Decorating for Thanksgiving

Photo Source: Martha Stewart
Photo Source: Martha Stewart

 

A few years back I found this post for cute little turkeys crafted from yarn and pipe cleaners.  Of course Martha Stewart used them as “place card holders”.  Good heavens…for every person at the table??!!!  Maybe if that’s all I had going on in my life, but as it stands –  Fuh-git-about-it!  How ’bout instead we make just a couple and use them as centerpieces?  Or “mantle candy”???  (I may be making up a word here).  That sounds just about right.  Like I said, it’s been a few years since I made these, so rather than doing things like, using needle and thread to weave through the yarn pom-pom to “create” wings and “eyes”, I think I threw up a mental block.  Instead, we simply left out the wings, opting for multi colored yarn for dimension, and used wiggly-eyes!  I’ll show you an example of both here, so you can make your own call as to which would be most appropriate for your Big Day.  Make them like Martha’s…or take a few short-cuts like we did.  Up to you.

Supplies:

  • 2 Pom-poms.  One large (for the body) and one small (for the head).  THIS YouTube vid will show you how to make one using just your hands, rather than having to purchase a “pom-pom MAKER”  🙂 
  • Red, brown, gray, yellow, yarn  Martha calls for wool yar, but I’m a proponent of using what you have, so I used cheap-o acrylic yarn.  They’ve always turned out very cute.  I suppose I could have used MORE yarn so they would have turned out ‘fuller’, but I kinda liked the ‘scraggly’ look.  
  • Small scissor
  • Small wiggly eyes
  • Ink pen
  • Black, red, white, brown, and gold  felt   Again, Martha calls for wool, and while there’s no question it’s a better quality, I say… it’s a craft.  Use your resources wisely.  Wool felt costs a whole lot more than a little piece of craft felt.  
  • Hot-glue gun
  • pipe cleaners  We did use some black, but we also chose to go with some dark brown, khaki, and even eggplant colored legs (oh, yeah!)

Directions:

1.  Create your Pom-poms.  Whichever method you choose, just ensure you have one larger one (body), and one smaller one (head).

2.

Attach Pom-pom head to body using hot glue
Attach Pom-pom head to body using hot glue

 

3.

Print out THIS template from Martha Stewart to trace the feathers onto the felt. (Enlarge the template for bigger birds!)
Print out THIS template from Martha Stewart to trace the feathers onto the felt. (Enlarge the template for bigger birds!) This template also has the beak and waddle prepared for you!

 

 

4.

Cut out the feathers, glue the layers together as you go, and finally glue the feathers to the backside of the turkey.
Cut out the feathers, glue the layers together as you go, and finally glue the feathers to the backside of the turkey.
Little "Marvin" is coming along!
Little “Marvin” is coming along!

 

5.

All that's left is to affix wiggly eyes, beak, waddle, and pipe-cleaner legs
All that’s left is to affix wiggly eyes, beak, waddle, and pipe-cleaner legs

If you happen to be making the turkeys by yourself and you’d like a more ‘professional’ looking center-piece or decor, maybe you’ll prefer Martha’s Version.  You can find it here.  If you’re working with little ones, as I am, and enjoy the ‘juvenile appearance’, this version is just what you’re looking for!

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