Gobble Gobble!! It’s turkey time again and what better way to use up those toilet paper rolls you have been saving than by making this super cute turkey hand print craft with your kids! It would make a fabulous centerpiece for your table. As a matter of fact you could even make one for each member of your family and have a whole flock for your Thanksgiving dinner! You guys know the drill… grab up your supplies and grab your kids and let’s have a great time!!
Turkey Hand Print Craft – Thanksgiving Craft with Kids
- empty toilet paper roll
- googly eyes
- red, orange and brown card stock or construction paper
- fall colored patterned paper (I used 12×12 sheets of scrapbook paper from Dollar Tree)
- Glue stick
1) Cut a piece of brown paper big enough to fit around your toilet paper roll. Don’t worry about getting it perfect, you can always cut away the extra sticking off the end. You can skip this whole step and just use a toilet paper roll if you want. It is brownish in color and would work without any paper. Unless you’re a little picky like me, the lines on the roll would drive me nuts! LOL
2) Use your glue stick and cover the piece of brown paper and roll it around the toilet paper roll. I let it dry for a bit after this because it kept wanting to unroll. While your brown paper is drying on the roll you can get your googly eyes ready and you still need to cut out the beak and the major caruncles (that is what that red dangly thing is called that hangs by the turkeys neck). So go ahead and get those cut out.
Just make a triangle for the beak and cut out a rectangle for the red hangy thing and then cut waves in the side of the rectangle. That’s the easiest way I could figure out how to make the red part! Cut two more triangles out of the orange paper and make toes on them for the feet.
3) After you get that made you can trace your child’s hand on the back of the fall colored patterned paper and begin cutting them out. We ended up using 4 different papers and they all fit on the back of the turkey and looked great. If they are old enough they can cut their own hands out and of course you will want to help the younger ones. Once you get the hands cut out your toilet paper roll should be dry enough to start gluing it together.
4) Glue on the eyes, beak and red thing first and then flip over the roll to glue on the hand prints. Start by gluing two hand prints fingers facing outwards at the bottom of the back of your roll. Then go about an inch and glue on another pair of hand prints. Keep going a little farther up until you run out of hand prints.
5) All you need to do now is add the feet. We actually made the feet really long and then tucked them up and glued them to the inside of the roll at the bottom. Now you have a perfectly adorable turkey and a great memory with your kids. These would make a really cute gift to take to Grandma and Grandpa on Thanksgiving day!!
Have fun creating with the kids!
I have a ton of Kid Craft ideas be sure to check them out!