Here’s a cute little turkey craft that will look adorable on the Thanksgiving table, and they are so simple to make! Kids will enjoy creating these wood slice turkeys. Make them with a class or make them at home, either way it’s a project you’ll want to save!
Last year, we made wood slice owls, and we had a few wood slices left over. I asked my 11 year old if he had any ideas for how we could create turkeys, since he loves craft projects. He suggested craft sticks for feathers, and they worked quite well!
I wanted to turkeys to sit up on their own, so we glued a wooden cube to the back of each one.
Here’s what you need to make one:
- Wood Slices – We used wood slice ornaments from Hobby Lobby (wood craft aisle, not the holiday aisle).
- Colored craft sticks (or paint plain ones)
- Googly eyes
- Red and orange felt
- Brown pipe cleaners
- Hot glue gun, or use wood glue
- 0.75 inch or 1 inch wood cubes – one for each turkey
These are the wood slices we used. They are ornaments, but we cut off the strings for this project.
Cut the craft sticks in half with scissors – it works better than you’d think! Then fire up the glue gun. We have a low-temp glue gun with works well for ages 8+. If you don’t want to supervise the use of the glue gun, wood glue would also work well for this. White Elmer’s glue might also be strong enough.
Start by gluing a wood cube to the wood slice to make it stand up.
Glue the feathers on in layers. Do the two lowest feathers first, and work your way up.
Bend pipe cleaners to make feet. Then glue them to the bottom of the wood slice. This will make the turkey lean back slightly, but I thought it looked good that way. The turkeys are still stable with the wood cube. If you want to glue the wooden cube a little lower on the wood slice so that it, the turkey will sit up straight.
The finished turkeys are so cute!
Add some pumpkins, pine cones, acorns, etc. to make a Thanksgiving centerpiece. 🙂
Want more turkey ideas?