry so that we could move on to the next step.
While the leaf and acorn are drying, grab your red felt and have your child cut out the turkey wattle. Once your turkey and leaf are fully dry, use hot glue gun to attach the eyes and the wattle. Lastly, cut and bend the yellow pipe cleaner into a v shape to create legs for your turkey to help him sit. Then attach it to the bottom of the acron. You can attach the legs behind the acorn itself with hot glue or attach the legs to the back of the leaf. We found that both of these methods worked well.
Now your Thanksgiving table will have a fun and festive turkey to take home! My daughter and I loved making this Thanksgiving kids craft.
What fun family crafts and traditions does your family have for Thanksgiving?