do it yourself: paper plate turkey

Learn how to turn a paper plate into a turkey designed by you! Once you’re done, you can share your turkey with friends and family this Thanksgiving! To download a printable PDF version of this DIY tutorial, click here.

Guidelines + Materials

AGE: 4+ (with adult support)

TIME FRAME: 30 minutes


  • 1 paper plate
  • Construction paper
  • 2 Googly eyes
  • Glue Stick
  • Crayons
  • Scissors


1. Color the plate. Color the paper plate brown (or any other color)!

2. Make the feathers. Cut the long strips of construction paper in half and then round out one end to make the feather shapes. Use a crayon to draw the rounded feather end before cutting.

3. Cut the turkey’s features. Cut a small triangle out of the yellow construction paper for the beak, a large peanut shape from the brown for the neck/head, a small peanut shape out of the red for the waddle and 2 feet from the orange paper. Use the crayon to draw the shapes before cutting.

4. Arrange and glue the turkey. Fan out and glue the feathers onto the front of the paper plate. Glue the head over the feathers to covers up the flat edge of the feathers. Then glue on the waddle and beak, and put on the sticky eyes. Lastly, glue the feet to the back of the paper plate. Your turkey is complete!

This activity is made possible by a partnership between Seaport Village and The New Children’s Museum’s Studio by the Bay.

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