Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids: Coffee Filter Turkey Craft

One of our go-to and super easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids is this coffee filter turkey craft! With just a little painting, cutting, and gluing, you’ve got some colorful decorations for Thanksgiving! This post includes a free printable turkey template.

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Easy Thanksgiving Craft: Coffee Filter Turkey Art for Kids



*This post was originally published on October 5, 2014 and has since been updated.

Last year the kid and I made these beaded napkin rings for our Thanksgiving dinner. This year we’re making these coffee filter turkeys! My students always loved making these each year so I thought we’d make some here at home. (This post contains affiliate links.)




Coffee Filter Turkey Craft for Kids

Materials for Turkey Craft

Directions for Turkey Craft

1. Start by painting you’re white coffee filter with the watercolors. We did different designs, patterns, and stripes. (We always paint our coffee filters on a few sheets of newspaper. It helps soak up the water fairy quickly and keeps things from getting too messy.)


painting the coffee filter for turkey craft for kids


2. While your coffee filters are drying, prepare your construction paper pieces. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Two orange legs- 1 inch x 5 inches
  • Two brown circles- one with a 5 inch diameter and one with a 2 1/2 inch diameter. (You can use our free template to make your own tracers or simply print the circles out onto brown paper directly.)

free template for turkey craft for kids


3. Once your coffee filter is dry, glue the large brown circle onto it for the turkey body and the smaller brown circle for the head.


glue your two circles to your turkey craft for kids


4. Accordion fold the two legs and glue them onto the turkey.


glue on the orange legs to the turkey craft for kids


5. Now it’s time to add the details. Add whatever you want! We cut out little feet, a beak and some eyes and glued them to our turkey. You’re finished!


Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids: Coffee Filter Turkey Craft for Kids~ BuggyandBuddy.com

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids: Coffee Filter Turkey Craft~ BuggyandBuddy.com


Thanksgiving Craft for Kids: Coffee Filter Turkey Art Project (with template)- easy activity for preschool, kindergarten, and on up! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com


  1. This is so cute. We make something similar except we use a salad spinner. It is so much fun and each turkey comes out unique. I would love to send you a photo if you would like, i just don’t know how.

  2. This is si cute! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is super cute 🙂 I’m off to share it on my FB page now x

  4. What a cute little turkey! Thanks for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! We hope you stop by again next week!

  5. Love the colorful turkey! Featured you on Mom’s Library this week!


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