The turkey is a highlight of the traditional Thanksgiving feast and a perennial favorite image for Thanksgiving crafters of all ages. Why not create a tissue paper turkey with some of your favorite youngsters for Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving tissue paper turkeys are fun to make for Thanksgiving parties in preschool, kindergarten and other classes. The Thanksgiving tissue paper turkey craft is also ideal for family gatherings, Sunday schools and neighborhood Thanksgiving celebrations.
What materials will you need to make a Thanksgiving tissue paper turkey?
For each Thanksgiving tissue paper turkey, you will need:
1 sheet plain cardboard or cardstock (8 ½” x 12″)
1 large (dinner sized) paper plate
7 small (dessert-sized) paper plates
Several sheets of tissue wrapping paper (in autumn colors)
1 sheet brown construction paper (may be shared)
1 sheet red construction paper (may be shared)
1 pair of googly eyes (optional)
1 autumn-colored ribbon (12 inches long)
Follow these simple instructions tomake a Thanksgiving tissue paper turkey.
Place a sheet of plain cardboard or cardstock (aligned vertically) on a table or flat surface. Glue one large (dinner-sized) paper plate to the bottom of the cardboard, covering both bottom corners. This large paper plate will serve as the Thanksgiving turkey’s body.
Arrange sis smaller (dessert-sized) paper plates in a fan-like pattern around the top and side edges to form the Thanksgiving turkey’s feathers. Glue small paper plates in place.
Glue the seventh smaller (dessert-sized) paper plate to the very top of the larger paper plate, forming the Thanksgiving turkey’s head.
Carefully cut autumn-colored (red, orange, gold, tan and brown) tissue wrapping paper into small (4″ to 6″) squares. Crinkle tissue paper squares individually, and glue them onto paper plates in a desired pattern. Many will choose to cover each paper plate with its own color, but this is not essential. Creative crafting depends upon the imagination, after all.
Cut a turkey beak (a simple triangle) from brown construction paper. Cut a turkey waddle (a simple thumb-tracing will do) from red construction paper. Glue the beak and waddle to the Thanksgiving turkey’s face.
Glue on googly eyes.
Fold the ribbon in half, and glue the ends to the back of the Thanksgiving tissue paper turkey to serve as a hanging loop. Hang the Thanksgiving tissue paper turkey in a prominent spot to add to your Turkey Day decor.