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Make a printable turkey basket which has been designed to look like a realistic turkey.

For those of you living in the USA this easy turkey craft is just in time for Thanksgiving. It also makes a fun farm animal craft at any time of year.

You could fill your finished turkey basket with sweets or candies and give it to someone special as a gift, or keep it as a festive decoration for yourself.

Get the printable here

printable turkey basket craft for kids. Made to look like a realistic turkey.

Turkey crafts are everywhere right now, and they all have a typical “cartoon turkey” look to them. Do you know what I mean?

The average, stylised turkey is nut-brown in colour with a yellow beak, a red dangly piece underneath it’s beak and a fan-shaped tail often depicted in autumn harvest colours.

They are cute for sure, but somewhere along the line the picture of a stereotypical turkey has strayed far from the real deal.

Just to remind you, this is what an actual turkey looks like…

black turkey puffing out it's feathers

This handsome bird is a little bit different to the cartoon version, isn’t he? 

While we’re at it, I’ve dug up a few interesting turkey facts so you can talk about them with the kids while you’re crafting. These birds aren’t as silly as you might think they are!

Fascinating turkey facts:

  • Turkeys have up to 20 distinct vocalisations, but only the male can “gobble”
  • Each turkey has a unique voice, which is how they recognise each other
  • Turkeys are intelligent birds and are highly social
  • Baby turkeys are called poults
  • They are highly sensitive animals and have even been known to have heart attacks when startled by loud noises
  • Turkeys actually have two stomachs
  • The piece of fleshy skin which hangs over the male turkey’s beak is called a “snood”
  • The exposed skin around it’s neck is called a “wattle”
  • Both the snood and the head of the turkey can change colour from blue to red with the turkey’s level of excitement
  • Male turkeys puff up their feathers, fan out their tail and strut around gobbling to attract females
  • Wild turkeys sleep roosting in trees and can fly up to 55 mph (88km/h), but domestic turkeys are unable to fly at all

Let’s get started on the turkey craft…

You will need:

  • The printable turkey basket template, available in both our printables shop and our TPT store
  • Card stock is recommended but ordinary paper will also work
  • Pencils or markers if using the line art version
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • A cutting mat, ruler and blunt butter knife (or a scoring tool) to score the fold lines with

How to:

  1. Print the basket and colour in if using the line art version.
  2. If using card stock, score the fold lines before cutting out. To score you lay a ruler along the fold line and make an indent in the paper with a blunt butter knife or scoring tool if you have one. Scoring isn’t essential but it will give you crisp, clean fold lines and make crafting easier.
  3. Cut out the shapes.
  4. Fold and glue the box shape of the basket together.
  5. Fold the tabs on the wings and fold the head down.
  6. Glue on the handle, tail, wings and head. Glue the “snood” onto it’s beak.

printable turkey basket template line art version

turkey basket shapes cut out and ready to glue together

finished turkey basket craft – so cute!

He’s almost as handsome as the real ones, don’t you think?

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printable turkey basket craft for kids