Peek a Boo Turkey

By Noreen Doll.

A Peek a Boo Turkey is a fun craft to keep little hands occupied while waiting for Thanksgiving dinner to be ready.

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You can make it ahead of time and present it when little ones become restless, or have the parts ready for a craft for the older ones.


Peek a Boo Turkey by Crafty Journal

Peek a Boo Turkey

It would be a good idea to have enough Peek a Boo Turkeys for each small child to prevent quarreling and tears.

Peek a Boo Turkey by Crafty Journal

Peek a Boo Turkey

I will be using craft foam for this turkey, but felt or card stock can be substituted for it.

Peek a Boo Turkey by Crafty Journal

Peek a Boo Turkey


Black Craft Foam, Felt, or Card Stock

Brown Craft Foam, Felt or Card Stock

Scraps of Craft Foam, Felt, or Card Stock in Yellow, White and Red

Quick Dry Tacky Glue

White and Gold Duck Tape (Optional)






Paper to Make a Pattern

How to Make a Peek a Boo Turkey.

Make the Hat.

1. Make a paper pattern for the Pilgrim hat and turkey. Cut them out.

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Pilgrim Hat Pattern

Peek a Boo Turkey by Crafty Journal

Turkey Pattern

Cut the paper hat down the center and place it over the turkey to be sure it will work.

The hat needs to be enough higher and wider that the turkey will be hidden when the hat is closed.

2. Trace the hat pattern onto black craft foam. Cut it out.

Peek a Boo Turkey by Crafty Journal

Pilgrim Hat

Cut the hat down the center.

Peek a Boo Turkey by Crafty Journal

Cut hat in half.

3. Using white, make the hat band about 3/4 inch wide and long enough to fit across each side near the brim. See the right half of the photo.

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Add band.

I used duct tape, but craft foam could be glued on instead.

4. Use gold or yellow to make the buckle. See the left side of the hat in the above photo.

I made slightly more than half a buckle for each side since one side will be overlapped and partly covered.

5. Punch a hole in the lower inside corner of one side of the hat.

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Punch holes.

Overlap the second side of the hat the way it will be when finished and mark the spot for the hole through the hole in the first side.

Punch the hole in the second side.

Make the Turkey.

1. Trace the turkey pattern onto brown craft foam.

Cut it out.

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2. Use the photo as a guide for making the turkey’s features.

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Create features.

Cut out 2 eyes, a beak, and a wattle.

3. Glue the features on the turkey.  Let dry.

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Add features.

4. Punch a small hole in the center of the turkey near the bottom. See photo in #5 above.

Finish the Peek a Boo Turkey.

1. Put a brad through the hole in one side of the Pilgrim hat, then through the other side of the hat, and then through the turkey – so the turkey is on the bottom.

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Don’t fasten the brad too tightly as the hat needs to be able to swivel so it can open and close.

2. If you have a gold brad, use a black Sharpie to color the top of the brad so it is less visible.

Peek a Boo Turkey by Crafty JournalClose the hat over the turkey.

Peek a Boo Turkey by Crafty Journal

The turkey is ready to play peek a boo.

Peek a Boo Turkey by Crafty Journal

Peek a Boo Turkey



I used duct tape for the band and buckle on the Pilgrim hat, but craft foam can be used for a craft foam hat. And felt parts can be used on a felt hat.

If card stock is used for this project, glue an extra piece of card stock on the back where the holes will be punched  – to reinforce the holes.

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. I love it! Thank you. :-)

  2. This is so freakin’ adorable! I think this would also make a great Thanksgiving placecard having one on each plate with the persons name written across the Turkey’s chest.

  3. Very cute! xx

  4. What a sweet little craft! Pinning it so I can easily share it with my niece for her little one this year :-)
    Visiting from Sweet Sharing Monday link up party.

  5. This is adorable! I love your peek-a-boo turkey, I have pinned your project!

    Hugs, antonella :-)

  6. Adorable! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Sharing Monday!

  7. This is just the cutest. Such a great tutorial too. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  8. Debbie @ says:

    This is so cute! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing at Wonderful Wednesday!

  9. This is absolutely adorable! Thanks so much for sharing it on Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!

  10. That picture cracks me up! I love your peek-a-boo turkey. I look forward to seeing your posts on Artsy Play Wednesday. I pinned this to my Fall board.

  11. Cute idea! Pinning it to my Thanksgiving board!

  12. Very cute! I pinned this one so I won’t forget it.

  13. Stopping by from Seven Thirty three- Oh my gosh, to stinking cute i love this- pinning this so i can make with my kids- thank you for sharing

  14. What a cute peek-a-boo turkey! Thank you for sharing your post at the Cottage Style Party :)
    Spring greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla (Guest Host)

  15. Ohhh my goodness, this is absolutely the CUTEST Thanksgiving craft I’ve seen! Thank you for sharing it, pinning this!

  16. I think this is fun for all ages!

  17. This is so stinkin’ cute! My grandsons would love, love, love it! I think I will make them before Thanksgiving for them to play with. Thanks for linking up to Tips and Tricks! Hope to see you again.

  18. This is so cute and I know my Grandson would love this! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  19. Thanks for joining us at the Foodies and Crafties Soiree! I remember making things like this in school- so much fun!

  20. This is adorable!! I’m going to go pin it. :-)

  21. This is a very cute little dude with a lot of reason to hide this time of year! Thank you for sharing!

  22. your kids crafts are always SO cute!!! Love this idea.. Thanks so much for linking up to the Tasteful Tuesday party! You were featured today! I’ve tweeted, pined, shared on FB and G+ … Would love for you to share on you favorite social media as well. Emily

  23. My kids would love to make this!


  24. This is just plain adorable! Thank you so much for sharing this on the Family Friday Link-Up.

  25. This is such a cute craft! A great one for teachers to do with the kids! I know, I would love to receive one from my kiddos!

  26. Cute! I know the littles will love playing with these. Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made’s Show & Tell party.

  27. Very Cute!!! Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi and Charly

  28. How fun! I showed it to my daughter and now she wants to make it! :)
    Thanks for sharing at Foodies & Crafties Soirée!
    Gosia | Kiddie Foodies

  29. So cute! My kids would love this. Thanks for linking up with the Ginger Jamboree, I hope you will like up something fabulous again today!

  30. Darling idea! Pinning Thanks for sharing at the party!

  31. Jann Olson says:

    What a cute little peek a boo! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  32. This is such a cute little craft for Thanksgiving. I’m going to give it a try, even if I don’t have young kids in the house..

  33. This little guy is so sweet and funny! Love your projects. Pinned, of course, to Fall Fun board. Hope your weekend is great. Your friend, Linda

  34. This is perfect! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we get to see your fabulous new creations. The party goes until Friday at 7 pm. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  35. This is such a fun project. I would love to make it.

  36. What a clever idea. I’m sure the kids would love creating and playing with these.

    I am co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty link party this month and would love to have you stop by for a visit. The current party is open through Monday night.

  37. I am not going to lie if I had a craft like this when I was in school I would have loved it! Thank you for linking up with us at the Tips and Tricks Link Party! I cannot wait to see what you link up this week!

  38. Super cute and cheery! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week! Pinned!

  39. Love this! How fun and creative! Thanks for linking up at Made for Kids!

  40. Adorable! These would be cute at the kids table on Thanksgiving day. I’m so glad you shared this on the #made4kids linkup.

  41. I love this craft…so adorable! Thanks for sharing it at Share The Wealth Sunday!

  42. I love the cheeky little turkey, it’s very cute!

  43. Congratulations! This post is featured over at Diana Rambles this week and has been pinned to the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest and shared on Twitter. Please grab a featured button via the post guidelines graphic. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

  44. Thank you for sharing at Crafty Weekends! I am featuring this craft this weekend. I hope you will share with us again.

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