Create a Cute Pumpkin Turkey Centerpiece for Thanksgiving
November 6, 2012Posted by pamela |
Every fall, my daughter is fascinated by pumpkins, so we worked together to create is this cute pumpkin turkey centerpiece for Thanksgiving. We made it using a small “sugar pie” pumpkin (available at most grocery stores—we got ours at Trader Joes) and craft supplies that we happened to have at hand.
This is a fun autumn project that’s easy to make for children of all ages (with a parent's help), and looks fanstastic on the dining table.
To help you out, we made a template for the turkey head, wings and feathers, that you can download here; it's sized for a standard letter-size sheet of paper.
- Heavy construction paper in rich fall colors (we used brown, orange, yellow, red, and black)
- Crayons or markers
- A “sugar pie” pumpkin
- A glue stick or craft glue
- Foam mounting tape or double stick tape (the foam mounting tape squares available at craft stores do a really nice job)
- Turkey centerpiece template (download here) printed out on plain paper
How to make it
- Download and print out the template on plain paper and cut out each of the shapes. You'll use these to create the parts of the turkey to attach to the pumpkin.
- Trace around the feather template to create nine tail feathers. We made three of each in brown, orange, and yellow. Kids can use their crayons or markers to draw a feather-like pattern on each one.
- Arrange the tail feathers in alternating colors and fan them out into a semi-circle. Use the double-stick mounting tape to hold the feathers together at the bottom. This tape will also hold the feathers to the pumpkin, so make sure you use enough here. You’ll also want to tape each feather to the one next to it about midway along, which helps keep them in place.
- Peel the backing from the tape at the bottom of the feathers and adhere it to the back of the pumpkin, with the pumpkin sitting upright.
- Now trace and cut out the head and the face parts (the beak, wattle, and eyes). Use the glue stick to glue the face parts to the head, using the template as a guide.
- With the double-stick tape, adhere the head to the pumpkin, with the bottom of the neck about halfway down and the middle of the head resting on the pumpkin stem. Tape it down in both spots.
- Trace and cut out the wings—you can draw some feathers on them if you like—and tape them to the sides of the pumpkin.
That's all there is to it! Now step back and admire your handiwork and get ready for Thanksgiving.