With Thanksgiving only a little over a week away, our house is slowly being taken over by fall decorations and adorable little 3 year old made turkeys.
In addition to the flower pot turkey that we made a few weeks ago, we decided to make another little gobbler. This time though, we gave him a little twist 🙂
The 3 year old is currently stuck on an obsession with springs and the fact that they are spirally and bouncy 🙂 And of course you know that in the eyes of a 3 year old, that makes everything more fun.
With that in mind, when we set out to make this little guy, we made sure to make him a little more fun as well.
To make one of your own, you’ll need:
– Cardboard Tube
– Craft Foam (we used orange and red)
– Pipe Cleaners (we used Fall colors but you could change it up and give your turkey an entire rainbow of colored feathers if you wanted to)
– Googly Eyes
– Glue (we started out with Tacky glue and while that worked well for the turkey’s face, we quickly discovered that gluing on the pipe cleaners is a lot easier with a hot glue gun)
First things first, you’re going to want to give your turkey a face!
Just cut out some fun pieces from your craft foam, add some googly eyes, and you’re all set.
Now, to make your spiraled feathers, you’re going to need something you can wrap your pipe cleaners around.
We used a paint brush and it worked out really well for us. Let your child experiment with the pipe cleaners and how tightly they want them coiled.
We tried it out a few different ways and in the end, Nicholas decided that he liked them coiled really tight because they looked more like a real spring but you can adjust it however you like. Obviously, making the coils looser will give you longer feathers, but making them tighter will give you more of a spiraled (or springy) effect.
Once your pipe cleaners have all been spiraled, grab your glue gun and attach them to the back of your cardboard tube.
Now you’ve got yourself a turkey that in the words of my 3 year old, is both fun and bouncy!