Craft #5: Pumpkin Turkey

Today’s craft is a great project for little hands!  My son loves to hold “baby” pumpkins.  We usually end up purchasing 8-10 of these during the season because he picks one up every time we go to the store. 

CRAFT NAME: Turkey Pumpkin



  • little pumpkins (no more than 3″ high)
  • 6 popsicle sticks
  • markers or paint
  • sharp knife


  1. Color or paint 5 popsicle sticks in different colors.
  2. Break or cut the final popsicle stick in half.  Paint or color brown and draw a turkey face on it.
  3. Using the sharp knife, cut 5 slits in the pumpkin behind the stem.  To make sure you are even, start with the slit in the middle and then do 2 on each side.
  4. Push the 5 multi-colored sticks into the slits.  This is the turkey’s tail.
  5. In front of the stem, cut another slit in the center of the pumpkin.  Insert the 1/2 stick with the turkey face into this spot.
  • Make 3 or 4 of these cuties for a table centerpiece. 
  • They also look great holding a name card.  They can be placed outside if you use paint (not washable). 
  • This can also be done with a full-size pumpkin and boards.  Shop for pints of  paint seconds or mis-mixes at the paint counter in your local Home Depot or Wal-Mart store.

Because you cut the pumpkin, this project will NOT last from year to year–it will start to rot in several days.  Please send your pictures of this project and I will be happy to post them (with credit, of course!).  What variations can you think of to change or improve this project?






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