Sculpey Turkey Finger Puppet (Or the Turkey That Crawled In My Brain)

Am I the only one who ever gets the “itch” to make something, and no matter how hard I try to ignore it, I eventually have to do it, even if it’s at an obscenely inappropriate time?

I’m probably glad I can’t read all of your minds right now 😉

Anyway, that’s what happened to me two nights ago. I was minding my own business, trying to wind down for bed at a decent hour for once, when a little turkey crawled into my brain. And he JUST WOULDN’T LEAVE. So I had no choice but to make him. He really didn’t take long to make at all, but since I didn’t even get started until 11:00 pm, I didn’t get to bed until past midnight.

Sculpey Turkey Finger Puppets

I hold Meri Cherry 95% responsible for the turkey that got into my brain- I saw her Funky Sculpey Finger Puppets first on Instagram and then on her blog and immediately thought how cute a turkey version would be. I’ve had a sampler package of Premo! Sculpey clay in lots of fun colors sitting in my crafty stash since this summer, waiting for just the right project.  Never mind that I had never used Sculpey clay (although we use its cousin plasticine quite frequently for clay smoosh projects)- it was actually easy to learn, especially with tips from various beginner tutorials on the internet.

Sculpey Turkey Finger Puppets

To make my turkey guy, I followed Meri’s basic instructions to make the puppet body and then fashioned some feathers by rolling short little worms and then squashing them flat and pressing lines in them with a toothpick.  For the face, I used the instructions I found in this Polymer Clay Turkey Tutorial at Crafts for All Seasons. I also found some helpful tips at the same site in an article conveniently titled Working With Polymer Clay. After making my little gobbler, I baked him at 275° for 20 minutes and then let him cool overnight. Now he’s hard as a rock and has already withstood an epic twin tug-of-war tantrum, resulting in another late night turkey sculpting session to make him a companion and by all means keep the peace around here.

Sculpey Turkey Finger Puppets

Thanks again (sort of) to Meri Cherry for contributing to my chronic state of sleep deprivation with your cute puppets- next time you post something that threatens to crawl inside my head, shoot me a warning, k? Then at least maybe I can look at it at 11:00 am versus 11:00 pm and have a chance at a normal night’s sleep 😉


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  1. Ha! This came out awesome!!! And next time I’ll post my pics earlier for you ; ) Thanks for the shout out!

    • Sheesh! Thanks. Now I can rest easy, hah! Those finger puppets were a brilliant idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Hilarious. I love this post. And your turkeys.

  3. This is adorable. I love the story that went along with creating it.

  4. Love this! We are all about oven bake clay at the moment. It’s awesome.

    ps. Your turkey turned out so so cute!

  5. So cute! I’ll be sharing this on The Crafty Crow soon.

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