Coffee Filter Tie-Dye Turkeys Tutorial

Happy Thanksgiving!  Here’s a fun and “cool” activity to keep them busy on Thanksgiving!

Tie Dye Turkeys!

Supplies Needed:
Coffee Filters
Markers – we used Crayola
Scraps of brown, orange, red and black paper
Hole punch – for eyes (or just use a crayon)
Rubber Gloves (only if you’re doing a lot – the ink can stain your hands)

First, color spots all over your feathers / coffee filter.
Second, lay out newspaper and fold your feathers in half and half again and again – until it looks lie a piece of pie.
Third, prepare to get wet!  Just the tip really needs to get wet and the water is absorbed to the end.


Fourth, squeeze the water from tip to end so all of the colors merge.

Air dry.


While it dries, make your turkey body.  Our body is the shape of a bowling pin and about the size of your hand.

They make great Thanksgiving decorations and sun catchers too!

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Kristen is a Reading Specialist who currently works with children in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade. She is the blogger behind Busy Kids Happy Mom, a site dedicated to fun, practical, and purposeful activities to do with your kids. Follow Kristen on Facebook, Pinterest, and subscribe for updates.


  1. Very cute idea! Thank you!

  2. I assume you used washable markers, right?

  3. Alexis – thanks for asking! Our markers are actually not washable, that’s probably why our fingers looked dyed! Washable would probably be great too.

  4. This is perfect for my first graders! I will have them trace their shoe for the turkey’s body. Thank you!

  5. Yeah Midge! I made them for years when I taught first grade. Wear gloves or else you’ll look a little colorful by the end of the day!

  6. This is such a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. This is such a cute idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. Hi, I wanted to let you know I featured this on the EtsyKids Team blog along with 50 other Thanksgiving crafts, recipes and printables for kids.

  9. I let my first graders spritz their filter with water bottle! Leave on paper plate to dry!

  10. I love how you dipped them in the water – this makes for such a fun process and beautiful turkey too!

  11. Thanks for this craft! It was mega fun and super cute! We used markers in shades of brown for the body on white paper. We wet the body and the colors blended, so it looks 3-D. Fun project!

  12. Kay Phoebe says:

    Thank you for this creative idea! I am excited to do this craft with my class!


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