This is a really cute turkey craft idea that can be used as a place card at your Thanksgiving dinner, or just anywhere around the house. Based on the supplies and number of photos I’ve included, you might jump to the conclusion that it’s a more advanced craft, but I promise it’s fairly simple.
This is certainly a pile of “stuff.” I rarely make one of something, so what you see here are the supplies for more than one turkey, but let’s break it down to what you need for one:
a scrap piece of 2X4 that is 3.5-inches high, a paint stick cut to 4.75-inches, 5 wooden tongue depressors, glue and/or hot glue, scrap pieces of scrapbook paper in fall colors, a piece of card stock or cardboard the same size as the wooden block, small scrap pieces of red paper and yellow paper, red ink pad, 12-inch piece of ribbon, small feather, light brown, black and white acrylic paints, paintbrushes, double-stick tape, heart paper punch (optional), and scissors
Everything you see in photo is stuff I already had, so I can’t really estimate what it would cost if you bought it all. But I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be very cost effective. It took me about an hour to make two.
We begin by painting the wooden block and the 4.75-inch piece of the paint stick. You might need to paint two coats, so let the first one dry before applying the second. Paint all sides. Set aside to dry.
While the wood is drying, begin making the turkey’s feathers. You will need five tongue depressors. It’s a pretty simple process. Roll a strip of double-sided tape down one side of a tongue depressor, then attach a piece of scrapbooking paper to the taped side. Carefully cut away the paper from around the depressor. Then, using old scissors, cut all of the papered depressors in half. If you want to give the turkey more of a vintage look, sand the papered depressors around the edges using very fine sand paper.
Once the paint has dried, you might want to sand the block and paint stick to give them a more vintage look. Then using either hot glue or Elmer’s glue (I used a hot glue gun), attach the papered depressors as shown in the first photo. You will need to cut the depressor halves as shown in the first photo in order for all of them to fit. Once they are secured, glue on the piece of card stock or cardboard that is the same size as the wooden block. This hides all of the back of the turkey.
Turn the block around to face front and lay it on the back. Glue on the small feather at the top and using just a dot of glue, secure the middle of a 12-inch piece of ribbon. Set aside.
Draw a rounded triangle for the beak of the turkey using yellow paper. Cut it out and then roll the edge in the red ink pad. Glue to the paint stick about 3/4-inch from the top.
Draw a small wattle to hang from the beak using red paper. Cut it out and glue it to the beak. Also using the red paper, cut out a tiny heart (I used a paper cutter) and glue it in place, as shown.
Using the top end of a small paint brush, dip it in black paint and then make dots for the turkey’s eyes.
Then dip the top in white paint and make tiny dots on each side of the beak. Also using the white paint, put a small mark on the heart. Let dry.
Secure the paint stick to the wooden block, using a hot glue gun or Elmer’s glue. I just find the hot glue gun to serve the purpose well and it dries quickly. Tie the ribbon into bows around the turkey’s neck and you have a finished project!
Cute, aren’t they? And you can attach a person’t name to the ribbon using small tags. They really dress up your Thanksgiving table.