Hand Turkey Candy Dishes


Easy Hand Turkey Candy Dishes for the Kid’s Thanksgiving Table

This is a fun activity to do with the kids to help prepare the Thanksgiving. You can also do this as an activity for:

  • School
  • Church
  • Girl or Boy Scouts
  • The Library


My daughter, Mia, and I had so much fun making these cute little hand turkey candy dishes.  We thought it’d be fun to place at the kids dinner table at a Thanksgiving party we are having with our friends.  Here is how we made them!

Time: 15-30 Minutes


  • Clear plastic cup (one per dish)
  • Festive colored paper in red, orange, yellow, and brown
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Double sided-tape
  • Pencil
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Your favorite SweetWorks candies

Hand Turkey Candy Dishes Instructions:

The first thing we did was trace Mia’s hands. Mia had to get the hang of it, but with my help and A LOT of erasing, we did it!  We traced a right and left hand for each candy dish in different colors. I recommend using card stock as seen here, however construction paper works well too.




I cut them out for her because she’s still a little too young, but she was right there cheering me on! For older kids be sure to use kid safe scissors. You can erase any left over pencil marks.



Next, we cut out a circle for the head, a triangle for the beak, and a little free hand squiggly for the turkey’s wattle (don’t worry I just had to Google “what is the red thing on a turkey’s throat”…ha!). We glued them all together and added two large wiggly eyes. For the head, consider using a circle craft punch or tracing and cutting a round object.



Next we used double-sided tape to put it all together! I recommend double-sided tape, but white glue or a glue stick also works well.



We filled it with Mia’s favorite Sixlets candy coated chocolates in metallic festive colors.  Consider filling it with red, yellow, and orange SweetWorks chocolate balls or M&M’s too! 

Optional Idea

If you don’t want to use them as candy dishes, here is another fun family activity.

  1. Make these hand turkey dishes and place them by the front door during Thanksgiving.
  2. Place small pieces of paper and pens or pencils with it.
  3. Include instructions for your guests to write one thing they are thankful for on the piece of paper, fold it, and place it in the dish.
  4. After dinner, unfold each one and everyone can guess who wrote each thing.

Here is out finished product! These would also be great accompanied by these adorable squirrel and owl DIY napkin holders by Plate in 28 to complete your table setting.

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Note: This post was originally written on November 6, 2013 and was updated and improved.

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