Turkey Money Hugs

By Noreen Doll.

Turkey Money Hugs is a cute way to give a Thanksgiving gift to a grandchild, a hostess, or as favors.

Turkey Money Hugs by Crafty Journal

Your kids can make them for their friends and add a stick of chewing gum, or use them as classroom gifts or projects.

The turkeys can be made of card stock or construction paper with a tail that is colored with crayons or markers.

Or make turkeys with craft foam or felt.

Turkey Money Hugs by Crafty Journal


Brown Craft Foam

White, Black, Orange Craft Foam Scraps

Silk Fall Leaves

10 Inch Piece of Twine


Craft Knife

1/4 Inch Hole Punch

Tacky Glue

How to Make Turkey Money Hugs.

1. Make a pattern for the turkey’s body.

Turkey Money Hugs by Crafty Journal

If you plan to make more than 1 turkey, trace the turkey pattern onto cereal box cardboard and cut out.

2. Trace the turkey on brown craft foam. Cut out.

Turkey Money Hugs by Crafty Journal

3. Make eyes from craft foam, using white ovals and black circles.

Make an orange craft foam beak.

Turkey Money Hugs by Crafty Journal

4. Attach eyes and beak as shown.

5. Punch 2 leg holes about 3/4 inch apart at the bottom of the turkey’s body, using a 1/4 inch hole punch.

Turkey Money Hugs by Crafty Journal

6. Push the ends of the twine through the holes from the back, making the ends even when the twine is pulled all the way through.

Decide how long you want the turkey’s legs, and make knots for feet at the ends of the twine.

Turkey Money Hugs by Crafty Journal

Cut off excess twine below the feet / knots.

7. Cut 2 curved slits for the turkey’s arms. Make sure the slits are long enough to hold the folded money, but not too close to the edge.

Turkey Money Hugs by Crafty Journal

8. Arrange 3 fall leaves behind the turkey body and attach to the back with tacky glue.

Turkey Money Hugs by Crafty Journal

9. Fold the dollar bill to fit the slits, with the face on the bill showing when the money is inserted into the slits.


If you are making the turkey out of card stock or paper, put tape across the ends of the slits on the back so they don’t tear out.

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. How cute!!

  2. What a super-cute craft! I love the leaf for the feathers!

  3. Such a fun and cool crafting idea.

  4. Very cute! Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!


  5. Jann Olson says:

    Love this cute turkey! He’s holding on to that money pretty darn tight. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  6. These is too cute! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

  7. Another adorable DIY post, Noreen! I am featuring it on this weekend’s Traffic Jam linky party going live today.

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