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Tom Turkey Craft

Looks like I’m still going strong with the jar crafts folks :). What can I say I’m a sucker for easy and inexpensive projects… oh and if I can incorporate it into a holiday even better! This little Thanksgiving turkey craft hits all of these points AND you can even put some of that Halloween candy to good use…if you have any left ;). Without further ado, here’s how you can create your own Tom Turkey 🙂


Turkey Craft Supplies:

  • One glass jar
  • Colored card stock (I would recommend at least three different colors)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Candy

turkey supplies

* Please note that any steps requiring the use of hot glue or scissors should be completed by an adult or at least supervised if your child is older.

First, dab a little hot glue onto the googly eyes and glue them to the front of your glass jar. Needless to say, the glue is extremely hot so this step would be most suitable for an adult to complete.

turkey glue eyes

Next, you will create Tom’s little beak. Allow your child to select a piece of card stock (I would recommend yellow or orange, but hey, I’m down with purple or any other color too) :). Draw a triangle on the chosen piece of card stock, cut out the shape and hot glue it below the eyes.

Time to shake a tail feather! Draw a feather outline onto a piece of card stock and cut it out. I would suggest making the shape rather simple since you will be writing on it. Also, make sure the feather is large enough for your jar – you want to be able to read the messages you write over the lid. Use your first feather as a template for the remaining feathers. It is completely up to you how many you put on there.

turkey feather sketch

Once you’ve cut out all your feathers ask your child what they are thankful for. Write each message on its own feather. Make sure to place the feather on the jar so you can estimate where to begin writing on the paper – you wouldn’t want the message to be obscured.

turkey feathers

After your child’s messages of thanks have been recorded on the feathers hot glue them carefully in a fan formation to the back of the jar with the messages facing forward.

turkey jar and feathers

Last, but not least, fill Tom’s tummy with yummy candy, close the lid and display. I’ve decided to place mine on my dining table. It serves as a good reminder for everything we are grateful for and encourages us to talk about other things we are lucky to have in our lives…oh and of course Tom provides dessert 🙂

turkey final

Happy crafting y’all and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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