Get ready for Thanksgiving with this adorable paper plate turkey craft! Paper plate are such a versatile (and affordable) craft material. Add some paint and paper, and you’re ready to make these cute turkeys! Add some ribbon if you want so that you can hang them up, like our paper plate owl craft.

This paper plate turkey craft is perfect for preschoolers through second grade or so. My 5 and 7 year old’s enjoyed making these, and did most of the project themselves.

Supplies Needed:

  • Paper Plates – we prefer cheap, uncoated paper plates for crafting
  • Construction Paper
  • Scrapbook Paper – it’s fun to use scrapbook paper for the feathers, but if you don’t have any, construction paper will work just fine
  • Googly eyes
  • Brown paint
  • Scissors
  • Glue – Elmer’s glue (PVA glue) or Tacky Glue

Step 1: Paint your paper plate brown. We used acrylic paint, but tempera paint works just as well and doesn’t stain.

How to Make a Paper Plate Turkey Craft

Step 2: While the paint is drying, cut out your turkey’s feathers. Each turkey needs 10 feathers, or so.

I used some cardboard from a cereal box to make a quick feather pattern. Janie is not great at tracing yet, so I traced the pattern onto various colors of scrapbook paper which was left over from our turkey placemats and treat cups that we made last year.

Janie lasted all the way through the cutting, but her scissor skills are above average. I would expect that many 5 year old’s would want some help with the cutting (my boys would have), and most 6 and 7 year olds will do it themselves. But it will depend on the kid!

Step 3: Cut out a head, beak, and a red wattle from construction paper.

Cut out feet from either construction paper or scrapbook paper. I cut out the feet myself – they’re a bit hard for kids.

I don’t have printable patterns this time, but the shapes should be very easy to make.

How to Make a Paper Plate Turkey Craft

Step 4: Assemble your turkey! Glue the feathers on first. Then the head will cover the ends of the feathers where they overlap.

Glue the feet to the underside of the rim of the paper plate.

The finished turkeys are so adorable! Add some ribbon for hanging, or display them as is.

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  1. Barbara Nov 8, 2022

    Great, simple craft for kids. I used it with a kindergarten class. Boy, were they proud of their finished products!

  2. susi Nov 13, 2023

    This is a great idea!!


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