Thanksgiving DIY Turkey

November is here and that means big meals, family gatherings and the kids are home from school. Here is a simple Thanksgiving DIY Turkey that they can do while you have your hands full with making sure everything else is ready for the holiday.

The great part is, many of this you might have laying around the house, left over from your Labor Day cookout.  Just follow the steps below to start creating your Thanksgiving Turkey.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Apple
  • 5 tooth picks
  • A handful of small marshmallows (about 14)
  • 1 magic marker
  • Construction paper (a sheet of red, white, yellow and orange is best)
  • Tape and glue
  • Scissors

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Step 1 – Making the Body

Place your apple flat on the table and have them pick the side they like the most. Set aside the 5 toothpicks and lay them out on the table.

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Step 2 – Creating the tail fan

Use your handful of mini-marshmallows and add 4 marshmallows to the toothpick in the middle, this will make up the center feather. Then add 3 marshmallows to each toothpick surrounding the toothpick in the middle. Next, add 2 marshmallows to each toothpick on the end. The attach them to the back in a fan like fashion.

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Step 3 –  Drawing the Head and Face

For the head and neck, trace your thumb. Make an upside down heart for the wattle (or the gobble gobble as some kids refer to it), and draw the beak however you see fit. Don’t forget the eye’s, which can be as simple as two circles with dots in the middle.

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Carefully cut out the shapes and glue the eyes, beak and wattle to the head and neck.

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Step 4 – Attaching the Face

After you are finished assembling the face, flip the head shape over and place a toothpick in the center of the paper. Make sure you allow at least a 1/4 of the tooth pick to hang out of the bottom. Then secure the toothpick to the back – either glue or tape will do the trick! If using glue, wait to dry before attaching to the body.

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Once the glue has dried, insert the toothpick into the top of the apple in front of the marshmallow tail fan.

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Step 5 – The Finishing Touch

To add a little something extra to the craft, take your leftover construction paper and cut out a rectangle to make a holiday sign. Insert two toothpicks through it and then stick the toothpicks into the front of the apple, under your turkey’s head.

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And Voila! You’ve turned an apple and a few marshmallows into an awesome Thanksgiving Turkey!

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