Thankful Turkey Can Craft with Printable Turkey Template


Use our free printable turkey template to make a 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.

Cut out the turkey template to make a pencil holder turkey craft!

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 turkey 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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Printable Turkey Template

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Supplies Needed for this Turkey Craft

Instructions to Make Turkey Craft with Printable Template

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.

Finished Thankful Turkey Can Pencil Holder Craft

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! 

Prep Time
5 minutes

Active Time
15 minutes

Total Time
20 minutes


Estimated Cost


  • 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. Add the turkey template wings.
  9. Paint the turkey body including the wings brown.
  10. Paint the turkey template pieces of beak and feet orange and let dry.
  11. Glue the beak and feet onto the brown painted turkey body.
  12. 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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