Crafts Tuesday – Clay Turkey

Fall is time for celebrations. In Canada, Thanksgiving is just around the corner (October 13), so it is time to start looking for crafts to make 🙂

This past weekend, my daughters and I decided to make our own turkey art with clay. Here are the tutorials for two different clay turkeys.

Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

What you need:

– Clay – modelling clay is ideal for children. You can also try to use play dough. We used polymer clay since we plan on having these turkeys baked so they harden.

– Toothpicks – ideal to make little holes and indentations on the clay.

– Patience 😉

 

Turkey #1

Start with two balls of clay. One slightly smaller than the other. We chose to make them the same colour, but you could try different colours for different looks 🙂

Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

With the help of a toothpick, make a slight indentation on top of the bigger ball.

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Roll one of the edges of the smaller ball, until it becomes slightly thinner than the other.

Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

Place the smaller ball on top of the bigger ball, making sure that the thinner end fits into the indentation on the bigger ball.

Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

Make several rolls of clay, in different colours. Make sure that one of the ends is thicker than the other so that it creates the illusion of a feather.

Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

Arrange these “feathers” in a fan shape and flatten them with your fingers.

Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

Attache the “feather fan” to the body of the turkey by gently pressing them together.

Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

Make two tear shaped logs for the wings.

Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

Flatten them with your fingers and attach them to the  body of the turkey.

Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

Make a tiny beak with orange clay and attach it to the face of the turkey.

Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

With the help of a toothpick, make small holes above the beak for the eyes.

Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

Make two tiny white balls and insert them into the eye holes. Flatten them with your fingers.

Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

Make two itsy-bitsy black balls and flatten then on top of the white.

Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

Finally, roll three small red sticks and place them below and on top of the beak, and on top of the head.Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

Enjoy your little turkey. You could use it as a place marker for Thanksgiving dinner, or you can just use it as a cute decoration for the home :)Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

 

Turkey#2

Start by rolling a ball of brown clay and then flatten it into a disk. Make sure you flatten a little more on one side so you can fit the head.Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

Make a smaller ball and flatten it. Place it on top of the first disk.Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

Make two tear shaped logs and flatten them. Place them on top of the first disk to make the wings.Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

Make a bigger ball of clay, flatten it, and place it underneath the other pieces, to make the tail. You can trim a little if needed.Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

Make thin snakes of clay in various colours and decorate the tail of your turkey.Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

With small logs of red clay, make the wattle and the head snood.
Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

Use orange clay to make the beak and red to make the snood.Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

With the help of a toothpick, make small little scratches all over your turkey. This texture will lend the illusion of feathers.Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

Enjoy your cute little turkey. Since it is a flat turkey, you can use it for table seating cards, or you can glue it to a jar lid, a candle holder, etc.Catia Dias - Clay Turkey Craft Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed these small tutorials.

Take care,

Catia

Always a Teacher & Forever a Mom

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