Made with Ferrero Rocher candies, these cute turkey favors for Thanksgiving dinner are sure to be a hit. Keep reading to learn how simple it is to make them!
It won’t be very long and Thanksgiving will be here. My mouth is water just thinking of all the yummy food! Thanksgiving is a HUGE deal in our house and I spend several days beforehand cooking and baking up a storm.
Every year I like to make Thanksgiving themed favors to put at each place setting for the big meal. Usually it is a candy favor of some sort.
I couldn’t decide what type of Thanksgiving dinner favors I wanted to make this year until I saw the EK Tools Paper Crimper. It crimps in 2 different sizes. Immediately I knew that the larger 1/2 inch pleats would make a cute turkey tail.
So I just needed to find a round candy that I could use for the turkey head. After browsing through the candy selections at several different stores, I eventually settled on using Ferrero Rocher chocolates for these turkey favors for Thanksgiving dinner.
If you get the assortment of different flavors of Ferrero Rocher candies, it contains dark chocolate ones with dark brown wrappers, which are just perfect for this project. However, if you can only find the original gold wrapped ones, those would work too.
Turkey Favors for Thanksgiving Supplies Needed
EK Tools Paper CrimperFall Washi TapeFerrero Collection Fine Assorted Confections and Chocolates, 24 Piece Gift BoxDECORA 1000pcs 7mm Wiggly Googly Eyes with Self-adhesive DIY Scrapbooking Crafts Toy AccessoriesGlue Dots Mini Dots Adhesive Value Pack Sheets, 3/16 Inch, Clear, Pack of 600EK Tools Square Punch, 0.50-Inch, New Package
Thanksgiving Turkey Favors Instructions
Punch an orange diamond (or square) for each favor you want to make. (This paper punch is similar to the one I have.) Fold these diamond shapes in half. These will be the beak for the Thanksgiving turkey favors.
Punch a decorative scroll shape for the turkey waddle. You will just need about 1/2 inch of the end of each scroll shape. Punch one waddle for each turkey candy favor you are going to be making.
Using mini glue dots, stick (2) 7 mm googly eyes, a beak, and a waddle to the Ferrero Rocher candies to form the turkey head.
If you don’t have mini glue dots, you can use a low temp glue gun, but you risk melting the candies in those spots. So I just prefer to use the glue dots. Set the turkey heads aside.
Cut strips of brown cardstock that measure 2.5″ x 11″. You will need one cardstock strip for each of your Thanksgiving dinner favors. These cardstock strips are going to be pleated to form the tail feathers for the turkeys.
You will need three different colors of washi tape to add to your cardstock strips. Try to stick to deeper fall colors (yellow, red, orange, plum, burgundy, etc) and use different patterns if you have them.
Starting with the darkest color, run washi tape along the strips of cardstock the long way. Repeat with the remaining two colors of washi tape, leaving about 1/8″ between the strips of washi tape.
Run the cardstock strip through the EK Tools Paper Crimper, using the large crimping bar. This is the one that will give you 1/2 inch pleats.
If your crimper comes with the smaller bar installed, you just need to remove the end cover and exchange the bars. They are labeled so you know which ones go on top and which go on bottom.
Fold the brown cardstock at each pleat line, then fan out to form a half rosette.
Use an extra strong tape runner (like Tombow Xtreme) or a hot glue gun to glue the half rosette to a popsicle stick. The popsicle stick will help give the thanksgiving dinner favors the stability to stand upright.
I found it easiest to stick the popsicle stick to 1 end of the pleated paper. Then form the fan shape and push to meet in the center before pressing down the other end to the popsicle stick.
Add a glue dot or dab of hot glue between the end and the first pleat to help ensure that the tail feathers on your Thanksgiving turkey favors don’t want to flop backwards.
Here’s what the tail feathers will look like after you attach the popsicle stick to the bottom. They easily stand up on their own.
Use your glue gun to attach your candy turkey head to the tail feathers. You really do have to use a glue gun for this part. I tried the larger glue dots and they wouldn’t hold the head to the feathers. Just apply a big dollop of hot glue and let it cool a few seconds before you press the candy onto the tail feathers.
And here is one made with the dark chocolate Ferrero Rocher candy. I think the dark brown wrapping works better for the turkey heads for these Thanksgiving dinner favors, but I have only been able to find the dark chocolate ones as part of an assortment of flavors. Unfortunately they don’t seem to be sold separately. So I used an assortment of the gold and brown wrappers.
And that’s all there is to it. It won’t take very long at all to make one of these Thankgiving themed favors for each of your dinner guests!
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I just love how these Thanksgiving turkey favors turned out and I can’t wait to give them to all my guests on Thanksgiving. They were quick and easy to make so it didn’t take me long at all to make one for each person who will be coming over to my house for Thanksgiving dinner.
While you are here, you might also want to check out the rest of my easy Thanksgiving crafts.
If you make these turkey favors for Thanksgiving dinner this year, you will have to come back here and let me know how they turned out by leaving a comment below. I would love to hear from you. Happy crafting!