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Thanksgiving Finger-Puppets

Puppets placed atop candy sticks and arranged in containers make a sweet and simple Thanksgiving centerpiece that will keep kids entertained long after the meal ends.

thanksgiving finger puppets

Photography: Lisa Hubbard

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 1999

Introduction

Choose from one of our three printable templates (for a turkey, pilgrim hat, or bonnet); trace them onto felt, and cut out. For this project, you will need multiple colors of felt. Use contrasting colors for pilgrim hats and bonnets and their decorative bands. For the turkeys, you'll need at least four colors: two for the tail feathers and wattle, one for the body, and one for the beak. Use pinking shears or scallop-shaped craft scissors for the scallop-edged turkey pieces.

 

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materials

  • Felt in multiple colors

  • Fabric scissors

  • Craft glue

  • Detail paintbrush

  • Sewing needle

  • Thread

  • 1/8-inch-wide ribbon (for bonnet)

  • Seed beads (for turkey)

  • Pinking shears (for turkey)

steps

  1. For the pilgrim hat, enlarge template by 50 percent on a photocopier, and trace onto felt; use contrasting colors for the hat and decorative bands. Cut out. Glue a thin band to the longest edge of a trapezoid; roll the trapezoid into a cylinder shape, and glue the seam. Brush edges with glue to attach cylinder to center of doughnut-shaped brim, and affix small circle to top of hat.

    thanksgiving pilgrim hat and bonnet finger puppet
  2. For the bonnet, enlarge template by 50 percent on a photocopier, and trace onto felt; use contrasting colors for the hat and decorative bands. Cut out. Glue contrasting trim to long edge of T-shaped felt piece. Make tiny holes in the T-shaped piece as indicated on the template. Fold T-flap down, and pull side flaps in. Glue edges together to form bonnet. Use a needle to thread 1/8-inch-wide ribbon through the holes on bonnet flaps, and knot at the center.

  3. For the turkey, enlarge the template by 50 percent on a photocopier. Then, trace the template onto felt. You'll need at least four colors: two for the tail feathers and wattle, one for the body, and one for the beak. Cut out shapes, using pinking shears for the scallop-edged pieces. Glue the small tail piece to the larger one with straight edges flush. Sew the long edge of the completed tail piece to the center of the back of the body. Glue the wattle to the front of the body, and stitch beak just above wattle. Sew on seed beads for eyes. Stitch body halves together to form a tube, and leave the straight end open. Place finger puppets on the ends of colored candy sticks, and arrange in containers on the table.

    thanksgiving turkey finger puppet

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