Thanksgiving turkey decoration with burlap and paper


Give thanks this holiday season for family, friends, good food…and this adorable DIY burlap turkey decoration for Thanksgiving. Let’s talk turkey!

Smoothfoam Thanksgiving turkey decoration


Smoothfoam 3” cube
Two Smoothfoam 2-1/2” balls
6” Smoothfoam disc
7 Sticky Sticks (self-adhesive jumbo craft sticks)
Cardstock:  kraft, dark brown, fall-themed pattern
Burlap fabric, jute twine
1-3/4” scalloped medallion die-cut or punch
Dark brown inkpad and dauber
Decoupage medium, paintbrush
Rubber stamps: 1” letters and 2-1/2” fall-themed image
Serrated knife or foam cutter
Low melt glue gun
Scissors, paper trimmer, pencil, toothpicks

Smoothfoam Thanksgiving Turkey decoration

1.  Body:  Cut 1” off from one side of the disc. Trace around the disc twice onto kraft cardstock and cut out pieces for the front and back. Cut 1” strips for the sides of the disc and adhere the trimmed cardstock to the disc using the decoupage medium. Repeat for the 3” cube, leaving one side uncovered. Distress the edges with the inkpad and dauber.

2.  Tail feathers:  Cut ¾” strips from kraft and patterned cardstock. Trim strips to fit the front and back of each craft stick. Adhere the cardstock to the craft sticks, alternating the kraft with the patterned, leaving the adhesive strip at the bottom of the sticks exposed. Distress the edges of the sticks with brown ink. Remove the adhesive strip from each stick and adhere sticks (it’s permanent adhesive!) to the back of the disc, fanned out as shown.

3.  Head and wings:  For the head, cut a 6” square of burlap and wrap it around one ball. Tie the twine around the burlap at the bottom into a tight knot and bow. Trim off any excess burlap and twine.  For the wings, cut the remaining ball in half and wrap each half in burlap and glue down the edges to the flat sides. Trim off excess burlap and distress the head and wings with the inkpad. Glue on small dots of black cardstock for the eyes, an orange triangle for the beak, and small circles of brown for the wattle and head feathers.

4.  Assemble:  Using toothpicks and glue, attach the head and wings to the body (block), then attach the unfinished side of the body to the disc.

5.  Embellish:  Stamp the letters for the word “thanks” on the medallions, distress the edges and adhere to the top of each tail feather. Stamp a fall-themed image on cardstock and trim it to fit the front of the body and adhere. Glue additional medallions to the bottom of each tailfeather. Loop and glue twine to the back of the tail feathers as shown. I punched small circles from matching cardstock, then glued the twine between each stick and circle.  Unravel the ends of the twine on each side of the turkey.


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