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Giving Thanks Turkey
Giving Thanks Turkey
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Giving Thanks Turkey

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Make this great Perler project for your Thanksgiving table. Each person writes one thing they are thankful for on a feather and adds it to the turkey container to be shared during dinner.

Step: 1

Bead Colors Needed:

  • Red - 286
  • Orange - 154
  • Cheddar - 246
  • Light Brown - 652
  • Brown - 506
  • Black - 8
  • White - 32

See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:

  • Quick-drying clear adhesive
  • Cardstock: red, orange, yellow
Step: 2

Download the PDF for the Giving Thanks Turkey Project Pattern. You will use the large square pegboard to create your project. If you are using a clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. Place your beads following the pattern.

Step: 3

Ask an adult to fuse your designs. Place your pegboard on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the pegboard. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have open centers. DO NOT OVER-IRON as this will cause the beads to close and can make assembly of your project more challenging. Let the design cool.

Step: 4

Remove the paper and bead design from the pegboard. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat the fusing. Let cool completely. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboards and ironing paper are reusable.

Note: Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly. Lift the paper occasionally to see how the beads are fusing. Additional heating time may be required.

Step: 5

ASSEMBLY: Snap the sides of the box together by aligning the tab and slot edges. Glue the box bottom to the sides.

Step: 6

Head: Look at the photo to assemble the head as follows. Glue the front piece to the feathers. Then glue the beak and wattle piece and eyes to the front. Glue the entire head to one side of the box.

Step: 7

Tail Feathers: Fan the tail feathers as desired on the opposite side of the box from the head. Glue just the rounded ends to the box.

Step: 8

Cut a bunch of paper tail feathers from yellow, orange, and red cardstock using the pattern provided or your own shape.