With the Kids

Pumpkin Turkey Centerpiece

pumpkin14I still had a couple of uncarved pumpkins left over from Halloween, so I thought it would be fun to use them for a Thanksgiving centerpiece. I think this would be cute at the kids’ table on turkey day. My three year-old son helped me with this project (mostly with gluing and cutting up my scrap paper when I was done with it), and he was so excited about it and proud when we finished it.


I busted into my stash for the supplies for this. You should be able to round up stuff from your stash to complete it, too. No need to buy anything new! I was thinking about it, and I have had this scrapbooking paper since about 1999… time to use it or lose it!


Project Materials:

  • Pumpkin with a tall, straight stem
  • 3 pieces of card stock (I used 2 red and 1 orange)
  • Scrapbooking paper, 2 sheets (8.5 x 11) or 4 half-sheets (I used a “bitty Scrap Pad”)
  • Scissors
  • Glue (I used Elmer’s stick glue for the paper and Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue for gluing to the pumpkin)

pumpkin02Making the feathers:

  • Fold 2 sheets of card stock in half and then in half again (so you have a long, skinny piece, as shown). I used one red and one orange sheet.
  • Draw a feather shape on the paperpumpkin03
  • Cut out feathers (you should have 8 after you are finished with both sheets of card stock)


  • Fold the sheets of scrapbooking paper the same way you did the card stock. (If you are using half-sheets of scrapbooking paper, you will only fold them in half once)
  • Trace one of your cut out feathers onto the outside sheet of scrapbooking paper, then draw a smaller feather shape inside the traced outline.
  • Cut out scrapbooking paper on the smaller outline.


  • Glue scrapbooking paper feathers to card stock feathers.


Making the Turkey Head:

  • pumpkin08Cut red sheet of card stock in half.pumpkin09
  • Fold half-sheet in half, and draw turkey head shape on it, allowing beak and chest to overlap on folded side.
  • Cut around outline, leaving chest and beak intact at the fold.pumpkin10
  • Draw eyes and other details on head. (This photo is showing two turkey heads, by the way – so don’t cut your heads in half!)
  • pumpkin11Staple or tape back of turkey together. You will slip this turkey head over the stem of the turkey.

Assembling the Turkey:

  • pumpkin12Make sure the pumpkin is clean and dry.
  • Decide what arrangement you want your feathers to go in. I alternated red and orange feathers, and only used seven of them.4
  • Glue the feathers, one at a time to the ugliest side of the pumpkin.

pumpkin13My son really liked the gluing process. I think he got the feathers mixed up, but hey, it’s supposed to be fun, not perfect.

pumpkin15Heather Mann is a regular contributor at Make and Takes. She’s is the mother of three boys, ages 3, almost 2, and newborn. She publishes Dollar Store Crafts, a daily blog devoted to hip crafting at dollar store prices, CROQ Zine, a print magazine devoted to hip crafting, and also CraftFail, a community blog that encourages crafters to share their not-so-successful craft attempts.


  1. Very cute! I need to pass this along to my mom…My niece & nephew would have a great time making these on the night she watches them!

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