We have a lot to be thankful for in this great country we live in. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our bounty and blessings and to spend quality time with family and friends. It is just around the corner! Gather a few supplies and a package of Sticky Sticks to create this DIY turkey centerpiece to celebrate the Holiday!
Smoothfoam: one 3” cube, two 2-1/2” balls, one 6” wide x 1” thick disk
Sticky Sticks™: seven (6” jumbo craft sticks with self-adhesive strip)
Cardstock: Autumn themed coordinating 12” cardstock, Kraft, scraps of dark brown, orange, black (Close To My Heart, Huntington)
Cricut cuts: 1-3/4” scalloped medallions, 11 (cut from Kraft cardstock), (CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge)
Dark Brown inkpad, wedge sponge or dauber
Decoupage medium, brush, water bucket
Rubber stamps: 1” tall alphabet letters spelling “Thanks”; 2-1/2” square Fall themed
Serrated bladed knife or foam cutter
Scissors, paper cutter, pencil
Low melt glue gun and glue sticks
1. Body: Cut 1” up from one side of the disk. This will be the bottom edge. Trace around the disk onto cardstock for the front and the back. Cut 1”x 12” strips and adhere all pieces to the disk (front, back and sides) using the decoupage medium. Repeat for the 3” cube, only leave one side plain. Tail feathers: Cut ¾” x 12” strips from the cardstock. Cut strip to fit the front and back of one craft stick. Adhere to the craft stick leaving the adhesive strip exposed. Repeat for each stick, rotating the coordinating papers. Remove the adhesive strip from one craft stick. Position and adhere stick to the disk as shown. Repeat for each stick. (*Do not remove the release paper until positioning is exact. It is permanent.)
2. Head and wings: Cut a 6” square of burlap. Wrap, smooth and flatten burlap around one ball. Tie jute twine around the burlap at the bottom of the ball; tightly knot and tie the tails in a shoestring bow. Trim excess for burlap and twine. For the wings: Cut the remaining 2” ball in two. Wrap each ball half in burlap and glue down the edges to the flat side of each ball. Trim excess fabric.
3. Assemble: Attach the head to the block body with a toothpick. Adhere to secure. Repeat for the wings and to attach the body to the disk as shown in the photo given. Attach the unfinished side of the block to the disk.
4. Paper Embellishments: I used the Cricut machine to cut out the paper medallions that spell “Thanks”. A paper punch will give a similar effect. Stick-on alphabet letters might be an alternative choice to the rubber stamps. I used a rubber stamp with a Fall theme and cut around it to fit the front of the body, slightly smaller than the block’s surface. The remaining paper medallions were glued to the disk as shown.
5. To finish: Sponge the edges with brown ink as desired. Loop and glue jute twine to the back of the tail feathers. I used a round punch from matching papers, sandwiched and glued the jute between each craft stick and the punched circle of paper. Unravel the tails of the 3-ply jute on each side of the turkey.
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