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Make Your Own Clay Turkey For The Holidays

Fall is time for celebrations. In Canada, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, 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.

Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

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 🙂

Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

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

Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.
Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

 

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

Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

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

Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

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.

Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

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

Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

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

Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

Make two tear shaped logs for the wings.

Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

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

Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

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

Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

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

Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

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

Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

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

Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

Finally, roll three small red sticks and place them below and on top of the beak, and on top of the head.
Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

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 :)Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

 

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.
Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

Make a smaller ball and flatten it. Place it on top of the first disk.Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

Make two tear shaped logs and flatten them. Place them on top of the first disk to make the wings.
Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

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.
Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

Make thin snakes of clay in various colours and decorate the tail of your turkey.
Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

With small logs of red clay, make the wattle and the head snood.
Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

Use orange clay to make the beak and red to make the snood.
Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

With the help of a toothpick, make small little scratches all over your turkey. This texture will lend the illusion of feathers.
Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

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.
Make your own clay turkey for the holidays. This cute craft is also ideal for little hands to master.

I hope you enjoyed these small tutorials.

Take care,

Catia

Always a Teacher & Forever a Mom

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