I get excited when we can think of fun ways to incorporate nature in our crafts. Sticks, rocks, flowers, and leaves are all great supplies to craft with. Speaking of leaves, and especially with it being fall and all, nothing says nature and the season more than colorful fall leaves. With the many unique hues and brilliance in each leaf, they’re like an art on their own. And they make our Clothespin and Leaf Turkey Craft so, so cute!
For our Clothespin and Leaf Turkey Craft you will, quite obviously, need some fall leaves. So get outside, play and gather some up on your way in! Try to find as many different colors of leaves as possible, in different shapes, too. Though large, maple-like leaves are best.
Then you’ll simply need clothespins, brown cardstock, yellow and red construction paper, a trusty 1” circle punch, small googly eyes, along with your regular glue and scissors. Within minutes, you’ll have a flock of nature craft Clothespin and Leaf Turkeys!
- fall leaves
- regular wood clothespins
- 1” circle punch
- brown cardstock
- yellow and red construction paper
- small googly eyes
First, head outside and gather up some leaves. Bring inside and set aside.
Take the 1” circle punch and punch holes from the brown cardstock. On each, glue a set of googly eyes. Then, cut a very small square of yellow construction paper and fold in half diagonally for the beak. Trim to fit and any excess.
Cut a very small teardrop kind of shape from the red paper for the turkey’s snood. Glue the snood to the beak and glue it all onto the circle of brown cardstock. Glue the circle of brown cardstock onto the top of the clothespin where it opens and closes.
Trim the stems from the leaves. Then, open the clothespin and insert a leaf, closing the clothespin to hold the leaf in place. If the leaves are smaller, you could use 2.
And you have the cutest, gobbliest turkey around! I love it, the kids loved making them, and I hope you do, too! Find more fun Thanksgiving crafts and recipes at Kid Things!