Craft Stick Turkey Greeter
By: Amanda Formaro
This project is easy to make and uses minimal supplies. Poke the turkey's stick into an upside-down paper cup or hang on the edge of a flower pot.
What you'll need:
- 10 jumbo craft sticks
- 2 medium wiggle eyes
- Miniature craft stick
- Small scrap of paper
- Sharpie marker
- Felt (white, black, goldenrod, and red)
- Acrylic paint (brown, orange, yellow, and red)
- Hot glue or white craft glue
How to make it:
- Paint the jumbo craft sticks: four brown, two yellow, two red and one orange. Leave one unpainted.
- Cut one-half an egg shape (body) from the goldenrod felt, approximately 2 1/2 x 3 inches.
- Cut a small elongated triangle from the goldenrod felt for the beak.
- From red felt, cut an elongated heart shape, about one-inch long.
- From black felt, cut a simple top hat and a small rectangle for the buckle.
- From the white felt, cut a small rectangle for the buckle a little bit larger than the black one.
- Lay the plain jumbo craft stick on the table. This will be your base stick.
- Starting from the right, glue craft sticks into a fan shape, stacking one on top of the other as you go. Our pattern goes brown, yellow, red, brown, yellow, red, orange, brown.
- You should have one brown craft stick left over. This is your turkey's body. Glue it straight up and down onto the middle of the fan shape.
- Glue goldenrod body in place. Next, glue the gobbler (red heart) just above the top of the body.
- Glue the beak in place just above the gobbler.
- Glue wiggle eyes above the beak.
- Glue hat onto top of head, then glue white rectangle on hat and black rectangle onto the white one, creating the buckle.
- Write "Happy Thanksgiving" on a small piece of paper or construction paper. Glue to miniature craft stick, then glue craft stick to body.
- Allow to dry completely.
- If this is a class project, break it into steps. Paint one day, cut another, glue the next.
- Some craft stores carry packages of colored craft sticks.
- Put a fairly heavy rock in the center of a paper plate. Glue an upside down paper cup to over the top of the rock. When dry, insert the craft stick into the top of the cup for a fun Turkey Greeter holder.
- Alternatively, you can use construction paper for the feathers so that your turkey lays flat. Use the "sign" for each guest's name and use as place holders for dinner!