Turkey Marionettes – Thanksgiving kid craft

A couple of years ago at Thanksgiving, we made these cute Turkey Marionettes with all the kids while we waited for dinner. The kids loved making them!

Here’s what you need to make one:

– a low temp Hot glue gun
– 2 chopsticks
– pieces of yellow and green craft foam
– 2 wooden beads
– a sharp pencil
– 3-inch styrofoam ball
– 2 1/2-inch styrofoam ball
– 1 yard of 7/32-inch-wide cotton cord or clothesline
– Tape
– Tacky Glue
– 1 yard feather boa
– Embroidery floss
– Skewer
– Feathers
– 15 mm googly eyes

To start, use a wooden skewer to poke holes straight through the styrofoam balls (as seen above).

Thread the cord through the balls.

Add small wooden beads for the feet and tie a knot in the ends of the cord. Hot glue them onto the craft foam feet.

Add the beak and a red bead for under the beak.

Use your low temp hot glue gun as needed on the feet and where the cord goes through the styrofoam balls.

Tie the strings onto the cord where the legs would be, along with the tail feathers and where the cord comes through the top of the Turkey’s head.

Add the colorful feathers by poking them into the back of the styrofoam ball that is the body of the Turkey, hot glue the googley eyes and beak on.

Hot glue the chop sticks together in a crisscross shape.

Tie the strings to the crisscrossed chopsticks allowing for some slack as you move the marionette around to look like it’s walking.

Once all assembled, you can now play with your Marionette Turkey!

To make it look more like a Turkey make sure to add a red bead under the beak to look like a Turkey neck. :)

Looking for more fun ideas for kids this Thanksgiving? Be sure to visit all our favorite Thanksgiving ideas here.

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  1. 1

    Glad to hear things are stable! Those turkey marionettes are too cute – what a great idea to keep the kiddos occupied on Thanksgiving!

  2. 2

    Some friends that follow you informed me that you’re in the hospital on bed rest. Our rooms look the same. We may be in the same hospital on bed rest together. Hang in there. We’re so blessed with everything that can be done for our babies these days. I’ll keep checking your blog for progress updates. -Amy

  3. 3

    That turkey is adorable!!

  4. 4

    Hey Kami,
    Thinking about you every day.

    This craft is a great idea. I’m going to buy the supplies — although we now have a 12 month old in our cousin’s camp and I fear she will be a menace to these marionettes!


  5. 5

    glad you liked ‘em…we’re doing ‘em again this year…womp, womp!

  6. 7

    Glad to read that your little one is stable! Everyday is a reason to be thankful! I love this little turkey that you guys made. I posted about it on Craft Gossip, along with the Family Fun link! Happy Thanksgiving!


  7. 8

    Cute! The kids will love this one. Sharing.

  8. 9

    Where can I find the directions to make the turkey marionettes?


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