Monday, October 22, 2012

Candy Apple Turkeys :: Hey, That's Pin-Tastic!

Growing up, never a holiday did pass without some sort of accompanying craft that my mother somehow finagled me into doing. One of my earliest memories of a fun Thanksgiving craft was making these Candy Apple Turkeys with my Brownie Troop. Of course my mother was the troop leader. 

This craft is super simple. So simple, in fact, that I was able to recruit my almost two-and-a-half year old to help, under close supervision mind you. 

What You'll Need: 

1 Red Delicious Apple
8-10 toothpicks
Spice Drops
Candy Corn
Circus Peanuts
{Each of the above can be found in the $1-2 candy section of the grocery store)
Cheerios or O-type cereal

What You'll Do:

1. Decide how many "plumes" you want your turkey to have and start sliding your spice drops onto your toothpicks. You'll want to leave some room at the bottom so that you can easily push your toothpick into the apple. 

2. Once you've decorated your "plumes," lay your apple on its side (stem facing you) and gently stick the "plumes" towards the mid-to-back end of your apple. Remove the apple's stem by gently twisting it. 

3. Insert two toothpicks in the underside of the apple, towards the front. These sticks will serve as the turkey's legs. Push them in far enough so that only a small bit remains seen. Attach your two circus peanuts as the turkey's feet. 

4. You'll need to create a "tripod" effect so that your turkey is able to stand. Turn your apple over and insert a third toothpick towards the back of your apple enabling your turkey to stand upright. 

5. To make the turkey's beak, you'll want to insert a toothpick through the center of the apple where the stem once was. Leave a small bit of the end showing and press your candy corn onto the exposed toothpick. 

6. To make the turkey's eyes, you'll want to do something similar. Insert your two toothpicks almost as far as they will go. Leave a small bit of the end showing and "hang" a cheerio on each toothpick. 

7. All the while, make ridiculous "gobble gobble" sounds. 

There you have it! A quick and easy Thanksgiving craft to enjoy with your little ones!

Hey, that's Pin-tastic, no?

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  1. This is so cute! I love how easy it looks too

  2. This is too cute! I'll have to try it with my boys.

  3. ohhh gosh! adorable :)

    We made some caramel apples, drizzled with white chocolate and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Our Thanksgiving Guests 'gobbled' them up FAST!

    love the peanut feet haha

  4. These are stinking adorable! How clever! I think at some point between now and Nov. these guys will make an appearance at our house especially if I get to eat all of the candy we don't use! It looks like a fun play date idea too!

  5. These look so great! I think mason and I might need to make these soon.

  6. Holy cow this is cute. I would don't know how long the "feathers" would last in presence though. I'm totally making these.

  7. Too. Stinking. Cute. You're totally my mommy role model. Always doing fun crafts, projects, and activities... I need to be doing more of that! I'll file this project away for next year when Benny is a little older :-)

  8. These came out awesome!!! I love that C was such a willing participant as well :) I have TWO pins that I will be linking up next week and I will not forget my button this time lol!! Hope you're having a great day mama! xo

  9. Such a cute idea! I'm definitely going to try this!

  10. So cute!! Glad I was able to link up this week!

  11. How cute!! Maybe I could actually convince Connor to eat an apple if I did that! For every bite of candy, a bite of apple! Haha..yeah right. Sounds too easy ;)

  12. This is amazing! Would make great gifts too for the holidays!

  13. Definitely Pin-tastic! That is so cute! And what great memories too! :)

  14. You know how I feel about crafts, but this is totally adorable. Now that Master P is more into art projects (and destroying them soon after, but whatevs) I may try this.

    Also - dude - you're totally going to be a troop mom one day yourself, and a great one at that.

  15. Such a cute craft AP! And loving the weekly pin-tastic link up :)


  16. VERY cute! I will have to try this with O&G.

  17. We made these this weekend and they were a hit. I'm hoping to blog some pictures this week. Happy Thanksgiving! :)


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