Turkey picture made from real fall leaves.

turkey picture

This turkey is made from fall leaves that I collected in the woods by my house.   I picked fresh ones and pressed them between two pieces of plywood to make them flat. Then I used the back from a large inexpensive frame to glue the leaves on. I used to take my kids out for walks to gather leaves and then we would make a turkey like this one to hang up for Thanksgiving every year. This is a really fun and easy project for you and your little ones to enjoy together.


  • One large picture frame with a back
  • leaves
  • glue

pull paper over frame back and tape cover board with paper

Step 1.

Cover the back of the frame with paper by laying the it on the wrong side of the paper and then wrapping it like you would a present. Tape it all around to secure.

first leaf placement first row of leaves

Step 1.

Sort your leaves and then pick the larger ones for the first row of “feathers”.  Apply glue to the back of leaves and start placing them on the edge of the board in a half circle shape.   Repeat with another row of leaves placing them on top of the first row leaving some of the first row of leaves sticking out so you can see them.

second row of leaves third row of leaves fourth row of leaves last row of leaves

Step 2.

Repeat the leaf pattern until you have as many rows as you want.

big leaf for body add second leaf for body

Step 3.

I found a couple of big leaves to use as a body and glued them on as shown above.

add two leaves for beak

Step 4.

Next I placed a medium sized leaf for the head and then a small leaf for the beak (or whatever its called) and then cut a leaf in half to use as the thing that hangs down on their face. (Idon’t remember what thats called.)

weight down board with brick

Step 5.

Place a board on top of turkey and weigh it down with something heavy until it dries and then you can put it in the frame.

About Elaine Kazinec

I have never met anyone who can't make wonderful things for their homes, friends, and family, only those who think they can't. The purpose of this blog is to show everyone how really simple most projects for the home are to make. When my husband and I bought our first home we were short on cash so I learned to be long on creativity. I have been told that I can make something wonderful out of nothing and that is true. You can too! Some of my favorite things are items that I found in someone's junk pile. I am going to show you how easy it really is. I hope you find the courage to jump in and attempt some of these projects. You will be amazed at how talented you really are.