Making Pinecone Turkeys

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November 6, 2018

Pinecone Turkey - cute pinecone turkeyOne thing I love to do with my parents is pick up pinecones off our streets. My dad loves to analyze all the shapes and sizes, and mum likes to help come up with things they can be repurposed as. Here, we've turned them into little turkeys. I wish I had real leaves to work with for the tail. If you can find some, try it out this craft with them and share your photos! I bought a big bag of cloth leaves from the dollar shop for mine.


Total Time: 20 minutes


  • construction paper (brown, orange, red)
  • scissors
  • glue
  • googly eyes
  • leaves (cloth or real)
  • hot glue gun with glue
Pinecone Turkey - supplies


  1. Cut out a circle of brown paper about the size of a half dollar coin.
  2. Pinecone Turkey - circle of brown paper
  3. To make the beak, cut out a triangle from the orange paper. Add glue to the top back of it and glue to the bottom half of the head.
  4. Pinecone Turkey - cut out an orange beak and glue to the circle at the top of the beak
  5. To make the turkey's snood (dangly neck bit), cut out a squiggle of red paper. Glue it between the chin and the beak.
  6. Pinecone Turkey - cut a red squiggle for the snood and glue between the beak and the chin

  7. Glue on the googly eyes.
  8. Pinecone Turkey - add google eyes
  9. To make the turkey's tail, use your hot glue gun to attach the leaves onto the back of the pine cone. Fan them out.
  10. Pinecone Turkey - glue leaves onto the pinecone to make the tail
  11. Fold a piece of paper several times (any colour) and use regular glue to attach it onto the back of the turkey's head. This will keep it from showing any hot glue from the front side.
  12. Pinecone Turkey - use regular glue to attach a piece of folded paper to the back of the head
  13. Add a big blob of hot glue to the piece of paper you just added.
  14. Pinecone Turkey - add a blog of hot glue to the folded paper

  15. Attach the head onto the front of the pine cone, hold in place for 30 seconds.
  16. Pinecone Turkey - attach the head to the front of the pinecone and hold until set
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