Gobble-Good Turkey

February 12th, 2013 posted by Monica Resinger


This friendly little turkey is an ideal hostess gift that you or your children can make in less than an hour. Simple and inexpensive materials make this little guy fun for adults and kids.


small brown paper bag

construction paper in orange, yellow, and brown

6″ brown chenille stick

index card

magazine page with dark brown colors on it

1 cup rice brown

acrylic paint

small piece of sponge

stapler and glue

black marker or two wiggle eyes

hole punch


3″ piece of red twisted paper

small silk daisy 

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What you do

Body For the body, cut off the top half of the small brown paper bag and save for use later. Put the 1 cup rice in the bottom half then gather the top of the bag together and to a point then staple at that point. The bag should now be stapled closed so the rice will not come out. Put a small puddle of brown paint on a few layers of newspaper. Dip the small sponge into the puddle of paint then pat on the newspaper to take off excess paint. Now, dab the sponge all over the bag with the rice in it.


For the wings, take the top half of the bag and cut it at each side so you end up with two pieces the same size. Dab these pieces with the sponge and brown paint on one side as you did for the bag with the rice in it. Let dry. Fold these two pieces accordion style then staple one end together so you have a small fan. Now staple or glue one fan to each side of the body.

Legs & Feet

For the legs, cut two 1/2″ X 8″ pieces of orange construction paper. Fold legs accordion style. For the feet, draw two 2″ cup shapes with three 1/2″ toes onto yellow construction paper. Cut them out. Glue one foot to one end of each leg, then glue top of the legs to the bottom of the body. Editors note: We used a 6 ounce tomato paste can to trace a perfect circle for the feet, and then simply drew on a few toes.


For the tail, cut the brown colored magazine page to a 5″ X 7″ rectangle then fold into a fan and staple as you did for the wings. Glue or staple the tail to the back of the body.


For the head, cut out a 4″ light bulb shape from the brown construction paper. The head is the bigger part of the light bulb and the neck is the smaller part.

Eyes & Beak

Cut a 1″ X 2″ diamond from the yellow construction paper and fold in half the long way for the beak. Glue the back of one folded side to the head in the middle in beak position. With the marker, draw on two eyes above and on the sides of the beak or glue on 2 wiggle eyes. You can also color in a red tongue with a red marker or crayon inside the beak.


Now your turkey should be finished. All that’s left to do is attach the recipe card! On the index card, write the following recipe:

Gobble-Good Turkey Casserole

1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 can cream of celery soup 1 package onion soup mix 1 cup rice 1 1/2 cups milk 2 or 3 cups leftover turkey Combine all ingredients in a large casserole dish. Bake covered 45 minutes at 350 degrees F. Punch a hole in the left corner of the recipe with right side facing. Thread the brown chenille stick through the hole, then twist around the neck of the turkey and secure with a knot.

Finishing Touches

To add a simple red bow tie, untwist 3″ length of red twisted paper. Twist in the center to create a quick bow tie and glue on throat. For lapel flower, simple glue a small silk daisy or sunflower onto breast area of turkey. Copyright 2000, Monica Resinger (photo copyright FamilyCorner.com 2000)

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