Yarn Turkey

Yarn Turkey is made with 3 craft items; yarn, pipe cleaner and craft foam. Add some hot glue and a black marker and you are ready to create. #turkey #kidscrafts

Last week we shared a Pom Pom Turkey. Today we are sharing a Yarn Turkey. This one only has 3 types of supplies; yarn, pipe cleaner and craft foam. This would be a fun pre-Thanksgiving activity or a Thanksgiving Day activity.


  • Brown yarn
  • Orange pipe cleaner
  • Yellow and orange craft foam
  • Scissors
  • Low temperature hot glue
  • Black marker or pen

First you need to make the body.

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  1. Wrap the yarn around your fingers about 15 times.
  2. Push the pipe cleaner between your third and fourth finger.
  3. Fold the pipe cleaner in half. One half will be on either side of the yarn.
  4. Slip the yarn off your fingers and twist the pipe cleaner until tight around the yarn.
  5. Choose one side and clip the loops with scissors.
  6. Notice one side is clipped and the other is still looped with the pipe cleaner tight around the yarn.

Next, cut out the feathers and head from the craft foam. Draw the shape with a pen or pencil then let your child cut it out.

yarn turkey

Glue the beak on the head and draw on eyes with a marker. Glue the orange feathers onto the yellow feathers.

yarn turkey

Attach the feathers and head to the clipped yarn by creating a sandwich: head, clipped yarn, feathers. Behind the feathers is the pipe cleaner and the unclipped yarn.

Yarn TurkeyNow it is time to make the feet. Fold the end of one pipe cleaner on itself and secure the end by wrapping it around the “leg”. Repeat on the other side. Clip the yarn on the back of the turkey, fluff the yarn and you are done.
yarn turkey

There you have a yarn turkey made with only 3 items you might already have in your home.


I am a mom to Five Little Chefs who love to cook and create anything with their hands. Watching over 10 additional hands keeps me busy but is so much fun! We laugh and cry everyday, but then want to do it again the next day. That is how we know we are enjoying life!

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