Chalk Pastel Stenciled Turkeys

I feel like Thanksgiving gets forgotten sometimes. Halloween is over and people and stores go straight to Christmas. I love Thanksgiving crafts and think they are so fun for kids to do. I thought my girls might be too old this year to make a silly Thanksgiving turkey craft, but they were totally still into it. Yay! We had great fun breaking out our chalk pastels and stenciling some colorful turkey feathers. These big, bold turkeys look pretty darling staring down at me from the mantel. This would be a fun project for the kid’s table on Thanksgiving.

Chalk Pastel Stenciled Turkeys

Chalk Pastel Stenciled Turkeys

Supplies for Chalk Pastel Stenciled Turkeys:

  • 12″x18″ construction paper – brown and white
  • scrap pieces of construction paper – orange and red
  • file folder, card stock, or other sturdy paper for the stencil
  • chalk pastels
  • tissue or cotton balls
  • googly eyes
  • glue

First, draw the turkey’s head and body shape on brown construction paper. We used our fists and wrists as a guide for the head and neck, which worked great!

Drawing a turkey head

Round off the sides for the turkey’s body, and cut out the shape.

Drawing a turkey head and body

On the background paper, lightly mark where the turkey’s body will be. This will help you place your feathers in the right spot.

Making a stenciled feather turkey

Set aside the turkey head and body for now. Time to cut out a feather stencil. Fold a piece of sturdy paper in half (we recycled a file folder), draw a half feather shape, and cut out.

Making a feather stencil

Working on a piece of scratch paper, load the edge of the stencil with a thick layer of chalk pastel.

Chalk pastel stenciling

Place the stencil on your background paper, making sure the bottom overlaps the turkey body guide line you drew. Use a tissue or cotton ball to rub the chalk from the stencil onto the paper. Continue rubbing and brushing the chalk until the whole feather shape is filled with color.

Stenciling turkey feathers with chalk

Continue adding feathers until your background is filled. Looking good so far!

Chalk pastel stenciled feathers

Glue the turkey head and body onto the background paper. Then, give your turkey a face with some googly eyes and colored paper beak and waddle. We love the jumbo googly eyes!

Stenciled turkey art project

Enjoy displaying your colorful stenciled turkey. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Stenciled turkey art project for kids

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