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Decorate Your Thanksgiving Table With DIY Pear Turkeys This adorable art project for kids is perfect for virtual holiday crafting with friends and family

How to make DIY pear turkeys for Thanksgiving
Photo: Lindsay Ponta

Since we won’ t be visiting loved ones this Thanksgiving, I’ve been trying to come up with ways to help my family feel close this month despite the physical distance between us.

One fun way I’m planning to keep us connected is through virtual holiday craft gatherings. To start, I’m sending our families little packages with identical craft supplies to make these DIY pear turkeys. We’ll gather together around our various tables—connected by Zoom, of course—to make the same project as we chat and catch up.


These DIY pear turkeys make excellent accent pieces for your Thanksgiving tablescape or mantel. You could also write names on the front of each turkey to turn them into keepsake place cards.

SUPPLIES

You can find all the supplies to make this project at your nearest craft store or Amazon.

  • Artificial foam pears
  • Sharp craft knife (optional)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks, or craft glue and foam brush
  • Artificial autumn leaves or handprints cut from cardstock
  • Orange and red cardstock, felt or craft foam sheets
  • Permanent marker
  • “Googly” eyes (optional)
making a diy pear turkey
Photo: Lindsay Ponta

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Starting about 2/3 the way down a foam pear, cut a small slice into the back of the pear at a 45-degree angle with your craft knife.
Note: If you don’t want to use a sharp knife while crafting with kids, you can skip this step.

2. Apply a small amount of hot glue to the bottom of one of the leaves or handprints and quickly slide it into the slice at the back of the pear. You can use a craft stick to help tuck the leaf or handprint into the cut.
Note: If you skipped step 1, use a foam brush to apply craft glue to a leaf or handprint and adhere it directly to the back of the pear.

3. Continue adding leaves or handprints in various autumn shades until your pear has a full turkey tail. We used three large leaves for the pear in the picture.

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4. Wipe away any excess glue. Rotate the pear so that the tail “feathers” are in the back.

5. Use cardstock, felt or craft foam to make the turkey wattle and beak. Draw a long, thin teardrop shape on the red material for the wattle and a triangle on the orange material for the beak. Cut out the shapes. Glue the wattle on the front center of the pear and glue the beak over the top of the wattle.

Adding eyes to your DIY pear turkeys
Photo: Lindsay Ponta

6. Use a permanent marker to add a few tiny dots on the beak and larger dots directly onto the pear for eyes. To add more personality, glue “googly” eyes onto the pear instead of using the permanent marker.

7. If your pear is tail-heavy and is tipping over, cut off a small portion of the bottom of the pear, angling up very slightly from front to back to prevent the pear from leaning back too much.

We’d love it if you’d take a screenshot of everyone in your family holding up their little turkeys on Zoom and then tag us on Instagram (@WashingtonFamilyMag) to show off your handiwork.

A version of this story originally appeared in the November 2020 issue of Washington FAMILY.

About Lindsay Ponta

Lindsay Ponta created the DIY and lifestyle website Shrimp Salad Circus in 2009 to inspire busy women to live perfectly-imperfect creative lives. She lives in Silver Spring, MD. Find easy DIYs and recipes at www.shrimpsaladcircus.com.

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