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.
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”.)
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
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.
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!
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!
Have a fun Halloween, and happy crafting!