Thanksgiving is often the forgotten holiday when it comes to crafting. Not to mention that making a cute turkey can be a challenge. I am glad Debi Schmitz took on this challenge and is sharing her Twine Turkey Centerpiece today. Debi combined twine, burlap and plaid to create a handsome turkey centerpiece overflowing with fall colors and texture. I’ve included links to a few more turkey crafts, too.
Twine Turkey Thanksgiving Centerpiece by Debi Schmitz
To make a Twine Turkey Centerpiece, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” & 2-1/2” balls
- Plaid, 1/3 yd.
- Burlap, 1/3 yd.
- Burnt yellow, 6” scrap
- Burgundy, 10” scrap
- Craft paper in brown, 1-1/2 yds x 30” wide
- Wood dowel, 1/8” x 3”
- Buttons, two ½” in black
- Jute cord, 3-ply #28
- Wood craft sticks, 14
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; permanent black marker; pins, 7/8”; optional: iron
To make a Twine Turkey Centerpiece:
1. Slice ½” from the bottom of the 5” ball. Draw a line around the center of the ball with a permanent marker.
2. Spread glue on top of ball, and pin and glue the end of the jute to the center top of the ball. Start wrapping the jute in a circle, pinning and gluing as you go. Wrap to the center line, cut jute, and glue end in place.
Start at the top of the ball, and wind twine to the center. Repeat, working from the bottom to the center.
3. Repeat, starting at the bottom of the ball and wrapping the jute till you reach the middle and the ball is completely covered.
4. Wrap the 2-1/2” ball following Steps 2 & 3.
5. Glue and insert the wood dowel into the top of the 5” ball. Insert and glue the head onto the dowel, making sure the jute on the head goes in the opposite direction.
Insert and glue the dowel between the balls. Be sure you add the balls with the twine wrapped in opposite directions.
6. To make the feathers, you’re first going to make a “sandwich” with the craft paper and burlap on the outside, and craft sticks in the middle:
- Spread out a 10” x 30” piece of craft paper.
- Position six craft sticks every 3-1/2” and with the bottom of the sticks lined up along the edge.
- Spread glue between the sticks.
- If needed, iron burlap.
- Place a 12” x 30” burlap piece over the craft sticks and craft paper.
- Smooth down the burlap, and let glue dry.
Make a “sandwich”. Start with the craft paper (left) and add the craft sticks. Spread glue all over the craft paper (center). Top with burlap.
7. Repeat, making a second “sandwich” with the plaid fabric, craft paper and eight craft sticks.
8. Cut three large feathers (pattern A) and three small feathers (pattern B) from the burlap sandwich; be sure a craft stick is centered in each feather.
9. Cut four large and four small feathers from the plaid fabric sandwich.
10. From the scraps of the plaid fabric sandwich, cut out two wings (E) and two feet (C).
11. Using the patterns, cut the following:
- Waddle (G) and head comb (D) from a sandwich of burgundy fabric, brown paper, burgundy fabric.
- Beak (F) from a sandwich of yellow fabric, brown paper, yellow fabric.
- If needed, place under a heavy book to keep them flat as they dry.
12. Glue on feathers:
- Glue four small plaid feathers to the bottom back of the turkey.
- Glue three small burlap feathers to the back of the turkey, positioned between the plaid feathers.
- Glue large plaid feathers to the turkey, and then the burlap feathers.
13. Assemble the pieces:
- Glue feet to bottom of turkey.
- Fold beak in half, and glue to middle of face.
- Glue waddle under the beak, and button eyes above the beak.
- Glue head comb to top of head, and pin in place if needed.
- Glue the wings to the front sides.
- Once glue dries, remove pins.
Isn’t he handsome?
Here are few more turkeys that are centerpiece worthy. With a helping hand, kids can make this Silk Leaf Turkey.
Silk Leaf Turkey
Kids will also enjoy writing “thankful” notes on the feathers of this Chalkboard Feather Turkey.
Chalkboard Feather Turkey by Patty Schaffer.
For more great texture, check out Kathleen George’s Burlap & Cork Turkey.
Burlap & Cork Turkey
Designer Patty Schaffer took on the challenge of updating a vintage, Chenille Turkey for today’s crafters.
Chenille Turkey by Patty Schaffer
Patty also made this amazing, Deco Mesh Turkey Wreath. He may not be a centerpiece, but he’s going to look awesome on your front door Thanksgiving day.
Have you already planned out your Thanksgiving dinner? What’s on the menu?