Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home,
a stranger into a friend.
- Melody Beattie
This project was inspired by our 3-D Mixed Media Penguin project. We had so much fun making our penguins that we thought, "why not make a turkey in the same style?!"
As you can see, this turkey shed his traditional rusty plumes and grew some feathers in shades of indigo, olive, mint, and chartreuse. We are pretty sure that Monsieur Matisse would approve.
These artful birds would look lovely as part of your Thanksgiving centerpiece. Or you can shrink your template down and make smaller birds to use as seating cards. Or simply leave them as is and let them dance across your mantle!
- Turkey template (see form below)
- Cardboard (we used recycled white file folders)
- Oil pastel we used these
- Assorted collage papers
- Black marker
- Scissors (if you are cutting thick cardboard you want to use a utility knife or ceramic blade for this step)
- Glue stick or Mod Podge
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Print out your turkey body and turkey tail template.
Cut out your template shapes and trace the template shapes onto your cardboard.
Cut out your cardboard shapes.
Don't forget to cut out the straight lines that will connect your two turkey pieces together and allow your bird to stand.