DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Treats
One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving, aside from the food of course, is the crafts! This year I have lots of fun crafts and treats planned, the first of which I think you will love! Since my Halloween candy-filled ornaments were such a huge hit, I took inspiration from them to make this adorable DIY Thanksgiving Turkey treat!
Filled with candy, these Thanksgiving Turkey treats are perfect for classroom parties, the kids’ table, or you could even add a name card and use them as place holders at your Thanksgiving feast!
Like with my DIY Grinch Ornaments, I used my Cricut Explore Air™ to make these turkeys. However, if you don’t have a Cricut or other die cutting machine, no problem! All you need is some cardstock and scissors, a feather template (or you can trace your kids hands!), and you are good to go! If you DO have a Cricut, you can use my feather file HERE.
How to make Thanksgiving Turkey Treats
To make Thanksgiving Turkey treats you will need:
- Clear, round, disc plastic ornaments
- Cricut Explore or other die cutting machine (or scissors)
- Feather File
- Cardstock in red, orange, yellow, and brown
- Brown pipe cleaners
- Wiggly eyes
- Reese’s Pieces®
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
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Directions to make Thanksgiving Turkey treats
Begin by washing the ornaments with hot soapy water first. Swirl it around inside, rinse and place upside down on a rack to dry.*
Now fill the ornament with Reese’s Pieces®, and replace the cap.
Using a cutting machine such as the Cricut or Silhouette (or even pre-made stencils), create the feathers from cardstock. If you have a Cricut machine, you can use this Thanksgiving Turkey Treats feathers file.
Next, glue the feathers together like in the picture above. Then using hot glue, attach the feathers to the back of the ornament.
For the head, cut out a circle measuring 1.4 by 1.4 inches from brown cardstock. Then cut a triangular-shaped beak from orange cardstock and a snood (I used sort of an elongated teardrop design) from red cardstock.
Now glue the wiggly eyes, the beak, and the snood on to the circle you cut for the head. Then hot glue the head onto the front of the silver cap of the ornament.
Now all that is left is to make the legs. You’ll need 6 (six-inch-long) pipe cleaners for each turkey, three per leg. Starting about one and a half inches up from the bottom end of the three pipe cleaners, begin twisting them together. Continue twisting until you reach the top.
Next, spread out the bottom part (the part that is not twisted together) of the pipe cleaners to form the toes, and then make a 90° bend so the feet are pointing upward.
Using hot glue, attach each leg to the bottom edge of the ornament, making sure that at least one-and-a-half inches of excess pipe cleaner is sticking out the backside. This is what will act as a stand to prop your turkey up. Attach the other leg the same way.
And there you have it. Thanksgiving Turkey treats that are sure to make them laugh with delight!
I hope you love this Thanksgiving Turkey treats as much as I enjoyed making them! Use the social sharing buttons below the post title to share with friends and family!
*Many ornaments are marked not for use with food. These particular ones were not marked at all. Although I am not sure how much, if any, types of chemicals would leach into the candy, it is something you may want to consider. I have seen similar, food-safe ones on Amazon.
Other easy Thanksgiving treats you may enjoy.
Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving treat? I'd love to hear about it! In fact, I may even feature your treat in a blog post, with credit to you, of course! Share with us in the comments below.