This simple and fun turkey headband craft is a great boredom buster activity for the kids on Thanksgiving. With only a few supplies you can have a festive turkey craft for the kids to make and then wear.
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Thanksgiving is such a fun holiday! The kids are out of school for a few days and the feelings of gratitude and delicious food are flowing! I like to have a few simple activities to keep my kids busy during Thanksgiving break.
You might also like my Easy Turkey Book Craft which is made with paper lunch sacks, or these fun Free Printable Thanksgiving Coloring Page Placemats! If you’re still looking for Thanksgiving projects check out my list of over 45 Turkey Crafts for Kids.
All the supplies for this super simple craft can be found in the craft aisle at Walmart or any of your local craft stores. Super basic and inexpensive the supplies for this turkey headband craft shouldn’t cost you much!
- Foam craft sheets- I like the use of foam in this project because it makes the headband last longer. If you don’t have foam on hand and can’t make it to the craft store you can use construction paper. *See the alternative instructions below
- Elastic String- I like how this headband is fastened with an elastic string, it keeps the headband more securely on a child’s head.
- Foam glue or glue dots- You’ll need some type of adhesive that works with foam to put this turkey headband craft together. I recommend foam glue because sometimes the glue dots can be larger than the cut pieces. If you find yourself without either just use a hot glue gun.
- Wiggly Eyes- They usually come in a bag with multiple sizes.
- Faux Feathers- We used primary colors for our turkey feathers, but the options are endless! 🙂
Alternative to Foam: Construction Paper Turkey Headband
If you don’t have foam sheets don’t fear! You can easily make this with construction paper. It may not last as long, but it will still be a fun craft for the kids!
You’ll just need construction paper instead of foam sheets and Elmer’s school glue or tape instead of foam glue. The biggest change to the instructions is to cut a brown strip of paper 2” but the length around your child’s head instead of by 8”.
In the construction paper turkey headband you won’t be using an elastic string to tie the back. After putting the turkey together you will just staple, tape or glue the back of the long strip of brown construction paper to the size of your child’s head as the last step of the project.
All the other instructions for making this turkey headband craft will be the same for the foam or construction paper. See all the instructions below.
- Needle or small hole punch
- Pencil or pen
- Paper cup or circle templates in two sizes
- Cut a piece of brown foam into a strip 2 inches wide by 8 inches long.
- Poke a small hole in each side of the brown foam strip you can use a hole punch, a needle or scissors. Cut a length of string 10 inches long and poke through one side of the headband. Tie into a knot. Poke the elastic through the other side but do not tie.
- Cut a small tear drop shape out of the red foam for a waddle. Cut the orange foam into a small triangle for the beak. Cut 2 small feet out of the yellow. Place the cup or circle templates on the brown foam and trace a large and small circle.
- Cut the circles from the foam. Glue the smaller circle over the larger circle at the top so it overlaps just over the edge.
- Glue the body of the turkey to the headband strip.
- On the smaller circle, attach the wiggly eyes, beak, and waddle. On the larger circle attach the feet. Allow to dry completely.
- Flip the headband and attach the feathers to the back of the turkey. Allow to dry.
- Place the headband on the child and gently tighten the elastic using the loose end. Remove the headband and tie the loose end in a knot. Cut any excess elastic.
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