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Paper Bag Turkey Tutorial

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Paper Bag Turkey Tutorial Kids Craft My Personal Accent Crafts for Kids Thanksgiving

The holiday is my favorite time to craft with my kids. Bubby, who is turned 4 today is just now starting to appreciate them more, and Rainbow, who is 8, is one of the most creative kids I have ever met! Give her a craft and she will give you HER version of the craft. She definitely demonstrated this today in our Paper Bag Turkey tutorial.

I actually did this craft a few years ago as a class activity when Rainbow was in 2nd grade. It was a ton of fun and the kids absolutely loved it. It is easy enough for them to do without much help, but complex enough to make them feel like they are really making something! Plus, they really love running around and playing with their turkeys when they are done.

Have you done any thanksgiving crafts with your kids yet? If not, you must give this a try. They will love it! And pretty much kids of all ages can do it.

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  • Paper Bags (.02 cents each, 48 in a bag for $1)
  • Plastic Spoons (.02 cents each, 48 in a bag for $1)
  • Googly Eyes (.10 cents a pair, 20 in a bag for $1)
  • 3 pieces of felt paper (red, orange, blue, .25 cents each)
  • Paint (for feathers and brown for turkey face, $1 for brown paint,
    $1 for kids paint set with leftovers for later)
  • Glue (any glue will work, we used a hot glue gun for extra staying power, $1)

Total Cost (used): $1.18
Total Cost (supplies): $6.75 (and you could make a whole classroom of turkeys for this cost)
Total Time to Craft: 30 minutes or less (this includes painting drying time)

Paper Bag Turkey Tutorial Kids Craft My Personal Accent Crafts for Kids Thanksgiving

Paper Bag Turkey Tutorial Kids Craft My Personal Accent Crafts for Kids Thanksgiving Directions Header

Paper Bag Turkey Tutorial Kids Craft My Personal Accent Crafts for Kids Thanksgiving

The first step is to paint your spoons. You can hold them at the bottom to make it easier to paint since the bottom will not be showing.

Paper Bag Turkey Tutorial Kids Craft My Personal Accent Crafts for Kids Thanksgiving

Let the kids color their bags while they wait for the spoons to dry. When I asked Rainbow why she was coloring hers black she said “Turkeys are black. Everyone makes them brown but they are black!” I can’t argue with her on that one… she is right.

Paper Bag Turkey Tutorial Kids Craft My Personal Accent Crafts for Kids Thanksgiving

The older kids can cut out their own shapes while the little ones can help you. You will need a triangle for the beak in orange, a curved shape for the waddle in red, a color of your choice to cut out the bow tie which is basically two triangles on their sides connected in the middle, and orange for the turkey feet!

Paper Bag Turkey Tutorial Kids Craft My Personal Accent Crafts for Kids Thanksgiving

Bubby’s turkey pieces on the left and Rainbow’s turkey pieces on the right.

Paper Bag Turkey Tutorial Kids Craft My Personal Accent Crafts for Kids Thanksgiving Rainbow

I found the easiest way to cut out the waddle was to put your cut out beak on the felt paper and cut around it in a way you would want the waddle to look. In generally hangs down and curls up around the beak.

Paper Bag Turkey Tutorial Kids Craft My Personal Accent Crafts for Kids Thanksgiving

Fold the paper bag over and make a soft crease where you want the feathers to end. This will give the kids a line to cut to.

Paper Bag Turkey Tutorial Kids Craft My Personal Accent Crafts for Kids Thanksgiving

Once the lines are cut they can start painting the strips, aka the feathers. If the kids are impatient and do not want to wait for them to dry (I learned this the hard way!) you can go ahead and stuff your turkey, tie the bag off, and then paint the feathers. They can continue to work on the turkey this way while it dries. You can see the steps done this way in the video below.

Paper Bag Turkey Tutorial Kids Craft My Personal Accent Crafts for Kids Thanksgiving

Take any number of items and stuff the turkey! We used balled up plastic grocery bags but you could also use extra paper bags, paper towels, or even polyfill stuffing!

Paper Bag Turkey Tutorial Kids Craft My Personal Accent Crafts for Kids Thanksgiving

Tie a rubber band around the turkey’s feathers; the tighter the better. With Rainbow’s turkey we used a strong rubber band and the feathers looked great, with a weaker rubber band they may not stand up perfectly. You can remedy this by dabbing a little glue near the bottom and pushing it against the base.

Paper Bag Turkey Tutorial Kids Craft My Personal Accent Crafts for Kids Thanksgiving

Now it’s time to put the face together! Glue the waddle on first, then the beak, and finally the eyes.

Paper Bag Turkey Tutorial Kids Craft My Personal Accent Crafts for Kids Thanksgiving

Make a small hole on the top of the bag. I suggest you use scissors and pinch the bag a bit and cut a hole. Forcing the spoon through even a small hole may cause the bag to rip. Once you have your turkey head all set up, it is time to glue on his bow tie and feet!

Paper Bag Turkey Tutorial Kids Craft My Personal Accent Crafts for Kids Thanksgiving Bubby

As you can see, Bubby is enthralled with his new turkey. In fact, he took it to bed with him!

Paper Bag Turkey Tutorial Kids Craft My Personal Accent Crafts for Kids Thanksgiving Rainbow

As you can see, the ever creative Rainbow took hers even more seriously! I allowed her to rummage through my craft boxes and she added a skirt, necklace, and bow to her beautiful turkey! Keep scrolling to watch her make this gorgeous turkey!

We hope you enjoyed spending a night in with us and making paper bag turkeys! As you see, just a touch of creativity can create many ripples and Rainbow demonstrated her very own Personal Accent!

Which one is your favorite turkey?

Amber Galore

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