Kids of all ages will enjoy making an Easy Toilet Paper Roll Turkey paper craft. This traditional turkey craft is made from construction paper and a cardboard tube. Make this construction paper turkey to teach kids about gratitude at home, school or daycare.

Construction paper and toilet Roll Turkey craft finished with things to give thanks for written on the construction paper turkey feathers - Kids Activities Blog
Simple construction paper turkey craft is a traditional favorite to make.

Easy Turkey Craft

Looking for an easy and fun Thanksgiving craft for kids? This is a twist on the classic Toilet Paper Roll Turkeys craft and are perfect for most settings because they use basic supplies like upcycled toilet paper rolls and construction paper.

  • Younger Kids: Toddlers and preschoolers can make this paper turkey with a little help.
  • Older kids: Don’t limit this craft to 5 feathers for older kids (kids think of many things they feel grateful for, add them all)!

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How to Make Gratitude Paper Turkey Craft

Supplies Needed

Toilet Roll Turkey supplies needed to make this Thanksgiving turkey paper craft - construction paper in 5 colors, craft roll, glue, scissors and googly eyes
This is what you need to make this cute Thanksgiving craft

Instructions to Make Easy Turkey Craft

Step 1

Step 1-3 for making construction paper and toilet Roll Turkey with construction paper
Look at the shape of this turkey feather and use the roll as a turkey feather template.

After gathering supplies, invite children to cut long feathers from the construction paper. We used 5 different colors and made one feather from each color.

Each construction paper feather was the same size and we used the cardboard roll as a turkey feather template to make the turkey feathers.

How to Use a Cardboard Roll as a Turkey Feather Template:

  1. Lay the toilet paper roll onto a piece of colored construction paper.
  2. Loosely draw around the cardboard roll with a pencil making the top a point.
  3. Look at the example of the shape we created.
  4. Use your first turkey feather as a template for the other turkey feathers so they are all the same size.

Step 2

At the top of each feather kids can write 1 thing they feel grateful for.

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Step 3

Glue the feathers into a lotus shape, then attach them to the back of the toilet roll.

Step 4

Secure wiggly eyes, a beak, and a gobbler to the front of the turkey. The beak is a triangle cut from orange construction paper and the gobbler was a gentle zig-zag cut from red construction paper.

Tip: If crafted strategically, the turkey should stand up. It’s fun to see a big group of toilet roll turkeys in classrooms!

Finished Paper Craft Turkey Step by Step Pictures

Steps to Make a construction paper and Toilet Roll Turkey craft - collage of the steps to do this easy turkey craft alongside the finished craft idea - Kids Activities Blog
Here are all the steps to making this easy paper turkey!

Our Experience Making This Easy Turkey Craft

Around Thanksgiving I’m always looking for fun turkey crafts. And these cute turkey crafts allow the kids to not only make cute turkeys, but practice gratitude.

We put these little turkeys on the Thanksgiving table until dinner was ready. Our own little turkey craft doubled as place settings. These Thanksgiving turkey crafts allow the whole family see the things they’re thankful for, including them.

It was so much fun, but it was also great fine motor skills. This Thanksgiving fun makes the whole holiday season a little better.

Easy Turkey Craft

Easy Turkey Craft

Kids of all ages will love making this easy turkey craft. It's a great way to recycle toilet paper rolls, explore colors, and show all the family members you are grateful for!


  • Toilet paper rolls or craft rolls
  • Construction paper in assorted primary colors or fall colors
  • Wiggly eyes or googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Black marker


  • Scissors or preschool training scissors


  1. After gathering your supplies, cut long feathers from construction paper. Use as many colors of construction paper as you want. Each feather should be the same size.
  2. At the top of each construction paper feather kids can write 1 thing they are grateful for.
  3. Glue the construction paper feathers into a lotus shape to the back of the cardboard toilet paper roll.
  4. Glue the wiggly eyes onto the cardboard toilet paper roll.
  5. Cut the beak and gobbler out of orange construction paper or red construction paper.
  6. Glue the beak and gobbler onto the cardboard toilet paper roll.

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How did your construction paper and toilet paper roll turkey craft turn out?

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