Thankful Turkey

Happy November 1st and the beginning of the holiday onslaught!
{Does anyone else feel like once Halloween is over, the end of the year just sneaks up on you?}
I have a confession to make.  I usually skip right over poor old Thanksgiving.  My mind instantly shifts to red and green.  Therefore, I have little to no Thanksgiving decorations.  That is sacriligious for a craft blogger. 
I have been seeing all sorts of beautiful countdowns and Thankful Trees on Pinterest and decided to do my own take.  I give you…Thankful Turkey!
He’s kinda cute, right?  My son just loves this guy.
Here’s how to make yours!
{Also add orange paint, scrapbook paper, kabob skewers and hot glue gun!}
I began by wrapping the large and medium foam ball with brown yarn.  They kind of look like coconuts.  LOL
Once wrapped, take two toothpicks and place them in the medium foam ball and stick them into the larger foam ball.
Hot glue the googly eyes and a triangle of orange felt to create your turkey face.
Next, I freehanded a “feather stencil” and traced about 22 of those bad boys.  Cut them out and begin writing the things for which you and your family are thankful.  Then hot glue the skewers to the back of the “feathers” and stick them in your yarn turkey.  I played around with how I wanted his plumage to look.
{You will notice dinosaurs and fish & milk which are Reed’s.}
This would make the perfect kid’s table centerpiece for your family Thanksgiving gathering!
What are you thankful for this holiday season?  Do you have a Thankful Tree or a Thankful Turkey?

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About Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

Jill Fritz is a full time outside the home working mommy turned craft blogger. She offers craft/DIY tutorials for Pinterest addicts, craft junkies, DIY fanatics and busy mamas. Jill started Create.Craft.Love. as place to showcase her craftiness and to encourage others to do the same. Create.Craft.Love is a place where passion and creativity collide!


  1. This is awesome, I love it! He is the cutest turkey I have ever seen!

  2. What a special project! I just love this turkey. Thank you for the inspiration, Jill.

  3. Soooo cute Jill! I love it!

  4. Super, super cute! I heart it!

  5. SO cute!! It is sorta like our Thankful Acorn. I plan to share your turkey on my blog next week! Thanks for sharing!

  6. super cute jill :)

  7. Sweet little project!

  8. Aww so cute! I love it! :)

  9. Not kinda cute…. Super Cute! =)

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
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  10. Love!!!! A-dorable, Jill.

  11. So cute Jill! You’re so creative my friend!
    Barbara at Chase the Star

  12. just so adorable…xo

  13. so beautiful! i love it. thank you for sharing! vanina

  14. What a cute idea. I’m going to have to do this with my girls!

    We just got our link party up and running and would love if you came and joined in on the fun. Each week we are giving away free ad space for one week to one random party goer. Our main site gets thousands of hits per day and The Better Half gets thousands per week. Hope to see you there!

  15. This is so adorable and I just love the whole idea behind it. You are right, these would be perfect for a kids table or even just a fun piece for around the house. Thank you so much for sharing!

  16. This is just so stinkin’ cute! Love it! Pinning this one!

  17. so cute! I also saw this on pinterest :o) I’m hosting a Thanksgiving party all month long (until Thanksgiving) and would love for you to come over and link it up! This is in addition to my normal Tasteful Tuesday party that runs every Tuesday. Thank you for taking the time to celebrate Thanksgiving and be THANKFUL for all our blessings.

  18. Such a cute teaching idea! I am featuring this at

  19. Adorable!!!

  20. Very cute! I love that your son added some of his “thankfuls” as well!

  21. I love this idea!! You always have the best ones :o)

  22. This is soo cute!! I love that “snuggle time” and “dinosaurs” made the list. We’re doing a thankful countdown (you can check it out on my blog if you like:) and my youngest’s thanks from yesterday?? Broccoli (which she doesn’t like) – she’s three, might not FULLY grasp the concept:) -Lindsey

  23. So cute! I Love it!

  24. This would be such a fun tradition to start! I would love to have you come share some of your great ideas at the link party on ‘Or so she says…’ There’s one going on right now (and every Saturday – Tuesday). We’ve also got a fun “Favorite Things” giveaway going on right now. Hope to see you there!

  25. This is really cute!!

  26. Hehe so cute! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop Also let me know if you’d like to follow each other!

  27. He’s so cute! What a great idea!

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    hugs x

  28. Totally cute and I have everything I need! Pinning! I’d love for you to share with my readers if you get the chance:


  29. SO cute!! My daughter would LOVE this :)
    Thanks for supporting Artsy Corner!!

  30. This is so cute! I love the little “feathers”

  31. Oh my gosh, I absolutely love this! Such a cute idea :)
    I have to try this one now!
    Thanks for sharing, I found you via the linkie party

  32. What size foam balls did you use, and where did you buy (they can be pricey!) Thanks!!

    • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says:

      I don’t remember the specific sizes as that was a year ago. The body of the turkey is about 6 inches wide. The smaller one I used for the head was in a 6 pack. It’s slightly smaller than a tennis ball. Hope that helps!


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