Turkey Trot

By Noreen Doll.

Turkey Trot by Crafty Journal

Turkey Trot is a fun decoration for Thanksgiving, and his bendable legs allow him to be posed in a few ways.

Turkey Trot by Crafty Journal

Turkey Trot

Kids can have a great time creating their own turkeys, and making them can be an enjoyable family activity.

Turkey Trot by Crafty Journal

Turkey Trot

Part of what makes this turkey so cute are the large eyes and beak. Smaller ones don’t have the same effect.

Turkey Trot by Crafty Journal

Turkey Trot


Styrofoam Ball

Craft Foam, small pieces of red, yellow, white, and black

2 Yellow Pipe Cleaners

Feathers of assorted colors

Aleenes Quick Dry Tacky Glue

Brown Paint

Foam Brush

How to Make Turkey Trot.

1. Poke the sharp end of a skewer into the styrofoam ball to give you a way to hold it while you paint.

Turkey Trot by Crafty Journal

Paint the styrofoam ball brown. Let dry.

Turkey Trot by Crafty Journal

2. Make the turkey’s feet by starting at one end of a pipe cleaner and bending it as shown.

Turkey Trot by Crafty Journal

Put the hook around the pipe cleaner at the back of the foot and twist it.

3. Use craft foam scraps to cut out the turkey’s features.

Turkey Trot by Crafty Journal

Turkey Trot Features

4. Choose the feathers for his tail. You will need shorter feathers for a small turkey, and longer feathers for a large turkey.

Turkey Trot by Crafty Journal

5. Decide where you want the face on the styrofoam ball. Press and rub that side against a hard surface to flatten it, so the features will be able to lie somewhat flat against it.

Turkey Trot by Crafty Journal

The arrow shows the slightly flattened side.

6. Glue the features on the face. Keep the eyes together and just above the beak.

Turkey Trot by Crafty Journal

Turkey Trot Face

Let dry.

7. Poke the ends of the feathers into the back of the styrofoam ball.

Turkey Trot by Crafty Journal

Remove the feathers and add a bit of glue into the hole to hold the feathers securely. Replace the feathers into the glue filled hole.

Let dry.

8. Decide how long you want the legs and add about 1/4 of an inch or so to allow for attaching them to the body.

Push the ends of the legs into the body at the bottom.

Turkey Trot by Crafty Journal

Remove the legs and add a bit of glue in the hole and replace the legs. Let dry.

Turkey Trot by Crafty Journal

Turkey Trot

Your finished turkey is ready to trot.

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. Noreen, CUTE!!!! I see you are keeping busy. :) Can’t wait to see what you will come up with for the the Christmas Season. Linda

  2. This is such a cute project!

  3. Wonderful craft idea for children! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  4. These would be perfect place card holders for a Thanksgiving table- love them!

  5. This turkey is so cute, I am sharing it with my daughter in law for her daisy scouts. Here via Marvelous Monday’s.

  6. Oh I LOVE these!! Thanks for sharing with Life Created Tuesdays! Your posts are always a treat :)


  7. What a cute Turkey Trot ! You did a great job getting creative with all of your supplies. Happy Crafting!!

  8. Love that little guy! So cute!

  9. CUTE!! I recently shared our Turkey Baster Pom Pom Race game, but instead of the pom pom… you could use this guy!!

  10. Very cute turkey. What a great kid’s craft.

  11. That is a super cute turkey! Thanks for sharing on Artsy Play Wednesday. I pinned this to my Fall board.

  12. Too cute! I love it and I shared it on G+….thanks for the idea and the smile! :)

  13. So cute! Visiting from craft frenzy friday!

  14. This is just too cute! Thanks for linking to TTF!

  15. Oh, wow, this is so cute! Pinning, so I can make it with my daughter, she will love it!
    Thanks for sharing at Foodies & Crafties Soirée!
    Gosia | Kiddie Foodies

  16. This is too cute! I love the “expression” on your turkey’s face!

  17. Just Adorable! I’d love to make a flock of them and put them around the house :)

  18. Aw so sweet, thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays….

  19. Great project !!

    I would love you to come and share @ Craft, Create & Inspire linky party !!!

    Look forward to seeing you there :)

    Claire x

  20. What a cute little turkey. This would be fun to make with the kids to keep them busy on Thanksgiving before or after the meal. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  21. This one got pinned to my “children” Pinterest board, too! The turkey would look so cute sitting on a shelf or as a placecard holder at Thanksgiving!

  22. Oh, this little turkey is beyond adorable. My kids would have an absolute blast making these and truth be told, I think I would too. Thanks so much for sharing and for linking up to Thrifty Thursday.

  23. Your turkeys are adorable. And I agree with you ~ it’s the eyes that make them so cute and funny. Would you be willing to share this post and any of your other great ones at our Making Monday link party? We would love it and think our readers will, too. Thanks. Have a great week. http://www.abrightandbeautifullife.com/making-monday-13-2/

  24. That is so adorable and I looks easy to make, I’m going to send the craft with my grandkids, they will love it. Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays.

  25. Hello there! I will definitely try this with my kids.

  26. We made paper mache turkey’s with my 4 and 5 year old class this year. We took a balloon, blew it up, mixed up flour paste, just flour and water until it’s the right consistency, dipped torn newspaper into the paste and wrapped the balloon with the newspaper. It took about 2-3 days to dry. Then when it was dry the children painted the turkey brown. This took another 1-2 days to dry. Then we traced their hands on orange construction paper, cut them out and used this for the tail feathers, I traced around their foot on brown construction paper and this became the head of the turkey. We then glued on a red triangle and wiggly eyes to the head. They turned out so cute! The parents all said this was a keeper and they all used it as a centerpiece for Thanksgiving dinner.

  27. I love this idea! The hand shaped feathers were the best part! Paper mache over balloons is so fun and easy.

  28. Peter James says:

    This is a very fun activity. I will have to show my niece and nephew how to do it. They will love it!

    Peter J.

  29. This is so cute! I pinned it so I can make one with my niece.

  30. This is too cute and I know that kids of all ages would love to make some. Thanks for sharing at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party

  31. adorable turkey!! Stopping by from Sowdering About Awesome Things Tuesday

  32. Aww he’s a cutie. Hello from Turn It Up Tuesday!

  33. Adorable!

  34. He is absolutely adorable. What a cute activity to keep the kids entertained after the holiday meal! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

  35. This is so creative and very cute! Love if you share this on Fabulous Friday.

  36. Love it!
    Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST! I hope to see you there!

  37. So cute! Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d}, we featured you this week. I wanted to give you a shout out on Twitter but couldn’t find a twitter handle for you… am I missing it? Thanks!

  38. This is so totally cute!
    I’m stopping by from Snickerdoodle Sunday

  39. Thanks for the feature, Malia. I don’t have a Twitter account, but thanks for the thought.

  40. These look so cute. My grandson will enjoy making these.
    Please come join the link up party. I would love for you to share as many of your great posts as you’d like. I host a new link up party each Wednesday, but the link ups last a whole week, so you can link up at any time. God bless.

  41. Hello beautiful! This looks super cute. Pinned. Thank you for taking the time to stop by! I hope to see you at our party tonight, it starts at 7 pm. We love to party with you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  42. What a super fun craft! Thanks for sharing! Also wanted to let you know about a new linky party starting this Saturday at 8pm. Can’t wait to party with you.

  43. Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing your project on the Monday Funday Party!

  44. love THE TURKEY TROT you shared at my last party, hope you can come this Friday for another party. thanks Maria

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