Get the kids excited for Thanksgiving with a fun paper plate turkey wreath that can be used to decorate the mantel or hung on a doorknob. If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving dinner and need to keep the kids busy while you’re cooking, now it’s a good time to start planning a few activities for them. This craft is super easy to make and the result is really darling, so colorful and cute.
We love using paper plates for our Thanksgiving crafts and have turned so many into turkeys.
I make sure that we always have white paper plates at hand in our house for any craft idea we may have. But if you want to skip the painting step, you can start with a brown paper plate.
The idea of using circles to decorate the paper plate’s rim and create the turkey’s feathers, came after we saw how adorable our 3D fall tree craft turned out.
Paper plate turkey wreath
This paper plate Thanksgiving craft is perfect for you to use all those paper scraps.
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- paper plate
- brown paint
- paint brush or paint sponge
- circle punch
- cardstock paper of different colors
- big googly eyes
Step 1: Start by painting the paper plate rim brown. You can use a paint brush or a paint sponge. We prefer using paint sponges to paint our paper plates as it’s easier and faster. Set the paper plate aside to dry completely.
Step 2: Cut out the center circle of the paper plate.
Step 3: Use a circle punch to make several paper circles out of the orange, yellow, red, brown and purple cardstock paper. (Feel free to use any other colors). Fold all the circles in half.
Step 4: Glue the paper circles along the paper plate rim with the folded side up. Alternate the colors and leave room for the turkey head at the bottom of the paper plate.
Step 5: Cut out a circle from brown cardstock paper for the turkey head as well as an orange beak and a red snood. Glue your big googly eyes, snood and beak onto the turkey face.
Finish your craft by gluing or stapling the turkey head onto the bottom of the paper plate.