Thanksgiving Craft | Grateful Turkey Box with Printable Note Cards

As my grandchildren get older, I’ve been trying to come up with some new holiday traditions for us. I was trying to come up with some Thanksgiving craft projects, and decided to make a gratitude box that would give us a place to put notes expressing things that we are thankful for. Each day leading up to Thanksgiving, we will add a notes to the box expressing something for which we are grateful. On Thanksgiving Day, when we sit down for dinner, we’ll pull out all the notes and read aloud the many ways we are blessed. My initial idea for this project was to create a Pilgrim Hat, but Halloween has left me with no black construction paper. Thus, the Grateful Turkey Box idea was created.

Grateful Turkey Box with Printable Note Cards

So many families are experiencing hardships, and especially around the holidays. My family has been truly blessed, so I want us to recognize the many things we have to be grateful for.

This is an easy Thanksgiving craft project that uses things you most likely already have on hand.

Here’s What You’ll Need
Empty tissue box
Construction paper in the colors brown, yellow, orange, and red
Craft glue
2 googly eyes

Grateful Turkey Box with Printable Note Cards

1. Using brown construction paper, cover the outside of the tissue box and allow to dry.

2. Next, cut out six tail feathers – 2 brown, 2 yellow, and 2 orange. I didn’t use a template for this. I gauged the size I would need and cut them out freehand. You’re going to fray the ends, so they don’t have to be perfect.

3. Cut out 4 rectangular shaped pieces of brown construction paper for the wings – two of one size and two more that are slightly larger. Round one corner of the rectangles.

4. From the brown construction paper cut the turkey’s body. It will need to be taller than the box. I just cut out a peanut shape for this.

5. Next cut out a small orange beek, pink gobbler, and a small half circle shape from the brown paper (for the head feathers).

6. Using the scissors, cut around the edge of each feather to create the fray.

7. Glue the tail feathers onto the back of the box, overlapping for a fanned out effect.

8. Glue the body onto the opposite side of the box. Add the googly eyes, nose and gobbler to create the face.

9. Attach the small rectangle feathers (that you have frayed) to the sides of the box.

Grateful Turkey Box with Printable Note Cards

Printable Note Cards – I created some printable “I am grateful for” notes for us. I saved it to a doc and you can print them here. There are 5 to a page.

I hope you like my Grateful Turkey Box. I think he came out pretty cute!

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

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  1. gigi borden says

    this is such a cute idea, i love it, it looks easy for the kids to be able to help too. thanks for sharing!

    • Becky Horn says

      Sorry I guess it wasn’t long enough, I really do think this is a great idea, and very cute, I may have to try this for my family : )

  2. Heidi says

    That is so fun! My daughter will love making this, and I hope it will help her understand the principle of gratitude. Thanks for sharing the great idea!

  3. Lacie says

    I love this idea too! I am going to make this with my daughter! I may even take it to Thanksgiving Dinner and have everyone put things they are thankful for in it (and then share with the group after dinner).

  4. Calien Laure says

    This is so cute! And it is an awesome tradition to start. I like the idea of passing the turkey around and having people draw random slips and saying the thanks out loud. Thank you for sharing. :)

  5. Christy G says

    I am having my children make this, this year. I know they will love not only making it but also sharing what they are thankful for! thank you for the great idea!

  6. Lauren O. says

    This is really cute! My daughter is too young to write on the cards but I wonder if she would like to make the box anyway with my help.

  7. Beth W says

    This is such a great idea for kids. I think we are going to make this tonight and put it at the table tomorrow for everyone to put their thoughts in. Then we can read them all before dinner.

  8. Cathy Jarolin says

    The Turkey Box is a real nice project for you and Your Grand Babys..Its a little late this year.Next year I will do it.. I have several Grand Babys living with me and this. This Project is as cute as counting off the days to Christmas Items… Thankyou for Posting.. Hope You and Your Family have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  9. TrippyCusp93 says

    This is such a cute craft idea! I love the meaningful message behind it. This is the perfect activity for my nephews too. I’ll be babysitting them soon and this would be a fun way to be creative and celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing! :)


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