The Pinecone Turkey Craft is an all time favorite and classic kids Thanksgiving craft in our house. They're even more fun to make when you happen to pick up cinnamon scented pinecones from the craft store! I made these pinecones in school when I was a kid. Then when my kids where in elementary school, we made more turkeys out of pinecones. Now, I just needed an excuse to make them again, so today I'm sharing with you! You can use any kind of pinecone to make these turkeys. They're super easy and fun for all ages. They also make great table decorations for your Thanksgiving feast.
Pinecone Turkey Craft
I've got some extra goodies for you to use when you make these pinecone turkeys. You can make your own paper cut outs, print and color the free coloring page below or use your Cricut machine – I have a cutting file for you too! The printable and cutting files include two different styles of feathers. Use them both or pick your favorite.
Materials you need:
- Paper or cardstock
- Scissors, crayons and other materials to decorate your feathers
If you have a Cricut Machine, I have art and instructions to share with you too. See below.
Make this pinecone turkey with your Cricut
If you don't have a Cricut Machine, there's non-Cricut instructions below.
Materials: You need the Cricut Explore cutting machine, Cricut Design Space or Design Space App and the turkey cut file I designed (search for image #M8D1E4D), printer for Print-then-cut (optional). Or skip all this and go straight to Design Space to make this Pinecone Turkey, I have the canvas set up and waiting for you!
- Insert the turkey image (#M8D1E4D) onto your Design Space canvas.
- Choose which feather you'd like to use (or use both).
- I used this cutting file to make a Print-then-Cut image. You can cut standard paper instead if you'd like.
- To make the PTC image, choose a color for the feather, hide the drawing/writing line, flatten the feather detail shape and feather piece together to create a printed shape. Repeat for all the different feather colors you'd like to use.
- I made 5 larger feathers and 4 smaller feathers for this project. Follow the steps below to assemble the turkey.
Make a pinecone turkey with a printable coloring page
Grab the printable template below
- Lay the pine cone on it's side. Roll the pinecone a bit to decide which side is the most stable for it rest on.
- Cut out the turkey pieces – head and feathers. If you're using the printable, color your feathers before you cut them out, it makes coloring the edges easier.
- Add a bit of glue to the base of the turkey neck. Place turkey head in between the pinecone scales.
- Add a little bit of glue to the end of the feather and stick the feather in the pinecone. Repeat until you had attached all the feathers. Allow to dry.
Download the printable coloring page to make your own pinecone turkey. Note, this printable is NOT colored.. you get to color it yourself!
I have another version of this pinecone turkey craft at ProjectsforPreschoolers – free template too, perfect for tiny hands.
I hope you have fun making your own Pinecone Turkey Craft. I'd love to see what you create, leave a note or stop by the 100 Directions Facebook page to share your project photos! Tag #jengoodeart