Thanksgiving Wood Turkey Toy/Decoration

It seems like Thanksgiving decorations are so difficult to find. Most stores just move straight from Halloween to Christmas and Hanukkah. So yesterday, I decided to make a little wooden turkey decoration for our mantel.

As a child, I remember lying on my Grandparent’s living room floor and being able to pull things off the shelf that looked like decorations, but really they were toys. Domino sets in wooden boxes lined with felt, and cool wooden puzzles by Enzo Mari. With that in mind, I decided to make the wooden turkey with slots, so it can be taken apart and put back together like a puzzle.

My son has been playing with it quite a bit, and has also put it together many different ways, making some pretty entertaining turkey variations. He thinks we should paint it too. Might be a good idea! Maybe I’ll make another one to paint.



  1. Tia MiMi
    November 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I love this. Terrific design!

  2. Nancy
    November 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Wow, I love this toy/decoration; my son would be so intrigued too! I'm an American living in Australia and my Australian family just love it when we celebrate Thanksgiving. If I could get my husband or father-in-law to figure out how to do this it would make such a great addition to the day and maybe even take-home gifts for our guests (wouldn't they be impressed)! I was just thinking about trying to make the turkeys from wire, feathers and a spool that you showed a year or two ago as my son is at that age now where he can start to craft with me. Thanks so much for all the wonderful ideas/creations you share with us readers!

    1. November 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Thanks Nancy! Yes, lots of people are wanting to make a simpler cardboard version or something. I'm going to experiment with it and get back to you all.

  3. November 8, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I love this one. I've got to get a scroll saw! In the meantime, I might have to make some out of cardboard and let the boys paint the feathers. It's a really great design. Thanks for sharing it!

    1. November 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Hi Maiz! Yes, you've got to put a scroll saw on your Christmas list this year! ha. Say hi to the boys from me!

  4. cri
    November 9, 2012 at 7:23 am

    It's relly fantastic! Great idea! I like it very much!

  5. November 10, 2012 at 6:10 am

    really wonderful!! :-D

  6. Sue
    November 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Really like this!! Any chance you could post a pattern?? (Hope that's not too rude to ask!!)

  7. EB
    November 10, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    This is great! You could (and should!) sell these. I would buy one from you in a heartbeat. My daughter would love this turkey.

  8. November 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Fantastic!! What a great idea and great design. I agree that you should sell them, I would buy one! :)

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  10. November 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Hey everyone. Here's a simple cardboard version with a printable template!

  11. Esme
    September 5, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Wow! I've had a history of not liking Thanksgiving ( It's because of the Pilgrims, I don't know why but I just hate them, to bad Jamestown didn't get a holiday, I LOVE them! ) but this toy, you're kid's are so lucky to have a father like you!

  12. Maxine
    July 20, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Can I get the pattern for this little turkey puzzle? It is so cute and I have some small grandchildren that would love it. Thank you, Maxie

    1. July 21, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Hey Maxine. I've never made a patter for this toy, but you can get a very good look at the pieces on the photo with them all laid out. You could almost print that out and use it as a pattern. You would just need to adjust the slot sizes to match the thickness of whatever wood you were using. Good luck!

  13. Maxine
    July 23, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Thanks Joel. I will give it a try.

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