- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose the size of turkey you want to make. Download and print the patterns
on white paper. The larger turkey has separate patterns for the body
and the tail. Be sure to print both patterns. The smaller turkey has
two color options—choose the one you like best, or make both!
The tail back patterns for both sizes are optional, but this
addition gives your turkey a more finished look from the back.
Tail and Wings
Smaller Turkey 1
Smaller Turkey 2
Smaller Tail Backs
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Cut
Cut out each pattern piece on its black outline. For each turkey,
you will have two bodies, two wings, one tail, and an optional tail
If you printed a black-and-white pattern, color the pattern pieces before cutting them.
Wild turkeys have feathers in shades of brown, but for a bit of
brightness, add orange, red, or yellow to the tail feathers.
- Step 3: Glue
Put one turkey body piece with the colored side down. Apply a
small bead of white (PVA) glue on the edge along the back, around
the head and neck, and halfway to the feet. Take the other body
piece, colored side up, and lay it on top of the first body piece. Press along
the glue line
to join. Let the glue set for five to 10 minutes before stuffing the
Tip: Do not get any glue on the middle of the
pattern pieces. You need a pocket that can be stuffed later.
- Step 4: Glue Wings
Fold back the tab on each wing. Apply glue to the tabs and attach
one wing to each side of the body.
- Step 5: Glue Tail
Cut the two slits in center of the tail. Tip: It
is easier to cut the slits with a craft knife. Kids get help
from an adult!
Fold back the tabs on the body, insert a tab in each
slit, and fold over. Glue the tabs to the back of the tail.
If you printed the tail back, glue it over the back of the tail.
- Step 6: Stuff Turkey
Wait for the glue to dry completely before stuffing the turkey.
This is very important!
Use a chopstick to gently open the pocket inside the turkey. Push
the chopstick up into the head.
You will need two or three facial tissues to stuff the large
turkey, and one tissue to stuff the small turkey. Tear the facial
tissue(s) in fourths. Use the chopstick to push about a fourth of a
facial tissue into the turkey's head. Push the rest of the tissue
pieces into the front and toward the top of the body. Stand the
turkey on its feet.
Tip: If the seam around the head or body splits during stuffing, you may not have used enough glue or let the glue dry completely. Remove the stuffing and repeat the gluing step.
You can also use tape to repair the split.
Tip: If you have trouble getting the turkey to stand, make sure that the
bottoms of its feet are flat and even. You can also bend the feet
outward. If the turkey falls back on its tail, add some weight to the
front by pushing the tissues toward the front and bending the tail
toward the front. You can also add more tissues, some tape, or even
a paper clip to add more weight in the front.
That's it! Your
turkey is done!