When my older two kids were in kindergarten they made sock snowmen as a winter project in school, and they were just the cutest! Recently I was asked to come up with a craft for my son’s fall party at school and immediately thought of these sock snowmen and had the idea of transforming it into something more suitable for fall. So after some tweaking, these super cute sock turkey DIY’s were born!
These turkeys were pretty simple to make and would make the perfect cold day indoor craft to do when the weather starts to get bad. The most important thing you’ll need is a sock. Now, a brown dress sock would probably be a little easier than what I did, but since they are quite a bit more expensive than plain white tube socks and since I had to make 25 (and was footing the bill for supplies) I opted to go this route, but if you are only making a few, brown sock would probably look fabulous.
To make your turkey, you will need:
a brown sock, or plain white crew sock (I used a women’s size)
rice (1 1/2 cup per turkey)
To begin, using a measuring cup, pour one cup of rice in the bottom of your sock and then tie off with a rubber band. If you have little kids, you may want to do this part, or you can let them help you and use a funnel, but someone will have to hold the sock while they poured!
After you have tied the bottom, pour another half cup of rice in the top and then tie it off again. Hot glue in between the two sections so it holds better and moves around less.
Fold the top over twice so it turns into a little hat. This would be the same technique for making a snowman, just decorating it differently, obviously!
Since I used a white sock, I then sponge painted brown paint all around the sock, to give it a hodge podge look. You can paint a lot of brown or just some, depending on how you want it to look! Let it dry completely before moving on to decorate.
To decorate, cut two feet from the orange felt, one triangle beak from the yellow and tie some ribbon around the neck. I used one piece of orange and one of yellow, but you could use more ribbon or different colors. These parts can be glued on with white glue, but you will want to help glue on the feathers on the back with some hot glue, since they are heavier. I used three feathers for my example turkey (this guy here!) but when we did it in class, we let the kids choose and some did a few feathers and some did a whole bunch and they all looked great! I like the kids to have some freedom to be creative and see what they come up with!
I think these little guys turned out adorable! They were a big hit with the kids and would make a cute part of your fall or Thanksgiving decorations- and would be even cuter as place settings on your turkey day table!