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Fun Paper Plate Turkey Craft For Preschoolers (Free Template)

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Looking for a fun Thanksgiving craft to do with your preschooler? Try this adorable paper plate turkey craft! This craft is simple and easy, but it will still make your child feel like they are helping to create Thanksgiving decor.

And at the end, they’ll have a festive decoration to add to their Thanksgiving decorations collection. Keep reading for instructions on how to make your own paper plate turkey craft!

paper turkey craft

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Plus, it’s a great way to use up any leftover paper plates from your holiday feast. Let’s get started!

Materials Needed For Your Paper Turkey Craft

Below is a list of the supplies you will need to make your 3D turkey craft. Collect the items on the list, and let’s get started!

Red felt paper (or use red construction paper)

Construction paper (brown)

Foam sheet (yellow)

Pipe cleaners (violet, green, orange, pink)

Googly eyes



Paper plate

– Turkey craft template (provided here)

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Instructions For Your Paper Plate Turkey

Step 1: Grab a paper plate and cut 1⁄4 part of the paper plate away. Cutting this V shape out of your paper plate allows you to make a cone shape with your paper plate. Make a cone out of your paper plate and use a glue gun or Elmer’s glue to glue it together.

turkey paper plate

Step 2: Cover the cone with brown construction paper. You can do this by cutting a similar paper plate shape out of the brown construction paper and then cutting away the v shape, like above.

Or, depending on your child’s age, you can have them color their paper plate turkey craft brown with a washable marker or crayon.

turkey paper craft

Step 3: If you have a printer, print and cut the printable turkey template provided for the feet, nose, and beak.

If you don’t have a printer available, you or your child can simply draw the turkey’s feet, nose, and beak on paper of your choice. And then skip steps 4 and 5.

how to make a turkey with a paper plate

Step 4: Using the template provided, trace the template in the yellow foam sheet and cut out the beak and feet.

how to make a turkey from a paper plate

Step 5: Trace the nose template on the red felt paper. Honestly, any red color paper works for this! Whether that be red construction paper, red felt, or cardstock.

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Step 6: Now it’s time to assemble your turkey! Attach the feet, nose, beak, and googly eyes to the 3d turkey cone using the glue of your choice.

make a turkey out of paper plates

Step 7: Now it’s time to prepare the pipe cleaner feathers for the turkey. Grab a few pipe cleaners in the colors of your choice. (You can use as many as you can and colors you want.) Fold them in half.

Attach them to the back of the turkey using a glue gun or by poking a hole into the back of the turkey. Push the pipe cleaners through and then twist the pipe cleaners on the inside to make them stay.

paper plate turkey crafts for preschoolers

Thanksgiving Paper Plate Turkey Craft- Summary

So there you have it! Your very own, easy-to-follow guide on how to make a turkey out of a paper plate. All that’s left now is for you to get creative and start crafting your own turkeys. We can’t wait to see the amazing Thanksgiving centerpieces you come up with.

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