Popcorn Turkey

Create a new Thanksgiving tradition with a turkey the kids can carve! This cute turkey is made with just popcorn and tissue paper and takes mere minutes to create.

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Air-popped popcorn is a must for this project--otherwise, the tissue paper gets very greasy and not so pretty.

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  • Step 2

    Lay two sheets of the tissue paper down on a flat surface and put most of the popcorn in the center, about 6-7 cups. My children enjoy doing this with little scoops.

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  • Step 3

    Next, fold the sides and ends in to make a rectangle shape for the body. I held the folds while the kids placed the tape.

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  • Step 4

    A little tip I have for tape use with little ones: place pre-cut tape pieces along their arm before they start taping. This alleviates a lot of tape-tearing frustration for them.

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  • Step 5

    For the great big turkey legs, cut your last two sheets of tissue in half and divide the remaining popcorn between the two sheets.

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  • Step 6

    Roll the tissue together to look like a lollipop. Place some tape on the back of the turkey leg as well as along the bottom of the leg. Emma thought running around the yard with a turkey leg was pretty funny.

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  • Step 7

    Connect the legs to the body with tape on the bottom side of the turkey that will not show.

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  • Done!

    Once everything is in place, you can flip your turkey over and place on a serving tray for an authentic effect. We used a kid's knife for the carving, but the tissue is so easy to cut through that a plastic or butter knife will work too. This has become such a fun Thanksgiving tradition that the kids definitely look forward to. Last year, the whole family gathered around as Emma carved her turkey. It was a very proud moment for her!

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