Make these super cute turkey treats using Hershey’s Kisses. This colourful Thanksgiving craft doubles as a tasty and festive snack, and it’s SO EASY to make!
Decorate the candies with a turkey face and use paper for the feathers. Then set out these turkey treats as a favour or place card on the Thanksgiving dinner table. Or show your thankfulness this fall by giving away the edible turkey craft to friends and loved ones!
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DIY Hershey's Kisses Turkey Treats
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Step 1: Find what you need
- Gather your supplies and materials.
Step 2: Cut out all the pieces
- Punch out a base from brown construction paper using the scalloped circle punch.
- Roughly trace the scalloped circle onto a piece of cardboard.
- Draw a circle about 1/4 inch inside this circle and cut out the smaller circle.
- Use the punch to cut out 2 circles each from red, orange, and yellow paper.
- Cut out a tiny beak (about 3/8 inch long) from orange felt.
- Cut out a teardrop shape from red felt for the wattle, about the same size as the beak.
Step 3: Arrange and cut the feathers
- Choose the colour that will be at the front of the feathers. Place a second colour circle just behind the first, sticking above about 1/4 inch.
- Arrange all 6 of the scalloped circles like this, each one sticking out above the last one by 1/4 inch.Hold the circles together and make a fold at the bottom to make the feathery tail. The front circle should be folded roughly in half.
- Separate the papers and grab the front one. Cut down between each of the scallops starting from the center.Start cutting on an angle as you reach the sides.
- Cut all of the scalloped papers like this, creating the turkey's feathers.When you get to the last couple papers you don't have to cut all the way down. Especially as you make your way to the sides, make shorter cuts so that you don't cut off a previous feather.
Step 4: Assemble the turkey
- Add glue tape to the back of the cardboard circle and attach it to the center of the brown scalloped circle base. The cardboard makes the bottom stronger so it will support the chocolate.
- Add glue tape to the inside of the front feathers, along the uncut 1/2 of the circle.
- Line up the next layer of feathers at the fold line. Make sure it's centered and then press it onto the glue tape.
- Repeat until all the feathers have been added.
- Add a glue dot to the bottom of a Hershey's Kiss.
- Making sure that the cardboard piece is on the bottom, attach the Hershey's Kiss to the paper base, close to the front. Make sure there is room for your feathers behind the chocolate.
- Add glue tape the bottom of the feathers and place them behind the Kiss on the base.
Step 5: Add the turkey's face
- Use a toothpick to add glue to the back of a googly eye.
- Add the eyes to the front of the Hershey's Kiss.
- Add a bit of glue to the Kiss, below the eyes in the center.
- Place the beak into the glue, and then repeat for the red wattle, adding it to the side of the beak.
- Your Hershey's Kisses turkey treat is complete!
1. Use Hershey’s Kisses with wrappers in autumn colours (like red and orange) for an extra fall touch. Caramel filled Kisses have a brown and orange wrapper that match the Thanksgiving palette perfectly. We also used Hershey’s Hugs to make our turkey treats, and the striped wrapper looks super cute!
2. To turn these turkey treats into a place card, move the last feather piece up further, and, instead of cutting feathers on it, write a name across the curve.
Do I have to use a paper punch to make these turkey treats?
If you have a paper punch it’s a lot easier to make these turkey treats, and it ensures that each feather circle is consistent. But if you don’t have the punch, you can definitely still make this craft!
Use a compass or trace an object for the circular base and then cut out the feather shapes by hand. You can start with a scalloped circle shape, or just cut individual feathers to glue together.
What type of paper is best for the Hershey Kiss turkey feathers?
We used a combination of construction paper, coloured printer paper, and cardstock to get the colours we wanted. Thinner paper bends better to look more like feathers, but you can use any or all of these options.
Just make sure that the cardstock you’re using isn’t too thick, because the paper punch won’t cut through it nicely.
Can I still make these turkey treats if I don’t have felt?
Yes, if you don’t have felt you can definitely still make these turkey favours. Simply use the same paper from the feathers to create the turkey’s beak and wattle! Or, if you prefer a look with more dimension, use craft foam sheets instead.
These Hershey’s Kiss turkeys are so adorable and really easy to make. They’re the perfect addition to your autumn harvest decorations, and they’re a fun little treat for after Thanksgiving dinner!
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