Turkey Craft for Kids
unique turkey craft for kids is made by weaving yarn on a paper plate
to create a beautiful wall hanging for Thanksgiving. Weaving
can be done by young children, and is very beneficial because it helps
with fine motor skills. This craft also teaches a bit of
patience, because it does take some time to make a full, weaved
tail. This project works well for school art classes, since
students can work on the weaving a little bit each day.
Students can decorate the paper plate in any way they choose, and
choose the color and texture of yarn they use so each turkey will be
unique! There are so many fun textures of yarn to choose
from, or you can try weaving ribbon too. If you want the
project to go quicker, choose a big, thick bulky yarn. This
turkey craft for kids will look great displayed using a plate holder or
hanging on the door.
Needed for this Turkey Craft for Kids:
- Very sturdy paper plate,
such as Chinet
- Paints, markers, or crayons
- Paintbrush (optional)
- Yarn or ribbon, in colors of
- Two googly eyes
- Red ric-rac ribbon trim
- Two small feathers (optional)
- Yellow Foamie sheet
1. This turkey craft for kids must be created using a sturdy paper
plate. It cannot bend easily. The Chinet brand of
plates works great!
2. The first step is to make slits along the edge of the plate, to
secure the yarn base. Using the ruler, make marks around half
of the plate, in equal distances from each other, to form the
tail. The tail here had 12 marks, and were 1.5 inches
apart. At the bottom of the plate where the turkey's feet
will be, mark two lines, about one inch apart.
3. Using your scissors, make slits about 1/2 inch deep, into the plate
on all the marks.
4. Paint or color the base of your plate if you
choose. A white plate looks great too! On my turkey I decided
to paint a little fall field. Allow the plate to dry.
5. Choose a color of yarn for the base. Brown or black work
best. Wrap the yarn around the plate, starting at the left
foot and threading it through the left slit of the tail, as
shown. Secure the yarn by tying it in a knot on the back of
6. To create the rest of the base, you will want to wind the
yarn all around the plate, going through each tail slit only once, but
continuing to secure the yarn through the bottom leg slits.
Use the photos for help.
7. When you get to the top of the plate, start winding the
yarn through the tail slits but securing the yarn through the right
8. When you are done with the base, secure the yarn by tying
it off in the back.
9. Turkey craft for kids: Let the weaving begin!
You will start at the edge of the plate. Cut off about two
arm-lengths of yarn. Secure it to the first yarn string but
tying it in a knot and cutting off the excess tail. Then,
begin weaving it through the yarn, up and over, up and over.
10. When you weaved it through, push the yarn up to the edge
of the plate with your fingers. Do this occasionally as you
weave to keep everything nice and tight.
11. When you get near the end of your yarn, secure it by
tying it in a knot to the yarn base. Always do this on the
edge yarn strings, not in the middle. We wouldn't want to
mess up the look of the tail, right?
12. Continue weaving, and alternating colors as your choose.
13. When you are finished with the tail, wrap yarn around the base to
create a turkey body and knot it to secure. Once knotted,
move the knot to the back of the body so you can't see it.
14. Continue to wrap the yarn up and around to form a body.
Use the picture for help.
14. You can create a tapered head by not including all the
strands each time as you wrap (see photo).
15. To create a turkey face, glue on googly eyes.
To create a turkey wattle and comb, I used a small piece of red ric-rac
ribbon trim. For the beak, I used a small triangle of Foamie
board. I glued two small red craft feathers for the wings,
but you could easily use Foamie sheets for wings too.
16. This turkey craft for
kids can be displayed on a window, a door, or on the
Thanksgiving table this year.
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