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Give Your Hand Turkey Some Cute Buddies With These Thanksgiving Crafts

These kid-friendly crafts for Thanksgiving will keep little hands busy and occupied until it's time to eat.

Margo Gothelf · 7 days ago



Happy Thanksgiving! Before you sit down to stuff your face full of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and so much more, spend some time making some turkey day crafts. Gobble up these ideas for table decorations or set materials out in the morning for some kid-friendly entertainment before the big feast. Just remember to wash all the glue and glitter off your hands before you devour that turkey leg! 

Paper Bag Turkey Craft


The Best Ideas for Kids

This Thanksgiving, we're thankful for brown paper bags — perhaps the most versatile crafting material known to humankind (other than egg cartons and toilet paper rolls). This simple turkey paper bag craft is a set-and-forget Thanksgiving project that will keep kids occupied and out of the kitchen. Just leave materials on the table for everyone to make their own turkey full of feathers. And we mean everyone — this basic craft is so easy to put together, everyone, even the littlest ones at the kid's table, can get involved.

Colorful Chalk Pastel Turkey


Projects With Kids

Some art projects are worth getting a little messy for. Case in point: this chalk pastel Thanksgiving turkey. This seasonal project swaps out brushes for your fingers and lets you get down and dirty when it comes to blending. Seriously, there's a lot of smudging and mixing involved, so you probably want to try this one out before anyone puts on their fancy clothes for Thanksgiving dinner. 

Paper Turkey Craft


Easy Peasy and Fun

Just because it's a holiday doesn't mean those motor skills get a break. Keep your scissor skills up and running with this paper turkey craft. All you need to do is cut out simple lines to make the turkey pop off the page — so even if you're not the straightest scissor-er, your turkey will still make the cut. 

Crimped Paper Turkey


The Inspired Treehouse

Looks like the perm trend has hit the turkey coop! Let the turkeys show off their new curly feathers this holiday and turn construction paper into crimped feathers. The more you fold the paper, the curlier the feathers will be. Good thing Thanksgiving takes place in the winter, since summer humidity would not work for this turkey's curly lewk. 

Thanksgiving Turkey Puppet


Handmade Charlotte

These adorable 3D Thanksgiving puppets take your standard-issue hand turkey to a new dimension — literally! The puppets get their realistic look from the help of a tennis ball wrapped in yarn — just don't try and bounce them sky-high, as turkeys aren't that great at flying. Keep them on the ground where they feel comfortable, and use them to make the table festive.

Painted Rocks & Leaves Thanksgiving Table Decorations

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Handmade Charlotte

Forget going to the craft store for your Thanksgiving celebration. Everything you'll need to make your table shine is right outside in your backyard. Okay, almost everything, since you'll need craft paint to make this project complete. A few days before the holiday (or the morning of), take a hike outside and collect pine cones, leaves, and rocks. Clean off all of the dirt and pick out bright-colored paint to give them a Thanksgiving makeover. Skip the dull fall colors and go with the vibrant pinks, oranges, and yellows for a cheery fall look. 

Falling Leaves Snow Globe


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Thanksgiving dinner can sometimes get a little hectic. Lots of family members running around, football blasting on the TV, and food coming in from left and right. Keep the vibes calm and make the day a little more relaxing with this fall sensory snow globe. Set everything in the jar, seal it up, and watch the zen scenery come to life. You'll quickly tune out your uncle being upset about his favorite football team being down at the half or your mom freaking out about the turkey not being done before dinner.

Abstract Turkey Feathers


Typically Simple

Brown, yellow, and orange feathers are SO last year. This year's trend? Abstract feathers full of color. Ditch the paintbrush and explore five different ways to make the colors explode for your turkey's feathers. Use shaving cream to make marbled paper, repurpose your old Duplo and turn it into stamps, or use a marble to create a one-of-a-kind pattern. No matter which one you choose, your turkey is bound to stand out in the crowd (or should we say flock?) on Thanksgiving day.

Turkey Tape Resist Art


Busy Toddler

Thanksgiving Day is the turkey's day to shine. But this tape resist art turkey project is so amazing that you will want to display your turkey art all year long. Tape resist painting makes your work of art look professional no matter how skilled you are with a paintbrush. Pro tip: choose colors that will easily mix together. That way, they'll blend to form seamless color patterns, and you won't have to worry about painting inside the lines.  

Coffee Filter Turkey Craft

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Little Bins for Little Hands

Continue the magic from the Thanksgiving Day parade and watch colors change right before your eyes with this coffee filter turkey. This classic craft technique is typically used to make wings for butterflies, but with the simple switch of a color palette and position of filter and clothespin, you have a turkey ready for Thanksgiving. Make these a few days before the holiday to decorate the table. You could even use them as place cards and clip the names on the clothespin to help direct everyone to their seat.