Cupcake Liner Turkey Puppet

I love making crafts with my kids that can be interactive for pretend play or that we can use to reenact a story that we’ve just read. I came across some darling Cereal Box Turkeys over at Plum Pudding recently and I loved them. I decided to make more of a kid-friendly version that my children could help me with and we are using them as Turkey Puppets. We used one of my favorite crafting materials to make them also, cupcake liners.

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Supplies you will need:

  • craft stick [We received ours from our friends at]
  • 2 mini brown cupcake liners
  • 1 orange cupcake liner
  • sheet of cardstock paper (I used a scrap piece of yellow, you can use whatever color you want)
  • small piece of brown, yellow and red cardstock paper
  • 2-inch circle punch
    (or you can free hand a circle this size)
  • school glue
  • glue stick
  • scissors
1. Start by using your glue stick to glue down your orange cupcake liner onto a sheet of cardstock paper. I used a scrap piece of yellow that I had. You can choose whatever color you want to use. Now cut the cupcake liner out. (Backing it with cardstock paper gives the cupcake liner and puppet stability.)
2. Use school glue to glue your craft stick down to the front of your orange cupcake liner.
3. Using your glue stick, glue one of your mini brown cupcake liners onto the orange cupcake liner, positioning it at the bottom.
4. Use your scissors to make slits around the top and sides of your orange cupcake liner. Some of the cardstock paper you glued your cupcake liner onto may show through after doing this, so keep that in mind when deciding what color you use in step 1.

5. Cut your other mini brown cupcake liner in half and glue the pieces onto the sides of your other brown cupcake liner to act as turkey wings.

6. Cut a 2-inch circle from your circle punch out of your brown paper and then glue it onto your puppet.

7. Finish your turkey by adding googly eyes, a beak and snood cut out of your red and yellow paper.
Now you have a fun little turkey puppet to reenact your favorite turkey story or for imaginative, pretend play. We made several turkeys so my kids have had fun letting them interact with each other. I think it would also be fun to play around with different patterned cupcake liners instead of the orange one. I’m thinking orange polka-dot liners
or a different pattern. I didn’t have any on hand to try it out.
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Check out our list of Family Favorite Thanksgiving Books!
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