Make these cute turkey feather pens to put on the Thanksgiving table. Then everyone can write down what they’re thankful for.
Sometimes I don’t know how my twisted little crafter’s brain comes up with it’s next wild idea, but here we are making turkey feather pencils today. Yep. I had the idea and just had to make it and guess what? They’re actually really fun and I think your family will love them, and this world is seriously lacking in fun Thanksgiving crafts if you ask me, so today I’m going to teach you how to make your own Thanksgiving turkey with working feather pencils.
This post is sponsored by Duck Brand. All crazy ideas are my own.
Here are the supplies you will need:
- Color Duck Tape (I used red, terracotta, brown and gold)
- Pencils or Pens
- Sharp Scissors
- Small Glass Jar or Votive
- Colored Cardstock – Red, Yellow, Brown, Black
- Paper Glue and/or Hot Glue
- Thankful Printable (download at the bottom of this post)
Step 1: Cut a strip of Duck Tape between 12 to 15 inches long and lay it sticky-side-up onto your work surface. Place a pencil or pen onto the center of the tape with the bottom three or four inches of the pencil hanging off the edge. Refer to #1 in the photo above for placement.
Step 2: Fold the Duck Tape over onto itself, lining up the outer edges.
Step 3: Press the tape together, starting from the center and working your way outward. Try your best to keep it smooth, but a few bubbles or folds are okay.
Step 4: Cut the tip of the Duck Tape into a pointy feather shape. Round off the bottom edges. Then snip slits all the way down both edges of the tape to make it look like a feather. I like to go in at this point and add a few random snips to roughen up the straight sides and make them look a little more realistic.
Step 5: Use colored cardstock to cut out a turkey body and head. You can do this by hand or with a Silhouette or Cricut machine. Alternatively, you could draw a turkey or print out cute turkey clipart to use instead.
Step 6: Glue the turkey to a small glass jar or votive. Make sure the jar is the right size to hold the pencils or pens you just made. If you use a jar too big, you won’t be able to see the feathers. If your jar is too small, the feathers will fall out.
Now isn’t this little jar of pencils the most festive, Thanksgiving-ready writing utensils you have ever seen?! Ha ha ha. It’s quirky and silly and so much fun. My kids are going to love it!
Turkey Feather Pencils Video
I created a simple little printable that you can snag below if you want to. Just click on the navy blue button.
I designed it to print two copies on a standard sized piece of paper. You should be able to just make one cut right down the middle and have two handouts. I plan to place one paper at each table setting on Thanksgiving so every guest can write down what they’re thankful for… with their fun turkey feather pencils, of course.
So what do you think of my crazy idea? I actually love it and hope you do too! Happy crafting!