Stuffed Paper Bag Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Stuffed Paper Bag Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Using a stuffed paper bag to make a Thanksgiving turkey craft is a genius idea to make some low cost decorations.

The kids will have a great time ripping and scrunching up paper, and there is plenty of cutting and gluing to test out their motor skills at the same time in this easy project.

Read on for step by step instructions on how to make your own paper bag turkey decorations. Including photos and videos to help you along.


Prepare Your Craft Area

Your paper bag turkey will be made entirely out of paper. But you will need a handful of other fiddly materials.

Best to prepare a clear area with your materials off to the side. If you have a toddler and they get hold of the string then things could get messy!

Plus it is also safe to keep the scissors out of reach.

Stuffed Paper Bag Turkey Craft Materials

Paper Bag Thanksgiving Turkey Craft Video Demonstration

Before we jump into the written instructions the video below will give you a quick demonstration for how your stuffed turkey craft will come together.

Watching this in full before starting will help you understand the full process so you stay on track when guiding your kids.


  • Bond Paper
  • Paper Bag
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • String
  • Old Newspaper or Magazine


  • Scissors
  • Marker


Stage 1: Fill the Paper Bag with Crumpled Paper

  1. Step 1 – Tear up some pages from an old newspaper or magazine (if you still buy them?!) and stuff it in the brown paper bag until it is half full. This will form the body of the turkey.Step 1
  2. Step 2 – Tie the opening of the paper bag tightly with string to form a thin neck-like shape that stays narrow all the way to the top of the bag.Step 2
  3. Step 3 – Tear up some additional pieces of newspaper and stuff into the small cavity created above the string to create a ball shape at the top of the neck.Step 3
  4. Step 4 – Seal the top of the bag using glue. This will allow you to mold it into a round shape to make the head of the turkey.Step 4

Stage 2: Cut the Features of the Turkey

  1. Step 5 – Using a marker draw two eyes on white paper and cut into two small circles.
  2. Step 6 – Using yellow paper, cut a small triangle for the Turkey’s beak.Step 5
  3. Step 7 – Then with red or orange paper cut a small J shape for the snood of the turkey to hang underneath the beak area.
  4. Step 8 – Trace a long oblong shape on colored paper.Step 6
  5. Step 9 – Place on top of a multicolored stack of paper and proceed to cut out the shape. This will give you multiple cuts of the same shape to create a colorful array of feathers for your turkey.Step 7

Stage 3: Assemble the Turkey Features on your Paper Bag

  1. Step 10 – Glue the facial features of the turkey; eyes, beak, and snood.Step 8
  2. Step 10 – Arrange the feathers and glue together to create your turkey tail.Step 9
  3. Step 11 – Attach the feathers at the back of the paper bag on the opposite side of your turkey face using tape.Step 10
  4. Step 12 – Your stuffed paper bag Thanksgiving turkey craft is now complete and ready for decoration!

Why Make A Stuffed Paper Bag Turkey

These are cheap to make, and can be a large decoration depending on the size of your paper bag.

You can make a few of these to scatter around the house as part of your Thanksgiving decorations, and you may even want to make a larger one for a Thanksgiving centerpiece.

More Thanksgiving Crafts

If you are looking for more ideas that your kids can enjoy then check out our full list of Thanksgiving craft ideas.

These are all suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Here is a sample of some of our other projects:


Final Word

You can get very creative with these stuffed paper bag turkeys, and your kids can go crazy with the colors and some googly facial features if they wish.

Most importantly it is a great way to get your kids involved in the Thanksgiving celebrations, and have some ownership in the day.


DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Pop Up Card

DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Pop Up Card

Here’s an easy DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Pop Up Card that pops right up to wish kids a Happy Thanksgiving Day!

A favorite activity in our home during the holidays is making homemade cards.  My daughter enjoys getting creative and sending cards to family and friends.  This week we are making pop up turkey cards to send for Thanksgiving to our out of town family.


Materials used:

  • Green cardstock
  • Construction papers 8 x 11 inches or A4 size – Yellow, Orange, Red, Brown
  • Markers – Black & Orange
  • Glue stick & glue
  • White circle dot stickers
  • Scissors
  • Washi tape for the card borders


Steps to create the DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Pop Up Card:

Start by folding the letter sized cardstock in half. We used a green card, but you could use any Fall color.

Cut out long rectangle strips from the construction papers. Cut the red 4 inches wide, orange 3 inches wide, and yellow 2 inches wide. We cut along the long edge of the Letter sized papers. Start making equal-sized folds in an accordion-style along the long edge.

Make sure the folds line up correctly when placed on top of each other. Line them up by their width.

To make the turkey body, cut a 5-inch square out of brown paper. Fold in half and trace a design as shown in the pic above. Notice that the lower part of the bird has a diagonal cut that will be folded

Cut out a small orange beak and a red wattle. Stick on white circle stickers and add an eye using markers.

Stick on the eyes, a beak, and a wattle to the turkey body. Fold a small triangle at the bottom of the turkey’s body.

Line the turkey’s body along the center of the card. Stick on one side and fold the card to stick the other end.

Stick the accordion fold paper strips behind the turkey body. First the yellow, then orange and finally the red paper fold. We added some pumpkins and a greeting. and some claws for the turkey.

Tada your turkey popup card is ready.




Painted Pinecone Turkeys Thanksgiving Craft for Kids

Painted Pinecone Turkeys Thanksgiving Craft for Kids

My homepage is now all turkey! Between the cinnamon rolls/bacon turkey for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning, the chocolate peanut butter cup + pretzel sugar turkey (no doubt it will disappear long before we get close to dinner), and of course the pine cone turkey The crafts we shared include felted pinecone turkey and silky pinecone turkey…I mean, we were eliminated by the turkey!

Today I still have a pine cone turkey to share with you!

painted pinecone turkeys :: the perfect thanksgiving day craft!

these painted pinecone turkeys are super, super cute! the pinecone scales themselves become the colorful turkey feathers. this one really is so simple to make and required just a few simple supplies:

  1. pinecones. if you’ve got pine trees growing near your house, first of all – you’re lucky! your pinecones are free! secondly, you will undoubtedly have a lot to choose from, so choose the biggest and best for this craft. if you’re like me and have zero access to pinecones falling off the tree, you’re going to have to buy them, so look for big, beautiful, unbroken pinecones. you can find them at craft stores in mesh bags…usually scented, which is just an added bonus!
  2. paint. my favorite colors to use for anything fall-related are deep orange, red, yellow, and brown. since the pinecones are naturally brown you won’t need any of that paint color, but you should pick up some paint in the other fall colors you like.
  3. paint brushes (aff link). i started with the little foam brushes pictured below, but truth be told: i didn’t like them. they’re great for other projects, don’t get me wrong! but for this one, it is definitely better to go with a smaller paintbrush.
  4. pom poms (aff link). you’ll need little – medium size pom poms for the turkey’s face.
  5. googly eyes (aff link). and you’ll need to have some of these to make him look extra cute.
  6. scraps of felt. in both orange and red – orange for the beak, and red for the waddle.
  7. glue (aff link). just a little bit of white glue is needed to assemble the turkey’s face and then adhere it to the pinecone.


So let’s get to how to make these gorgeous painted pinecone turkeys! the first thing you need to do is start painting the pinecone scales. i started with yellow…

how to make a pinecone turkey

…then red…

red and yellow painted pinecone for a pinecone turkey craft

…and then finished off with orange paint. i left some of the scales natural because i thought their brown color looked so great with the red, yellow, and orange colors. when you’re painting the scales you want to make sure you are spreading each color around and not bunching all the reds in one area, etc. you need to try to disperse each color throughout. also, you will probably find that you need to do 2 coats of paint. after you do the first coat for each color you should then be able to do the second coat almost right away – the paint dries relatively quickly.

colorful turkey pinecone tutorial

now you need to make the turkey faces by gluing on two googly eyes. next, you’ll need to cut out a small triangle from your orange felt, and a waddle from your red felt. i just freehanded the waddle – a rounded shape at the bottom with a thinner pointed shape at the top.

pom pom turkey faces

there is a piece of pinecone that sticks out of the very top/front of the pinecone and you’ll need to carefully cut that off, and potentially a few scales as well, in order to nestle the turkey face at the front of the pinecone. add some glue to the back of the pom pom and hold it in place until it dries.

oh, just look how adorable he is!! he is going to look so great on our thanksgiving table! i think being a place card holder would be the perfect job for him!

cutest pinecone turkey!

i hope you enjoy the third installment of our three thanksgiving pinecone turkey crafts! they’ve all been so fun, and my kids just love them!

happy turkey day everyone!

A Banner Thanksgiving

A Banner Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving banner is made from items in your home, which is both festive and easy to make.


What You’ll Need:

Have your child gather objects from the pantry and the yard, such as dry beans, cinnamon sticks, twigs, and pinecones. You’ll also need 8 1/2 x 11 inch colored art paper, glue, scissors, pencil, tape, and raffia, yarn, or ribbon (to hang the garland).



Step One


Make a flag for each letter of your message. Fold in the corners on one end of a piece of paper, as shown, so that they meet in the middle.


Step Two


Fold in the long edges of the paper as if making a paper airplane. Make sharp creases so the flag looks neat and hangs straight.



Step Three


On the smooth side of each flag, print one letter of your message in pencil (we spelled out “Give Thanks”). Have your child glue objects onto each letter. Let dry.



Step Four


Cut a length of raffia (or yarn or ribbon) long enough to fit your message. To attach letters, have your child flip over each flag and fold the top portion down over the length of raffia. Tape to secure.




Step Five


To finish, knot a short length of raffia between each letter. To hang, use suction cups with attached hooks.



Handprint Thanksgiving Poem

Handprint Thanksgiving Poem

This Thanksgiving handprint poem reminds us of the true spirit of this season. You can also create your own leaves with things you are personally grateful for.


Governor William Bradford organized the first Thanksgiving feast and invited their Native American allies. When the guests of the Wampanoag Indians came to join the pilgrims, they decided to extend the feast, which lasted three days.

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or Markers
  • Glue
  1. Select a paper to signify one of the many cultures that make our country great and trace around each of your hands and cut out. Make sure the hands stay connected.
  2. Click on the printable patterns  and print out the poem and leaves. Color the leaves and fill in the things you are thankful for on the blank leaves.
  3. Cut out and glue on the hands using the photo as a reference. Hands can be folded in prayer and opened to read the poem.



Canadian Thanksgiving Mobile Craft

Canadian Thanksgiving Mobile Craft

On October 11, 2021, our Canadian neighbors celebrate Thanksgiving. To celebrate this celebration, the FreeKidsCrafts team specially designed a Thanksgiving phone for them. For young children, this is a simple and inexpensive craft.



The meaning of Thanksgiving is slightly different in Canada and the United States. Historically, in Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated to commemorate the journey from the explorer Martin Frobisher’s successful crossing of the Northwest Passage in 1578 to the time of the World War. Victory, and America’s focus is pilgrims and Mayflowers.



  • White Paper
  • String
  • Wire Coat Hanger
  • Hole Punch
  • Tape


  1. Click and cut out the components under Printables for your mobile.
  2. Punch holes in bottom of Canadian flag and tie string for Cornucopia, fruits and vegetables.
  3. Tape Flag to coat hanger and you have your mobile to swing in the breeze.