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Pinecone Turkey Craft for the Cutest Thanksgiving

This pinecone turkey craft is a perfect kids craft idea for Thanksgiving! It’s so easy anyone can do it, and the materials are cheap.

Skills Required: None. Anyone can make this, of any age. It’s even perfect for toddlers. The “glue” is a non-toxic sugar mixture!

Easy Thanksgiving Pinecone Turkey Craft

I’ll never forget a little pinecone turkey craft I made in the second grade. Not only did we make the turkeys as part of art class, but we also made houses for them out of tissue paper boxes. I named mine Elliot and saved him for years, and I even added to his house regularly.

He had a bed, chair, and all sorts of items in his kleenex box house . . . I believe he even had a picture of family members I made on the wall. I guess it’s not a big surprise that over 30 years later I’m a craft blogger!

These pinecone turkeys are SO easy to make and I love that kids can participate in Thanksgiving crafts with this fun idea.

Turkey pinecone craft

It’s fun to collect the pinecones and then choose the feather colors . . . then put it all together using items you have in your pantry. I love that you can make a “glue” with sugar and use it in kids’ crafts! Here’s how to do it.

Pinecone Turkeys

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Make the “glue” by mixing together the first four ingredients. If you just have regular craft glue, use that if you want! I just like this mixture because it’s non-toxic.

Turn your pinecone on its side so the bottom of it is facing you (this will be the face).

Use the paintbrush to dot on the glue and apply the colorful feathers. You may need to hold the feathers for a few minutes to allow the glue to dry.

Cut out a small triangle out of the orange foam or paper for the turkey gizzard.

Glue the turkey gizzard and the googly eyes onto the front. You now have your very own turkey pinecone perfect for displaying!

Yield: 3 turkeys

Pinecone Turkey

This pinecone turkey craft is a perfect kids craft idea for Thanksgiving! It's so easy anyone can do it, and the materials are cheap.

Learn how to make a turkey pinecone in a few simple steps! This is a great Thanksgiving craft for kids.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Pinecones (clean and dry)
  • Colorful feathers
  • Small piece of orange foam or paper
  • 2 small googly eyes


  • Paint brush
  • Scissors


  1. Mix the flour, sugar, vegetable oil, and water. Stir thoroughly. You can also use craft glue.
  2. Turn the pinecone in its side - you'll use the top or bottom of the pinecone as the face.
  3. Cut small triangles out of orange foam or paper using the scissors.
  4. Attach the feathers, the wiggle eyes, and the orange triangles to the pinecone and let dry.


If you don't want to make this non-toxic glue, just use craft glue. Whatever you have on hand!

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