Chenille Stem Turkey

Once you have made one of these turkeys, the craft will go fast for additional ones. It takes more time to explain it than to make it.

Parental supervision is recommended.

This project is rated EASY to do.

What You Need

  • Wire cutters
  • 1 Red bumpy chenille stem
  • 1 Orange bumpy chenille stem
  • 1 Brown bumpy chenille stem
  • 1 Yellow bumpy chenille stem
  • 2 Tan chenille stems (bumpy would look cute)
  • Glue
  • 2 (5-6 MM) Wiggle eyes
  • 2 ounce paint bottle (any color)
How To Make It

    Note: Any chenille stem "bumps" leftover after cutting can be used in future projects.

  1. Cut the brown bumpy chenille stem into 2 pieces that have 2 bumps each.
  2. Cut the red chenille stem into a 1 bump and another piece that has 2 bumps.
  3. Cut the orange chenille stem into 2 bumps.
  4. Cut the yellow chenille stem into 1 bump.
  5. Twist the end of one tan chenille stem to the end of the second tan chenille stem.
  6. Wrap the long tan chenille stem around the outside of a paint bottle.
  7. Slip one 2 bump brown chenille stem under all the layers of the tan chenille stem. Twist once to hold all the tan chenille stems together. (The brown will make the head)
  8. On the opposite side of the paint bottle slide the following 2 bump chenille stems under all the layers of the tan chenille stem in one area: one each of red, brown, and orange. Position the tan chenille close together on top of the narrow part of the colored bumpy chenille.
  9. Bend the colored chinless in half and twist once to hold the tan chenille stems in place. (see photo)
  10. Slide the turkey body off of the paint bottle.
  11. Bend the head (brown) up and over slightly.
  12. Bend the 1 bump red chenille stem in 1/2 and twist around the neck of the turkey.
  13. Take the 1 bump yellow chenille stem on the bottom tan chenille stem and twist around the tan chenille stem. Bend the middle of the stem in towards the turkey to resemble feet.
  14. Separate (fan) the tan turkey body out to give it a more rounded shape.
  15. Glue a wiggle eye on each side of the turkey's head.
  16. Fan out the red, brown, and orange tail feathers. (See photo)

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