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Thankful Turkey Thanksgiving Table Decoration

Here’s a fun and festive way that your kids can express what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving season. Create an adorable turkey from paper and a recycled cereal box. This turkey makes a great Thanksgiving table decoration and can be filled with silk flowers and leaves or used as a napkin holder!

Cereal Box Thankful Turkey by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

To make this thankful turkey from a cereal box you will need:

Recycled cereal box
Construction paper: brown, red, yellow, orange and green
2 googly eyes
Scissors
Glue stick
Turkey pattern pieces
White craft glue

Cereal Box Thankful Turkey by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

Start by cutting a cereal box in half lengthwise. Close up open end(s) with tape.

Cereal Box Thankful Turkey by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

Use a ruler to measure 4-inches from each side.

Cereal Box Thankful Turkey by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

Cut where you measure to remove the center. Set that extra cardboard aside with the other half of the cereal box for later in the project.

Cereal Box Thankful Turkey by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

Place one end inside the other, just so it slightly overlaps. Tape the two pieces together.

Cereal Box Thankful Turkey by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

Use a glue stick to cover the box with brown construction paper.

Cereal Box Thankful Turkey by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

Cut out the turkey head from the remaining cereal box cardboard using the pattern provided above. Use a glue stick to cover both side in construction paper and glue it inside the box as shown.

Cereal Box Thankful Turkey by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

To make the feathers, measure cardboard strips out to 6 ½” x 1 ½”. Use a glue stick to cover the cardboard strips with red, orange, green and yellow construction paper.

Cereal Box Thankful Turkey by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

Have your kids use a black marker to write what they are thankful for on the strips, then trim them into simple feather shapes. Attach to the back of the turkey box using white craft glue and let dry.

Cut out the remaining pattern pieces as follows:

Black – bow tie
Orange – beak
Red – gobbler
Brown – hands

Draw a “Happy Thanksgiving” sign on white paper. Cut the “hands” from the pattern using brown construction paper. Glue the hands to either side of the sign and attach the sign and hands to the front of the turkey. Glue the bow tie on and then the eyes. Glue the beak on next then add the gobbler over the top of the beak. Let everything dry before displaying on the table!

Cereal Box Thankful Turkey by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

Project created by Amanda Formaro for Kix Cereal. Amanda is a well-known craft expert and has been writing and crafting on the Internet for over fifteen years. Find out more on her blog, Crafts by Amanda, where she shares tutorials with step-by-step photos for adults and kids alike.