Peg Doll And Pine Cone Turkeys

Oct 8, 2015

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Here's a fun and festive little craft to whip up with the kiddies.

You Will Need:

  • peg dolls in assorted sizes (available at craft stores)
  • pine cones (smaller sizes)
  • brown and black paint
  • paintbrushes
  • red pipecleaners
  • yellow felt
  • scissors
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • feathers


1. Gather gather up your peg dolls and pine cones. Make sure the pine cones are the right size for your peg dolls—I found smaller-sized pine cones worked best. The pine cones will be your turkey tails.

A pile of pine cones and peg dolls.

2. Paint the peg dolls brown. You can use acrylic or watercolour paints (I prefer the subtle effect of watercolours).

A peg doll and a set of watercolour paints.

3. Paint or draw two eyes on each peg doll. Cut a small diamond shape from yellow felt and a small piece of red pipe cleaner.

4. To assemble the beak, wrap the diamond shaped yellow felt around the centre of the red pipe cleaner. Glue it onto your peg doll, bending the edges of the pipe cleaner downwards.

A single peg doll turkey.

5. Glue the bottom end of a pine cone to the back of the peg doll. Make sure to glue it high on the back of the peg doll, so it stands flat. 

6. Embellish with feathers. Put a dab of hot glue on the end of each feather. Stick the feathers into the pine cone.

3 peg doll and pine cone turkeys.

These will look fantastic on your Thanksgiving table or make for great Thanksgiving imaginative play.

Wishing you all a lovely holiday weekend!

Article Author Maureen Macmillan
Maureen Macmillan

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Maureen Macmillan is one half of the blog Twig and Toadstool. The blog is primarily a natural based craft blog that she created with the help of her friend Shanti. They create beautiful crafts made out of natural and beautiful materials, things that are inspired by Mother Nature, embellished with glitter, whimsy and imagination! Maureen is a mother of two beautiful girls, ages five and 10, and she feels fortunate enough to live in a part of Eastern Ontario where she is surrounded by the beauty of the natural world and part of a community of parents who encourage creativity and JOY!

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