How to make mini turkey pumpkins. These decorated pumpkins are perfect for decorating your Thanksgiving table, or as a kids craft on Thanksgiving day.
This craft first appeared over at Princess Pinky Girl where I’m a contributor.
Fall is almost over, and it’s all about Thanksgiving now. Decorating pumpkins is probably my number one all-time favorite fall crafting activity. I especially enjoy working with mini pumpkins, since they make for a quick and easy project. Do you love decorating pumpkins as much as I do? Check out these gorgeous dollar store pumpkin crafts!
With just craft paint and some construction paper, you can transform mini pumpkins into fun Thanksgiving turkeys – perfect for decorating your Thanksgiving table or buffet. I think this would make a craft for the older kids too. Just let the grown-ups help with the hot glue!
If you need a last-minute hostess gift, print off these Thanksgiving wine tags.
Supplies needed for this Thanksgiving craft:
- Mini pumpkins – both white and orange will work
- Acrylic craft paints – yellow, red, black, white
- Fine detail paint brush
- Craft paper – green, orange, red, yellow
How to make mini turkey pumpkins:
To begin, paint turkey faces on the side of each mini pumpkin. If you want a quick video tutorial, I painted the exact turkey face on a mini succulent planter here. The premise is simple. Trust me. If you can paint simple raindrops, dots, and short lines, then you can paint a turkey face.
First, paint two small black raindrops (or tears) for the eyes. Paint a single tiny white dot of paint at the bottom of each eye. Then, paint a sideways yellow raindrop and a tiny red oval for the nose. Finally, paint yellow stick legs at the bottom of the mini pumpkin.
Next, make paper feathers. Cut small rectangles of craft paper, and fold them in half lengthwise or “hot dog style”. Then, cut an oblong feather shape, leaving a bit of a stump for the end of the feather. Finally, cut angled slits in the paper to create fringe.
Unfold the paper, and you have a feather! Be sure to make feathers in varying colors and sizes, so that you can layer them.
Carefully attach the feathers to the top of the mini pumpkin, right at the base of the stem. Secure with hot glue. I found it easiest to hold the feathers flat while the hot glue dried. Then, after the glue cooled, I folded the feathers so they stuck straight up.
And here they are when they’re finished: