Thankful Thanksgiving everyone! Join us as we share our favorite Thanksgiving posts to celebrate this thankful holiday season. We all have plenty to be thankful for! Have fun linking up your wonderful Thanksgiving creations and visiting others who join in! The link up is open from November 1st through the 24th, so you'll have lots of time to enjoy!
What I came up with is an adorable handcrafted turkey made with natural elements like the ornamental grasses, and a few other things I found in my stash:
Pinecones and ornamental grasses
Styrofoam ball 6"
Faux pear or squash
Hot glue gun
Heavy duty scissors or wire cutters
Proxxon hot wire cutter or craft knife
I started by cutting the styrofoam ball in half using my Proxxon wire cutter for a nice, smooth finish. *You can also use a craft knife to make all the cuts - but they won't be as nice!
Next, I moved the Proxxon wire back into the straight cutting position and cut the faux pear in half for the head and neck, but it was still too big so . . .
I sliced a little more off on one side. Don't think I could have cut this evenly and smooth without using a great tool like the Proxxon!
Next, I painted the foam with mod podge and covered it with burlap, let dry and cut off the excess burlap .After the burlap dried, I glued the pear shape (head and neck) onto the bottom center of the foam.
Then, I pulled out bristles from a dollarstore brush that I used here and glued them on the back end of the foam and painted them. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the bristles to stand up like I wanted them to so I ended up covering them later.
Next, I cut the scales off of pinecones and layered them on with hot glue starting at the edge of the bristles and . . .
adding them around the entire body of the turkey.
Then, I cut off a few stalks of ornamental grasses and glued them on in a fan shape on the back side of the turkey body.
I really love the look of ornamental grasses as feathers - nice and fluffy!
For the beak, I made a small cone shape out of cardboard that I cut down . . .
and covered with hot glue and let dry. Then I cut off the excess glue . . .
and painted the beak. Once dry, the beak and eyes were glued on.
Then I added another type of ornamental leaves over the bristles to give a dramatic look which I also love!
I gave the grasses a coating of hairspray to help preserve the foliage.
I'm loving this neutral hued handcrafted turkey . . . it really makes for a lovely addition to any Thanksgiving décor!
Be sure to visit all of the host bloggers to see what lovely items they've created and then link up your favorites - anything Thanksgiving related and family friendly!
Beverly - http://www.acrosstheblvd.com/
Monroe - http://www.sewcraftycrochet.com/
Sherry - http://olives-n-okra.com/
Victoria - http://dazzlewhilefrazzled.com/