Coffee Filter Tie-Dye Turkeys Tutorial

Coffee Filter Tie-Dye Turkeys:  Time to plan a November Project.  I started making these Tie-Dye turkeys 20 years ago (gasp!)  Did you see the fabulous fruit turkey my friend Charlene made?  That turkey is out of fruit, but this turkey is a colorful craft!  Enlist the teenagers to follow this tutorial and help the kids make them this Thanksgiving.

 Supplies Needed:


Fabulous Tie-Dyed Turkeys. Learn how to make them on Busy Kids Happy Mom

Step 1

Coffee Filter Tie-Dye Turkeys – Color your coffee filter.  You can color it in blotches, stripes, or just color half of it.  All of the colors will blend together.

Step 1: Tie Dye Turkey for Thanksgiving

Step 2

Lay out your newspaper and put on your gloves.

Step 2: Tie Dyed Coffee Filters

Step 3

Fold your filter in half and half again, until it looks like a piece of pie.

Step 3: Tie Dyed Coffee Filters

Step 4

Parent / Teacher supervision for this part:  Turn on your water faucet.  Just the tip of the filter needs to get wet.  The water will absorb through the end.

Step 4 : Secret tip to tie-dyed coffee filters

Step 5

Squeeze your fingers over the filter so that the water spreads to the end.  The colors will merge together nicely.  If they don’t, try again!  Light colors in the middle, spreading out to dark colors look really cool (below).
Tie Dyed Coffee Filter Turkeys

Step 6

Let the filters air dry while the kids get busy making the turkey body.

Tie Dyed Coffee Filter Turkeys

Step 7

Our body is the shape of a bowling pin and about the size of your hand.  For the classroom, I made a cardboard template for the kids to trace.  For my own children, I just hand drew the outline.

The bodies to a Tie Dyed Coffee Filter Turkeys

Step 8

Add a little triangle orange beak, a red squiggly waddle, punch out two black circles for the eyes, and use scraps to make some feet.  Now glue the dried coffee filter to the back of the body, now you have your own Coffee Filter Tie-Dye Turkey!

Tie Dyed Coffee Filter Turkeys

Coffee Filter Tie-Dye Turkeys….they make great Thanksgiving decorations and sun catchers too!

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  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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