Use our free printable turkey template to make a thankful turkey craft for kids this Thanksgiving season. Using a few simple craft supplies: recycled tin can, scissors, paper and glue along with the printable turkey craft template to make a turkey pencil holder. Kids of all ages can participate in this Thanksgiving craft whether in the classroom or at home.

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Make our thankful turkey tin can craft this Thanksgiving.

Thankful Turkey TIN CAN Craft

Grab your printable turkey template, grab a can, scissors, glue, and your paint! Why? Because we’re making a turkey craft today and kids of all ages are going to love it! You get to paint, cut, glue, and make cute decorations for Thanksgiving! So download and print our printable turkey template before your start:

There are also instructions on our turkey template as well as down below! We wanted to make this fun Thanksgiving turkey craft as easy as possible. Are you ready to make your turkey craft now?

Related: Download this kids Gratitude Journal Printable

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Supplies Needed for this Turkey Craft

turkey craft and turkey template-Supplies to make a thankful turkey tin can craft including paint, a free turkey printable, a tin can, and a paper bag.
Gather a brown paper bag, a tin can, paint, glue, and download our free turkey printable.

Related: Use our printable flower template to decorate your turkey

Instructions to Make Turkey Craft with Printable Template

Step 1

Download & print the turkey template on card stock.

turkey craft and turkey template-Step 2 for making our tin can turkey craft is to glue scraps of a brown paper bag around the tin can
Glue torn pieces of brown paper bag around the tin can.

Step 2

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

turkey craft and turkey template-Step 3 of our turkey tin can craft is to cut out and paint the turkey's wings, feet, tail, and beak.
Cut out and paint the turkey tail feathers, feet, wings, and beak.

Step 3

Cut out the turkey template pieces with scissors and then paint them.

turkey craft and turkey template-step 4 for the turkey tin can craft is to attach the wings, feet, and tail feathers to the tin can
Glue the feet, wings, and tail feathers onto the tin can.

Step 4

Once dry, glue the wings, tail feathers, and feet onto the tin can.

Craft tip: If I had this to do over again, I would have only glued the wings at this step, and then glued the feet and tail feathers on after painting the tin can brown.

turkey craft and turkey template-step 5 of our tin can turkey craft is to paint the tin can brown
Paint the tin can with brown paint.

Step 5

Paint the tin can turkey body brown.

turkey craft and turkey template-an adorable turkey tin can craft for kids to make using a free printable template
Add googly eyes to your turkey, and then paint on the wattle.

Step 6

Next, fold the beak, and glue it to the can so that your turkey has a mouth. Then add the googly eyes and paint on the wattle.

Printable Turkey Template

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Download your own turkey template below…

What Should You Put Into Your Turkey Craft?

Here are a few suggestions for what you can put into your turkey tin can this Thanksgiving.

  • Fill your Thankful turkey can with pencils and pens. Every day, sit down and journal what things you are most thankful for.
  • Utensils for the kids Thanksgiving table.
  • Pencils, crayons, or markers for the kids to use for coloring and activity pages.

Related: Download and print our color by number Thanksgiving page

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

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Turkey Tin Can Craft With Free Printable Template

a turkey tin can craft for thanksgiving

This cute turkey recycled can pencil holder craft starts with a printable turkey template and basic craft supplies. This turkey craft for kids works for kids ages Kindergarten and above or younger kids can make it with help.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $1


  • Free Thanksgiving Turkey Template Printable (see step 1 below)
  • Cardstock – to print the turkey template
  • Clean Tin Can
  • Orange Paint
  • Brown Paint
  • Googly Eyes
  • Paper Bag – Rip it into pieces


  • Scissors or preschool training scissors
  • Glue


  1. Download and print the printable turkey template on cardstock paper - grab your free turkey craft template in the article.
  2. Using scissors, cut out the turkey pieces from the turkey craft template.
  3. Make sure the tin can is clean, has one end removed and there are no sharp edges - use masking tape or duct tape to cover edges if irregular or bumpy.
  4. Tear the paper bag into small scraps with irregular edges.
  5. Coat the tin can's outside with a layer of glue and then cover that glue with the torn paper pieces.
  6. Coat the torn paper pieces once layered on the tin can with another layer of glue.
  7. Let glue dry.
  8. Paint the cardboard wings, feet, beak, and tail feathers.
  9. Paint the turkey body brown.
  10. Glue the wings, beak, and feet onto the brown painted turkey body.
  11. Add turkey facial details including the googly eyes.


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

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.