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Pumpkin Turkey
Pumpkin Turkey
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Pumpkin Turkey

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One of our most popular projects, this fun turkey is easy to create with Perler Beads and your own small pumpkin. A great family project for the holidays!

Step: 1

Bead Colors Needed:

  • Red - 181
  • Orange - 28
  • Cheddar - 343
  • Tan - 36
  • Brown - 384
  • Black - 2

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

  • Small pumpkin
  • Craft glue
  • Bamboo skewers - optional
Step: 2

Download the PDF for the Pumpkin Turkey Project Pattern. You will use the large hexagon pegboard for 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. 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: Note: If you prefer, you can use bamboo skewers instead where the instructions say to glue pieces to the pumpkin. Lay your pumpkin on its side. The stem will be the turkey’s tail. On your work surface, fan the cheddar and brown feathers as shown and glue together. Let dry. Then glue the feathers to the stem side of the pumpkin to form the tail.

Step: 6

Stack the wattle, head, and beak as shown and glue together, then glue to the pumpkin.

Step: 7

To create the legs, stack then glue the pieces red-orange-red-orange-red, and glue this assembly to the foot. Glue to the pumpkin.