Thanksgiving tabletop decoration – “Give thanks”


This little turkey can give thanks too, because the only carving going on in here is with Smoothfoam! Smoothfoam is very easy to carve with a hot wire tool – once you try it, it will become your favorite crafting technique. You can almost hear this little cutie gobble gobble in agreement! This “Give Thanks” craft makes the perfect Thanksgiving table decoration!

Smoothfoam Give-Thanks-Turkey-Decoratio


Two Smoothfoam sheets – 1″ x 6″ x 12″
1″ Smoothfoam ball
2″ Smoothfoam ball
Craft paints – orange, red, brown
Craft glue
Google eyes
Wood skewers
Craft foam sheets – brown, yellow
Paint pens – black, blue, orange
Paint brush, plastic dish, plastic cup
Carbon paper, pencil
Paper tape
Serrated knife, scissors
Hot wire foam-cutting tool
Printer, legal-size paper (8-1/2″ x 14″)

1.  Glue the two sheets of Smoothfoam together to make a thicker block. Let dry.

2.  Click here to download a PDF of the words “Give Thanks” and print it on legal-sized paper. Tape the print-out to the block of Smoothfoam and insert carbon paper under it. Trace around the words with a pencil to transfer them to the block then remove the papers and tape.

3.  Carefully carve out the words with the hot-wire tool.

4.  Paint all sides of the carved block with red paint. When dry, paint the front and back sides of the block orange and let dry. In a plastic cup, mix about two tablespoons of water with a generous dollop of orange paint. Mix well to make a thin orange wash, then paint all over the red areas of the block. This will tone down the red paint and add a nice shadow effect on the insides of each letter. Let dry.

Smoothfoam turkey body

5.  To prepare the turkey body, cut a deep notch in the 2″ ball on the end without the hole, then paint the ball brown. Paint the 1″ ball for the head red.

6.  Cut a scalloped tail feather and two wings from the brown craft foam sheet. Decorate as shown with the paint pens.

7.  To assemble the turkey, cut a 1-1/2″ piece from the wood skewer, paint it red (it’s the neck) and let dry. Poke one end of the skewer into the 1″ ball, and the other end of the red skewer into the hole in the 2″ ball at a slight angle.

8.  Insert the brown craft foam tail piece into the notch in the 2″ ball and secure with a drop of glue. Glue the two wings in place on the sides of the body.

9.  Cut two 2″ pieces from the wood skewer, paint them orange and let dry. Poke them into the bottom of the 2″ ball to make to legs.

10.  Cut a small triangle from the yellow craft foam for the beak and glue in place. Add two google eyes. Poke the turkey’s legs into the carved block and secure with a drop of glue.


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