This Q-tip turkey has tail full of cotton swabs. The Q-tips are dipped into red,
orange, and yellow paint to resemble colorful turkey feathers, then are
fanned out and glued on the back of a cork.
This little turkey can be used as a place holder for your Thanksgiving
table, because an index card fits slides perfectly in between
the Q-tip feathers. This little guy would also be cute just
sitting on his own, on a shelf or by your kitchen window (where mine is
This craft takes a bit of time to make because
you have to allow paint to dry, and it is more geared for
teenagers and adults. Kids may enjoy dipping the cotton swabs
in the paint, but the rest of the steps involve a hot glue gun and some
Needed to Make a Q-tip Turkey:
- 18 Q-tips (cotton swabs)
- Cork (Size #18, dimensions: 1.57 inch x 1.5 inch)
- One inch wooden ball knob
- regular white glue
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- brown, red, orange, and yellow acrylic paints
- paint brush
- 2 google eyes
- red tissue paper
- red and orange Foamie sheets
- large nail
first part of the Q-tip turkey project must be done by an adult.
You will need to cut the
cork in half lengthwise. You can use a small saw (quickest
way) or a craft blade. Be very careful and take your time!
You will only need one of the cork halves, and this
will be the turkey's body. The flat part will be
where it sits on the table.
2. Cut a Q-tip in
half equally. You will only need one half of the Q-tip, you
can discard the other half.
3. Place a small
amount of regular white glue inside the hole on the underside of the
wooden bead. Then, squeeze the cotton swab head inside the
hole. It will be a nice, snug fit.
4. Next, hammer a
large nail into the top of the tapered, rounded side of the cork (where
the turkey's neck should be). This is to create the hole to
push the stem of the Q-tip through.
5. Put a drop of
white glue in the hole of the cork you just made. Push the
stem of the cotton swab with the wooden bead attached, into the hole.
Again, this should be a nice, snug fit.
6. Paint the body
of the turkey brown and allow it to dry.
7. This is a fun
part that children will like! Dip 17cotton swabs into red,
orange, and yellow paints. If you use the size cork I did, it
worked out that I dipped 6 red, 6 yellow, and 5 orange. Dip
each swab, but be careful to try to keep the paint only on the soft
end. Squeeze off the excess paint from the tip by gently
rolling the Q-tip head against the plate cup or a piece of paper.
Resting the Q-tips on two pencils is a nice way to have them
8. After the
cotton swabs are completely dry, heat up your hot glue gun.
Place some hot glue on the white end of a red cotton swab,
and glue as the last feather on the cork (see photo). On the
opposite side glue a yellow feather.
gluing on the cotton swabs, alternating colors: red, orange,
yellow. You will have 9 cotton swabs on this layer.
You'll have to be careful to squeeze them all in.
Try fanning out the cotton swabs on the table first to be
sure of your pattern and how many will fit before gluing. Be
careful of that hot glue!
10. To make the
tail fuller, glue on another layer of 8 cotton swabs now. This
set of cotton swabs will be glued OVER the original set, and each new
swab will be nestled in between the two cotton swab heads below it.
Choose the alternating color to go in between. Use
the photos as guidance.
11. You can get
really creative on the Q-tip turkey's face. I glued on two
eyes. I cut out a small waddle using red tissue paper and
glued that on, and covered it slightly by gluing on a orange triangle
cut from Foamie sheets (the turkey's beak). I also cut a
curved head piece out of a red Foamie sheet and hot glued this on top
of the turkey's head.
12. To use your
Q-tip turkey as a place name holder for your Thanksgiving table, you
can slip an index
card or piece of card stock with the person's name right in between the
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