Thanksgiving Paper Turkey Craft

Happy Thanksgiving week! If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to a week that’s full of good food and family memories! When you’re spending time with family that you don’t see often, it can be really fun to have a craft or activity to do together. You’ll enjoy creating together, and when you’re done you’ll have something to remember your time together by! Today’s Paper Turkey Thanksgiving Craft would be perfect to make with members of your family while you snack on some appetizers and drink some hot cider! This craft comes with a free template, which makes it simple enough that even young members of the family can participate!

What You’ll Need:

1. Colored craft papers

2. Cardstock paper

3. Pencil

4. Scissors

5. Craft glue

6. Googly eyes

7. The free printable template for this craft (located at the end of this tutorial)

How to Make It:

First, choose some pieces of construction paper in your favorite fall colors for the turkey’s tail feathers. Use our free, printable template to trace the tail feather pattern several times and then cut the patterns out. It will look something like this.

Next, take each cut-out, position it length-wise and fold,  accordion-style.

Next, take one of the folded cut-outs, lengthwise, pinch it in the middle, and fold it in half. Place a little glue to attach the sides to each other. This should make a beautiful feather shape, as shown below.

Go ahead and repeat this process with all of the feathers.

Now that you’ve got your turkey’s tail feathers, it’s time to work on his body.  Cut out the patterns for the turkey’s body from the template and trace them onto some thick, brown cardstock. You can use colored craft paper to trace and cut out his other features (beak, wattle and legs). Cut all of the pieces out.

Next, you can go ahead and glue on the googly eyes, the beak and the wattle.

Trace and cut out the tail base from a cardstock paper. This piece will help all of the tail feathers fan out nicely and stay arranged the way you want them.

Apply craft glue around the edge of the tail base piece. Then arrange and attach the feathers to this piece to make a beautiful pattern.

For the final step, simply glue the tail feather base onto the body!

Isn’t he cute? You could even use your turkeys to decorate the Thanksgiving table! Don’t forget to grab your free printable template (just click the link below!)

Click here for your free printable template for this Thanksgiving Paper Turkey Craft! 


Do you enjoy doing crafts with family around Thanksgiving? Let us know if you try this one out!


About the author


Trish is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. She has been married to her best friend, David, for 22 years and they have three sons (ages 19, 17 and 15). Trish is from the coast of North Carolina, but they now live in rural West Tennessee on a 40+ acre farm. She has been homeschooling since 2009 and her homeschool style leans towards a Montessori approach with a heavy emphasis on hands-on learning. Trish’s family is Messianic and they love studying the Scriptures, learning Hebrew and growing in their faith and walk daily. In her spare time, Trish loves to travel, write, work in their garden and can regularly be found trying to learn something new, modeling that learning is indeed a life-long endeavor!

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