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Thanksgiving Fun: Paper Plate Turkey

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is almost upon us. Yeah we're only a week away. Didn't we just celebrate Halloween? While Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks and spending time with family, there is nothing we love more than spending time together. Crafting gives us that opportunity and we get to do something fun at the same time. Take a look at this DIY paper plate turkey we crafted, using just a paper plate and a handful of common crafting supplies. The finished product is the perfect Thanksgiving décor piece or memento of the holiday season. Here is how you can get started crafting your own!

Supplies needed:

Paper plate
Pair of googly eyes
Red and orange felt or crafting foam
Assorted craft feathers
Brown craft paint
Craft glue or hot glue, glue gun


1. Begin by folding your paper plate in half. Apply some glue to the edges of the plate and sandwich the plate around it. Hold the plate in place so the glue has the chance to dry and secure.

2. Set the folded plate flat on your work space. Take some brown craft paint and apply it to the plate. Apply two coats, so the entire plate is nice and coated. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.

3. Once the paint is dry you can apply the eyes of your turkey. Add a dab of glue to your googly eyes and press them to the upper/center of the plate. Hold in place until dry.

4. Cut a small triangle from your orange craft foam. Add a dab of glue and apply it under the eyes to create the beak of your turkey.

5. Finish the face of the turkey by adding the gobbler. Cut a squiggly shape out of the red foam or felt. Glue it near the beak.

6. You can now add the craft feathers. Add some glue to the ends of the feathers and press them to the back of the folded plate. Fan them out to look like tail feathers on the turkey.

Your paper plate turkey is now complete. As you can see, this is a simple craft for little hands to enjoy, and the finished product is sure to get you into the spirit of Thanksgiving. Gather your supplies and give this paper plate turkey craft a try!

Annmarie John
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  1. Both of my boys made those when they were in preschool and I still hang them up every year.

  2. That hast to be the cutest paper plate craft I've ever seen. I love it!

  3. OK I think I am going to try and make this. Instead of paint I'll use markers though. This will be a lot of fun to make.

  4. I love simple but cute crafts for children. These are just adorable too! Now I need to find a child to share them with. Thanks!

  5. What a cute craft Madison! My kids would love to make one too! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Cute craft for the kids! It's very similar to the sort of things our art teacher used to have us create as kids. :)

  7. This is a great paper plate craft. I think I'll do this with the kids.

  8. Googly eyes always make me laugh! I want to make a turkey like that.

  9. My daughter made something similar to this when she was little. Kids love little crafts such as this!

  10. Awww this is really cute! I love an easy project like this for the kids.

  11. I miss these types of crafts. I love the things you are doing with the kids

  12. That is so cute! I think I actually still have the ones my kids made like 20 years ago!

  13. That is so cute. Kids will really enjoy it.

  14. This looks like a fun activity. I need to do more crafts.

  15. Cute turkey! I want to make this next Thanksgiving in our classroom.

  16. That is really cute! What a fun simple craft to do with little ones!

  17. Ahhh so many crafts I see that I'd love to make with the kids. I think this just topped my list.

  18. This is such a cute project,. I like the 3D nature of the turkey plate.

  19. This is super cute and easy to do. I'm always looking for craft ideas that I can handle making with my kids. Thanks for sharing.

  20. I love simple crafts like this that the kids can do!

  21. How cute. Looks better than the ones I made in school ;)

  22. Aww, looks like a great easy craft that is perfect for the younger kids in the family.

  23. We have been making so many crafts lately, the kids are really into it! They would love to make this turkey :)

  24. Awwww, this is so cute and festive!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely week.


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