How to Make a Paper Bag Turkey

After Thanksgiving dinner, keep your kids entertained by making these Paper Bag Turkeys. They're simple, but full of endless possibilities to create cute, gobbling birds! After dinner, keep the kids entertained by making these Paper Bag Turkeys
Materials List



2 rubber bands


How to
Step 1
To begin, take your paper lunch bag and open it up. Then take one sheet of newspaper and crumple it into a ball. Place the newspaper ball inside the bag, pushing it to the bottom.
Step 2
With the newspaper ball inside, twist the paper bag shut, just above the ball. Give it a good couple of twists -- this will be your turkey's neck! Make sure you leave some room at the top for the head.
Step 3
Secure the twisted neck in place with a rubber band.
Step 4
Take another sheet of newspaper and tear it in half, then in half again. Take this 1/4 sheet and crumple it into a ball for the head, about the size of a ping pong ball. Open your paper bag above the rubber banded neck. Place the newspaper ball inside.
Step 5
Just as you did for the neck, twist the top of the paper bag together to close it, sealing the newspaper ball head inside.
Step 6
Secure the head closure with a rubber band.
Step 7
Using tacky glue (or glue dots, or hot glue if there's an adult to help), add your googly eyes to the head! Cut a triangle out of construction paper for a beak and glue that just under the eyes.
Step 8
Now onto the turkey's feathers! You can make them any way you want, but here we'll be using the good ol'-fashioned handprint method! Using a marker, trace your hand on a piece of construction paper. Make several handprints on colors like brown, orange, and yellow.
Step 9
Cut the handprints out. Flip them so the thumbs point outward in opposite directions and stack them on top of each other.
Step 10
Use tacky glue to glue the handprints to each other, and then glue them to the back of your turkey.
Step 11
And there you have it, a basic paper bag turkey! You can go to town using your markers and cut-out pieces of construction paper to decorate him even more!
Craft Length
5 - 15 minutes
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Prep Time
5 minutes or less
1 adult per 5 children

Here's another, more elaborate turkey that I made!

Variation Photos