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Pom-Pom Turkey Craft

Add a fuzzy touch to your Thanksgiving table with these cute pom-pom turkeys.

Turkey Crafts: Pom Pom Turkey

YOU'LL NEED (makes 1 turkey)

  • Turkey fan, beak and wattle templates (download the pom pom turkey templates)
  • Printer and plain white paper
  • Scissors
  • 1 sheet each orange, tan, yellow, red and white felt
  • Fine-tip black marker
  • Hot glue gun
  • 2 mini black pom-poms (available at craft stores)
  • 1 1" brown pom-pom (available at artcove.com)
  • Brown pipe cleaner
  • 1 3" brown pom-pom or 2" brown pom-pom for smaller turkey (available at artcove.com)


  1. Download turkey templates; print and cut out.
  2. Place each fan template onto a different color of felt (tan, red, orange and yellow) and trace around with marker. Cut out.
  3. Glue felt fans together in a stack, starting with largest piece and ending with smallest. Set aside to dry completely.
  4. Make eyes by cutting out two small circles from white felt, then glue mini pom-poms in center of each circle, creating pupils. Set aside to dry completely.
  5. Place wattle template on red felt. Trace around it with marker, then cut out. Place beak template on yellow felt. Trace around it with marker, then cut out. Glue wattle to beak.
  6. Assemble turkey head by gluing eyes, beak and wattle to 1” brown pom-pom, pressing tightly to hold each in place as they dry.
  7. Position turkey head near top of body pom-pom (2” or 3”) and glue in place, applying pressure as it dries.
  8. Glue fan to back of body pom-pom, pressing as it dries.
  9. Cut 2 2” pieces from pipe cleaner and set aside, then cut remaining length of pipe cleaner in half for a total of two long and two short pieces of pipe cleaner.
  10. Working with a long piece, bend at 90 degrees about 1" from end to create middle toe of turkey's foot. Attach short piece to long by wrapping it at its middle around bend in long piece. Ends of short piece become first and third toes. Use scissors to trim toes if necessary to create uniform length. Repeat for other leg.
  11. Glue legs to bottom of body pom-pom, allowing glue to dry completely before standing turkey up. Spread toes apart to achieve a stable base.