Creations, Talkin’ Turkey

Okay, let’s talk a little “turkey!”

turkey table

You can decorate with turkeys, see Gobble Gobble here

children's turkey table

You can eat them, see Butter Pecan Pumpkin Dip here

turkey dip

Everything Cocktail Cookies here

thanksgiving place setting

You can fill them with flowers

turkey centerpiece

You can wear them, see Painted Apron here

turkey apron

You can use them as a bottle topper

wine bottle turkey

Or a napkin ring, see Burlap Turkey Bottle Topper or Napkin Ring here

turkey napkin holder

You can stitch them, see how to make Hand Painted Needlepoint Canvas here

pilgrim needlepoint

AND you can PAINT them!!

turkey glasses

Let me show you how easy this is!


painted turkey

Step 1.  Paint the body with light brown/tan paint, making a C, then joining it with a backwards C and filling it in


Step 2.   Paint the neck with orange, making a downward stroke from the top of body to about the center, curving slightly at the end.  Bring a short stroke across near the top, forming a  “t”  shape.  Using the same orange, make short strokes from the body outward around the body’s sides and top


Step 3.  Add red feathers between the orange ones

tom turkey

Step 4.  Add dark brown feathers next to and over the red and orange.  Then with a smaller brush paint dark brown horizontal rounded lines across the body front.  Make a leg by painting a thin black line down from body a little off center left and finish with a 3 pronged foot


Step 5.  Paint the other leg.  Add features with black, eyes, mouth, and a red stroke for his wattle [the red thing on their necks]


Step 6.  Paint his hat with one black stroke for brim topped with a vertical rounded stroke in the center, then when that dries, add a band of yellow green


And there you have it, Tom Turkey!

turkey glasses

Gobble Gobble!

How about a turkey on a treat or gift bag, like the Halloween treat bags here

You could paint one on a pumpkin for your Thanksgiving decor

You could draw one on a chalkboard or make one out of felt…endless turkey possibilities!

Note: You must use paint made specifically for glass if you are going to paint on glass, and it requires baking to set properly.  You can use any acrylic craft paint for painting on wood, or metal, and just about anything else.  For painting on fabric you can mix textile medium with your paint to make it fabric friendly


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19 Responses to “Creations, Talkin’ Turkey”
  1. Mary says:

    Your painted Mr. Tom Turkey goblets are adorable Jenna and you make it look so easy! Love your round up of DIY turkey projects and your little pilgrim is too cute sporting his apron 🙂

  2. Kim says:

    What a great post, Jenna! Thanks for the round-up of all your turkeys…and the painting tutorial. You make painting turkeys look so easy, and I’m dreaming of some turkeys on napkins for this season. You are so inspiring! 🙂

  3. cute post – I love the turkey glasses! Great tutorial on painting them, too!

  4. Cute turkey glasses! Great tutorial. Believe me copying your steps would be the only way I could paint a recognizable turkey.

  5. Deb C says:

    Jenna, the turkey glasses are awesome! I might be able to pull it off. Thank you for your sweet comment about mom’s pumpkins. I am late to respond since mom ended up in the hospital on Halloween with pneumonia. Oh no I told the doc, it is her favorite holiday! She is home and doing well. A professional baker made the nutella cheesecake stuffed brownies. They are amazing, and I’ll see if she will share her recipe. I am best friends with her sister-in-law so maybe.

    • Thanks Deb! I am so sorry about your Mom, and that she missed Halloween 🙁 but glad she’s on the mend~you are sweet to try to get the recipe, it just sounded so different, not to mention delicious!

  6. Malia says:

    OMG they are incredible and you are such a good artist! Thx for linking up at Project Inspire{d}. We featured you this week. I wanted to give you a shout out on Twitter but couldn’t find your twitter handle. Am I missing it? Thanks! Malia

  7. hollybertone says:

    Hi Jenna – LOVE your turkeys. I can’t wait for the big day! Hugs, Holly

  8. Erlene says:

    So many great ways to decorate with a turkey for Thanksgiving. I love all of them.

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