Thankful Turkey Can Craft with Printable Turkey Template

The Thanksgiving season is the perfect time to make a turkey craft with kids using a recycled can and the free printable turkey craft template. Kids of all ages can participate in this Thanksgiving craft whether in the classroom or at home.

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Let’s make a pencil holder turkey craft to hold our pens & pencils!

Make a Thankful Turkey Pencil Holder Craft

Every Thanksgiving we like to journal the things we are most thankful for. This Thankful Turkey Craft with Free Printable makes a super cute pen and pencil holder which works perfectly with your gratitude journal. Pair this finished pencil holder turkey with a gratitude journal for a sweet gift of thankfulness.

Related: Download this Kids Gratitude Journal Printable

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Thankful Turkey Craft with Free Printable
Download your own turkey template below…

Supplies Needed


Step 1

Download & print the turkey template on card stock:

Step 2

Cut out the turkey template pieces with scissors.

Step 3

Glue the scraps of the paper bag ripped into small pieces to the sides of the can. Then, coat that with glue.

Step 4

When the glue dries, add the wings.

Step 5

Paint the can turkey body and the wings brown.

Step 6

Paint the feet, tail feathers, and the beak orange. 

Let dry.

Step 7

Next, fold the beak, and glue half of the beak down so that your turkey has a mouth.

finished Thankful Turkey Craft with Free Printable sitting on notebook paper with pencils inside

Step 8

Glue googly eyes, and paint some eyebrows over them with orange paint.

Your Thankful Turkey Can Pencil Holder

Fill your Thankful turkey can with pencils and pens.  Every day, sit down and journal what things are you most thankful for?  

Related: Here is a simple way to make a gratitude journal for kids

Set aside some family time so that everyone can share what they are grateful for! 


How did your thankful turkey can craft turn out? Are you making an extra Thanksgiving craft to give as a gift?


  1. Well, the turkey has actually very little to be thankful for 😛

  2. The can Turkey is a great project. Tried it with the grand daughters and they loved it. Thanks for the printable, it helped a lot.

  3. I remember making something like this when I was in school! This is a great kids craft that is fun to make too! Thank you for sharing and for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop.

  4. I love the idea of having the mom journal and the kids see what they’ve done to make her thankful. Great craft! – will be featuring on Monday’s After School Linky.

  5. This is one of the cutest Turkey crafts ever! Heehee! I love it. 🙂

  6. This is really cute and looks fun to make. I just pinned it 🙂

  7. Adorable! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

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