DIY this textured Burlap & Cork Thanksgiving Turkey

It’s a holiday mash up on Crafts ‘n Coffee this week. Earlier, we made Paper Pine Cone or Pineapple Christmas Ornaments; tomorrow is Halloween; and today, Kathleen George shares a tutorial to make a Burlap & Cork Thanksgiving Turkey. I don’t know about you, but I’m almost – almost, willing to skip over the Halloween candy for some turkey and pie! And this Burlap & Cork Thanksgiving Turkey would be a beautiful centerpiece in the midst of a Thanksgiving feast. There are quite a few steps to this Thanksgiving centerpiece, but I think he’s worth it.

Make a beautiful, Burlap & Cork Turkey for your Thanksgiving table over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Burlap & Cork Turkey, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 5″ and 2-½” eggs
    • 1-½” ball
  • Self-adhesive sheet of cork, 12″ x 12″
  • Cardstock, 12” x 12”, in natural color
  • Burlap, 12” x 12”
  • Acrylic craft paint in copper
  • Thread, brown
  • Half-round beads in black (eyes)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; sewing needle

To make a  Burlap & Cork Turkey:

Build the turkey body

1. Wax the knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle. Cut a horizontal slice from one side of the 5” egg, so that the egg will sit flat and not roll. Make the cut on an angle, with the narrow end of the egg facing up. The narrow end is the tail end, and the wide end is the neck.

2. Cut a small, vertical slice from the wide end of the 5″ egg. You’ll attach the neck here.

3. Make two cuts in the 2-1/2″ egg:

  • Cut a horizontal slice from one side of the 2-1/2″ egg.
  • Cut a small, vertical slice from the narrow end of the 2-1/2” egg.

4. Glue the flat side of the 2-1/2” egg to the wide end of the 5”egg, with the narrow end of the 2-1/2″ egg facing up.

5. Cut a small slice from one side of the 1-1/2″ ball. Glue the flat side of the ball to the flat, narrow end of the 2-1/2” egg.

6. Cut two slits from one side to the other across the tail end of the 5” egg. Cut the slits about 1” apart and 1″ deep. Refer to the side view for placement of the cuts. (This is where you’ll add the tail feathers in Steps 1 & 2 in the section “Assemble the turkey”.)

Thanksgiving centerpiece idea -- DIY a Burlap & Cork Turkey. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Two rows of tail feathers slide into the two slits you’ll cut in the back end of the turkey.

7. Paint the turkey body copper and let dry.

Create the cork and burlap pieces

1. To make the cork tail feathers, wings and ruffles, use the patterns to trace and cut out the following from the sheet of self-adhesive cork:

  • Back & front tail feathers
  • Neck ruffle
  • Two side wings
  • Three tail ruffles
  • Three chest ruffles

2. Peel off the paper backing and adhere the cork pieces to the cardstock. Carefully trim away the cardstock, leaving a 1/8” border all around. Trim away all of the cardstock on the edges that will be inserted into the body.

4. Burlap wings and tail feathers:

  • Burlap wings: Cut two, 3” x 3” squares of burlap. Stitch a running stitch along one edge, and gather tightly; knot thread. Fringe the other three edges.
  • Burlap tail feathers: Cut one 2″ x 8″ piece of burlap. Stitch a running stitch along one 8” edge and gather tightly; knot thread. Fringe the other three edges.

5. Beak: Adhere a small piece of cork paper onto the cardstock, and cut out a beak.

6. Wattle: Cut out a wattle from the burlap and glue to the cardstock with white glue. Let glue dry and cut out.

Assemble the turkey

Love the texture on this Burlap & Cork Thanksgiving Turkey centerpiece. CrafstnCoffee.com has the tutorial.

Meet your Thanksgiving centerpiece.

1. Slide the front fantail into the front slit across the tail end.  Secure with glue.

2. Slide the back fantail into the second slit and glue in place.

3. Glue the neck ruffle right where the neck meets the body.

4. Glue the two paper wings onto the body right behind the neck ruffle.

5. Glue the burlap wings right behind the paper wings.

6. Glue the little chest ruffle where the head meets the neck.

7. Glue the two tail ruffles across the body in front of the tail feathers.

8. Glue the two half-round black beads for eyes.

9. Make a fold in the beak and glue the fold to the head.

10. Fold over the top end of the wattle, and glue it on top of the beak.

Make a beautiful, Burlap & Cork Turkey for your Thanksgiving table over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

If you’re ready to segue into Thanksgiving, too, then take a look at Patty Schaffer’s Deco Mesh Turkey Wreath. Those are some tail feathers!

What a fun turkey wreath. Love the bright Deco Mesh tail feathers.

If you have any candy corn leftover after tomorrow, use it to decorate this Silk Leaf Turkey. This post has a few other links to Thanksgiving turkey crafts for the kids, too.

Clever - use silk leaves for the turkey tail feathers. This one is really cute and colorful. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Thanksgiving Silk Leaf Turkey by Michelle LeSage.

Now, back to Halloween. What are you plans for tomorrow? Is anyone dressing up? There are going to be a few unicorns in our house tomorrow, and I’m not sure that everyone is all “unicorns and rainbows” about this idea!

JoJo the unicorn! CraftsnCoffee.com.

I don’t think JoJo finds it magical to be a unicorn!

Have a fun Halloween, and happy crafting!

Sharon

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10 Responses to DIY this textured Burlap & Cork Thanksgiving Turkey

  1. CraftyB says:

    Perfect for our Thanksgiving table, gobble, gobble!!

  2. LisaM6 says:

    Love the turkey with cork. What a fun idea. You could tack what you are thankful for on his tail feathers. My pups will stay home with me as it is raining. The daughter and hubby will be heading out soon. Happy Halloween!

    • Sharon says:

      That’s a really great idea, thank you! I hope your daughter and hubby are sharing the stash! Here we go — into the holiday flurry! Enjoy, Lisa. Sharon

  3. Martha Castle says:

    That turkey is cute! That would be pretty on the Thanksgiving table.

  4. annehaun says:

    Cute ideas – thanks for sharing.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you so much, and I’m glad you like them. Sometimes, Thanksgiving gets squeezed out between the two noisier holidays. Have a fun weekend! Sharon

  5. Katiria says:

    Love the turkeys. BTW I think all unicorns are magical. LOL
    This year I’m dressing up as “Marge Simpson” complete with blue bubblewrap hair & styrofoam balls as her red necklace 😉 and I’m carrying my little “Maggie Simpson”. Nobody else wanted to dress up this year so it’s just her and me at the park tomorrow.
    Happy Halloween!

    • Sharon says:

      How cute is that, Marge? I can’t believe that your son, the awesome Minion, isn’t dressing up! Good thing you have a little Maggie who will be in the “spirit” of Halloween for many more years! Have a happy Halloween! Sharon

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