Thanksgiving Paper Bag Crafts for Kids

Here are some fun and easy paper bag crafts kids can make for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving crafts is a great way to entertain the kids and help celebrate this fall holiday.

You can do so much with just a little bag and a big imagination. Paper bags are inexpensive and help the environment as you are reusing the bag instead of throwing it away.

These are some of our favorite Thanksgiving kids crafts and they use a brown paper bag as the main craft supply. Each craft idea will list the supplies needed, a step by step instructions and a picture of the completed kids craft project. Get creative and add your own special touch and create your own kids craft ideas.

Thanksgiving Paper Bag Craft #2
Turkey Puppet

This kids paper bag craft is extremely easy and good for just about any age. The little ones love this one as they get to play with it after it’s done.


  • 1 paper lunch bag
  • Colored construction paper
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Wiggle eyes (optional)

How to Make a Handprint Turkey Paper Bag Puppet

Step 1: Lay your paper bag on the table with the flap is facing you. This flap will be the turkey’s head.

Step 2: Using the colored construction paper, trace and cut out several hand prints. These will be the turkey’s feather. Glue on the feathers to the back of the paper bag. Put the feathers in any design you like.

Step 3: Cut out two more smaller handprints using the orange paper. These will be the turkey’s arms. Glue these to the sides of the turkey’s body below the flap of the paper bag.

Step 4: Using orange construction paper, cut out a triangle shape for the turkey’s beak. Glue just the top half of the triangle to the bag just below the eyes.

Step 5: Cut out a red wiggly wattle and glue this under the beak letting it hang slightly to one side.

Step 6: Draw two eyes on the turkey’s head. If you want, you can glue on wiggle eyes instead of drawing them but make sure they are really glued on as this is the part of the bag that moves the most when the kids are playing with it.

As an option for this kids Thanksgiving craft you can add legs as well. Just cut them out with paper and glue them to the bottom (inside) of the bag. Although this adds to the puppet, remember the kids will be playing with this one so make sure they are glued on really well.

This paper bag craft for kids is so easy and yet they will have hours of fun. Paper bag puppets are a fun and easy kids craft idea and can be for anytime of the year. Check out all these paper bag animal crafts for more ideas.

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Thanksgiving Paper Bag Craft #3
Paper Bag Cornucopia

This Thanksgiving kids craft idea will make a great centerpiece for your dinner table. It’s easy and the kids will have fun coloring or cutting out pictures of the fruits and vegetables.


  • 1 brown lunch bag
  • Pictures of fruits and vegetables from magazine or coloring pages
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

How to Make a Paper Bag Cornucopia

Step 1: Cut your brown lunch bag in half and cut off the bottom so it is flat. Now roll it into a cone shape and glue or staple in place.

Tip: I like to stuff it with a piece of newspaper to keep the cornucopia fluffed out.

Step 2: Fold back the front of the cornucopia (about 1/2 to 3/4 ” of the paper bag).

Step 3: Now go through some magazines and cut out pictures of fruit and vegetables.

As another option, find coloring pages with fruits and veggies and let the kids color them for the cornucopia kids craft project. I think this is more fun for the younger kids as they love to color.

Step 4: Glue these pictures to the front of the cornucopia (on the side flap) so that it partially covers the opening.

There you have it, a beautiful center piece cornucopia for your Thanksgiving table with a simple and easy paper bag crafts kids can do.

You can alter this kids paper bag craft idea by using brown construction paper or a dinner plate (and color brown). Make this kids craft with what ever supplies you have on hand.