This 3D coffee filter turkey craft is adorable and so easy to make! If you’re looking for easy, cute Thanksgiving crafts for kids, you’ll love this tie dye turkey.
Coloring coffee filters with markers is the easiest and cheapest arts and crafts activity for kids. Watching the colors spread and mix with water is a pretty cool science experiment too.
The colored filters make pretty decorations on their own, but they can be used to make so many other projects. Flowers, butterflies, snowflakes – the options are endless. Pretty much any paper craft.
Materials for this Coffee Filter Turkey Craft
For the Body
- Dixie cups
- Brown paint
- Googly eyes
- Orange and red paper
- Paint brush
For the Feathers
- Coffee filters (two filters for one turkey)
- Washable markers
- Spray bottle with water
- Paper to color coffee filter on
- Paper towels or cardboard to protect surfaces
How to Make this Coffee Filter Turkey Craft
For the Body
Paint the Dixie cup with the brown paint, including the bottom. Let dry.
When cup is dry, poke a hole in the center of the bottom of the cup with the scissors. Then cut across the bottom and down the sides of the cup about 2/3 the way down.
Cut out beak and wattle from the orange and red paper.
Glue the eyes, beak, and wattle on the side of the cup. Make sure the cup is upside down.
For the Feathers
Flatten the coffee filters. Place them on paper, cardboard, or a tray to protect your surfaces.
Color the coffee filter with washable markers. Color the whole filter laying flat, fold it to only color half, or double the filters and only color the top of one. The colors will bleed through the front to the back. I colored these one at a time laying flat.
Spray the coffee filter with light sprays of water until completely wet. Don’t use too much force or the colors will spread too fast and leave white areas or brown where the colors mixed too much.
Let the coffee filter dry. You can leave it where it is to dry or if you’re impatient like me you can put it in the oven. I used the oven on 180 degrees for about 15 minutes. Keep a close eye on it though and check it after a few minutes so it doesn’t burn. I usually have a few filters in the oven at a time and they don’t all dry at the same rate. I go ahead and take them out when they’re just about done. They will dry the rest of the way very quickly.
Pinch the open coffee filter in the center and bring your other hand up around the rest of it to gather it loosely. You’ll have to play with it a little to get it to settle how you think looks good. It should be a wide triangular shape. Once you’re satisfied, press the point at the bottom so it will stay. Do this with the other coffee filter.
Slide the pointed end of the coffee filter into the slit on the Dixie cup and arrange it so the sides of the filter go all the way to the bottom of one side of the cup and the center of the top. If you need to, you can add a small piece of tape to the point to get it to slide into the slit easier. I used my thumb on one side of the slit and my index finger on the other side to kind of spread the cup open slightly. Slide the other filter in on the other side. Overlap the filters slightly at the top.
Now fluff your feathers 🙂
Cute Coffee Filter Turkey
This coffee filter turkey craft is a cute activity for Thanksgiving. They would be great as a DIY Thanksgiving place setting. Just tape a name to a toothpick and slip inside the top in front of the coffee filters.
Please share a picture with us if you make these coffee filter turkeys!