Thanksgiving Craft: Soda Can Turkey

Glug, glug, gobble, gobble.

In case you haven’t noticed, I love soda can crafts. I get to drink Diet Coke and recycle the can into something cute and unique, like this Thanksgiving craft. While I love all of my soda can crafts, I think this little turkey is one of my favorites so far.

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  • Soda can
  • Brown spray paint (some paints work well without a primer, but if you are unsure, I recommend using a spray primer before painting the can brown)
  • Stiff dark brown craft felt (sold in sheets or packs)
  • Beige, cream, red and gold (or yellow) craft felt (sold in sheets or packs)
  • Googly eyes
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers (optional – for positioning small items)
  • Turkey feature templates (Be sure to print the template landscape)


Shape and paint the soda can

  1. Tear off the soda can tab.
  2. Rinse out the soda can.
  3. Gently crush and bend the cans so that the top of the can tilts forward and the bottom tilts back.
  4. Spray paint the entire can brown (including the top and bottom), and let completely dry.

While the paint dries, cut out the turkey features

(You can design your own, or use my templates)

  1. Using pinking shears or regular scissors, cut the large tail feather out of stiff brown felt.
  2. Using pinking shears or regular scissors, cut the medium and small tail feathers out of beige and cream felt.
  3. Using pinking shears or regular scissors, cut the wings out of cream (or beige) felt.
  4. Cut the beak and feet out of gold (or yellow) felt.
  5. Cut the waddle out of red felt.

Assemble the soda can turkey

  1. Glue the wings to the sides of the soda can (wrap them from the back to the front).
  2. Glue the three tail feathers together.
  3. Glue the beak, waddle and googly eyes to the top of the soda can.
  4. Glue the feet to the bottom of the soda can.
  5. Glue the collar around the rim of the top (face) of the soda can.

Maybe this large turkey is why the pilgrims look so shocked.

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    • says

      Well, I just couldn’t resist looking it up. If your soda can turkeys are wild turkeys, then it is a flock. However, if they are domesticated turkeys, they are called a rafter. So, maybe we can assume they are a rafter if made from caffeine-free soda cans and a flock if the soda cans once contained caffeinated soda… 😉

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