Start your Thanksgiving crafting with a fun paper cup turkey craft. It uses materials that you already have in your household: a paper cup, a paper plate and yarn. Plus, it’s simple and super cute.
Your preschooler may need a bit of help with the yarn weaving but your kindergartner or older kid will be able to pull the craft off on his/her own.
This turkey will look great on the mantel as a holiday decoration or you can also use it as a Thanksgiving table centerpiece. I’m sure the kids will be so proud when guests admire their paper cup turkey craft.
We’ve used quite a few paper cups this fall for our Halloween characters. They turned out so adorable that we decided to include them more in our crafting. Our turkey may not have a glowing nose like the witches, ghosts, Jack’O’Lanterns or Frankenstein but we gave it a colorful paper plate tail instead. The paper plate yarn weaving tail was inspired by this adorable turkey craft that we absolutely love.
Paper plate crafts are among our favorites. What can be more fun than a sturdy material that can be painted or cut and turned into anything you can dream of?
Paper cup turkey craft
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- white paper cup
- paper plate
- orange and yellow ochre craft paint
- googly eyes
- red and yellow paper
How to make a paper cup turkey craft
While you wait for the paint has dried completely, trace the turkey beak on yellow paper and the snood on red paper. Cut the beak and snood out and glue them on the paper cup. Add the googly eyes, too.
Cut the bottom of the paper plate and paint it orange. Set it aside to dry.
Once the paper plate is dry, cut slits around the paper plate.
You can use one color yarn for the tail or alternate several colors. We used three four colors: yellow, two shades of red and light purple.
Tape one end of your yarn to the back of the paper plate and start weaving through the slits in the paper plate. If you’re using several colors, like we did, tape the end of your first yarn to the back of the paper plate and move on to the next color yarn.
Glue the paper plate to the back of the paper cup and secure them together with a clothespin for a while, until they stick together. As an alternative, you can use hot glue or low temp glue, if kids want to do the gluing.