Tissue paper turkeys are a fun craft idea. This variation of the construction paper and tissue paper version uses a pine cone for the body of the turkey. Keep your older kids occupied this holiday season with this pine cone and tissue paper turkey Thanksgiving craft.
Difficulty Level: Advanced. Young children may have a hard time with some of the steps, and you will need to be the one to use the craft glue gun. However, older kids should be able to complete this with your guidance.
Supplies Needed for Pine Cone and Tissue Paper Turkey
You will need the following supplies for this Thanksgiving craft for kids: for each turkey you will need one large, full pine cone; craft glue gun; orange or yellow chenille stems; brown, red and yellow tissue paper, tape and a pair of wiggly eyes.
Directions for the Turkey Tail “Feathers”
You can choose whichever color you want out of brown, yellow and red for each layer. You will need the following of each sheet:
Color A: 2 rectangles about 6 inches by 8 inches;
Color B: 2 rectangles about 6 inches by 7 inches;
Color C: 2 squares about 6 inches by 6 inches.
You use two sheets of each color for each size for the best look. Lay the 2 sheets of color B on top of the 2 sheets of color A, making them even at the top and bottom and allowing a half inch of the lower layer to show on each side. Then place the sheets of Color C on top of the sheets of Color B in the same manner. You should be able to see each color on the sides of your stack.
Keeping the papers together, fold up the sheets about a half inch. Carefully flip the stack over and fold up the sheets about a half inch on that side. Continue flipping and folding as if you were making a paper fan.
Fold a chenille stem around the center of the folded paper, twisting it around itself like a twist-tie. Cut off any excess of the chenille stem.
Carefully “pull open” each side of the folded paper toward the center, having each spread out side of layered tissue meet, like a half circle. Attach the two sides together where they meet with a small piece of tape.
Attaching the Tail to the “Body”
Angle the pine cone with the small end pointing upward at about a 45 degree angle. On the wider base of the pine cone, decide where you wish to attach the tail. Using the glue gun, use a small dab of glue to attach the tail to the pine cone. Set the pine cone somewhere it can dry while you make the wings.
Directions for Turkey Wings
Using the same directions as for the turkey tail, you will need the following tissue paper for each wing:
Color A: 2 rectangles about 4 inches by 6 inches;
Color B: 2 rectangles about 4 inches by 5 inches;
Color B: 2 squares about 4 inches by 4 inches.
You will layer the paper to be able to fold up the shorter sides for the wings, rather than the longer side as for the tail. Secure with chenille stem as above. Make a spread out half circle as above and secure with a small piece of tape. Attach the wings to the pine cone with the glue gun. Be sure to hold the pine cone at about a 45 degree angle for proper wing placement. Let dry.
Directions for Turkey Neck and Head
Take 3 to 4 sheets of brown tissue paper about 8 inches by 10 inches. Keeping the sheets together, fold the stack in half short ways. Crinkle and twist the tissue paper to make an elongated neck. Form the end where the paper had been folded into a point, like a beak. Slightly “flare” the non-folded end to place around the pointed end of the pine cone. Secure with the glue gun all the way around.
Directions for Turkey Legs and Feet
You will need two pieces of orange or yellow chenille stem about 3 inches long for each leg. Twist two chenille stems together for each leg, leaving a little more than a half inch at each end, these will become the “claws”.
Fold the twisted stems in half, winding the halves together gently a few times, still leaving the half inch at the ends. Bend three of the loose ends to the front, and one to the back. Spread them out to look like turkey feet. At the folded end of stems, slightly bend a bit of the edge for a gluing surface. Using the glue gun, attach this bent piece to the pine cone, slightly toward one side of the pine cone.
Allow to dry while repeating with the other leg. Allow to dry thoroughly before trying to balance the turkey on the stem legs and angled base of the pine cone. The legs should be placed apart enough to allow for some balance.
If your turkey won’t balance properly, you can glue the turkey to a small sturdy piece of cardboard. Be sure to glue not only the feet, but the edge of the wider part of the pine cone that is touching the surface as well.
Finishing Your Pine Cone and Tissue Paper Turkey
You can finish your turkey by gluing wiggly eyes behind the “beak”.
There are many variations of tissue paper turkey Thanksgiving crafts. Associated Content Contributor, Linda Ann Nickerson1, gives instructions on how to make a turkey with paper plates and tissue paper here, that would be a good craft for younger kids as well.
Have fun this Thanksgiving making crafts, such as this pine cone and tissue paper turkey.
1) Linda Ann Nickerson; Kid’s Holiday Craft Idea: Terrific Tissue Paper Turkey; Associated Content