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)
Self Adhesive Goggley Eyes
Retro Pipe Cleaner Thanksgiving Turkeys – How to
Select your paper combinations and begin folding length ways. You may use one large piece of paper or two halves in different colours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spread the folded pieces of paper to create a fan and connect with staples.
To finish off, add some googley eyes!
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!