Thanksgiving Turkey Pencil Cup

Be thankful for organization this year by making a Thanksgiving Turkey Pencil Cup with your kids! You won't have to run to the store to grab supplies for this turkey craft, since it's made of materials you probably have in the house. This Thanksgiving craft idea costs next to nothing to make, and it looks adorable anywhere in the house. Kids can make a Thanksgiving Turkey Pencil Cup for their desk, or they can give it as a gift to a relative they love. No matter how you choose to use it, this cute little fellow is sure to bring a smile to your face this Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Turkey Pencil Cup


  • Empty tin can
  • Round plastic lid
  • One 9” white paper plate
  • A4 sheet of brown cardstock
  • Orange cardstock
  • 7 small red craft foam hearts
  • Small piece of red felt
  • One pair of 10mm wiggle eyes
  • Brown acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Quick-drying craft glue
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape


  1. Wash and clean the tin can and allow to dry thoroughly.
  2. Draw a scallop pattern around 2/3 of the outer edge of the plate. Connect the ends of the pattern with two straight lines.

    Thanksgiving Turkey Pencil Cup
  3. Cut out the turkey’s backside and paint it with the brown paint. Allow to dry thoroughly.

    Thanksgiving Turkey Pencil Cup   Thanksgiving Turkey Pencil Cup
  4. Glue the red foam hearts in place to complete the turkey’s backside.

    Thanksgiving Turkey Pencil Cup
  5. Measure the distance between the upper and lower lips of the can. Also measure the can’s circumference. Draw a strip matching the can’s size on the brown cardstock.
  6. Cut out the brown strip and glue it around the tin.
  7. Glue the turkey’s backside to the tin and allow to dry thoroughly.

    Thanksgiving Turkey Pencil Cup
  8. Trace the pattern of the foot onto the orange cardstock and repeat, so that you will have two feet. Cut out the feet.

    Thanksgiving Turkey Pencil Cup
  9. Glue the feet to the bottom of the tin.

    Thanksgiving Turkey Pencil Cup
  10. Trace a circle onto another piece of brown cardstock using the plastic lid, and cut it out. This will be the turkey’s face.
  11. Fold a piece of orange cardstock in half and draw a small triangle on the fold of the cardstock. This will be the turkey’s beak.
  12. Glue the wiggle eyes and beak onto the brown circle.

    Thanksgiving Turkey Pencil Cup
  13. Draw a heart with a length of 1” onto the red felt. Cut it out and glue it to the back of the circle. This will be the turkey’s wattle.
  14. Glue the turkey’s face to the tin.

    Thanksgiving Turkey Pencil Cup


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