Although it seems like summer is just ending, the Thanksgiving season is already upon us. This year, why not enjoy some fun and frugal crafts with your kids that you can use to adorn your holiday table? These Thanksgiving Candy Turkey Favors are the perfect craft if you want something fast, festive, and of course, fun! They are a cinch for children to make and you can set one at each place setting at your holiday table. Take a look below for directions on how to make your own.
Your local dollar store, Michaels craft store, or retail store will have these items available rather inexpensively. You can use any candy you wish of course. For our example we liked the fall colors in the Reese’s candy mix so it was a great choice. Feel free to use fall colored M&M’s or any other candy your family enjoys.
1. It is easiest to create the head and feet of the turkey first. To do this, take one yellow pipe cleaner and cut it down to about 2 inches. Take a few smaller pieces of the same color pipe cleaner and create talons by twisting them around the bottom of the longer pipe cleaner.
2. Next, create the head by attaching two google eyes to the brown pom pom. This will be your head. You can use a small red piece to create the gobbler, just make a “V” and attach to the base of the pom pom with glue. You can also create a beak by gluing on an orange “V” to the face.
3. You now want to fill your baggie about 1/3 of the way full of candy bits. Twist to secure closed. This will be your main body. Snip a small piece of pipe cleaner to wrap around the neck of the bag to secure it.
4. Apply some glue to the back or bottom of the head. Press firmly to the front of the now full baggie to secure. See the turkey taking shape?
5. Now just twist the bottom corners of the baggie. Twist a leg pipe cleaner around each snuggly. You will see your turkey now formed and ready to sit up on its own!
You may need to tug and pull to adjust your turkey into shape. Once it is to your liking, you are all ready to display it! Hopefully, guests will have a chance to oooh and ahhh over it before someone dives into it and eats it!! Happy Thanksgiving!