Our Peat Pot Turkey is a unique, whimsical and inexpensive Thanksgiving decoration and a fun kids' Thanksgiving craft.

Materials and Supplies

Craft Supplies:

  • 2 Peat Pots
  • pipe cleaners, one red and one orange
  • 1 Jumbo craft stick
  • 11 Colored craft sticks*
  • Two 10mm googly eyes
  • Fine or ultra fine tip permanent black marker
  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks - You can use glue dots instead of hot glue except when attaching the two pots together.
  • Rocks, marbles, rice or similar item to use as weight

* If you don't have colored craft sticks, either color them with markers or paint them.

Craft Instructions

  1. Place a hand full of rocks, marbles or rice in the bottom of one of the peat pots. This gives your turkey some weight so he won't fall over.
  2. Turn the second peat pot upside-down and hot glue it on top of the first one, rim to rim.
  3. Cut a 6 1/2" piece of red pipe cleaner and bend it back and forth so that you end up with 3 or 4 bumps in the pipe cleaner as pictured. Hot glue this to the top pot.
  4. Using hot glue, attach 10 colored popsicle sticks to the back of the pots alternating the colors as you go.
  5. Cut a yellow or gold popsicle stick in half and glue both pieces to the bottom of your turkey for feet.
  6. Cut a 1 1/2" piece of orange pipe cleaner, fold it in half and hot glue it to the front of the top peat pot as a beak.
  7. Cut a 1 1/2" piece of red pipe cleaner and fold it back and forth forming a waddle.  Glue the pipe cleaner waddle just under the beak.
  8. Glue on the googly eyes and draw eyebrows above them. You can draw a mouth below the beak if you would like to add a more human touch to your turkey - this is optional.
  9. Lay a jumbo craft stick flat on your work surface.  On one end, close to the edge, measure and mark 1" from the end. At the same end but next to the other side of the craft stick, measure and mark 1 1/2" from the end.  Draw a line across these two marks.  You now have a diagonal line. Cut the craft stick on this line. This is one wing. Repeat with the other end of the stick for the second wing.
  10. Hot glue one "wing" on each side of your turkey.  See picture for placement.

Optional: Make several turkeys and personalize them by writing your guests' names on the front of the turkeys on the bottom pot.   Then use the turkeys as place markers for your Thanksgiving feast

Printable Instructions

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