Pumpkin Turkey Recipe and Instructions


Use this turkey as a centerpiece for the children’s table at Thanksgiving! A pumpkin is used for the turkey’s body, and you and your kids add the head, wings and feathers.

  1. Determine the size of pumpkin to be used. One large pumpkin or several small ones? The size of the pumpkin will determine the size of the construction paper cutouts you make.
  2. Clear off a large table or other work surface and cover with an old bedsheet or newspaper to protect the surface.
  3. Draw two turkey heads ‘ front and back – 10 feathers and a right and left wing onto construction paper for each pumpkin turkey to be made.
  4. Use brown paper for the head and use autumn-colored paper – brown, green, orange, dark blue – for the wings and feathers. Make sure to include the turkey’s neck in your head pieces.
  5. Use crayons or markers to color in drawings and use scissors to cut out the shapes. Color only on one side, though. The feathers and turkey heads will be glued back-to-back to make five feathers and one head. The wings won’t be glued together, but draw on only one side of those as well.
  6. Reinforce the cutouts made for large turkeys by gluing them onto thin cardboard and then cutting them out again. Because you are going to be gluing the feather cutouts and the head cutouts together, affix cardboard to only half of the feathers and one head piece.
  7. Place a thin layer of glue on the back of one of the head pieces. Position a Popsicle stick or wooden skewer on the back of the cutout so that half of the stick extends from the bottom of the turkey’s neck and the other half is glued on to the back of the cutout.
  8. Place the two turkey heads together, back to back, so that they are stuck together by the glue applied earlier and so that the Popsicle stick or wooden skewer is sandwiched between the two pieces. Repeat for the feathers. Allow the glue to dry.
  9. Use a knife, scissors or an extra Popsicle stick or wooden skewer to make small holes through the pumpkin’s skin where the head and feathers will go. Push cutouts into the pumpkin so that the feathers fan out behind the turkey’s head.
  10. Glue the wings to the side of the pumpkin. Use thumbtacks or push pins to hold wings in place while the glue dries. Remove tacks or pins, and you’re done!

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