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Turkey Pool Noodle Craft

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These turkey pool noodles are an easy Thanksgiving craft to make with kids.

Create these cute fall decorations in less than 30 minutes using simple materials. Once completed, the turkeys sit nicely on a shelf or bookcase.

Want more ideas like this? Check out these Halloween pool noodle crafts and even more easy turkey crafts.

Two finished turkeys made out of orange pool noodles and different colors of craft feathers, one in the foreground and the other standing in the background.

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Turkeys Made With Pool Noodles

Transform a pool noodle into a set cute turkeys just in time for Thanksgiving!

This is a great craft project to create with the kids. Younger kids can work on scissor skills, identifying colors, and fine motor skills. They will also need assistance with assembling their turkeys. 

Older children may be able to complete their turkeys with minimal assistance. Kids of all ages should be supervised by an adult while crafting.

You may be wondering, do I have to use a hot glue gun for this project?

A hot glue gun is not required to make these turkeys. If you use a glue gun, it should be a low temp glue gun to prevent the pool noodles and craft foam from melting.

You may also use a tacky craft glue, but it will require additional drying time and the turkeys may not be as durable when finished.

Two orange pool noodle turkeys standing on a gray wood background.

Turkey Pool Noodle Craft Supplies:

How to Make Pool Noodle Turkeys:

First, measure and cut the orange pool noodle into six-inch lengths with a serrated kitchen knife.

Knife cutting orange pool noodle into smaller pieces.

Complete this step ahead of time, especially if crafting with younger children. For older kids, make sure they have adult supervision during this step.

Next, use scissors to cut out triangle beaks from the yellow craft foam. Cut out “L” shaped squiggles from the red craft foam to make the turkey’s snood.  

One orange pool noodle with turkey face standing up. Another piece of orange pool noodle laying on its side with yellow beak hot glued on.

Then glue the beak, snood, and googly eyes to the side of the pool noodle to create the turkey’s face. Set aside to dry if needed.

To make the turkey’s tail, cut a five-inch tall trapezoid from the brown craft foam. 

Assorted colors of craft feathers being hot glued to a piece of brown craft foam.

Then glue feathers to the brown craft foam to create the Turkey’s tail. You can have younger kids pick out certain feather colors or create a pattern. Set the tail feathers piece aside to dry, if needed.

Lastly, attach the turkey’s tail feather piece to the back of the pool noodle (opposite side from the face) with a low temp glue gun. You can also glue one or two feathers inside the hole on top of the pool noodle.

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Two orange pool noodle turkeys standing on a gray wood background.

Pool Noodle Turkeys

Yield: 1 set
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make these pool noodle turkeys for an easy Thanksgiving craft project.

Materials

  • Orange Pool Noodle
  • Googly Eyes
  • Craft Feathers
  • Brown, Yellow and Red Craft Foam

Tools

  • Serrated Kitchen Knife
  • Low Temp Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

Instructions

  1. Measure and cut the orange pool noodle into six-inch lengths with a serrated kitchen knife. Complete this step ahead of time, especially if crafting with younger children. For older kids, make sure they have adult supervision during this step.
  2. Use scissors to cut out triangle beaks from the yellow craft foam. Cut out “L” shaped squiggles from the red craft foam to make the turkey’s snood.  
  3. Glue the beak, snood, and googly eyes to the side of the pool noodle to create the turkey’s face. Set aside to dry if needed.
  4. Cut a five-inch tall trapezoid from the brown craft foam. 
  5. Glue feathers to the brown craft foam to create the Turkey’s tail. You can have younger kids pick out certain feather colors or create a pattern. Set the tail feathers piece aside to dry, if needed.
  6. Attach the turkey’s tail feather piece to the back of the pool noodle (opposite side from the face) with a low temp glue gun.
  7. You can also glue one or two feathers inside the hole on top of the pool noodle.

Notes

Drying times will vary depending on the amount and type of glue used.

Did you make this project?

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Top of image features two completed turkeys made with orange pool noodles and craft feathers and the bottom of image also features two completed projects. Middle of image has black text Pool Noodle and white text with black stroke Turkey Craft.

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