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Cardboard Tube Turkey Craft

Holiday-themed crafts are a delightful way to bring a festive spirit to your home, and what better occasion than Thanksgiving to engage in some creative family fun? This Cardboard Tube Turkey Craft is a fantastic and eco-friendly activity that will not only keep the kids entertained but also serve as charming place cards for your Thanksgiving feast. The best part is that you’ll likely have most of the materials needed right at home, and we’ve even provided a free printable template to make the process quick and hassle-free.

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This is a great craft to do with the kiddos while they wait for the turkey to finish cooking.  And they make great seating place cards!  First, gather up your supplies.


Materials for the Cardboard Tube Turkey Craft:


  1. Colored craft papers
  2. Googly eyes
  3. Pencil
  4. Scissors
  5. Craft glue
  6. Toilet paper roll
  7. Printable Template (found at the end of this post)


Before you begin, make sure to download and print out the free template provided at the end of this article. Once you have the template, carefully cut out the various pieces, which include tail feathers, a hat, and a ribbon strip for the hat, as well as the turkey body, beak, and wattle.

Craft Instructions:


Tail Feathers and Hat: Start by using the template to trace and cut out two tail feathers, one hat, and one ribbon strip for the hat. These components will add character to your cardboard tube turkey.


Assembling the Turkey Body: Next, trace and cut out the turkey body, beak, and wattle from colored craft papers. Glue the smaller tail feather on top of the bigger one, creating an eye-catching feather design. Then, attach the wattle and beak onto the head part of the turkey body. Finally, grab the ribbon strip and glue it onto the hat, giving it a stylish look.


Adding the Hat: Secure the hat to the top of the turkey’s head, making sure it stays in place. Don’t forget to attach the googly eyes for a whimsical touch that will bring your turkey to life.


Preparing the Cardboard Tube: To create the turkey’s body, take an empty toilet paper roll and carefully cut it in half. On each side of the roll, cut two 2cm deep slits, ensuring that they face opposite each other. These slits will serve as a way to insert the tail feathers.


Final Assembly: Using your slits as guides, gently insert the tail feathers into the cuts of the roll. The colorful feathers will create a lovely fan-shaped display. Use craft glue to attach the turkey body onto the outer surface of the tube, positioning it on the front side of the tail feather pattern. This will give your turkey a 3D effect.


Let It Dry: Allow your cardboard tube turkey to dry, making sure all the elements are securely attached. Once dry, your delightful Thanksgiving turkey craft is ready to adorn your holiday table or brighten up your home decor.


Get Creative and Craft Together!

Get the entire family involved in this fun and easy Thanksgiving activity. Create a whole family of turkeys in various colors to add a burst of holiday cheer to your celebration. Let your creativity run wild, experimenting with different color combinations and patterns. The possibilities are endless, and you’ll have a blast customizing your turkey crafts to suit your unique style.


Aren’t these cardboard tube turkeys just adorable? Whether you’re crafting with kids, enjoying a DIY session with friends, or simply looking for a festive and eco-friendly Thanksgiving activity, these charming turkeys are sure to be a hit. You can create a whole flock of them to place around your home or use them as unique place cards for your Thanksgiving dinner table. Everyone will be delighted by these little gobblers, and you’ll have a wonderful time bringing your Thanksgiving celebration to life with these delightful crafts.

Now that you’re all set to create your own Cardboard Tube Turkey Craft, click the button below to download and print the free template. It’s the perfect resource to make your crafting experience quick and enjoyable. Get ready to add a touch of Thanksgiving magic to your home with these lovable turkey crafts. Happy crafting, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Aren’t they adorable?! Get started on your own Turkey Craft by clicking the button below to get the free template.

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