While I was putting away the dryer vent pumpkins I made (tutorial here), I kept looking at how fat they were and thought one would make a terrific turkey centrepiece.
Here in Canada, even though we eat turkey for Thanskgiving, it's not really a focus for decorating. More pumpkins, leaves, and corn. But I was convinced that that pumpkin looked like a turkey. So I bought some brown, orange, and yellow cardstock for the feathers and head. I just free-handed a feather pattern and cut the shapes out in the brown paper.
I then made the template smaller and cut more feathers out of orange. Repeat for yellow. They aren't perfect (have you ever seen a turkey with perfect symmetry?) but if you had a Cricut or Silhouette you could do a much neater job.
I glued the three different feathers to each other and then glued all six tri-coloured feathers together in a fan shape. I cut the head shape from orange paper (free-hand of course) and pinched the neck together a bit at the bottom to make it more 3-D. The beak is yellow cardstock just glued on.
I drew some eyes (on the back of a paint chip) and glued that on too. I even added a red snood for authenticity. Sorry, I didn't take pictures of any of that.
I removed the cinnamon stick and moss from the pumpkin and hot glued the head and tail to the front and back. This was a little difficult as the pumpkin has wire ribs so there isn't much to glue to.
Finally, I added some little feet at the end.
And here's my chubby ol' turkey.
The freehand shapes give him a homemade feel. Or emphasizes that I have the artistic skills of a third grader. I prefer the former.
I tried him out all over the house but he seemed happiest laying in the leaves and acorns.
I'm linking up to these great parties this week!