Cone Turkeys Thanksgiving Craft Tutorial

Today I’m bringing home a post I did last year for Thanksgiving. I don’t do a lot of decorating for Thanksgiving, but this is a fun one!  I’m excited to share a fun craft my son and I created for you and your families! This is a great project to do today or even with the whole family while you’re waiting on the real turkey to cook on Thursday!


We call these funny little guys the Salad Spinner Ice Cream Cone Turkeys! hehehe! Or just Spinner Art Turkeys for short!


We love salad spinner art and made a lot of it a while back. Then just recently my son found the spinner again and got it out and we’ve been loving it again! So after we were playing with it, I knew we had to incorporate this into a Thanksgiving craft. Hence the turkeys were born!


What you’ll need is fall colored, acrylic paints, paper plates, waffle cones, googly eyes, glue, a little bit of yellow fabric and a little bit of red fabric, and scissors! And of course a salad spinner!


We LOVE making salad spinner art! As you may be able to tell from the paint build up along the sides! We found a used, cheap one at Goodwill for our art. I don’t recommend using the same one you use for your tasty salads. I’ve found that there’s usually a good collection of used ones at our local Goodwill or thrift shop.

So first you insert your plate in the spinner and add the paint. I try to get it in circles, but sometimes (most of the  time) it ends up in little dots!



Then spin!!! The fun part!


While the plates are drying, let’s work on the rest of the turkey. First off, you want to, very carefully, carve a little slit in the back of the cone. They are fragile and you might loose a few cones. You just want about a 1/2″ slit about 1″ up from the top of the cone.


Next, cut out the beak and the ‘snood’. The beak is a little triangle and the snood is kinda like an mix between a l and a S.




And glue! The beak, then the snood and lastly the fun googly eyes!


Once the plates are dry, cut them in half with a little tab in the middle.



Insert the plate in the back slit of the cone. It’s going to want to flop around, so add a little glue and it will stand up straight!


You can try to make just one… But once the salad spinner is out… Good luck with just one!


I’ll bet you’ll end up with a ‘rafter‘ (a little Turkey Day trivia for ya) of turkeys! Make as many as you want for your Thanksgiving table! How many will you make???


  1. Clever & colorful…looks like a ton of fun!


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