Make: Colorful DIY Felt Turkeys

It’s Thanksgiving again, and this time of year always makes me so nostalgic! Beyond the food, family time, and celebrating a day of gratitude, 0ne of the holiday details that has always stuck with me is the magically festive table settings my family put together. So much loving attention went into the cute handmade touches, making sure the kids’ table was especially fun with little Thanksgiving writing prompts, holiday-themed hands-on activities and lovely handmade decorations.

Make colorful and simple felt turkeys for Montessori-style learning, clouting, sorting and pattern-making (template included!) | via barley & birch

In homage to those wonderful memories of Thanksgiving’s past, I thought I’d try to re-create the timeless turkey crafts we used to enjoy with a build-your-own colorful felt turkey! Eco-friendly, reusable materials and a simple template combine to create a special soft, cozy learning toy or decorative holiday keepsake you can save for many Thanksgivings to come.

To make your own DIY felt turkeys you’ll need:

Note: We prefer to shop locally or use what we have at home, but this list contains a few Woodpeckers Crafts and/or Amazon affiliate links for reference. As Amazon Associates, we make a small commission on qualifying purchases.*

BASIC SUPPLIES:

OPTIONAL SUPPLIES:

Build-Your-Own Felt Turkey Instructions:

  1. Print, cut out and trace our turkey templates

    Begin by downloading, printing, and cutting out our felt turkey template. You can trace the template onto felt using a marker or chalk.

  2. Cut your turkey and feathers out of colorful felt pieces

    Cut your turkey pieces and feathers out of different colors of felt. Experiment with using different color palettes to make your turkeys extra colorful or allow kids lots of choices or color-learning options. Make colorful and simple felt turkeys for Montessori-style learning, clouting, sorting and pattern-making (template included!) | via barley & birch

  3. Add details to your turkey

    Use fabric glue to add details like a beak, gobble, and small felt circle eyes onto your turkey’s main body (you can use googly eyes instead if you prefer).Make colorful and simple felt turkeys for Montessori-style learning, clouting, sorting and pattern-making (template included!) | via barley & birch

These sweet little turkeys make wonderful Montessori-style color and counting learning tools for kids. Using a variety of bright colors and two different sizes ensures endless creative color combinations and pattern-making opportunities.

Make colorful and simple felt turkeys for Montessori-style learning, clouting, sorting and pattern-making

Holiday bonus? These feathers turn into perfectly festive holiday light bulbs! Cut a piece of green yarn, double it over and tie a knot at the end. Lay it on paper and let kids add lights to create fun patterns or different color combinations of light strings.

Make colorful and simple felt turkeys for Montessori-style learning, clouting, sorting and pattern-making (template included!) | via barley & birch

This year, with so many of my friends in the US going through trying times due to fires and hurricanes, we’ll be counting our good fortune/ blessings on every feather. Beyond that, I’m also making some small donations to places I thought I’d share with you – in case you’re looking for some good ways to give your time or money this year…

Make colorful and simple felt turkeys for Montessori-style learning, clouting, sorting and pattern-making (template included!) | via barley & birch

The North Valley Community Foundation (for the Camp Fire relief in California) All Hands and Hearts (continued Hurricane Maria relief response in Puerto Rico) The American Red Cross (doing good work everywhere) and the USO (sending care packages and direct support to our deployed troops and their families).

Wherever you are, we wish you a peaceful and relaxing holiday filled with love. ❤️


*A note about affiliate links: We strive to use simple, earth-friendly supplies that can be purchased locally whenever we can, but sometimes we find the best universally available options, a rare eco-friendly find, or a niche product only available on Amazon or Woodpecker Crafts. When included in our supply list, these products are affiliate links, and if you click-through to make a purchase, we receive a small commission that helps us re-order these supplies!

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Amanda E.
With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.

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