Wooden Spool Turkeys for Parents Magazine

A few months ago Parents Magazine asked me to design the Thanksgiving craft for their November issue.  I just picked it up at the grocery store last night!  If you want to try making one then you can see the craft and instructions here on the Parents website. And I also have instructions for wooden spool birds in my book!


  1. Lori Henriques
    October 14, 2010 at 6:15 am

    these are so happy! :) i love the swirls you added. brings nice attention to the spool aspect of the design, too. and the real feathers are over the top! did you use your own chickens' feathers? ha! :) you've got the one-stop shop, for sure!

  2. Anonymous
    October 14, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Great! Always so nice ideas! Thanks

  3. LiLa AnD cLoE
    October 14, 2010 at 9:08 am


  4. Anonymous
    October 14, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Gotta love'm! I have a stash of feathers like those and going to make some - planning on using wine corks instead of the thread thingies as I don't have any of those.
    Thanks for all the lovely inspiration you share!

    Love Vibs, Copenhagen, Denmark

    1. Stella Cotte
      November 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      THAT'S what I can do with my wine corks! Thanks for the tip Gobble Gobble!

  5. Pancakes For Recess
    October 14, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    These are So. Stinking. Cute. Fabulous idea!

  6. Jenny
    October 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Thank goodness you were *supposed* to be in this magazine. :-)

  7. Tricia Orchard
    October 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Those are amazing! You are so talented. Thanks for sharing all of your ideas with the world!

    Take care!

  8. Zinnia Muñoz
    October 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Están hermosos! Qué ideas tines para construir cosas con cassettes de audio? Tengo una caja grande en mi casa y no se qué hacer con ellos. He encontrado ideas para hacer billeteras, lámparas y monederos, pero ningún juguete. Y por otro lado, qué se puede hacer con las cajas de los cassettes?

  9. Barbara
    October 14, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I just discovered your blog--it is amazing! These turkeys are so fun and adorable. I can't wait to make them with my kids!

  10. Flotsam Friends
    October 14, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    How do you do it Joel?? These are so, so cute. Colourful and creative, perfect for kids. Love the tails!! Pruxxx

  11. Flotsam Friends
    October 14, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    P.S. Joel, apart from my Flotsam Friends dolls you might also like my Sponge People. http://flotsamfriends.blogspot.com/2009/10/holidays-rule.html

  12. Helmi
    October 14, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    HI Joel, thanks for sharing.
    grt, Helmi

  13. Tiffany
    October 15, 2010 at 1:31 am

    oh how cool! congrats on the magazine feature!

  14. KM
    October 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Those are so amazing! CONGRATS AGAIN!!! I can't believe they didn't send you a copy??!

  15. Anna Caroline {Design Studio 210}
    October 15, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    What a lovely blog. I just discovered it, and I'm so delighted I did. I love crafts and art for kids. I don't have kids on my own but I still enjoy them, especially with beautiful images like the once you take. Inspiring indeed.

  16. Sheri
    October 16, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Besides the tail feathers, I LOVE the feet!! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try them with a couple toddlers I watch.

  17. Rachel
    October 16, 2010 at 2:37 am

    i love it!

  18. missweb
    October 18, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    I love your work! Hope we win.

  19. BeeBaker
    October 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Your stuff is amazing; so creatively simple. My daughter loves elephants!

  20. skt
    October 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Amazing job! I saw these in Parents a few days ago and thought they were so cute. Didn't read the fine print and see that they were yours!

  21. manoulestheblog
    November 13, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Joel,
    I simply adore your projects. Looking forward for your new posts

  22. Amanda Kingloff
    November 18, 2010 at 3:43 am

    Hi Joel! I'm so glad you posted this...I've been on maternity leave since the end of August (baby arrived 6 weeks early!), so I've been out of touch. I would have definitely sent you a copy had I been in the office! Thanks for your great work!

  23. Joel Henriques
    November 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Thanks everybody!!

    Amanda Kingloff - Thanks Amanda! Congratulations on the new baby! Exciting! It was really great working with you on this project! Hope to talk again soon.

  24. December 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm

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