Up next in our star-studded Thanksgiving DIY series is Merrilee Liddiard, author of Mer Mag and  crafty mom to three of the cutest kids I’ve ever seen. She put together this precious project that’s just as easy as it is adorable… without further ado, take it away Merrilee!

My kids love having fun, festive entertainment at the Thanksgiving table. And I love it when those details make a simple, decorative statement while being super easy to make. These playful turkeys — made from paper cups and scraps of colorful paper — are just that…

  • Turkey template
  • Paper cups
  • Colorful construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Paint or markers

  1. Start by printing and cutting out the turkey head and feathers template. Trace stencils onto colorful paper as shown, and cut out. Assemble the turkey head by placing the eyes, beak, and dewlap onto turkey head, then cut small slit out of the bottom of the head at an angle.
  2. Lay out six feathers – three on either side of your turkey head.
  3. Cut a small slit at the base of each feather at an angle, as pictured.
  4. Paint or drawn on feather veins.
  5. Assemble the turkey by placing head and feathers onto the edges of cup

For a complete interactive Thanksgiving setting for the little ones, pair these turkeys with printable place mats from Mer Mag. You’ll love seeing what your kiddos write or draw, and your heart will warm at seeing their gratitude!

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Comments (12)
  1. 1
    Katerina Kosta November 18, 2013 at 6:46 am

    I had to re-read the entire post because I was amazed by the sweetness of those children..My son will love this craft!

  2. 2
    Saci November 18, 2013 at 6:58 am

    soo so cute! 🙂

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  3. 3
    aleandtere November 18, 2013 at 6:58 am

    What a great project!!! We have a few kids coming over for thanksgiving and this would keep them busy until it’s time to chow down! thanks for the idea!

  4. 4
    Molly {Dreams in HD} November 18, 2013 at 7:34 am

    oh my gosh this is absolutely adorable!

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  5. 5
    Erin | House of Earnest November 19, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Her photos are always amazing! Great project for the kiddos!

    Last year my pipe cleaner project went a little haywire, so maybe I’ll keep the pokey wire pieces away from the kiddos this year… oh craft casualties.

  6. 6
    Stacia November 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    What a great little project. These look easy enough to make for big family dinners where there are a lot of younger kids that might need something to entertain them while the grown ups eat for hours.

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    Vanessa November 15, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    How can I get this template, is really cute.



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