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Cutesy Turkey

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Hi Everyone!  I’m Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts, here again with another Cutesy Craft Idea!!  Did you catch the tutorial for the Cutesy Bats?  I love them and have them sitting on a shelf, and as I was admiring them I realized that I could make a turkey version for Thanksgiving – and so I did!

I just love this Cutesy Turkey and it’s fun to have him out on display.  I also think that it would be fun to make several and use them as placeholders for a fun table setting, or as gifts for friends and neighbors.  Or maybe turn it into a kids craft and have the child write different things they’re thankful for on the feathers.  So many options with this project!

Let’s get started!

Supplies needed to make this project:

  • FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam: 2” Ball (or preferred size for your turkey)
  • FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam: Cone (in desired size)
  • FloraCraft Smooth Finish®
  • Various Colors of Scrapbook Paper
  • Buttons and Googly Eyes
  • Small Flower Pot
  • Thin Dowel Rods
  • Acrylic Paint: Brown, Yellow (or whatever color you want your pot)
  • Low-Temp Glue Gun & Glue

Instructions:

First prepare your pieces.  Cut about 1/3 of the ball off, and cut the bottom 1 inch off the cone.  This will give you the shapes for the turkey.  An alternate option would be to use a small disc shape instead of the cone, but that is what I had on hand.

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Next use Smooth Finish to fill in the foam cells.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE smooth finish!  Did you know that after it dries you can even sand it to make it smoother?  It’s true!

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Once the pieces are smooth, you can adhere the circle to the cone bottom as shown below.

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Once your turkey body is assembled, paint with brown paint.  I used 1 coat of craft paint and then let dry.  Meanwhile, cut feather shapes out of the scrapbook paper.

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Glue googly eyes onto two small buttons.  Attach the buttons to the front of the ball to create the turkey face.  You can also add a beak and waddle.

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Now on to the feathers!  Pinch the bottoms of the feathers and secure with glue to give it dimension.  Arrange in the color order you prefer.

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Using a knife or flat tool, press a slit into the top of the foam slice as shown below.

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Place a small amount of glue on the folded end of the feather, then slide it into the slit.  Repeat for all the feathers.

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They will stand up on their own and look way cute the way they are, or you can create a topiary!  Push one end of the dowel rod into the bottom of the turkey and the other end into a scrap piece of foam inside the pot (I painted my pot yellow and white).  Top the pot with buttons or other filler.  Optional: tie raffia around the dowel rod.

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And that’s it!!  Enjoy your Cutesy Turkey!

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mandy1

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