Timeless Thanksgiving Turkey Votives



Your kids or grandkids will love making these little guys and they will make your table sparkle… My kids made these for me almost ten years ago and I have used them every year since! Use 5, 7 or 9 (I think odd numbers look best) of these on your holiday table with a votive candle… battery operated votives are safest! I store them in individual zip lock bags to make sure that they do not stick together. They are one of my favorite decorations and every year I am reminded of when we made them.


Materials: (all materials available at any craft store)

  • Glue Gun

  • Glue Sticks

  • Brush

  • Mod Podge

  • 1-1¼” wooden balls (for the turkey head)

  • Small glass votive holder

  • Tissue paper (Red, Yellow, Orange)

  • Scissors

  • Tacky glue

  • Small black glass beads (for the eyes)


  1. Attach wooden heads with a small amount of hot glue to the glass votive holder. Allow a few minutes for it to dry.

  2. Brush Mod Podge over the head and body. Cover them with overlapping tissue paper scraps. Apply another layer of Mod Podge and let dry for about an hour.

  3. To make the tail feathers, cut 9- by 2-inch strips of tissue paper. You will need 4 strips per turkey votive. Mix the colors. Bend each in half WITHOUT creasing it, twist the ends together and attach each feather to the body.

  4. Cut a beak from a double layer of yellow tissue and attach with tacky glue, Add two beads for the eyes using a small amount of tacky glue. Cut a long oval of red tissue paper and twist one end, attaching it as a waddle. Allow the turkey’s to dry completely!

Note: Before starting, write each child’s name and the date on the bottom with a paint pen to memorialize these little treasures!

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