Craft Ideas for Kids - Retro Pipe Cleaner Thanksgiving Turkey

Retro Pipe Cleaner Thanksgiving Turkeys

I have to admit, our Retro Pipe Cleaner Thanksgiving Turkeys caused a little controversy in my house. I suggested to Little Lovely that they were ‘ Turkeys’ and she said “no mummy, can’t you see, they’re peacocks!” Either way, we had fun learning about Thanksgiving and she enjoyed playing with our creations.

Retro Pipe Cleaner Thanksgiving Turkeys – Materials

x2 and bit (2/3cm long) Pipe Cleaners
Paper (patterned or plain)
Stapler
Self Adhesive Goggley Eyes

Retro Pipe Cleaner Thanksgiving Turkeys – How to

Step 1

Select your paper combinations and begin folding length ways. You may use one large piece of paper or two halves in different colours.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Retro Pipe Cleaner Thanksgiving Turkey

Step 2

Wrap the first pipe cleaner around the middle section of the paper a couple of times and then bring the two ends together pulling them away from the coloured/patterned paper. Ensure the two ends are uneven, with one an inch or so longer than the other.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Retro Pipe Cleaner Thanksgiving Turkey

Step 3

To form the neck, twist the pipe cleaners together and then use the long pipe cleaner to wrap around the shorter piece to create a head.

Bend the remaining extended piece of pipe cleaner back on itself to form the beak. You may need to do a little extra bending and twisting to get the desired head shape.

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Step 4

To create the legs and feet, thread the second pipe cleaner through the first a couple of times and this time split the pipe cleaner ends, twisting and bending the tips to form the claws of the feet.

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Step 5

To stand independently, the turkey will need a little support. Simply thread the pipe cleaner ‘bit’ (it should be 2/3cm long) behind the turkey, spreading and adjusting the pipe cleaners and ‘feet’ until the turkey can stand.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Retro Pipe Cleaner Thanksgiving Turkey

Step 6

Spread the folded pieces of paper to create a fan and connect with staples.

To finish off, add some googley eyes!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our Retro Pipe Cleaner Thanksgiving Turkeys. To avoid controversy, you could try using traditional colours, perhaps by painting a plain piece of paper or using multiple pieces of coloured paper? Ultimately, we had fun and I hope you and your crafty kids do too!

 


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