Thankful Bucket Turkey Craft for Thanksgiving

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To get everyone talking about what they are grateful for this Thanksgiving, why not make this Thankful Bucket Turkey Craft with the kiddos? Just a few simple craft supplies and a spare hour is all it takes!

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Thankful Bucket Turkey Craft

The full list of materials, tools, and instructions is found in the printable tutorial card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through before starting this project to ensure that you have everything required and understand the steps and timings involved.

This Thanksgiving, give your kids a craft to help them think about all the things we are thankful for.

This thankful bucket turkey craft is simple enough for little ones to do with their parents or for older kids by themselves.

Plus they’ll be so proud of what they’ve created and will want to share the thankful bucket with everyone at the dinner table.

Thankful Bucket Turkey Craft Supplies

Materials & Tools Used in This Craft

The complete list of supplies, which may include basic crafting items that you already have can be found in the tutorial card at the end of this post. For your convenience, I’ve linked any notable materials and tools needed for this project to Amazon below.

Cheap Craft Supplies

If you’re in the USA, check out your local Dollar Store or Dollar Tree; and if you’re in the UK, the PoundshopThe RangeWilko, and Baker Ross are great places to shop for cheap and inexpensive craft supplies. The rest of the world reading this – I don’t know every cheap store – sorry! But hunt the ones out in your location for crafting bargains!

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Things to Be Thankful For! Turkey Bucket Craft

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Thankful Turkey Craft for Kids

Craft Tips

  • This craft can be made with a glass jar instead of bucket if you prefer.
  • If you don’t have craft felt, you can use paper or craft foam to create the features for the turkey.

Things To Be Thankful For

Here are the prompts we used on the thankful sticks that go into the turkey bucket, but you can add your own if you like.

  • Someone I love
  • My favorite thing to do
  • Thing that makes me happy
  • Something outside
  • Someone who is kind
  • My best friend
  • My favorite animal
  • Something fun
  • Something I am good at
  • A thing I use everyday
  • My favorite food
  • My favorite place
  • Something beautiful
  • Something inside
  • Greatest gift received

How Do I Make Thankful Bucket Turkey?

Just check out the how-to card below with full materials, tools, and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Thankful Turkey Bucket Craft

Thankful Bucket Turkey Craft

Yield: 1
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Beginner

Using simple craft supplies, create a Thankful Turkey Bucket craft to get everyone talking about what they are grateful for this Thanksgiving.


  • Brown Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Small Metal Bucket
  • Craft Felt – Yellow, Red, Orange
  • Googly Eyes
  • Small Luggage Tag
  • Natural Jute Twine
  • Brown Shredded Crinkled Paper
  • Jumbo Colored Craft Sticks


  • Paint Brush
  • Low Temp Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Permanent Black Marker
  • Pencil
  • Scissors


  1. Paint the outside of the metal bucket with brown acrylic craft paint. Set aside to dry and apply a second coat, if necessary.

    Step 1 - Paint the Bucket
  2. Cut out a triangle beak shape from yellow craft felt, a wiggly waddle shape from red craft felt, and two turkey feet shapes from orange craft felt. Attach two googly eyes and felt features to the turkey bucket with a glue gun. If you don’t have craft felt, use colored paper or sheets of craft foam.

    Step 2 - Cut Felt Features

    Step 2 - Felt Pieces Stuck to Bucket
  3. Write “I am THANKFUL for…” on a small shipping tag with a black marker. Tie tag onto the handle of the turkey bucket with a 10” length of natural jute twine and finish with a bow. Fill the bucket with shredded crinkled paper.

    Step 3 - Adding Tag
  4. Write thankful questions onto 15 colored jumbo craft sticks. Write with a pencil first before going over with a permanent black marker. Use the thankful prompts listed in the photo or make up your own based upon what is important to your family.

  5. Place all 15 colored jumbo craft sticks in the thankful turkey bucket using the crinkled paper shred to hold them in place. They become the turkey feathers!


    Thankful Turkey Bucket Craft

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