The end of Halloween left us with some leftover gourds and butternut squashes so we decided to turn one into a cute and easy turkey to get in the spirit of the next holiday – Thanksgiving of course!

Let the kids go outside and collect leaves to make this feathered turkey that would also make an adorable centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.

Butternut Squash Turkey – Materials:

– Butternut squash (or long necked shaped gourd)

– Leaves

– Googley eyes

– Yellow and red paper

– Scissors, glue, tape


It’s pretty simple and as you see it. Tape or glue leaves on the back of the squash to form “feathers.” Glue on the eyes, a small yellow triangle and red, long tear-drop shape for the wattle. You’re done!

What are your favorite turkey crafts for kids? Let us know in the comments!

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