DIY Turkey Decoration for Thanksgiving

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Square feature image of a turkey centerpiece finished on a counter.

Make this cute DIY Turkey decoration for your kitchen or dining room!

I cleaned out my utensil drawer recently and found a bunch of wooden spoons. Five is all you need for this easy craft. If your spoons are different lengths just cut the handles with a small hacksaw so the spoons sit in your jar at the height you want them to.

For this craft, I used a pickle jar. You could certainly use a mason jar, but I liked how the spoons (feathers) fanned out in this wide-mouth jar.

What Type of Paint to Use

I recommend using Plaid FolkArt Enamel Acrylics. I bought this set of paints a while ago and I’ve used it for many different projects. It’s specially formulated for painting on glass surfaces but I’ve also used it on ceramic, wood, and metal pieces.

How to Make a Decorative Turkey Centerpiece

STEP 1: Paint the top of five wood spoons to look like paint feathers. I also added gold highlights to the edges.

Decorative Turkey Centerpiece - painting wood spoon painted in red, yellow, orange and blue for feathers
Wood Spoon for Turkey Feathers

STEP 2: Paint the inside of a wide-mouth glass jar with dark brown paint.

STEP 3: Paint a turkey body on the outside of the jar. Let dry completely.

Decorative Turkey Centerpiece - Glass jar painted dark brown on the inside and the shape of a turkey body in a light caramel color on the outside. Craft in progress.
Jar painting in progress.

STEP 4: Paint the face and add crescent-shaped brush strokes to the body for feathers. Then hot glue other decorations to your jar if you like. Here I made a hat out of felt and covered the top of the jar with twine.

Feature image of a turkey centerpiece finished on a counter. The body of the turkey is painted onto a wide mouth jar and has wood spoons painted for feathers. Please pin this image to your Pinterest Craft boards to come back to later!


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