Thanksgiving Crafts for Seniors: Turkey Pop


My mom made these Tootsie Pop turkeys for Thanksgiving, one for each place setting. It made me laugh. I laughed because it looked like something Clover would make and I was surprised that anyone has that much free time when they’re cooking a meal for 25.


When I noticed she’d even bought Thanksgiving cups, she announced that she’d made them too.

When you give a grandma a glue gun…

UPDATE 2011: I posted this last year because my mom was so proud of her craftiness, even though it looked like something my son would make at preschool. Due to a demand for details, I called her to get directions, but she had just left for the “gym” (a Curves-like place near her house). Once back, she excitedly shared how she made it:

Imitation leaf
Brown Tootsie Pop
“Kissy candy” (Hershey’s Kiss)
two black beads for the eyes
orange felt triangle for the beak
red felt for “whatever that gobbly thing is.”

All glued together.

She asked twice where I posted this photo, and even though I’ve been blogging for over five years, I had to explain it again. Also she said she wished she’d gotten a manicure before the photo was taken and that this year not expect anything so crafty.


  1. Cute! Just found this on Pinterest and am going to *try* and make them with my 3- and 2- year olds.

  2. teri tracy says:

    I have a sucker holder that looks like a turkey…with holes around the top where the feathers would be….these would look so cute stuck in there…thanks for sharing:)

  3. These are so cute! Great job grandma! I’m going to make these for my kids and their cousins for Thanksgiving dinner. Thanks for sharing!

  4. oh my gosh! I LOVE her directions and the GREAT CRAFT! I switched it up to be “preschool” friendly and did- paper leaves, black paper eyes and used glue-dots instead of the hot glue gun with the kiddos! SO much fun we’re making more to give away!!! ^_^ Thank you and I’m “re-pinning”!!!

  5. Jennifer Spriggs says:

    Cute I am going to make them with my Sunday School Class this week :)

  6. This is so cute. Wonderful idea with simple materials.

  7. Oh girl! I lOve that! So cute. I will show my kids and they will go nuts for it. Thanks!

  8. Suzan Drezek says:

    Very cute! I think I will make these this year for my Thanksgiving table. Family will be very surprised. Thank you for the great idea.

  9. Carol Jones says:

    these are adorable. I may stick them in a red the turkey could have a body…also making them easy to stand up on a table for a centerpiece…or write guest’s names on the leaves and use them at each place setting.

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  11. I don’t know if it will work, but I’m going to use miniature baking chocolate chips for eyes, autmun candy corn for beak, and red licorice for hanging downey thing.

  12. I meant to say string red licorice.

  13. Those sound like great alterations, Judy. That way the turkey is made of all food items.

  14. Hi Kimberly- we used your post in our edible turkey crafts for kids, Thanks for sharing!

  15. I plan on making these as well but will use corn candies for the beak and a little piece of fruit roll up for the red thingy.

  16. My kids and I made these but colored the Hershey paper tag with red marker and it hung down perfectly!! We also just drew eyes on with Sharpie black marker. We printed address labels saying “We’re thankful for all you do!”onto the right half and wrapped them onto the sticks. Their teachers and their school staff loved them!

  17. Pam Stamps says:

    Just made these for my sons classroom, can only bring store bought stuff to his school. They loved them and we had a great time making them.

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