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How to Make the Perfect Pine Cone Turkey Decorations

Turkeys and Thanksgiving just go together. Kids will have fun creating these pine cone turkey decorations.Pine Cone Turkeys

These are the supplies that you’ll need:

  • Pine cones
  • Assortment of embellishments for tail feathers—colored cardstock, feathers, chenille stems, artificial (or real) autumn colored leaves
  • Pine Cone Turkey Tail Feather Patterns
  • Googly eyes
  • Yellow or orange cardstock for beaks
  • Strong liquid adhesive or hot glue

Let’s make a Pine Cone Turkey:

  1. Gather the pine cones. You may want to freeze them overnight to kill any beasties that might be in them.
  2. Let’s start with the turkey that sports chenille stems as tail feathers. First, coil a chenille stem around a pencil. You’ll need five or six. Coil Chenille Stem Around Pencil
  3. Use hot glue or a strong liquid adhesive to glue the chenille stem tail feathers to the pine cone.Hot Glue Coiled Stems in Place
  4. Now, let’s make the beak. Cut a long, narrow triangle from yellow or orange cardstock. Mine measure about 3/8″ wide and 7/8″ long. Your size may vary depending on the size of your pine cones.Cut Long Narrow Triangle for Beak
  5. Next, glue the googly eyes to the top of the beak.Glue Googly Eyes to Top of Beak
  6. Your finished beak and eyes will look like this. Glue it in place on the tip of the pine cone.Finished Beak and Eyes
  7. All the turkeys are made following Steps 3 through 6. The only difference is the embellishment that you select for the tail feathers. For paper tail feathers print out the Pine Cone Turkey Tail Feather Patterns. Select the size that is appropriate for the size of your pine cones. Cut it out and use it as a template to trace feathers on colored cardstock.
  8. Have fun decorating with your pine cone turkeys.Pine Cone Turkeys (Instagram)
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