Chipper Recycle Crafts: 5 Ways to Make a Turkey!

November 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm Leave a comment

Turkey Day is in just two days! Looking for some fun recycle Turkey crafts for this kids to make? Try out one of these recycled turkeys! They are fun and easy to create and make cute decorations or table settings. Plus, these crafts incorporate teaching your child about being grateful for what they have and encourage them to think about all the things they are thankful for!

1. Thankful Turkey Decoration

  • Paper Plate
  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Sauce container or cut bottom half from paper cup
  • Colored Paper or white recycle paper
  • Markers or Crayons
  • Helping Hand Download
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or tape (Double-sided Tape is the best!

First create the Turkey body! Wrap brown paper around toilet paper roll and secure with tape. Or you can just color it brown depending on what you have on hand. Then cut out eyes, a beak and a waddle and use glue stick or small pieces of double-sided tape to secure on paper roll.

Make the hat using a black piece of paper or color white recycled paper cut into a circle and a colored sauce cup (or use the bottom half of a paper or Styrofoam cup–use permanent marker for this so black won’t rub off). Use a helping hand or just trace your little one’s hand using color paper or white paper then color, cut out and attach with glue for the feet base.

Now it’s time to get colorful! Color your paper plate as desired . Then cut out feathers from various colored paper or from white recycle paper and color for feathers. On each feather, have your little one write something they are grateful or thankful for.

Attach to your paper plate using tape or glue once your done. Then attach to your turkey body and voila! You have a Thankful Turkey Decoration!

2. Helping Hands Turkey

  • Paper Plate
  • Helping Hand Download
  • Colored paper or white paper and markers/crayons
  • Scissors
  • brown paper bag
  • glue/tape

First, cut out a turkey body from a brown paper bag (or used recycled paper and color!). Then add eyes and a beak by drawing them on or cutting them out and gluing/taping them onto your body.

Now trace your little one’s hands or use Chipper’s Helping Hands download (Double-click to save, then print!) for the feathers. Color them, cut them out and glue them onto your paper plate like feathers. You can write here what they are grateful for or have your child(ren) make a list on the back of their plate!

3. Fall Leaf Turkey

  • Paper or Styrofoam cup
  • Fall leafs
  • Glue/Tape
  • Colored Paper or white recycle paper with markers/crayons
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Googly eyes

Create a cute Turkey Decoration/Table setting using some real or fake Fall leafs! Make an expedition of it and find some Fall leafs outside or go to your local craft/99 cent store for some inexpensive fake fall leaves.

Then it’s time to start the craft! First, color your cup (black or brown, permanent markers work best. Then make feet, beak, and waddle using colored paper or colored recycled paper. Trace your shapes and cut them out and attach to cup using tape/glue. Make eyes from paper or use some fun googly eyes!

Now attach your leaves! Glue will word best for real leafs. You can add a name for a table setting using a tooth pick and a name card. Just glue or tape name card to toothpick, then stick it in the top of the cup!

4. Toilet Roll Turkey

  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Colored Construction Paper or Recycled paper and markers/crayons
  • Scissors
  • Tape/Glue

Much like our first Turkey crafts, wrap brown paper (or colored recycle paper) around toilet paper roll and secure with tape (Double-stick tape works best). Then cut out eyes, beak, waddle, feet and fathers using various colors.

Now attach using glue stick or small pieces of double-sided tape to secure on paper roll. Make the hat using a black piece of paper or color white recycled paper cut into a circle and a colored sauce cup (or use the bottom half of a paper or Styrofoam cup–use permanent marker for this so black won’t rub off).

Alternatively, you can use a strip of black construction paper rolled and taped into a hat shape and attach to round circle. Just get creative with what you can find around the house! Like Chipper always says with craft making, “Whatever works!”

5. Recycle CD Turkey

  • Feathers
  • Old CD (Option: put CD in Microwave for 5 seconds to get a spiderweb look on the CD–or add wings with paper and/or permanent markers)
  • Colored Construction paper, recycled paper colored, OR Brown, Yellow and Red Foam Paper sheets
  • Tape/Glue
  • Scissors

Have some old CD’s from the 90s that are too scratch to listen to or no longer in your playlist? Use them for crafts!!! Try this Turkey CD craft by taping some feathers from the craft store (or make your own from paper! See above crafts) to the back of your CD. The cut out a turkey head, beak, feet and waddle from your paper of choice and attach to CD with tape/glue. Draw in an eye or glue on a googly eye!

We are so Chipper for Turkey Day, are you??? Please share some of your Turkey Craft ideas!

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