How It's Done: Vegetable Turkey Cups

  turkey veggie cups

    One of the best parts about the holidays is enjoying great food with friends and family.  For Thanksgiving Day, why not give these cute little vegetable turkey appetizers a try?  This is a great project that children and adults can do together.  Supervision and participation by a parent or other responsible adult is required for this activity, since it includes the use of scissors and chopping of vegetables.  Let's get started!

What You Need:


Plastic dip cups (found with the Dixie cups on the paper plate aisle) - if you can't find the dip cups, Dixie cups will work

Turkey templates (one for each turkey you plan to make - to download the free PDF, click here)

Markers, crayons and/or colored pencils


Glue Stick


Vegetable sticks - celery, carrots and red pepper

Hummus or your favorite dip

What You Do:

1. Print out the provided templates.

vegetable turkey template

The turkey template....

2. Color each turkey using crayons, markers or colored pencils.

coloring the turkeys

Coloring the turkey....

3. Ask an adult to help you cut out the turkeys.

turkey cutout

The finished turkey cutout....

4. Using your glue stick, apply glue to the back of each turkey and adhere them to the edge of your dip cups, as shown.  Let the glue dry for awhile before using the cups to ensure the paper turkeys have time to dry so they don't fall of during use.

gluing the turkey

Applying the glue....

turkey cup

Remember to let your turkeys dry before use!

5. Next, ask an adult to help you wash and chop the produce - we used celery, carrots and red pepper and cut them in long strips or sticks.  Set aside on a clean paper towel to dry.

6.  While your vegetables dry, spoon a tablespoon or so of hummus into the bottom of each cup.

turkey cups ready for filling

Turkey cups ready for filling....

filling with dip

Filling with hummus....

7. Place the vegetables in the dip in a 'fan-like' fashion to mimic a turkey's elaborate tail.

vegetable turkey

The finished Vegetable Turkey!

8.  Enjoy as a Thanksgiving Day appetizer!