How to Make Turkey Feathers Out of Construction Paper: A Step-by-Step Guide

Get ready to unleash your inner artist and craft some vibrant turkey feathers perfect for Thanksgiving decorations, costumes, or playful learning activities. This guide will walk you through the process, from choosing the right materials to creating stunning feathered masterpieces.

Gathering Your Supplies: The Essentials for Feathery Fun

Before embarking on your feather-making journey, gather the following supplies:

  • Construction Paper: Opt for autumn hues like orange, yellow, red, and brown to capture the essence of Thanksgiving.
  • Scissors: Ensure they’re sharp for precise cutting.
  • Glue: A trusty glue stick or liquid glue will come in handy for attaching feathers.
  • Optional: A turkey feather template (downloadable online) for younger crafters or those seeking a realistic feather shape.

Crafting the Perfect Feather Pattern: A Guide for All Levels

Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or a novice these steps will help you create the perfect feather pattern:

  1. Observe the Majesty of Real Feathers: Take a moment to study images of turkey tail feathers. Note their flat end, resembling an artist’s brush, and their elongated, rounded cone or triangle shape. This will serve as inspiration for your paper feathers.
  2. Download a Template (Optional): If you’re working with young children or prefer a realistic shape, download a free printable turkey feather template online. This will provide a handy guide for tracing and cutting.
  3. Template for Each Participant: Ensure each crafter has their own feather template, especially if you’re working with a group of children. This will prevent any waiting and ensure everyone gets to participate in the fun.

Bringing Your Feathers to Life: A Journey of Creativity

Now comes the exciting part: transforming your paper into beautiful turkey feathers. Follow these steps to bring your vision to life:

  1. Trace and Cut: Using your template or freehand drawing, trace the feather pattern onto your construction paper. Cut out the traced feathers, ensuring you have enough for your desired project. Aim for around five feathers of each color for a vibrant and full effect.
  2. Arrange with Flair: Experiment with different arrangements to find a pleasing aesthetic. Alternate colors for a visually captivating display, like red, orange, yellow, brown, and repeat the sequence for a harmonious flow.
  3. Loop-Style Feathers (Optional): If you prefer loop-style feathers, cut your construction paper into uniform strips, about 1 inch wide, from bottom to top. Create stacks of strips, alternating colors, with around five strips per stack.
  4. Forming the Loops: Slide the ends of each strip so they protrude about an inch from the one above. Bend all the strips together to form a teardrop-shaped loop. Adjust the strips to create space between them near the loop’s wide part. Staple them together at the narrow end for a secure hold.
  5. Assemble the Tail Design: Arrange all the loops side by side, with the stapled side facing down. Position the paper perpendicular to the table so you can see through the loops, creating a fan-like turkey tail effect.
  6. Attaching Feathers (Optional): Whether you’ve created traditional flat feathers or loop-style feathers, you can glue them onto a construction paper turkey body for a complete Thanksgiving turkey craft. Add details like eyes and a beak using crayons or construction paper cutouts.

Embellishing Your Feathers: Adding a Touch of Personal Flair

Don’t hesitate to add your own creative flair to your turkey feathers. Here are some ideas:

  • Glitter: Sprinkle some glitter onto the feathers for a touch of sparkle.
  • Markers or Crayons: Add intricate designs or patterns to personalize your feathers.
  • Sequins or Beads: Glue on sequins or beads for an extra touch of embellishment.

Frequently Asked Questions: Your Feathery Conundrums Answered

Q: Can I use different colors of construction paper?

A: Absolutely! While traditional turkey feathers are brown, white, black, and tan, your construction paper feathers can be any color you desire. Let your imagination soar and create a vibrant and unique display.

Q: Is there a specific size for the feathers?

A: The size of your feathers will depend on your project. For larger projects like a turkey body, make larger feathers. For smaller projects like a garland, make smaller feathers.

Q: Can I use fabric instead of construction paper?

A: Yes, you can use fabric to create turkey feathers. However, fabric may require additional steps like sewing or hemming to prevent fraying.

Q: How can I use these feathers for Thanksgiving decorations?

A: You can use these feathers to create a Thanksgiving garland, attach them to a turkey-shaped cutout, or use them to decorate your Thanksgiving table.

Q: Can I make these feathers with young children?

A: Yes, these feathers are a great craft for young children. However, it’s recommended to use a template and provide adult supervision for cutting and gluing.

Q: Where can I find more Thanksgiving craft ideas?

A: You can find numerous Thanksgiving craft ideas online and in craft books. Search for “Thanksgiving crafts for kids” or “Thanksgiving paper crafts” to discover a wealth of inspiration.

With these tips and tricks, you’re now equipped to create stunning turkey feathers that will add a touch of Thanksgiving cheer to your home, classroom, or craft projects. So grab your construction paper, unleash your creativity, and let the feather-making fun begin!

Grab our free printable and get ready for a gobbling good time when YOU and your child make this Feather Turkey craft idea for Thanksgiving!

how to make turkey feathers

Feathered Turkey Craft Idea For Thanksgiving

If you saw our Stained Glass Turkey craft post the other day, you may have noticed something new.

I’ve made the decision to try a few new things for my blog, especially in the area of kid crafts, after some much-needed brainstorming. I previously offered a number of free printables, but the ones I’m creating now will make it simpler for YOU to do crafts with your children.

With this new venture, I want you to download the files, print the template, and start crafting right away with your kids. No need to measure, draw out designs etc. It will be a gradual process {not every kid craft tutorial I post will be like this}, but I sincerely hope you enjoy the ones I can create and share and that they become a huge hit {cross your fingers!}.

Thus, in keeping with Glued To My Crafts’ Thanksgiving and turkey theme, today’s post is a straightforward Turkey Feather Kid Craft. With this craft, which is more suited for younger kids, they can practice their fine motor skills by drawing a line of glue and adhering the feathers. Even though it’s a simple craft, my son really enjoyed making it—especially since I gave him complete control!

I sincerely hope you are motivated to give it a try today! Find all the crafty details and a FREE TURKEY TEMPLATE below!

Happy crafting, my friends! Don’t forget to share pictures of your feather turkey creations on our Facebook page! #gluedtomycrafts

how to make turkey feathers

How to make your turkey feathers

Leave a Comment