paper plate turkey thanksgiving craft

paper plate turkey thanksgiving craft

Thanksgiving Craft: Paper Plate Turkeys

This ole reliable turkey made from a paper plate is an easy and adorable Thanksgiving craft. Putting scriptures on the turkey can help children learn verses about thankfulness before this holiday!

paper plate turkey 1 thanksgiving craftMaterial:

– One small paper plate

– Red, yellow and orange construction paper

– Two google eyes

– Scissors

– Glue

– Tape

– Brown paint

– Paint brush

– String

paper plate turkey 2 thanksgiving craft


Make several templates for the tail feathers so that students can get them just about the same by tracing on construction paper around them. Depending on the ages of your students, cut out noses and feet or feathers to prevent the project from taking too long for little fingers


Here is a great scripture to remember at Thanksgiving. 1 Thessalonians 5:18:  In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will. Have everyone repeat it. We’re going to make a Thanksgiving turkey and write it on his feathers!


1. Glue together a large paper plate, which will be the body of the turkey, and the smaller paper plate to make the head.

2. Cut a piece of yellow craft paper and fold and glue to the head of the turkey to make the beak.

3. Paint the turkey’s body brown.

4. Cut feather shapes out of the construction paper. Cut two or three feathers of each color.

5. Cut a small triangle out of orange construction paper for the beak.

6. Cut a small peanut shape out of red construction paper for the wattle.

7. Draw two feet on orange construction paper and cut them out.

8. Tape the feathers onto the back of the paper plate. and glue the eyes, beak, wattle and feet to the front of the paper plate.

9. Make a small loop with string and paste or tape to the back of the turkey so it could be hung in a prominent place on Thanksgiving day.

10. Write one word on each feather: In everything give thanks; for this God’s will.

11. Write 1 Thessalonians 5:18 on the rim.



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