My grandma friend, Cindy, is retired from teaching children’s art classes, but still volunteers in her granddaughter’s third grade classroom. This week she taught the class how to make Pine Cone Turkeys for Thanksgiving. She gives each child one of the pine cones she collected during the summer at Lake Tahoe.
The results are adorable!
Instructions for Making a Pine Cone Turkey
- Cut out a small piece of felt for the wattle.
- Cut out five 3 1/2″ by 5″ colored paper squares. Cut them in the shape of a feather (like a long triangle), then fringe cut them with scissors to give them a “feathery” look.
- Color the paper “feathers” using oil pastels.
- Use 2 of the left over paper scraps for the beaks.
- Stick the paper “feathers” in the pine cones by hand or glue them in to make sure they stay.
- Attach the pompom head, the “googly” eyes, the wattle, and the beak with the glue gun.
One of Cindy’s classroom results is shown in the figure. Note: the head is a pompom; the feet are one long pipe cleaner wrapped through the pine cone, and then turned in a loop at the bottom of each end for the feet.
- Pine cone
- Stick-on “googly” eyes
- Pipe cleaner
- Construction paper
- Oil pastels
- Glue gun