DIY Tissue Paper Stained Glass Turkeys (Kids Craft)

The kids and I made a simple Thanksgiving craft – tissue paper Stained Glass Turkeys. Their autumn colored feathers look pretty when the sun shines through them. The turkeys are adorable with the addition of googly eyes, beaks and wattles.


This is our second time making a stained glass craft project. Earlier this year, we made Stained Glass Butterflies. For Thanksgiving, we decided to make turkeys. It was a fun and easy.

The materials we used to make our Stained Glass Turkeys were brown cardstock paper, red cardstock paper, yellow cardstock paper, colored tissue papers (fall colors such as red, orange and yellow), clear contact paper, googly/wiggle eyes, scissors, glue, pencil and turkey templates.


I cut the fall colored tissue paper into several pieces. I also cut out turkey templates – the turkey and tail feathers outline. You could make your own template or use mine. Download my Turkey Template HERE.

TIP: The tissue paper pieces, the templates, the tail feathers outlines, turkey bodies, beaks and wattles were cut before I made this with my kids. My kids only had to decorate the turkeys.

To make the tail feathers outline, I folded my brown cardstock paper in half. The paper I used was a 12×12. You could use a 8.5×11. I placed the template on the folded paper. The dotted lines of the template go on the fold.


I traced the template onto the paper. I cut out the pattern. I then cut into this pattern piece to create the outline. You could make the outline as thick or thin as you like. See photo below for a visual step-by-step. I unfolded the paper.


I then placed the tail feathers outline on the sticky side of a piece of contact paper. My kids decorated their turkeys by placing pieces of tissue paper within the turkey feathers outline.


I placed another piece of contact paper (sticky side down) on top of the finished turkey. I smoothed it out.

I turned it over so I could see the outline.


I cut the excess contact paper.


My kids glued the turkey’s body in the middle of the feathers.


They then glued the googly eyes, wattle and beak. Our cute turkeys are done.


They look beautiful on our window. Look at the glorious fall colors shining through the tissue paper feathers of the turkey.


Have you made any tissue paper stained glass crafts? Have you made any Thanksgiving turkey crafts?

Happy Crafting!

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  1. Love this! Quick question…what did you use to stick the turkey to the window?

  2. Simply brilliant to use contact paper instead of glue! That saves on a huge sticky mess.

  3. Meredith Smith says:

    I made these today with my daughter’s class and had to end up using the laminating machine at the school because the 2 pieces on contact paper wouldn’t stick to each other. The kids had fun making them. I think they will be really pretty once they hang them! Thanks for the great directions and the pdf!

  4. Awesome idea! Just did this with my daughters preschool. I added writing “I am thankful for…” With the child’s reply on the turkey. We laminated them for keepsakes. Thanks for the template.


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