Pine Cone Turkey
What you will make:
Turn a pine cone into a colorful turkey to brighten your Thanksgiving
table. This is an easy craft project for children that can be combined with
some outdoor fun. Take a walk in the woods to find pine cones;
then, with a little pipe cleaner and glue magic, turn them into
This project is great for family, classroom or
group craft time. Make one turkey for each place setting, or
fashion a few
to add to the table decorations.
Here's what you need:
- Plump pine cones (1½" to 2" diameter)
- Bump chenille stems (red, orange and other colors)
- Glue gun, wood glue or tacky glue
- Wire cutter
- Optional: Orange pipe cleaners, wiggly
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Pine Cone Turkeys
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Read through the project and gather all of your materials. Pine cones that are gathered
outside may need some time to dry before being used for craft
projects. You will also want to check the cones for bugs. If you are doing this craft with a group, precutting the
chenille stems and gathering the materials for each child will
make the crafting process go faster.
- Step 2: Cut Bumps
Cut the chenille stems into individual bumps. Use wire
cutters to cut in the center of the narrow places between each
bump. Do your best to keep the chenille bumps plump and fluffy.
- Step 3: Make Head
Fashion a red chenille bump into an S shape. Glue the
bump to the open,
rounded end of the pine cone, allowing the bump to extend above the pine
cone a bit. This forms the turkey's head. The fluffy part of the
bump is the turkey's wattle.
- Step 4: Make Legs
Bend an orange bump in half to form a V shape for the legs.
Glue the V to the bottom of the pine cone, inserting it
partially between the cone's opened scales. Form the
turkey's feet by bending the
ends of the V. You can also fashion feet and toes from orange pipe
cleaners twisted onto the ends of the bump.
- Step 5: Make Tail
Bend five to seven bumps in half, keeping the centers
rounded and fluffy, to form feathers for the tail.
Twist the ends together. It's easy to shape a rounded top
by wrapping the middle of the bump over a pencil
or a pen.
- Step 6: Glue Tail
Glue feathers to the stem end of the pine cone using a glue
gun, wood glue or a good quality craft glue that will dry clear.
Use as many feathers as will fit nicely on the pine cone. Only
apply glue to the twisted ends of the feathers. If the stem
end of the pine cone isn't flat, glue the feathers to a ring
fashioned from a pipe cleaner. Let the glue dry, then glue the
ring holding the feathers to the pine cone.
- Step 7: Finishing Up
After the glue has dried, adjust the shape of the chenille
bumps to make the turkey look more realistic. If you are
looking for cute, glue on some wiggly eyes.
When you set the
Thanksgiving table, put a turkey at each place setting or
add them to the centerpiece for a colorful addition to
That's it! Your turkey is done!
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