This coffee filter turkey craft wobbles adorably and has a brightly colored tie-dyed look. Add this to your Thanksgiving craft list for sure!
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I discovered this adorable
new storybook, The Very Stuffed Turkey by Katharine Kenah (affiliate). It’s about a little turkey who goes visits five homes on Thanksgiving. Along the way, he encounters various traditions, and of course, eats too much.
My turkey doesn’t look anything like illustrator Binny Talb’s lovable bird. Still, I think doing a turkey craft after reading the story is a fair pairing.
While you craft, you can talk about family traditions and holiday plans.
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Coffee Filter Turkey Craft
There are a lot of coffee filter turkeys out there, but I had an idea for one that was a little different.
I wanted mine to be a brightly colored and 3-D turkey!
The bright colors part was actually pretty easy, but making the feathers 3-D was more of a challenge…
When I started out making it, the filter went flat when I colored it. I had to experiment to figure out how to get it to hold its shape. Read on for the trick…
You won’t need to break out your glue gun or open up any acrylic paint for this coffee filter turkey craft – yay! And I’ll share a tip for making a washable version – you’re welcome 🙂
Here’s what you’ll need:
- White coffee filter
- Construction paper (brown or tan, orange, and yellow)
- Googly eyes
- Liquid food color or liquid watercolor (see below)
- Paper towels
We made these homemade liquid watercolors out of washable markers. It takes some advanced prep, but very little hands-on time. They won’t give you quite as bright an effect, but they should be washable.
The trick to getting the filter to hold its shape is painting it while it’s folded.
Color the Feathers
- First, you fold a dry coffee filter into itself and tape it, as shown below. It’s kind of fiddly to do, but not hard. Try not to worry about making it perfect.
- Then, set the folded filter on a paper towel or two.
- Next, drop the liquid watercolor or food coloring onto the filter. It’s fun to watch as the colors blend together! Once you’re satisfied, let it dry undisturbed.
Make the Rest of the Turkey
- Meanwhile, cut out all the turkey body pieces. You will want:
- a large brown circle for the body and a smaller brown circle for the head
- a long orange wattle (a.k.a. gobbler)
- a yellow diamond shape to fold in half for the nose
- orange legs with feet
- Next, glue the googly eyes, paper beak, and gobbler to the head, and the legs to the body.
- Now, go ahead and attach the turkey’s head to the body: First, accordion-fold a strip of paper. Then tape it to the body on one side and the head on the other. Here’s a side-view closeup:
Put Your Coffee Filter Turkey Craft Together
- When your filter is totally dry, open it up and cut off the bottom so that the turkey body nestles into his wings as shown.
- Finally, glue the body onto the colored coffee filter. You’re ready to gobble gobble!
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This post is part of the Kids Are Thankful blog hop. Several other bloggers and I have teamed up to share Thanksgiving-themed storybooks with related crafts and activities. Go see which one is your favorite!