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Clay Pot Turkeys Thanksgiving Craft

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These Clay Pot Turkeys are an adorable Thanksgiving craft for adults to make with the kids.

Transform clay flower pots into cute DIY Thanksgiving decorations to place on your favorite shelf throughout fall.

You can create these terra cotta pot turkeys in about 30 minutes. If you are making these with your children, they can help with measuring, tracing, and cutting.

For more Thanksgiving crafts, check out our Coffee Filter Turkeys and even more fun turkey crafts for kids. You may also like our clay pot reindeer ornament and clay pot Christmas tree bell ornament.

Two turkeys made out of flower pots, round wood knobs, and felt. One sitting on top of a white pumpkin and one sitting on a brick background.

Flower Pot Turkey Craft Project

Clay flower pots aren’t just for gardening and can be used to make fun craft projects like our Kawaii Halloween Flower Pots.

I love that overall this is a simple project to make cute homemade turkey decor.

It’s a great Thanksgiving craft for adults and older kids since you’ll want to use a hot glue gun to assembly everything. 

If you want to work on these with younger children they can still help too!

Two completed turkeys made with flower pots and felt feathers on light brick background.

Turkey Clay Pot Craft Supplies:

These supplies are to make a pair of turkeys, but you can make however many you would like. Also, if you don’t have the exact colors available, that’s OK too!

Craft felt in assorted colors, gingham ribbon, clay flower pots, wooden knobs, acrylic paint, glue gun, paint brush, marker, and scissors on a white wood background.

How to Make Flower Pot Turkey Decorations:

Start by gathering all of your supplies and removing stickers from the bottom of the clay pots. Also download the turkey pattern, print it, and cut it out. 

Give the terra cotta pots and wooden ball knobs a basecoat with the milk chocolate acrylic craft paint. Let it dry for about 30 minutes then apply a second coat if necessary. 

Painting round wooden knob with brown acrylic paint.

Painting Tip: Place the ball knobs on the end of a paint brush handle to paint the entire surface without holding it and getting paint all over your fingers.

Flip the clay pot upside down and attach the ball knob head to the clay pot body with hot glue. 

Trace beak patterns on gold felt and snood patterns on burgundy felt and then cut out. 

One flower pot turkey with face completed and other just glued wooden knob on flower pot.

(Did you know the red fleshy part that hangs over the beak is called a snood and the red part on the turkey’s neck is called a wattle?)

Glue beak and snood to the turkey head with hot glue.  Draw eyes and eyebrows with black permanent marker and then use the white gel pen to add highlights to the eyes.

Using hot glue gun to glue craft felt together to make turkey feathers. One set is dark green and off white and the other is purple and orange.

Place the large and small turkey feather patterns on top of the craft felt and pin them in place with straight pins. You can either cut them out or trace the pattern first, then cut.

Glue small turkey feathers on top of the large turkey feathers.

Measure and cut four turkey legs 12 inches long by 1 inch wide. Knot each leg loosely in the center.  Trace and cut out four turkey feet and attach them to the bottom of each leg with hot glue.

Showing where to glue felt legs to clay flower pot.

Hot glue the feathers on the back of the turkey body flower pot. Then attach the legs to the inside bottom center of the turkey body with hot glue.

Two finished turkey clay pot projects sitting side by side with gingham green and gingham orange ribbons tied around the neck.

Measure a 12 inch length of gingham ribbon and tie in a bow around the turkey’s neck. Trim the ends into a fishtail by cutting a small triangle out of each end.

More Thanksgiving Ideas:

Two completed turkeys made with flower pots and felt feathers on light brick background.

Thanksgiving Turkey Clay Pot Craft

Yield: 2
Active Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate

Transform clay flower pots into cute turkey decorations with this Thanksgiving craft project.

Instructions

  1. Download the turkey pattern, print it, and cut it out.
  2. Remove any stickers from the bottom of the clay pots before painting.
  3. Give the terra cotta pots and wooden ball knobs a basecoat with the milk chocolate acrylic craft paint. Let it dry for about 30 minutes then apply a second coat if necessary. 
  4. Flip the clay pot upside down and attach the ball knob head to the clay pot body with hot glue. 
  5. Trace beak patterns on gold felt and snood patterns on burgundy felt and then cut out. 
  6. Glue beak and snood to the turkey head with hot glue. 
  7. Draw eyes and eyebrows with black permanent marker and then use the white gel pen to add highlights to the eyes.
  8. Place the large and small turkey feather patterns on top of the craft felt and pin them in place with straight pins. You can either cut them out or trace the pattern first, then cut.
  9. Glue small turkey feathers on top of the large turkey feathers.
  10. Measure and cut four turkey legs 12 inches long by 1 inch wide. Knot each leg loosely in the center.
  11. Trace and cut out four turkey feet and attach them to the bottom of each leg with hot glue.
  12. Hot glue the feathers on the back of the turkey body flower pot.
  13. Attach the legs to the inside bottom center of the turkey body with hot glue.
  14. Measure a 12 inch length of gingham ribbon and tie in a bow around the turkey’s neck. Trim the ends into a fishtail by cutting a small triangle out of each end.

Notes

Painting tip for the wooden ball knobs: Place the ball knobs on the end of a paint brush handle to paint the entire surface without your fingers getting in the way. Drying times may vary.

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