Clothespin Turkey Craft

I’m working on getting the house ready for our family for Thanksgiving dinner next week.  I’m using lots of natural elements like tree stumps, pine cones, sticks, fall foliage and pumpkins.  But, Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without a turkey!

Do you remember making clothespin turkeys?  I decided to give this classic Thanksgiving craft an update to keep with my neutral theme.

I used an old book to make the feathers.  I distressed the edges with brown ink  to give it a little more dimension.  The face was made using googly eyes, orange craft foam, and red felt.

A few of the clothespins were painted brown and a few I covered with orange and white striped washi tape. These little turkeys will feel right at home in my rustic and natural Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. These turkeys are too cute! And congrats on the Bird's Party mag cover, too!

  2. SO cute!! I’d love for you to join the PInworthy Projects link party!

  3. Hi- I would like to do this as a craft at a school book fair. How did you secure the feathers? Did you glue them and then put them into the clothespin? Do you think I could put a magnet on the back? Thanks so much! Such a cute idea.

    • Tina, great idea to use them as magnets! I used a small dab of glue and glued the point of each feather together and then put them in the clothespin. I think adding a magnet to the back would be a great idea and so easy to do.

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