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13 Thanksgiving Turkey Crafts for Kids to Spice Up Your Fall Decor

Amy is a stay-at-home mommy to her 1-year-old daughter, Hailey Mae. She is a lover of all things domestic and blogs about her cooking, crafting, and parenting adventures on her personal blog, The Artful Blogger.

These easy turkey craft projects are simple enough for little fingers

Is there anything more worthy of future fall nostalgia than turkey crafts for kids? They're cute, they're easy, and they keep little hands busy while adults try to get final preparations in place for weeknight dinners — or, you know, actual Thanksgiving dinner.

And not only that: Adorable turkey projects don't usually require a ton of supplies, making them super-inexpensive to pull off. The added bonus? Your kids will be so proud when their works of art turn up on the Thanksgiving table or around the house as decorations.

More: Fall Leaf Crafts That’ll Keep Kids Occupied When It’s Chilly Out

Pom-pom turkeys

These easy turkey craft projects are simple enough for little fingers
Image: Amy Vowles/SheKnows

Supplies:

  • Brown yarn
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Large googly eyes
  • Orange felt
  • Assorted fall-colored pipe cleaners
  • 4 yellow pipe cleaners
  • Glue

Directions:

  1. Cut a piece of cardboard that is 5 to 6 inches across.
  2. Wrap the yarn around the cardboard approximately 100 times.
  3. Cut a small piece of yarn. Slide the wrapped yarn off of the cardboard and tie the small piece of yarn around the center of the yarn bundle.
  4. Trim the loops at each end of the yarn bundle to form the pom-pom.
  5. Take several fall-colored pipe cleaners and loosely fold them in half to form feathers. Twist the ends of the pipe cleaners around each other to keep them together.
  6. Glue the pipe cleaner feathers to the back of the pom-pom.
  7. Glue 2 large googly eyes to the front of the pom-pom.
  8. Cut a triangle out of the orange felt and glue it below the googly eyes.
  9. Take 2 yellow pipe cleaners and fold them to make 2 turkey feet.
  10. Grab 2 more yellow pipe cleaners and wrap 1 end around the turkey feet. Glue the other end of the pipe cleaners to the underside of the pom-pom to make the turkey's legs.

Fingerprint gobblers

These easy turkey craft projects are simple enough for little fingers
Image: Amy Vowles/SheKnows

Supplies:

  • Washable markers
  • White construction paper
  • Orange construction paper
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Directions:

  1. Color on your child's finger with 1 of the washable markers. Stamp the finger on the white construction paper.
  2. Create a semi-circle of fingerprints, alternating colors to form the turkey's feathers.
  3. Draw the body of the turkey with a brown marker.
  4. Use the hole punch to punch 2 circles out of white construction paper. Use a black marker to create a dot in the center of the circles, then glue the circles to the turkey to make the eyes.
  5. Cut a triangle out of orange construction paper and glue it beneath the turkey's eyes to make the beak.
  6. Draw 2 feet on the turkey with an orange marker.

Mini pumpkin turkeys

These easy turkey craft projects are simple enough for little fingers
Image: Amy Vowles/SheKnows

Supplies:

  • Mini pumpkin
  • Brown, red and orange felt
  • Googly eyes
  • Feathers
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Directions:

  1. Cut out the body of the turkey from brown craft felt.
  2. Glue 2 googly eyes to the brown craft felt, then cut out a triangle from the orange felt and glue it below the googly eyes.
  3. Cut a small squiggle from the red felt and glue it below the orange beak.
  4. Glue the body of the turkey to the mini pumpkin.
  5. Glue feathers to the opposite side of the mini pumpkin.

Coffee filter turkey magnet

These easy turkey craft projects are simple enough for little fingers
Image: Amy Vowles/SheKnows

Supplies:

  • Coffee filter
  • Washable markers
  • Spray bottle
  • Brown construction paper
  • Orange construction paper
  • Magnet tape
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue

Directions:

    1. Lay a coffee filter out on a protected surface and color it in with the washable markers.
    2. Lightly mist the coffee filter with water until the colors begin to run together. Allow the coffee filter to dry completely.
    3. Fold the coffee filter in half and glue the 2 halves together.
    4. Cut out the body of the turkey from construction paper and glue it to the coffee filter.
    5. Glue 2 googly eyes to the construction paper, then cut out an orange triangle for the beak and glue it below the googly eyes.
    6. Cut out 2 long, skinny strips from the orange construction paper. Fold the strips like an accordion, then unfold them and glue them to the bottom of the turkey to form the legs.
    7. Glue a strip of magnet tape to the back of the coffee filter, then stick the turkey on the refrigerator.

More turkey crafts

From simple paper projects for preschoolers to yummy edible turkey crafts, there's plenty to keep you busy all season.

These easy turkey craft projects are simple enough for little fingers

    Originally published November 2013. Updated October 2017.

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