Recycled Can Turkey
Turn an empty vegetable can into a cute turkey for Thanksgiving. Can be used to hold pens and pencils, utensils for the kid’s table or anything else you can imagine!
What you’ll need
- 1 vegetable can
- Felt: brown, red, orange, tan, goldenrod, white, black
- Cardstock: brown, red, orange, tan, goldenrod
- White craft glue
- Hot glue gun
How to make it
- Inspect the opening of the vegetable can and be sure there aren’t any sharp edges. If there are, use a piece of sandpaper to wear them down. Remove label, wash and dry completely.
- Lay the can on its side on the short end of the sheet of brown felt. Roll up to determine how much felt you will need, then trim the end so that you have about an inch overlap at the top, bottom and around the perimeter as well.
- Glue the brown felt to the can, folding over the excess and gluing to the bottom and inside the lip of the can. Look for the seam, this will be the back of your turkey.
- Cut out the tail feathers from cardstock and from felt. Cut 2 red, 2 tan, 1 orange, 1 goldenrod and 1 brown. Glue the cardstock to the felt as the felt is too flimsy to stand on its own.
- Cut out a red wattle, white eyes, black pupils, brown head, black eyebrows, goldenrod beak, tan collar, and orange feet.
- Glue the collar to the front of the turkey (remember, the seam is in the back).
- Glue the red wattle just above the bottom of the collar. Glue the head over the top of the wattle, leaving just the bumps of the wattle showing below the head. The head will be above the lip of the can.
- Glue the whites of the eyes in the center of the head. Glue the black pupils to the white. Glue on the goldenrod beak, overlapping the bottom of the eyes slightly. Glue on the eyebrows above the eyes, pointing upward.
- Glue 2 orange feet to the bottom portion of the can.
- Use hot glue to adhere the tail feathers in place, starting with the red feathers. Overlap the next feathers slightly. End with the brown feather in the center, which will overlap feathers on both sides.
This project was created by Amanda Formaro, originally for Kaboose/Spoonful.