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- October 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm #265349
Give Thanksgiving dinner guests a unique take-home place card with these pinecone turkeys. Besides the pinecones, some different colored pipe cleaners are pretty much all kids need to craft the time away while the turkey cooks.
What you’ll need:
Plump pine cones (spherical shaped about one to one an half inches diameter)
One red bumpy pipe cleaner (chenille stem)
One orange bumpy pipe cleaner
Five other colors of bumpy pipe cleaners
Glue (craft, wood, or all-purpose that dries clear)
How to make it:
Make sure each pine cone has dried thoroughly.
Cut the bumps apart in each chenille wire. Using wire cutters, cut in the center of each place where the wire narrows down—you want the bumps whole and fluffy.
Take one red bump and shape into an ‘S’. Glue this to the rounded end of the cone with the bump protruding somewhat above the cone for the head of the turkey.
Take one orange bump and shape into a ‘V’.
Glue this under the bottom of the round part of the cone for the legs and feet. The feet can be shaped later. Toes can even be added.
Take five to seven other bumps and carefully bend them so the narrow ends can be twisted together leaving the puffy end somewhat rounded.
Glue as many of these as nicely fits close to the flatter stemmed end of the pinecone remembering to use glue only on the twisted end of the chenille wire.
Let dry and then adjust shaped of chenille wires to make your turkey look more realistic.
If you would like to use these as napkin rings, cut the orange chenille wires longer and make them into a circle and glue circle on bottom of turkeys.
- October 27, 2008 at 4:36 am #401686
My sons used to make these in scouts and school —- these are the cuties that can be for Thanksgiving…Super easy for the kids to make.
- October 29, 2008 at 9:45 am #401892
This would be some really cute decorations for the table!!
- October 29, 2008 at 10:51 am #401903
I was thinking of this pinecone craft. What a great way to get the children outside on a nice Autumn activity–searching for the prefect pinecones…I know when my boys were younger they always had fun doing this, for several years. I ended up with a collection of turkeys.
- October 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm #402127
That’s a great idea! Sort of a “treasure hunt” for the perfect cone & then go inside & do the craft! 🙂
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