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Last Minute Craft: DIY Scrap Paper Turkey

Moms, keep your sanity with this last-minute Kids Craft: DIY Scrap Paper Thanksgiving Turkey | How I Sustain Blog

We LOVE crafts in this house. That’s right, friends, these two rough-and-tumble boys love running and deconstructing and playing with cars and making messes.. but the second they see a glue stick, they are fully focused on using that glue stick on paper. RIGHT NOW.

This week I promised Cal – MANY many times – that we would make a Thanksgiving craft to decorate our door. And when he asked for the 11th time (in 3 days) I finally said “yes” and we scrambled to gather the supplies to make it quickly before school.

This PDF is what I came up with.

It’s a fantastic way to use up scrap paper, old stacks of newspaper, old magazines. Honestly – anything you have on hand, cut it out, and give it to the kids. Imperfection is what makes this unique. Honestly, it’s going to look crazy anyway, so you might as well have fun with it!

Moms, keep your sanity with this last-minute Kids Craft: DIY Scrap Paper Thanksgiving Turkey | How I Sustain Blog

What you need:

  • 1 glue stick per child
  • Child safety scissors if they’re old enough to cut out paper
  • Scissors
  • A pencil or pen for tracing
  • Scrap paper in a variety of turkey-like colors
  • Optional: 2 googly eyes per turkey, if you have them

The instructions are simple:

  1. Print the PDF on thick paper, preferably cardstock if you can manage.
  2. Cut the paper to the size of the outer circle. That is the template for the turkey’s body.
  3. Trace the circle on a piece of brown paper, 8.5×11, preferably Kraft paper cardstock, then cut out the shape.
  4. Starting with the large feathers, cut the remaining pieces. If you have googly eyes, you can use those in place of the paper circle eyes. If you find the small feathers to be too small, you can skip them (though the benefit is that kids spend more time at the table when they have lots of pieces to glue!) OR use the set of 5 feathers to trace out larger shapes, then cut that shape into the size of the smaller feather. **NOTE** Stack several pieces of paper together to cut the feathers faster!
  5. Count out the pieces according to the PDF: 1 body, 1 nose, 2 eyes, 10 large feathers, 30 small feathers for each turkey. Add a glue stick and place the items in a plastic bag.
  6. Use it any time your kids are bored with grandma and/or in emergency situations like you need to cook and they need to get out of the kitchen. NOW.

If you have any questions, comment below.

I hope this saves you when you need it!! Happy holidays, mommas!