Invite this DIY, Twine Turkey to Thanksgiving dinner

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.

DIY Twine Turkey

Twine Turkey Thanksgiving Centerpiece by Debi Schmitz

To make a Twine Turkey Centerpiece, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” & 2-1/2” balls
  • Fabric:
    • 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.

DIY Twine Turkey Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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.

DIY Twine Turkey

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.
DIY Twine Turkey Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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.
DIY Twine Turkey

Isn’t he handsome?

Here are few more turkeys that are centerpiece worthy. With a helping hand, kids can make this Silk Leaf Turkey.

DIY Thanksgiving kids craft

Silk Leaf Turkey

Kids will also enjoy writing “thankful” notes on the feathers of this Chalkboard Feather Turkey.

DIY Thanksgiving kids craft

Chalkboard Feather Turkey by Patty Schaffer.

For more great texture, check out Kathleen George’s Burlap & Cork Turkey.

DIY Thanksgiving turkey centerpiece

Burlap & Cork Turkey

Designer Patty Schaffer took on the challenge of updating a vintage, Chenille Turkey for today’s crafters.

DIY Chenille turkey

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.

DIY Deco Mesh Turkey Wreath

Have you already planned out your Thanksgiving dinner? What’s on the menu?

Happy crafting!


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27 Responses to Invite this DIY, Twine Turkey to Thanksgiving dinner

  1. Turkey time is almost here! The variety of choices is great. I cannot decide my favorite one. They are all so cute. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Thank you, Angie, and I’m glad you’re inspired! What are you planning for Thanksgiving? I can’t wait for the pies! Happy crafting! Sharon

  2. Adorable! I truly love it.

  3. CraftyB says:

    He’s a cutie!! Great for a mantle or centerpiece.

  4. The cute twine turkey has a place , front & center, at out Thanksgiving table! So adorable and I think Jenna can make most of it by herself! She is going to love it! TFS!

  5. Oh this is so cute! What a great idea, love it! We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in England, but I might have a go at making a little turkey anyway, haha! 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 I hope you do! And you can certainly celebrate along with us, and have yourself a big slice of pie with whipped cream! Happy crafting! Sharon

  6. Katiria says:

    I’m “gobbling” up all these cute crafts 🙂 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      He, he! Glad you like them! When these designers can make turkeys look cute, you know they’re talented ladies! I hope you find the time to make one or two. Thanks for stopping in, and happy crafting! Sharon

  7. PS says:

    OMG!!! Such a cute projects…Liked the twine one!!! Its so cute and adorable looking….

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! All credit goes to designer Debi Schmits, and I am thankful that she shared her Twine Turkey with us. Glad you enjoyed him, too! Happy crafting! Sharon

  8. annehaun says:

    Love the twine turkey – perfect for the Thanksgiving table! Thanks!

  9. Erin says:

    What a cute idea. This turkey is ready for Thanksgiving 🙂

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