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Coffee Filter Turkey Craft

Finished coffee filter Thanksgiving turkeys craft project

Make these coffee filter turkeys for a cute and easy Thanksgiving craft project for kids. They make adorable fall decorations!

Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • Wooden Spring Clothespins
  • Round White Coffee Filters
  • Assorted Googly Eyes
  • Washable Markers – Brown, Red, Orange, and Yellow
  • Glue gun and glue sticks or a Liquid Glue with fine tip applicator 
  • Brown Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Red and Yellow Craft Foam
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil


  • Scrap of cardboard
  • Non-Stick Craft Mat or Large Plastic Zip Top Bag
  • Water Spray Bottle


    1. Start by flattening out round coffee filters. Draw on them with red, yellow, and orange washable markers in a variety of patterns.
    2. Place colored coffee filter on a craft mat or zipper bag and spray with water. Have fun watching the magic of the colors move and blend! Set aside to dry.
    3. Use a scrap of cardboard to clip the clothespins onto for easier painting. Paint all sides of the clothespin with brown craft paint and a paintbrush. Set aside to dry.
    4. Glue on the wiggly googly eyes. You can use a low temp hot glue gun or a tacky craft glue.
    5. Now it’s time to decorate the turkey’s face! Cut out a triangle beak from yellow craft foam and a squiggly waddle from the red craft foam with scissors. 
    6. Glue the beak and wattle (aka gobbler) below the eyes.
    7. Fold the dry coffee filters in half and crinkle slightly to fluff them.
    8. Insert coffee filter into top clip of clothespin to be the turkey’s feathers.
    9. You can insert the dyed coffee filter as is or cut a scalloped edge to give the feathers more definition.


Easily make just one or several turkeys at a time. Drying times may vary and impact total time from start to finish of this project.