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How To Make A Paper Turkey

Updated on January 24, 2017

Paper turkeys are simple craft decorations to make for the Thanksgiving holiday. Yes, you can even make several paper turkeys and have a puppet show so your feathered friends can "gobble, gobble" at each other at the table, but some people might consider that bad table manners! So before your Thanksgiving Day meal begins, I suggest you run around the house and look for some used computer paper or any used paper with a blank side will do. I am all about the environment-friendly crafts, so I insist on using the blank side of paper if you can do it! Now all you have to do is trace around your hand on the blank side of the paper to make the turkey decoration. You can use markers, colored pencils, or crayons to decorate your hand tracings, and the fingers on these will be the feathers of the turkey. Cut out your papers turkeys when you are done, and it is time to gobble down some Thanksgiving dinner. Gobble, gobble! Also, paper turkeys are vegan-friendly, which is something that appeals to me since I started eating a plant-based diet.

Here is a video I made about how to create a paper turkey decoration for Thanksgiving. Gobble turkey starring in this video is the same paper turkey that I made for this craft tutorial. You could even make several paper turkeys and have a puppet show as I suggested earlier, but many people might not like that at the table.

Make A Paper Turkey

The paper turkey is made by simply tracing around your hand on the blank side of a sheet of paper.
The paper turkey is made by simply tracing around your hand on the blank side of a sheet of paper.
Trace around your hand on the sheet of paper.
Trace around your hand on the sheet of paper.
Color in the first two fingers on the hand tracing, which will be the "feathers" on Gobble, Gobble turkey.
Color in the first two fingers on the hand tracing, which will be the "feathers" on Gobble, Gobble turkey.
Notice how I created a pattern with the "feathers" of tan and brown colored pencils.
Notice how I created a pattern with the "feathers" of tan and brown colored pencils.
Continue coloring in the "feathers on your turkey.
Continue coloring in the "feathers on your turkey.
The thumb of the turkey will be the head of the turkey.
The thumb of the turkey will be the head of the turkey.
Another picture of Mr. Gobble Turkey.
Another picture of Mr. Gobble Turkey.
Here is another picture of our beloved turkey.
Here is another picture of our beloved turkey.
Yet another picture of the special paper decorative turkey.
Yet another picture of the special paper decorative turkey.
Notice how the main part of the hand tracing is left blank since the main part of my turkey's body has white feathers, but you can make your turkey any color you like.  I just wanted to color in the "feathers" and the head on my turkey.
Notice how the main part of the hand tracing is left blank since the main part of my turkey's body has white feathers, but you can make your turkey any color you like. I just wanted to color in the "feathers" and the head on my turkey.
My paper turkey is ready to cut out
My paper turkey is ready to cut out
Here I am cutting out my paper turkey.
Here I am cutting out my paper turkey.
Here is what my turkey looks like now that he is cut out.
Here is what my turkey looks like now that he is cut out.
Now I can write a script for my paper turkey puppet show.
Now I can write a script for my paper turkey puppet show.
Here is Mr. Gobble, Gobble turkey's close-up before he goes on the screen.  Happy Thanksgiving!
Here is Mr. Gobble, Gobble turkey's close-up before he goes on the screen. Happy Thanksgiving!

Make Your Own Paper Turkeys

Make sure you have blank paper, pencils, markers, and colored pencils for making your own paper turkey decorations for Thanksgiving!

Have you ever made a paper turkey for Thanksgiving?

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hello, Hello,

      I always appreciate your sincere comments :).

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      A super hub and I enjoyed reading an watching the development of the paper turkey. You are fantastic.

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Susannah42,

      This is a great project even for small kids, and they can color in their turkey with crayons.

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      susannah42 7 years ago from Florida

      You did a great job of explaining how to make them. I am visiting with my neices and nephews this week and now I have a project for them. Thanks. Love your hubs.

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks everyone!

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      That's a nice and creative creation .

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Julia, These are so cute and you did a great job with the instructions. My grand daughter would love to make them.

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      C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

      Julia,

      Looks like your gobble gobble would be a fun way to spend time with the children during family get together. Nice idea and keep up your recycling efforts, love this!

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      ThisGirlsOpinion 7 years ago

      I love gobble, gobble turkey! Excellent!

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