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Fun Turkey Thanksgiving Place Settings

Create cute wooden turkeys in clear ornaments using mini clothespins, wooden balls, and acorns. These fun-to-make turkey Thanksgiving place settings will be a hit this year for your holiday table!

Decorating the table for the holiday is half the fun! Surprise your guests with these fun-to-make turkey place settings. A great way to add a touch of whimsey to your decor!

Fun to make turkey place settings.

I’m always looking for fresh new ideas to make the holiday table special, and this year I wanted to add personalized place settings.  The hubby says that we know each other’s names, otherwise why the heck would we even hang out together?  True.  But place settings are cool because if you are in charge, you get to sit next to who you want.  Right?  You can’t fault my logic.  (At least the hubby isn’t allowed to).  So place settings it is!

How to Make Turkey Thanksgiving Place Settings

Create the wooden turkeys with wood balls and mini clothespins and place them inside clear ornaments. What a cute way to decorate the table!

The entire tutorial is in a printable card at the bottom of this post. But first, here is a little bit of info about the tools and supplies you’ll need.

The supplies you need in order to make Thanksgiving place settings

What you need: 

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Wooden clothes pins that will become a turkey's tail

Create the Turkey tail

The very first step is to create the turkey’s tail.

These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

Wooden clothes pins that are glued together.

Use hot-glue to attach two more clothespins to the back, placing them over the space created by the beads.

Crafting a turkey out of craft supplies

Creating the Turkey Body

Use hot-glue to attach the wooden ball to the front of the tail. Glue an acorn on top to create the head of the turkey.

An acorn on a wooden ball becomes a DIIY turkey

It doesn’t look too much like a turkey yet, but a little paint will make our turkey come to life!

Painting the turkey

Painting the Turkeys

Use acrylic paint to add color to the turkeys. I used orange, red, and yellow for the tail and brown for the head and body. Allow the paint to dry before going to the next step.

Adding faces to the DIY turkeys for the Thanksgiving place settings

Adding Final Details to the Turkeys

Clip a teardrop shape of red felt for the turkey wattle. Clip a triangle of yellow felt for the turkey beak. Use white glue to attach the beak and wattle to each turkey. Use white glue and white beads to create the eyes.

A place card that says

To create the name tag, print out the names of your guests and cut them out in 3/4″ x 1-1/2″ rectangles. Use white glue to attach the paper name tags to the wooden rectangles. Use hot-glue to attach the wooden name tag to the body of the turkey as shown above.

Putting the Thanksgiving place setting inside a clear glass ornament globe

Place the Turkey into the Clear Ornament

Place the turkey into one half of the clear ornament, pushing it towards the back. Snap the other half of the clear ornament to the front. The turkey is big enough that it should not move around in the ornament.

Fun to make turkey place settings.

Finishing the Thanksgiving Place settings

Use hot-glue to attach two fake leaves to the top of a canning lid. Attach the clear ornament with turkey onto the center of the lid with hot glue. Use hot-glue to attach a couple of mini pinecones to the lid for a final touch.

Fun to make turkey place settings.

And there you have it! Cute little turkeys that will greet your guests and make your table that much more fun for the holidays!

Here’s the printable card with everything you need to know about how to make the fun Turkey Thanksgiving Place Settings!

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Fun Turkey Thanksgiving Place Settings

Create cute wooden turkeys in a clear ornaments using mini clothes pins, wooden balls and acorns. These Turkey Thanksgiving Place Settings will be a hit this year for your holiday table!
Work Time1 hr
Paint Drying30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Keyword: thanksgiving place settings
Author: Suzy Myers
Cost: 20

Equipment

Supplies

  • 4 ea. 1.25" Unfinished wood balls
  • 4 ea. 80mm Clear Fillable Plastic Ball Ornaments
  • 24 ea. Mini clothespins- 1-7/8"
  • 4 ea Acorns
  • 8 ea. Faux Fall Leaves
  • 8 ea Miniature pinecones
  • 4 ea Unfinished Wooden Rectangles 1-1/2" x 3/4"
  • 4 ea. Canning lids
  • 1 set Acrylic paint
  • 1 set Assorted Beads
  • 2 scraps yellow and red felt

Instructions

  • Use hot glue to attach five clothespins together to create the tail
  • Attach the wooden ball to the tail with hot glue
  • Attach the acorn to the top of the ball with hot glue to create the head
  • Paint the turkey using acrylic paints
  • Cut out beak and wattle from felt pieces, attach with white glue
  • Attach eyes using white beads and white glue.
  • Create name tag by printing out names and gluing to the wooden rectangles with white glue.
  • Use hot glue to attach the name tag to each turkey body.
  • Place the finished turkeys inside of each clear ornament.
  • Use hot glue to attach two fake leaves to each canning lid, and each clear ornament/turkey on top of that.
  • Use hot glue to add a couple of mini pinecones to finish.
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