Paper Plate Turkey

This Paper Plate Turkey is just what you need to bring forth the Thanksgiving festivities!

With colorful feathers, homemade eyes, and an orange beak, this turkey is ready for some holiday fun.

Paper Plate Turkey

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Paper Plate Turkey Thanksgiving Day Craft

Our paper plate turkey is so fun to make – all you need is some crafting materials, and you’re all set.

You can use our printable tracing template or follow the tutorial below and draw your parts.

Your craft will be great as a wall decoration too!

Turkey Paper Plate Thanksgiving Day Craft

How to Make the Paper Plate Turkey


What you need:

  • printable template (optional)
  • scissors
  • glue
  • pencil
  • black marker
  • paper plate
  • color papers (brown, red, orange, and yellow)
  • white paper
  • brown acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • orange pipe cleaner
  • eyeshadow
  • Q-tip

Materials Used

Step by Step Tutorial

The Body Parts

Grab a paper plate and paint it brown.

Step 1

The Head

Draw a circle for the head on brown paper, and cut it out.

Step 2

The Wings

Draw two large wings.

Step 3

The Eyes

On white paper, draw a small and large circle for the eyes, then cut them out.

Step 4

The Beak

Draw a beak on orange paper, and cut it out.

Step 5

The Wattle

Draw a hanging skin under the beak on red paper, and cut it out.

Step 6

The Head

Glue the eyes on the head of the turkey.

Step 8

Go ahead and glue the beak on the turkey.

Step 9

Next, you’ll want to glue the wattle to the beak.

Step 10

Make sure the beak and the wattle are secure.

Step 11

Draw black dots into the white eyes.

Step 12

Take a Q-tip and put red blush on the turkey with eyeshadow.

Step 13

The Feathers

Draw three feathers onto red paper, and then cut them out.

Step 14

You’ll want to draw three feathers onto orange paper and then cut those out.

Step 15

You will now draw three feathers on the yellow paper.

Make sure to cut the feathers out.

Step 16

Start by gluing one yellow feather behind the paper plate.

Step 17

The pattern can be whatever the child wants to make

Step 18

Now it’s time to glue the head of the turkey onto the body.

Step 19

Don’t forget to add the wings!

Step 20

The Feet

It’s time to cut up pipe cleaners.

Step 21

These are going to be the feet of the turkey.

Take one longer pipe cleaner and a shorter one to make a cross.

Fold the sides over the longer pipe cleaner to create one foot.

Repeat the procedure to make the other foot.

Step 22

You can glue or staple the feet onto the turkey.

Step 23

Next, take a black marker and draw breast feathers onto the turkey.

Step 24

The final result of the paper plate turkey is below!

Step 25

Doesn’t it look great?

DIY Paper Plate Turkey Craft

We love how colorful its feathers pop out.

DIY Turkey Paper Plate Craft

You can make as many as you want with different colored papers, beaks, and feathers.

Paper Plate Turkey Idea

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Paper Plate Turkey

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