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Making a Turkey Pumpkin Centerpiece

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A cute Thanksgiving centerpiece that the kids can help make is a great way to decorate the table at dinner. This is a page about making a turkey pumpkin centerpiece.


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By 4 found this helpful
November 17, 2014

Using a pumpkin I created a cute Thanksgiving turkey centerpiece.

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • a pumpkin
  • some felt or even stiff colored paper
  • glue
  • a pretty bow or ribbon to make one
  • optional 2 sequins for the center of the eyes
  • a thumbtack
  • straw
  • a tongue depressor or a piece of stiff cardboard


  1. Cut felt into the turkey shapes shown in my photo and glue pieces on with craft glue
  2. Include a simple bow shape and add the little sequins in the center of the eyes.
  3. Glue Tom onto a craft stick or firm cardboard on the back for strength and to stand alone upright
  4. Either make a bow with some ribbon (as pictured here) or use an existing bow you may have and tie it to the stem on the back of Tom to make a pretty but simple tail display.
  5. I chose to attach the 'Tom' front to the pumpkin with one thumbtack in the middle of the bow. Easy!
  6. I sat him in a bed of shreddings that I had from a gift basket.
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  8. I think he looks pretty cute, don't you agree?
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Harlean Greathouse0 found this helpful
November 12, 2008

Create the beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving and autumn table.

Tools needed:

Preparing Wood:

  1. Draw around the pattern for the head with a sharp pencil.
  2. Cut with scroll saw or band saw.

  3. Stack tail feather pieces 3 high and tape them as shown, draw around the pattern, and cut with band saw, or if you are using a scroll saw, cut each piece separately. Sand if needed.
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  5. Cut 1 inch off the broomstick or dowel for hat crown.
  6. Cut the 1/4-inch dowel into 1 and 1/4-inch pieces.
  7. Using the 1/4-inch drill bit, drill a hole in the broomstick 1/2-inch and a corresponding hole 3/4- in the turkey head. Glue the dowel into the hat, and set aside to dry. Then spray paint it black.
  8. Mix 1 part brown acrylic paint with 4 parts water, and dip the head, making sure to get complete coverage. Set it on edge on a paper towel to drain, then gently wipe dry with a soft cloth. Drill holes to correspond with photo for the wires in the head using the 5/64 inch drill bit. See notes at the end of this article for an alternate method of drilling.
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  10. Using the same bit, carefully drill each tail feather. Make sure that your drill bit is perpendicular to the feather as there is little tolerance.
  11. Glue the dowel, with the hat attached, into the head of the turkey.
  12. Mark the eyes, beak, and wattle of the turkey on each side, and paint the appropriate color. Outline with black paint pen. See notes for methods that I find helpful when doing the eyes.
  13. Spray paint each feather a different color of your choice.
  14. Make sure to cover edges as well as both sides.
  15. Trace the pattern for the brim of the pilgrim hat onto the black foam. A black Sharpie will show up on the black foam.
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  17. When you get ready to assemble your turkey, slide this piece down over the broomstick crown.


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By Harlean from Hot Springs, Arkansas

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