Paper Plate Tom Turkey

Oct 7, 2009 at 8:28 a.m. ET

If you are a looking for an easy and colorful Thanksgiving craft for your kids, then you have come to the right place! This little paper plate Thanksgiving turkey is easy to make and is pure fun for the kids.

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What you need

Miniature paper plate
Acrylic paint: red, orange, brown, green, yellow, black
felt in goldenrod and red
2 small wiggle eyes
Paint brush
Jumbo craft stick
1 miniature craft sticks
Tissues, paper towel or a sponge
white craft glue or hot glue gun
gold glitter glue

What you do

Paint the jumbo craft stick brown and the 2 miniature craft sticks orange and set aside to dry.

Cut off 1/3 of the paper plate and set aside. On the remaining 2/3 use a sponge or a crumple up piece of paper towel or tissue to "sponge paint" the paper plate with the different colored paints. Use as little or as much as you like, that's what makes this craft unique for each child. Set aside to dry completely.

From the remaining 1/3 of the paper plate, cut out a simple top hat to fit at the top of the jumbo craft stick. Paint it black and allow it to dry. Use the gold glitter glue to draw on a buckle on the hat band. Set aside to dry. HINT: if the glitter glue dries and closes the hole in the buckle, simply touch up with black paint.

Use the handle end of a paint brush or the eraser on a pencil to dot on three buttons with green paint to the center of the jumbo craft stick.

Leave a little room at the top of the jumbo craft stick for the hat, then glue on wiggle eyes. Cut out a diamond shape from goldenrod felt (or construction paper) and fold in the center. Add a dab of hot glue near the crease to keep it slightly closed. Cut out a long heart shape from red felt and glue upside down about half an inch under the eyes for the waddle. Glue the beak over the top of the waddle.

Glue the hat to the top of the jumbo craft stick.

Use scissors to cut rounded feathers from the outer edge of the paper plate (see photo).

Glue the craft stick body to the front of the paper plate. Glue the orange miniature craft sticks to the back of the paper plate for the legs.