Thanksgiving Pumpkin Turkey Centerpiece

Keep little hands busy before the big meal by giving them a fun Thanksgiving craft to make a whimsical turkey centerpiece. Scale down the project to make place card holders for the entire family. Choose a pie pumpkin for a centerpiece or mini-pumpkin gourds for place card holders.


Photo from Marin Mommies.

Younger children will need adult assistance with this craft.


  • Pie pumpkin or mini-pumpkin shaped gourds
  • Wooden craft sticks or toothpicks
  • White school glue
  • Construction paper with fall colors
  • Pencils, crayons and markers
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Sharp knife


Cut feather-shaped pieces of construction paper. Glue to wooden craft sticks, overlapping the sticks and paper by an inch or more. You will want to leave about an inch or two free of paper on the bottom of the stick. This part will be pushed into the pumpkin. 

Draw a turkey head with a long neck. Use markers and crayons to draw the features. Glue googly eyes on the head. Glue the head to a wooden craft stick.  

Have an adult cut several slits along the back edge of the top of the pumpkin and one near the front, top edge. Push the feathers into the slits in the back, making sure the craft sticks are pushed in up to the paper. Push the craft stick with the head into the front slit.

Older kids may want to write something they are thankful for on each feather. This will make a great talking point during Thanksgiving dinner!

If making place card holders, replace the pie pumpkin with gourds and the craft sticks with toothpicks.

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Barb Hacker is a mom to three boys and a freelance writer.