Gourd Turkeys - Perfect for Thanksgiving Kids Table!

3 Materials
15 Minutes

I made these silly gourd turkeys to decorate the Thanksgiving kids table. They turned out so cute! This project is easy enough for the kids to help with if you wanted a craft activity to keep them busy while the food is in the oven. If you like this idea, don't miss my other simple Thanksgiving crafts!

These turkeys will put a smile on any child's (or adult's!) face and come together in minutes with just a few simple materials.


  • Decorative gourds in various sizes (butternut squash also works great!)
  • Colorful feathers
  • Googly eyes
  • Orange and red construction paper or cardstock
  • Hot glue gun or tacky glue

Step 1:

Lay the gourd or squash on its side and start by adding several colorful feathers to the bottom with a dab of glue. Hot glue works best for a quick hold, but you can also use tacky glue if small children are making the turkeys.

Step 2:

Add two googly eyes to the top end of the gourd near the stem.

Step 3:

Cut a beak and wattle from construction paper or cardstock and glue to cover the stem.

You have yourself a cute little gourd turkey!

Make a few different variations to create a fun centerpiece for your Thanksgiving kids table!

I also like rolling out kraft paper as a simple tablecloth that the kids can have fun drawing on.

If you like this idea, be sure to check out my other holiday crafts. I have a ton of DIY Christmas projects in the works!

Check out my Christmas projects here!

Resources for this project:
Gourds or butternut squash
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