Paper Bag Turkeys

Learn how to make an adorable centerpiece for your kid's table with just a couple of brown bags, white paper, a glue gun, and some scissors. 

You can refer to our previous post, How to Make Popcorn in a Paper Bag for a healthy, easy "stuffing."

Start by gathering your supplies:

  • One 1/6 BBL SOS grocery sack (ask at the checkout counter of your local grocery store)
  • Two 2# natural grocery bags or other small size (ask at the bakery counter of your local grocery store)
  • A hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • White copy paper (8 1/2 x 11") 
  • Three to four bags of popcorn, or see our post about how to make your own! How to Make Popcorn in a Paper Bag

    Make the frills:

    • Cut your 8 1/2 x 11" white paper lengthwise
    • Fold both pieces in half lengthwise
    • Use the scissors to make small cuts on the folded side to create loops

    Create your drumsticks:

    • Make a fist and stick your hand inside one of the small, brown bags
    • Using your free hand, mold the top of the bag into a more rounded shape
    • Fill 2/3 of the bag with popcorn and twist the bottom of the bag to keep it tight
    • Use the hot glue gun to secure the white frill on the bottom of your drumstick and glue the end of the frill to itself to keep it in place
    • Repeat for second drumstick

    Form the turkey's body:

    • Use the the larger brown grocery sack to create the body of your turkey
    • Similarly to your drumsticks, use your hands to smush the edges of the sack into a round shape
    • Fill the bag with popcorn
    • Fold the left and right edges at the bottom of the bag under, so you have three straight edges instead of one large one
    • Tuck the bottom edge of the bag under and hot glue gun it shut

    Isn't it a beauty?  Garnish with parsley, gourds, or any other fall favorites, and have an adult "carve" your bird for your guests to enjoy before the main event.  This one is sure to be a crowd pleaser for kids and adults alike!