Learn how to make the cutest turkey crafts you’ve ever seen! These turkey craft ideas are easy and perfect for a kids’ Thanksgiving activity. And adults might want to participate too!
For those who haven’t heard the saga of my pine cone turkey Elliott – he was the greatest craft project of my life! Okay maybe not the greatest . . . but definitely one of the longest lasting.
It was second grade. We made these pine cone turkeys as part of art class, but we also made houses for them out of facial tissue boxes. I named him Elliott and saved him for years, and I even added to his house regularly.
He had a bed, chair, and all sorts of items in his kleenex box house . . . I believe he even had a picture of family members I made on the wall. I also distinctly remember a sign over the door with his name!
I guess you could say when it comes to crafts, I commit.
Sometimes maybe too long. I don’t remember when Elliott finally went bye bye, but I had him for years. He’s the turkey I will always remember. And that’s why, today, I’d like to dedicate this collection of turkey crafts to him!
I’ve shared some kids Thanksgiving crafts and Thanksgiving crafts for toddlers . . . but I haven’t done one exclusively for turkeys. I’m ready to share all the ideas with you today, perfect for kids of all ages.
There are great projects for little kids (toddlers and preschoolers) as well as older, elementary aged children. And because they’re autumn and also for children, there are a lot of fun colors use in these ideas!
Take a peek and the list below and let me know which are your favorites in the comments. Did you have an Elliott when you were young? I’d love to hear about it! Happy crafting and Happy Thanksgiving!
You're going to love these turkey craft ideas - and so are your kids! These 30+ projects are perfect for Thanksgiving activities.
Paper Plate Turkey
Learn how to make the cutest turkey plate craft! Kids love this idea for Thanksgiving, and you probably have everything you need already.
Coffee Filter Turkeys
Learn how to make a cute little turkey craft for Thanksgiving using a coffee filter and a clothespin! Kids will love this idea.
Learn how to make a turkey pinecone in a few simple steps! This is a great Thanksgiving craft for kids.
Cardboard Yarn Wrapped Turkeys
Use yarn wrapped around cardboard for a fun cardboard turkey that's made even more adorable with its bobbly bobblehead!
Popsicle Stick Handprint Turkeys
If you are looking for some kids craft inspiration to include in this year's Thanksgiving plans, you need to see these cute turkey friends! Easy to make with paper and popsicle sticks.
Wood Slice Turkey
This little guy will look adorable on the Thanksgiving table, and is so simple to make! Kids will enjoy creating these wood slice turkeys. Add some floral wire and they become place card holders or photo holders!
Pipe Cleaner Turkey
Thanksgiving Mason Jar Lanterns
Leaves on the outside of mason jars? Absolutely! You can turn them into any shape you like, and these turkeys are incredibly cute!
Colorful Tail Feathers
You'll love this turkey craft (with a free template) for kids to make this Thanksgiving. Perfect for preschoolers and kindergartners who can practice scissors cutting.
Easy Clay Pot Turkeys
Looking for last minute holiday crafts? You will love these easy clay pot turkeys using terra cotta pots! These make a great craft for kids or adults.
Adorable Toilet Paper Roll Turkey
Create your own adorable little toilet paper roll turkey. They make a fun Thanksgiving craft and can double as a place card holder!
Need a quick and easy Thanksgiving kids craft? These adorable turkey windsocks made from a recycled tin can, ribbon, Elmer’s glue, and crafty odds and ends are the cutest Thanksgiving turkeys around!
DIY Thanksgiving Balloons
Need to decorate the kids table? Let the kids do it and keep them busy while cooking dinner! You'll do some paper cutting and sticking to make these cute balloons.
Turkey Craft from Cardboard
Kids can make the cutest Thanksgiving birds from cardboard using oil pastels and feathers. Easy art idea for the holiday, especially for a multi-age group.
Turkey Tissue Paper Suncatcher
This turkey tissue paper suncatcher is a cute fall craft for kids! It's also an easy Thanksgiving craft to make at home or at school.
Paper Plate Turkey Hats
You can make these fun paper plate turkey hats at the kids' table this year! Wear them during dinner if the host allows.
Popsicle Sticks and Paper Feathers
This popsicle stick turkey craft is a great way to get kids excited and involved in the the holiday festivities.
Glitzy Paper Feather Turkey
With feathers to color, design, or use as a template with recycled newspaper, colored paper, or funky wrapping paper to make a truly unique and snazzy looking Thanksgiving turkey!
Turkey Pom Pom
I think you know we love pom poms around here! Use your skills to make the cutest Thanksgiving bird with yarn and feathers.
Thanksgiving Clay Pot Turkeys
Here is a fantastic thanksgiving craft for the family to make! These Thanksgiving claypot turkeys are simple, fun, and easy.
Mini Turkey Puppets
Toddlers can get in on the holiday crafting as well! Grab some cupcake liners and other basic bits for turkey puppet fun.
Embroidery Hoop Turkey Craft for Kids
Learn how to make a turkey craft for kids using embroidery hoops! It's so easy - children and adults will enjoy this cute Thanksgiving idea.
Sponge Painted Turkey
This cute paper turkey uses a fun sponge painting technique on paper plates for the turkey's feathers that kids will love.
Free Turkey Cupcake Topper
Entertain kids at the Thanksgiving table with this turkey cupcake topper idea! Includes pre-colored and coloring page prints.
Foam Cup Thanksgiving Bird
Get children excited about the holiday when they transform a foam cup into a fun and colorful brown bird.
Colorful Chalk Pastel Turkey
Kids will love making this brightly colored chalk pastel turkey craft for Thanksgiving! An easy and fun art project for kids of all ages with a free template included.
Easy Fall Leaf Turkey
Whether you're doing a lesson on Thanksgiving or just need a fun way to occupy the kids, you'll love this adorable little turkey with feathers made of leaves.
Five Feather Techniques
These five turkey feather painting techniques are so fun to make! Each painting technique creates a unique and colorful turkey that you can make for Thanksgiving.
Paper Plate Gratitude Craft
This colourful paper plate craft is a fun and creative way for kids to practice gratitude using the tail feathers! I love the pretty fall colors used for these turkeys!
Pot Belly Paper Turkeys
Give your holiday bird a little bit of a dimensional touch with this cute paper turkey! It's cute, simple, and you can also get a free printable template at the post.
Stuffed Paper Bag Turkey
Kids will love "stuffing" the turkey this Thanksgiving with this darling gratitude craft. Includes step-by-step instructions and a how-to video.
Handprint Turkey Crown
Kids love making and wearing their thanksgiving handprint turkey crown before dinner starts! This is such a cute idea for preschoolers and toddlers.
Play Dough Turkeys
Play dough is always a favorite with kids (check out our slime recipe!). Use it - and some colorful feathers - to make the cutest turkeys!
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