How to Make a Paper Plate Turkey

Paper plate turkeys make great decorations for Thanksgiving. They can be made into magnets for the fridge or hung up and displayed around your home. Your children will have a blast making these fun crafts, and will be proud to take part in decorating for the holiday. With a few basic materials and a couple of minutes you can make a paper plate turkey of your own.


Step 1

Place your paper plate face down on your work surface. The front of your turkey will end up being the back of the paper plate.

Step 2

Cut a long oval shape out of brown construction paper. This will serve as the turkey's head and neck. If you want to be more detailed or creative, you can also try making a bowling pin figure or other complex shape for the head and neck.

Step 3

Glue the head and neck of your turkey onto the paper plate. It should be centered in the middle of the plate, but glued towards the top with the head sticking up over the top of the plate.

Step 4

Attach the two wiggly craft eyes to the face of the turkey.

Step 5

Draw an upside down triangle for the turkey's beak, and an upside down heart shape with orange and red crayons or markers for the turkey's waddle.

Step 6

Trace the outline of four handprints on orange and red construction paper. You want two right handprints and two left handprints, and you should have one of each color.

Step 7

Glue the handprints to the back of the paper plate, near the top. Make it so the fingers of the handprints are pointing outward, and form the shape of a fanned tail behind the turkey's head.

Step 8

Use an orange crayon or marker to draw crown-shaped feet at the bottom of the paper plate.

Step 9

Apply magnets to the back of your paper plate turkey if you wish to display it on the fridge, or use tape to hang it up around your home.

Tips and Warnings

Ask your children what they are thankful for and write their answers on the fingers that form the turkey's tail. Supervise young children when they are working with scissors.

Things You'll Need

A paper plate, Glue, Brown construction paper, Orange and red construction paper, Red and orange markers or crayons, 2 Wiggly craft eyes with adhesive backs, Small magnet pieces (optional)

About this Author

Based in Florida, Kathleen Bunn has been working as a professional writer since 2006. She holds and associate's degree in elementary education from Tallahassee Community College, as well as an x-ray technician's license from Keiser College.

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