Coffee Filter Turkey (with printable template)

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This coffee filter turkey is the perfect way to keep the kids entertained while you’re busy in the kitchen on Thanksgiving day! It’s an easy Thanksgiving craft that even the younger kids can have fun with!

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, there’s a lot of planning to do. I’ve got to get the Thanksgiving tablescape ready, pull out the turkey recipes and of course, figure out how to keep the kids entertained.

They can help with the decorating but we don’t want too many cooks in the kitchen. I’ve got to plan activities to keep the kids busy and having fun while we’re cooking away (and enjoying some holiday punch)!

Coffee Filter Turkey

I’ve got Thanksgiving coloring pages and a Thanksgiving Matching Game but now I’m digging into my old bag of tricks! Back in my days as a Kindergarten teacher, this coffee filter turkey was always a favorite!

I knew my kids would love this Thanksgiving craft. Plus, it’s easy enough that even younger children can do it without help. I’ve even included a printable template to make it that much easier.

So when the kids need something fun to keep them entertained, they’ll love making this cute Thanksgiving craft!

Coffee Filter Turkey on wood sq
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Coffee Filter Turkey

Author Lisa O’Driscoll | Fun Money Mom
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
This coffee filter turkey is the perfect way to keep the kids entertained (and out of the kitchen) on Thanksgiving.


  • Magic markers (thick ones work best)
  • white craft glue
  • Spray bottle


  • Take your round coffee filter and flatten it. Color from the middle to the outside with magic markers.
    Coffee filter colored with markers
  • Place something underneath the coffee filter and spray lightly with water (the marker colors will leak onto what’s underneath so you don’t want to do it directly on a table). A little goes a long way…don’t overspray, or the colors will run together too much.
    Spraying coffee filter with water
  • After spraying, lay the coffee filter on a paper towel and set aside to dry. Print the turkey template.
    Coffee Filter Turkey Template
  • Cut out one of the bodies and use it as a tracer to trace the shape onto brown construction paper (I included extra shapes in case kids just wanted to color it brown and skip the construction paper).
    Tracing turkey body on brown paper
  • After cutting out the turkey body, cut a wattle from red construction paper and a beak from orange construction paper.
    Body and other pieces for coffee filter turkey
  • Glue all pieces, including the eyes, to your turkey body.
    Turkey craft without feathers
  • I had almost forgotten (I was doing this from memory) but you’ll also need some turkey feet. Cut two triangles from orange construction paper, then cut two smaller triangles from the bottom to form the turkey claws.
    Turkey with feet


For the younger crafters, you can cut out all the pieces ahead of time and keep them in a snack bag until they’re ready to make their turkey.

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Is this cute or what? The kids are going to love it and it’s the perfect way to get Thanksgiving off to a great start!

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