Real Leaf Pine Cone Turkey Craft

Bring the beauty of nature into your home with this simple and fun turkey, made out of items available in your own backyard (or, maybe your neighbor’s yard).

If you are going to use these to decorate your Thanksgiving table, consider using Modge Podge on your leaves before assembling the craft. This will help your leaves to stay supple and colorful for an extended period of time.

We were just crafting for fun and chose not to Modge Podge. The result was beautiful and the leaves stay pristine for about 2 days before they slowly started to curl. The curled leaves just gave the turkey more character.

a stack of fall leaves on top of a pine cone turkey craft made with real leaves

Pine Cone Turkey Craft


  • pine cones (1 per turkey)
  • fallen leaves (approximately 3 per turkey)
  • 1 sheet of cardboard
  • google eyes (optional)
  • Tacky Glue
  • construction paper (optional)


Enjoy the beautiful fall weather on an outdoor nature walk to collect colorful leaves, pine cones and other nature items.

Related Read: Fall Sight Word Sensory Bin

a collection of fall leaves spread out on a table top

Pick your tail feathers (leaves) and use the Tacky Glue to glue them together in a stack.

green and red leaf with a large dollop of white glue in the center

Use at least 3 leaves, small, medium and large.

Related Read: 3 Learning Turkey Printables

stack of leaves that have been glued together with the largest in the back and the smallest in front

Glue the leaf stack to the back (fat end) of the pine cone.

flat end of the pine cone being glued on to the stack of leaves

Cut the turkey’s head from a piece of cardboard. Depending on how skilled your child is with the scissors, this may be a job for mom or dad. But, it does not have to look perfect.

Glue the google eyes (or draw eyes) on the cardboard head. Then, glue on the beak. The beak can be either the tip of a leaf or a triangle of colored construction paper.

Related Read: Leaf Man Literacy Craft

Bend the end of the neck and add a dot of glue. Slide the bent piece of the neck between the front layers of pine cone.

a cardboard turkey face being glued onto the pinecone with a white glue

After all glue is completely dry, display and enjoy. Happy crafting!

a completed pinecone turkey craft with a real leaf tail and google eyes
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Erica Cardinal
Erica is a long-time resident of East TN and the founder of East TN Family Fun. She's also a sucker for a good adventure. Together with her hubs and kiddos, she spends her time exploring, homeschooling, and making memories.

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