It is a well-documented fact that, on occasion, two socks go into the washer and dryer, but only one comes out. It is believed to be some type of laundry Bermuda triangle phenomena. So, for all those lonely socks that no longer have a mate, we have the perfect craft to give them a purpose again. This sock turkey craft, inspired by Christian Games and Crafts, will make use of that single sock and give it new life.
Now, if you’re the rare individual that does not have matchless socks stuffed in drawers, then first of all, wow! Second, you’ll need to buy some inexpensive brown socks for this turkey craft. For the rest of us, grab those socks, some brown, non-toxic fabric dye and some old clothes to wear in case you make a mess, and let’s get to dying. If you would rather not use fabric dye, two other options for dying your socks brown are to use food coloring or magic markers. By the way, the socks need to be longer than ankle length or your turkey may end up with no hat!
This sock turkey is the perfect cold weather day activity for restless kids! However, if it’s sunny when you do this craft, head outside or into the garage so you don’t have to clean up spilled rice. Otherwise, consider covering your table in newspaper or towels that you can take outside and shake off. Cutting feathers out of foam works perfectly, but you can also use construction paper or fake craft feathers or even leaves.
This is the perfect craft for preschool or elementary school age kiddos — maybe even turkey-loving tweens. Involve friends and neighbors and have a sock turkey making party! Little hands will need some help with putting the rice in the sock and tying off the turkey’s body and head. With supervision, they can cut out the tail feathers and do the gluing themselves. With a group of kids, regular white glue will work much better than a hot glue gun. This is an ideal, fun, budget-friendly fall craft for classrooms that have crafty volunteers to help out.
Since turkeys are rarely alone, you’ll want to make a flock for your home. Set these friendly fowl on an entry table, dining table, shelf, or even a table on the porch to welcome friends. These can hang around your home all fall until it’s time for them to leave for warmer weather. Gobble gobble!