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Greeting Card Turkey Table Decoration/Name Place card
just past, and although I didn’t cook or host this year, I came up with the
cutest idea for a turkey table decoration/place card. I love the holidays, and
I love to set a pretty table filled with special touches. I guess I’m a Martha
Stewart wanna be at heart.
I also love to make
things from greeting cards I’ve saved. So, I came up with this darling turkey
to grace the Thanksgiving table. You can use several as centerpieces, set in a
length of silk leaves, or add an extra feather to the turkey’s fan and make a
place card holder. Either way, it’s an easy craft to enjoy with the kiddos, or
by yourself, that will make your Thanksgiving table a little special.
·Greeting cards with a buy print on them on one
side, and a solid color on the back. Or, two sets of greeting cards: one with a
busy print and the other with a mostly solid color.
·A small pear. I used a red Anjou pear because it
fit inside the bowl I wanted to use as a base, but you could use a brown
Barlett pear as well. Your feathers might have to be cut larger than the
directions, though, if you use a larger pear.
·Glue (I like rubber cement, but the paper
crafters glue tape would work too or hot glue)
·Small bowl to use for the base to hold the
turkey. If you don’t have a bowl, you can also cut a slice from the bottom of
the pear so it will sit on a plate.
a greeting card with a busy pattern on one side and a color on the back side
(if possible). If you don’t have a card with a colored back side, use a card
with a mostly solid color for the back side, placing the two greeting cards
the front of the greeting card into 1-inch wide strips and then mark each strip
in half. Keeping the whole card together (If you are using both sides of the same
card) cut the strips out. If you are using two fronts, then stack them printed
sides out and cut into strips. Holding each set of strips together, cut out a
feather shape from the bottom of the strip, then cut a second set of feathers
from the top of the strip. Keep a firm grip on the cards as it’s important to
make sure the paper doesn’t slide, so when you glue the feather halves together
they will match evenly on the edges. Set the feathers aside, keeping each set
each set of feathers together, cut a shallow curve in the flat end of the feather.This will allow the feather to seat nicely on
the curve of the pear.
a toothpick in half. Glue ½ of a the toothpick between the plain sides of each
feather set, leaving ½ of the sharp end of the toothpick exposed. Match the
edges of the paper and press the edges of the feather together tightly.Set the feathers aside until they are dry.
another card with a solid printed side, preferably a tan or light brown. If you
don’t have the right color, you can use a white greeting card and color in the
head A quick internet search will net you a turkey head graphic that you can
easily copy. The easiest way to cut the head out is to fold the card and place
the top of the turkey’s head on the fold of the paper. Draw on your head, and
then cut it out. When you cut the head, keep it connected at the top for easier
gluing. Color in the gobbler’s neck and beak and give him an eye. Don’t forget
to color both sides of the head. Glue sides together, with a whole toothpick
sandwiched between the sides. Set aside to dry.
6.When the feathers and head are dried, stick
the exposed toothpick into the pear, arranging feathers on the pear in a fan
shape, using as many feathers as you wish.
off the stem of the pear and insert the turkey head into the small end of the
make the turkey into a place card, cut two feathers from a solid colored or
white section of a greeting card. Write your guest’s name on the feather and
glue together using a whole toothpick as instructed above.Insert the feather in the center of the
turkey’s fan. Set the turkey on a plate and watch your guests ooh and ahh.
What do you do with
your old greeting cards? I’m always looking for new ideas.
Catherine Castle has been writing
all her life. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked
part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to
her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. Besides
writing, Catherine loves traveling with her husband, singing, and attending
theatre. In the winter she loves to quilt and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished
objects) in her sewing case. In the summer her favorite place to be is in her
garden. She’s passionate about gardening and even won a “Best Hillside Garden”
award from the local gardening club.
Her debut inspiration romantic
suspense, The Nun and the Narc, from
Soul Mate Publishing was an ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2014 EPIC finalist, and
the winner of the 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award and the 2014 RONE Award.