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Turkey Popsicle Stick Craft for Kids

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This turkey popsicle stick craft is a quick and easy fall craft for kids to make at school or home.

Using common craft supplies you can make this project in about 30 minutes.

November is a popular time of year for turkey crafts. If you are looking for more Thanksgiving craft ideas, check out our coffee filter turkeys and thankful turkey bucket.

Black text at top says Popsicle Stick Turkey Craft for Kids above completed craft project of turkey made out of popsicle sticks, craft feathers and felt. Turkey sitting next to yellow gourd decoration.

Craft Stick Turkey Fall Craft

Easy, low prep crafts, such as with popsicle sticks, are my favorite projects, especially for younger kids. 

Creating this cute craft stick turkey is a simple craft activity for preschool and kindergarten children to work on colors, shapes, cutting, and counting.

Younger children may need some assistance with assembly, but older elementary age children should be able to complete this project independently.

Painting, cutting out the pieces, and squeezing glue are all different ways for kids to strengthen their fine motor skills.

You can also cut out all of the felt parts ahead of time and let the children focus on painting and putting their turkeys together.

Turkey craft made with brown painted craft sticks, felt, googly eyes, and colorful feathers.

To practice counting, have them count out the five popsicle sticks for the turkey’s body, the 8-10 feathers, two feet, two googly eyes, one beak, and one snood.

For assembly, I recommend using my favorite tacky craft glue, but you can use another liquid glue with a fine tip applicator. It may take longer to dry though.

I suggest using a hot glue gun if you are creating a flock of turkeys for classroom decor!

Another idea is to use a marker to write names on the turkeys and use them as place cards for Thanksgiving dinner.

Turkey Popsicle Stick Craft Supplies:

Craft sticks, felt, googly eyes, scissors, brown paint, craft feathers, and hot glue gun on work surface.

You can use liquid craft glue instead of a hot glue gun for this project, but you will have to wait for it to dry in between steps.

How to Make a Craft Stick Turkey:

Start with making the turkey’s body. To create the turkey, line up five jumbo craft sticks side by side on your work surface. 

Hot gluing jumbo craft sticks together to make turkey body.

Use scissors to trim two additional jumbo craft sticks to the width of the turkey and glue across the back of the five sticks. You can also cut a rectangular piece of cardstock to glue the craft sticks onto.

Painting craft sticks brown.

Then paint the front and sides of the turkey’s body with brown acrylic craft paint. Set aside to dry and apply a second coat, if needed.

Next cut out a triangle beak from yellow craft felt. Cut out a wiggly snood from red craft felt to hang down over the beak. 

Cut out two orange felt turkey feet. 

Once the paint is completely dry, glue on the eyes, beak, and snood to the front of the body. Set aside for glue to dry.

Brown painted craft sticks with googly eyes, beak and snood glued on. Orange felt feet positioned at bottom of turkey and craft feathers arranged around it on the table next to glue gun.

Pick out eight to ten craft feathers in various colors.

Tip: When opening a package of craft feathers, place all the feathers inside a zip top bag. Then pick your feathers out, one at a time, so the feather fluff doesn’t get all over your work surface.

Flip the turkey over and glue all of the craft feathers to the top back of the turkey and the feet to the bottom back. Set aside to dry completely. 

Turkey flipped over and hot gluing craft feathers and orange felt feet to the back.

Attach a magnet to the back to place the turkey on your fridge, hang it up someplace, or write a name on the front to use as a dinner place card.

Finished popsicle stick turkey craft project next to a small yellow decorative gourd.

More Popsicle Stick Crafts:

Finished popsicle stick turkey craft project next to a small yellow decorative gourd.

Turkey Popsicle Stick Craft

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5 or less

Make a cute popsicle stick turkey for an easy fall craft for kids.

Materials

  • 5-7 Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • Craft Feathers in assorted colors
  • 2 Googly Eyes
  • Brown Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Craft Felt in Orange, Yellow, Red

Tools

  • Tacky Craft Glue or Low Temp Glue Gun
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Start with making the turkey’s body. To create the turkey, line up five jumbo craft sticks side by side on your work surface. 
  2. Use scissors to trim two additional jumbo craft sticks to the width of the turkey and glue across the back of the five sticks. You can also cut a rectangular piece of cardstock to glue the craft sticks onto.
  3. Paint the front and sides of the turkey’s body with brown acrylic craft paint. Set aside to dry and apply a second coat, if needed.
  4. Cut out a triangle beak from yellow craft felt. Cut out a wiggly snood from red craft felt to hang down over the beak. 
  5. Cut out two orange felt turkey feet. 
  6. Once the paint is completely dry, glue on the eyes, beak, and snood to the front of the body. Set aside for glue to dry.
  7. Pick out eight to ten craft feathers in various colors.
  8. Flip the turkey over and glue all of the craft feathers to the top back of the turkey and the feet to the bottom back. Set aside to dry completely. 

Notes

You can use liquid craft glue instead of a hot glue gun for this project, but you will have to wait for it to dry in between steps.

When opening a package of craft feathers, place all the feathers inside a zip top bag. Then pick your feathers out, one at a time, so the feather fluff doesn’t get all over your work surface.

Attach a magnet to the back to place the turkey on your fridge, hang it up someplace, or write a name on the front to use as a dinner place card.

Did you make this project?

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