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Drawing Free Birds Hand Turkeys

We’re already looking forward to the next fall holiday and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. To help us celebrate, I’ve partnered with the upcoming movie FREE BIRDS, to bring a clever new way to create a hand turkey to craft at the Thanksgiving kids table. (In fact, I think these birds are hoping the only turkey you’ll have at your dining table are these colorful decorations!) Have you seen the trailer yet? We can’t wait to see it, it looks darling!

Make a Hand Turkey with Free Birds makeandtakes.com

The creators of FREE BIRDS are also sharing a fun how-to video on how to draw a hand turkey. But these aren’t the same-old hand turkey drawings you’ve seen for years. I was new to this technique of drawing a hand turkey and it kinda blew my mind! I LOVE how they look, something different for the kids. Watch the lovely Amy Poehler, who’s the voice of Jenny in the movie, share her hand turkey creations, as well as a tutorial on this fun and clever way!

We had to try it out. My girls LOVED crafting these up!

Free Birds Hand Turkey Tutorial on makeandtakes.com

Drawing Free Birds Hand Turkeys


1. Gather your supplies: paper, pencil and crayons. You can use regular paper or find a paper plate. I love using paper plates, they are a great crafting medium. They make for a fun finished look.

2. Follow along with the directions on the darling how-to hand turkey video. Use your thumb and pinky to trace your turkey onto your paper plate.

Tracing Free Bird Hand Turkeys makeandtakes.com

3. Add everything a turkey needs – legs, beak, scenery, etc.

Drawing Free Birds Hand Turkeys makeandtakes.com

Maybe even see how your sister is making her turkey for a few ideas!

Pencil Drawing Free Bird Hand Turkeys makeandtakes.com

4. Now color it all in.

Kids Coloring Free Birds Hand Turkeys makeandtakes.com

Add a border around your paper plate to make it complete.

Coloring Free Bird Hand Turkeys makeandtakes.com

It’s ready to display on the Thanksgiving table!

Making a Free Bird Hand Turkey with Kids makeandtakes.com

Here’s a little more info about FREE BIRDS in theaters this week — November 1st: In this hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy for audiences of all ages, directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!), two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. Starring the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Keith David, Carlos Alazraqui, Dwight Howard.

Visit the official website * Like FREE BIRDS on Facebook * Follow @FreeBirdsMovie on Twitter * Instagram and Pinterest #FreeBirds


This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. See who won the prize pack here.

Now the Fun Part – What You Can Win — These turkeys want you to get in on the fun of Thanksgiving by offering a giveaway to one winner with a FREE BIRDS prize pack —

Free Birds iPad Mini (Silver, WiFi, 16GB) * Free Birds Backpack
* Crayons * Turkey Hat & Light Up Chick!


Simply send us a photo of your drawn turkey hand! That’s it and you’re entered. Email your photo to [email protected] with FREE BIRDS in the subject line OR Instagram a turkey hand photo using the hashtag #FreeBirdsHandTurkey. You can enter as many times as you’d like with a new photo each time (must be different). You have until November 11th to enter. Winner will be announced on Make and Takes on November 12th. Good luck!

FREE BIRD giveaway detailsPrizing courtesy of Relativity Media. Open to US mailing addresses only. Giveaway begins October 28th and closes at midnight on November 11th. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on November 12th on Make and Takes. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to our outreach and then a new winner will be announced. Photos sent to the email provided or uploaded to instagram using the #FreeBirdsHandTurkey hashtag may be used on the FREE BIRDS facebook page. 


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