Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thanksgiving Turkey-Squash Centerpiece


 We had a Thanksgiving dinner with several homeschooling families in the area this week. Part of the activities was for each family to bring a homemade centerpiece to share on one of the tables. There were no parameters on wha tit had to be, so this is what we came up with -- a Thanksgiving turkey-squash.  I have been pretty hard up for creative ideas lately. I put it off until last minute, so I didn't have much planning or going-to-the-store prepping time.

Necessity is the mother of invention.


I look at my squash and thought, 'maybe we can do something with this', soon became 'this could look like a turkey with the right amount of creativity'.

So I looked my idea up online. Yes, it had been done before-- differently than my idea but, it helped confirm this fly by the seat of my pants plan.

We thought of real feathers but didn't have enough from our chickens, so we went for paper, I found this free printable sheet; http://scrapbooking.craftgossip.com/freebie-printable-paper-feathers-cut-file-available/2013/07/15/

We printed them out on colorful card stock that I've had kicking around and proceeded to cut them out.

After that we got the concordance out and looked up verses from the Bible with the word Thanksgiving, Thanks, Thankful... We each took verses to write down on every of the feather.

The highlight of our writing was when I gave my oldest a verse from Jeremiah to look up and write down. As she was reading it she laughed and said, "Great one for thanksgiving".
I asked her to read it.

She read, Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured. ~ Jeremiah 30:16

I realized quickly I had given her the wrong verse number. We laughed that such a verse would accidentally pop on this project.  Needless to say it went on our turkey.



We taped all of the feathers on wooden skewers, three to four to a stick.








My youngest daughter made a turkey face by painting eyes, and making a paper beak with waddle. We just taped it on. 

We created a base for our turkey to sit on and not roll by cutting the bottom off of an empty jug of vinegar.

When sticking our feathers in the back we realized we needed to borrow Daddy's drill and it came together very quickly after that.

I like the turkey's rear end best.



Happy Thanksgiving! We all have so much to be thankful for.
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