I LOVE crafting with wine corks… and not that I need an excuse to drink wine LOL… but this is a good one!
I did not come up with this ingenious idea…’Oregon Winette’ featured this craft on their blog in 2013… and I found it on Pinterest of course, LOL. The original idea on Pinterest featured the feathers made from pipe cleaners… which is cute… but I love actual feathers, so I decided to peruse the aisles of my local Michaels store for feathers that looked like they belonged on a turkey… and boy did I find some!
You will need the following items for this craft project:
- 4 corks
- 4 bamboo skewers
- Glue Gun & Glue Stick
- Wiggle Eyes
- Orange Felt
- Red Felt
- and Feathers!
You will also need these items or a variation of these items, to achieve the look of my completed turkeys:
- White Index Cards
- Double-sided Tape & Packing Tape (not pictured)
- Black Sharpie
- Yellow Highlighter
- Paint Brush
- Orange Acrylic Paint
- Washers (for weight, painted black, not pictured)
Step by Step Instructions :
- Put a skewer in the center of each cork. Takes a little bit of force & it should go 1/2″ to 3/4″ into the cork.
- Glue 2 eyes on each cork. I like when the eyes look crossed & goofy, I think they are more cute that way!
- Cut the orange triangle beaks & red wattles/ fleshy piece that dangles from the turkeys neck. I did this freehand & had to adjust the cuts slightly to look size appropriate on the cork. Then glue them on.
- Glue on the feathers! The feathers I found were a 360 degree flower shape… but the perfect tones & prints for this craft… so I just cut them in half to make it work! Some feathers fell off/ apart in the halving process… but it wasn’t anything my glue gun couldn’t fix!
- Create your Thanksgiving themed messages on the index cards. I cut them in half and stuck them together with the lined side not visible. Then I wrote my messages with black Sharpie & highlighted the text with yellow highlighter and taped them to the stick using the packing tape for durability.
- Glue the cork turkeys onto the painted washers, slightly off-center & to the back, so there’s room to paint the feet on.
- Paint the feet onto the washers using the orange paint and skinny paint brush. Just 3 lines slightly to the left & right of the center/beak. You may need to apply 2 to 3 coats to get the desired look.
- Display on your turkey day table… and get ready for the “OMG those are so adorable” compliments!!
This was such a fun project I did with my mom… and pretty simple too! You could also make more or less & use as name cards for your guests & send them home with the cutie turkey as a party favor! I gave one to each family that attended our Thanksgiving gathering… to adorn their tables for years to come!
The possibilities are endless when making these turkeys… just like I used real feathers, changing the look completely!
I am so thankful to the incredibly creative individual who originally came up with this idea… and the inventors of wine LOL!
I give this craft project 4 paws!!