Coffee Filter Turkey

Use unbleached coffee filters as a craft for kids around Thanksgiving.

Approximate Time 20-30 minutes depending on age


  • 2 unbleached coffee filters
  • glue stick
  • brown paper
  • red paper
  • orange paper
  • scissors
  • black pen
  • optional: small googly eyed stickers


  1. Sketch a bowling pin or spoon shape from the paper bag or brown paper for turkey head and neck and cut this shape out.
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  3. Sketch turkey wattle from red paper as shown and cut out.
  4. Sketch a beak from orange paper and draw a line as shown. Older kids can experiment with different beaks (using two triangular pieces of orange paper, you can create a 3-D beak, as in the last photo).
  5. Turn coffee filter upside down so the flat round portion is facing you. Fold 1/3 of an edge of the bottom over and turn the filter over so the pleated edges nest inside each other.
  6. Cut a small half circle of brown paper, about 1.5 inches tall. Glue to the front of the neck with straight edge on the bottom lined up with 1/4-1/5 inches above bottom of neck.
  7. Glue googley eyes to head or draw eyes on.
  8. Glue your beak and wattle to the head.
  9. Fold 1/4-1/2 inch over the bottom straight edge of head/neck piece. Glue the folded over edge of your neck to the flat small portion of the filter that is nesting inside the other.
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  11. Fill inside of coffee filter with some treats or write a name on the "body" of the turkey and use as a place setting.

By Mara from Seattle, WA


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Great idea! Thank you so much for sharing this!:)

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