The star of my Thanksgiving Children’s Table — is Mr. Turkey, as we took to calling him. Our turkey centerpiece was simple and inexpensive to make, and today I’ll show you how!

How to make a Thanksgiving turkey centerpiece from a paper lantern by The Party Teacher

Supplies

  • Brown paper lantern (12″) from Luna Bazaar
  • Love the Day Thanksgiving Collection
  • Dimensional Glue Dots
  • Yellow plastic Easter egg
  • Lollipop stick
  • White scrapbooking paper or cardstock
  • Black scrapbooking paper
  • Scissors and/or Silhouette machine
  • Circle hole punch (1″)
  • Egg hole punch

Instructions

1 – Your paper lantern will arrive flat. Gently pull it open into its round shape. Then insert the metal frame. (Instructions come with the lantern.) The key is just to take it easy. The frame slips under the edge of the lantern with a little wiggling.

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2 – I used a Sihouette machine to cut feathers out of Love the Day’s patterned papers. (You also could free-hand cut feathers.) You’ll want to flip your design so each feather prints twice, with one feather being the mirror image of the other. Each feather is about 10″ long.

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3 – Use Glue Dots to attach the mirror image feathers to each other.

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4 – Trim out the Love the Day pilgrim hat by hand.

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5 – To cut out the black “inside” of the hat, use your scissors to poke a hold in its center. Then, cut out to the white edge and carefully cut out the oval.

 

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6 – Use a 1″ circle punch to create two pupils out of black paper.

 

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7 – Use an egg-shaped punch to create two eyes our of white paper.

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8 – Add glue dots to the back of the pupils and add them to the eyes.

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9 – Use more Glue Dots to attach the finished eyes to Mr. Turkey. I angled mine in, so he would look a little worried about his fate. Next, take your scissors and make a small hole under the center of the eyes.

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10 – If you are a regular here, you know I love to skewer plastic Easter eggs with lollipop sticks. (See my Martian cupcake toppers and Easter cupcake decorations.) Just use the point of your scissors to make a small hole in the rounded end of the egg. Insert the lollipop stick.

 

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11 – Add a Glue Dot to the lollipop end of your egg. Then insert the stick into Mr. Turkey’s nose hole.

 

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Mr. Turkey will now be top-heavy and fall over. Don’t worry about it. You can prop him up with mini pumpkins later.

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12 – Free-hand cut out the waddle from red paper. Attach it with Glue Dots to one side of Mr. Turkey’s beak.

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13 – Add a Glue Dot to either side of the hat’s brim.

 

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14 – Gently bend back the brim and attach it to Mr. Turkey’s head. The front of the brim should be in front of lantern’s top hole.

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15 – Use more Glue Dots to add your feathers to the back of Mr. Turkey.

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And here’s your finished turkey centerpiece!

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