Handcrafted Thanksgiving Turkey Using Ornamental Grasses and Pinecones

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Recently I was looking at some ornamental grasses in my yard and thought the shape resembled a very lush turkey. So naturally when I get inspired like that, I really have to act on it and make something! What I came up with is an adorable handcrafted turkey made with natural elements like ornamental grasses, pinecones and a few other things I found in my stash.
handcrafted thanksgiving turkey using ornamental grasses and pinecones, crafts, gardening, lawn care, seasonal holiday decor, thanksgiving decorations
I started by cutting a Styrofoam ball in half using a hot wire cutter and then cutting the half ball diagonally (body) with the same tool.
handcrafted thanksgiving turkey using ornamental grasses and pinecones, crafts, gardening, lawn care, seasonal holiday decor, thanksgiving decorations
Next, I cut a faux pear in half for the head and neck. You can also use a craft knife to make the cuts.
handcrafted thanksgiving turkey using ornamental grasses and pinecones, crafts, gardening, lawn care, seasonal holiday decor, thanksgiving decorations
Then, I painted the foam with mod podge and covered it with burlap and let dry. After drying, I glued the pear shape onto the bottom center of the foam.
handcrafted thanksgiving turkey using ornamental grasses and pinecones, crafts, gardening, lawn care, seasonal holiday decor, thanksgiving decorations
handcrafted thanksgiving turkey using ornamental grasses and pinecones, crafts, gardening, lawn care, seasonal holiday decor, thanksgiving decorations
For the turkey tail, I pulled out bristles from a dollar store brush and glued them on the back end after painting them. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the bristles to stand up like I wanted them to so I ended up covering them up. You'll see how later.
handcrafted thanksgiving turkey using ornamental grasses and pinecones, crafts, gardening, lawn care, seasonal holiday decor, thanksgiving decorations
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.
handcrafted thanksgiving turkey using ornamental grasses and pinecones, crafts, gardening, lawn care, seasonal holiday decor, thanksgiving decorations
handcrafted thanksgiving turkey using ornamental grasses and pinecones, crafts, gardening, lawn care, seasonal holiday decor, thanksgiving decorations
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.
handcrafted thanksgiving turkey using ornamental grasses and pinecones, crafts, gardening, lawn care, seasonal holiday decor, thanksgiving decorations
I love the look of ornamental grasses as feathers - they're nice and fluffy!
handcrafted thanksgiving turkey using ornamental grasses and pinecones, crafts, gardening, lawn care, seasonal holiday decor, thanksgiving decorations
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.
handcrafted thanksgiving turkey using ornamental grasses and pinecones, crafts, gardening, lawn care, seasonal holiday decor, thanksgiving decorations
handcrafted thanksgiving turkey using ornamental grasses and pinecones, crafts, gardening, lawn care, seasonal holiday decor, thanksgiving decorations
Once dry, the beak and eyes were glued on. Then I added another type of ornamental leaves over the bristles to give it a very dramatic look!
handcrafted thanksgiving turkey using ornamental grasses and pinecones, crafts, gardening, lawn care, seasonal holiday decor, thanksgiving decorations
handcrafted thanksgiving turkey using ornamental grasses and pinecones, crafts, gardening, lawn care, seasonal holiday decor, thanksgiving decorations
And finally, the grasses were sprayed with hairspray to preserve the fibers and the back end and bottom were covered with burlap on cardboard.
handcrafted thanksgiving turkey using ornamental grasses and pinecones, crafts, gardening, lawn care, seasonal holiday decor, thanksgiving decorations
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  • Linda Premo
    on Nov 10, 2018

    This is so creatively done. You are an artist. It would be nice to use other natural items like peppercorns for eyes, or incorporate cloves, cinnamon sticks, etc. Very unique.

  • Heather
    on Nov 11, 2018

    This is adorable! Great job!!

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