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Pom-Pom Tom Decoration




The only turkey you won't want to gobble up this holiday? One of our comely yarn-and-felt creations. Perched on a mantel or arranged on a straw-covered tray on a sideboard, they are a fun, fanciful touch. You can also use them as place-card holders (glue name tags inside their beaks), and invite children to take their feathered friends home at the day's end.

Finishing touches: Once you've completed your turkey, give him one final trim to ensure his furry feathers are even. In general, the closer you cut the yarn, the denser the pom-pom will be. Use the templates below for creating tail feathers, a wattle, and a beak, as well as a pumpkin leaf and fall foliage.

*The kit we chose includes four sizes of pom-pom makers, ranging from 1 1/4 to 3 1/2 inches wide. To make the turkey shown here, we used a 1 1/4-inch pompom maker and red yarn for the head and a 2 3/16-inch one and brown yarn for the body. Each pom-pom maker has four plastic pieces; you'll need all of them to create one pom-pom


  • Pom-Pom maker kit*
  • Red, brown, gray, yellow, and white wool yarn
  • Small scissors
  • Red and brown waxed twine
  • Yarn needle
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Medium-size sewing needle
  • Disappearing-ink pen for fabric
  • Black, red, white, brown, and gold wool felt
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Black pipe cleaners


  1. Step 1


    Place two of the plastic pieces back-to-back, and wrap densely with yarn, keeping the yarn tight; snip end. Do the same with remaining pieces. Snap the halves together; snip the yarn along the rounded edge of each half. Tie halves together in the center with waxed twine; knot twice, and trim the excess. Pull templates free. Trim so yarn is even all around.

  2. Step 2


    To make wings and whites of eyes, thread a yarn needle with a long doubled piece of yarn. Keeping loose ends aligned, push through pom-pom, leaving excess on both sides; thread back through. Repeat until details are desired size and shape. (Use multiple colors for wings.) Cut needle free; trim yarn so it's flush with surrounding strands. For pupils, push knotted length of black embroidery floss through center of white and pompom with a sewing needle; pull taut. Part yarn; snip the end as short as possible.

  3. Step 3


    Download tail-feather templates (enlarge as desired for bigger birds), and cut out. With a disappearing-ink pen, trace onto different colors of wool felt; cut out. Stack in descending-size order, then apply hot glue to feathers; hold until glue is set, about 30 seconds. 4 Apply a generous amount of glue to base of tail feathers, and attach to body; hold in place 1 minute. Repeat to affix head to body. Photocopy wattle templates. Cut out, and trace onto red felt with disappearing-ink pen.

  4. Step 4


    Apply glue to top edges. Part yarn at base of head, and insert the two shapes, positioning the smaller one above the larger one. Hold in place 30 seconds. Photocopy beak ; trace template onto gold felt, and cut out. Apply a dab of glue to base of each piece, and use a needle to help attach to head; hold in place 30 seconds.

  5. Step 5


    To make legs, cut two 3-inch pieces and two 1 3/4inch pieces of black pipe cleaner (for 3 1/2-inch birds, use heavy floral wire). Fold 3-inch pipe cleaner 1 inch from end; adjust longer side so it's perpendicular, with a 1/2-inch crimp at the back of the foot. Fold 1 3/4-inch pipe cleaner into a V shape; dab glue on outside corner, and slide inside crimped edge. Hold in place 30 seconds. Repeat for other leg.

  6. Step 6


    Apply glue to tops of legs and insert into body as far as they will go; hold in place 30 seconds. Set turkeys on their backs to dry for 10 minutes before displaying upright.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2005



Reviews (29)

  • leoluna31 18 Feb, 2010

    I am doing this craft now iam gonna use the turkeys for name place hoders at thinksgiving dinner and I actually had trouble with the felt tail being to heavy and the turkey could not stand up. so I used the pipe cleaner to make a even ground for the turkey to sit.

  • jackie_d302 20 Nov, 2008

    I made these in our art class last night. 9 and 10 yr old girls. They actually had a little trouble. So kids would definatly need your help. I used pre made pom poms. Its an hour class and we got one done for each girl. I liked these it was great for Thanksgiving.

  • Julmarie 17 Nov, 2008

    To get the template you need to go to instruction 3. and click on the word Template. Hope it helps! julie

  • Crswrdqueen 17 Nov, 2008

    Steve Harvey is so hilarious. Good Job, Martha

  • blue-bow 17 Nov, 2008

    For the instructions and the template click "print" above the video. (Martha-your contributors should not have to be the ones giving directions to your directions.)

  • bettylou22 16 Nov, 2008

    WHY is there no direct link to the templates? I cannot find them. Can anyone help? Thanks!

  • KimKubicek 15 Nov, 2008

    princesspaperlover: The easiest way to enlarge the template is to print it out as it is and use a copy machine to enlarge it. Hope this helps!

  • princesspaperlover 15 Nov, 2008

    This is probably a dumb question, but here goes: How do I make the template for the tail feathers larger? Please help.
    Thanks in advance!

  • hillfarmlady 15 Nov, 2008

    I don't know of a more fun demo by Martha! Steve is hilarious--and the turkeys are a really neat craft idea. I am going to make a couple for my desk at school. I have made ponpoms with my students over the years, and they made them into different animals.

  • Lagiknis 15 Nov, 2008

    I was having a bad day until I watched this video. Thanks for the laugh. I purchased my Clover pom pom makers from a sweet sales person in Seattle. She assured me that they were life altering. That may have been an exaggeration but I do love them.

  • kimig 15 Nov, 2008

    The turkey is so adorable, is a grate idea

  • orensnanna 15 Nov, 2008

    This is one of the funniest videos I've ever watched! I loved it. My 4 year old grandson and I will definately make the little turkeys, but probably with store bought pom poms. Thank you for sharing this.

  • creativedeva 14 Nov, 2008

    Steve Harvey made those pom pom turkeys a hit I use to make them as a little girl with two cardbord "o" and a cut to one side to the center to warp the yarn around. It's a great project to do with children I think my boys will watch this video w/ me and feel proud of themselves for diong theirs better than Steves. Thank's Martha for such a great laugh of a craft.

  • Yorkie7 12 Nov, 2008

    Martha may have said the wrong website on her show. I saw the product listed on the Martha page and the company is Clover Needlecrafts. You can go to this site and order it through them. They have all the sizes too.
    Hope that helps. :-)

  • Yorkie7 12 Nov, 2008

    Martha may have said the wrong website on her show but the product page listed it made from Clover Needlecraft Company. You can go to Clover needlecraft products website (search on Google) or go to this website that sells their pom-pom maker thru this site.
    Hope that helps. :-)

  • ibcrafter 12 Nov, 2008

    The yarn used to make the pom pom on the show was orange; either orange or red is probably OK. I would make my own pom pom maker from an empty milk carton (cut 2 circles of desired size, then follow tobylynn's directions. The best plastic comes from empty laundry (large) bottles or pet litter containers.

  • alynewman 12 Nov, 2008

    This message is for maremare1969 who asked about where to purchase the pom pom maker used on Martha's show. I have seen the same ones in AcMoore. They have all the different sizes available there. They are in the sewing and knitting section of the store. They can be quite expensive though, so look for a store coupon in your local paper. I usually find them in the Saturday or Sunday papers. They range in price from $10-$20 per size range. Good luck and I hope you have success finding them!

  • maremare1969 12 Nov, 2008

    The pom pom kit on does not look like the one on the show yesterday. Please let me know where I can get the one on the show yesterday.

  • noely 8 Nov, 2008

    i can't wait to make this on thanksgiving day for all my family. i think they going to love this. thank you martha for this craft

  • marilene1 25 Oct, 2008

    I have made this project with my kids. We love it!! Thank you!

  • poccarina 14 Jan, 2008

    instruction with photo is great!! tks.

  • kymberley 28 Nov, 2007

    Wow, instructions with PHOTOS!!! This is WONDERFUL!!! I can't wait to get started, the turkeys look so very cute!
    PS: could you (web folk) put photos like these for all the instructions? thank you, thank you!

  • miweva 16 Nov, 2007

    I had fun making them with my kids.

  • krusello 11 Nov, 2007

    The children loves these and they are a sweet momento to send home with your guests.

  • tobylynn 9 Nov, 2007

    Cub Scouts would love this. You can save some cash by making your pom-pom maker out of a cereal box or some other cardboard piece. Just cut 2 circles the same size, cut a [filtered word] in the middle of the circles, put the 2 together, wrap the yarn around it from the center circle outwards, when you reach the desired amount, cut the yarn on the outside of the circles with scissors, wrap a piece of yarn through the middle of the circles, pull the circles off and you have a pom-pom

  • Learner10 6 Nov, 2007

    PomPom maker kits are not necessary, but they really work well. I love mine.Good consistent results!

  • whyksu 5 Nov, 2007

    I think this is so cute I will go to Micheals and get all of the things I need to make them for my Thanksgiving Dinner I will make them Name Plates

  • whyksu 5 Nov, 2007

    I think this is so cute I will go to Micheals and get all of the things I need to make them for my Thanksgiving Dinner I will make them Name Plates

  • whyksu 5 Nov, 2007

    I think this is so cute I will go to Micheals and get all of the things I need to make them for my Thanksgiving Dinner I will make them Name Plates