Fearless Friday, Turkey Vase, and Fall Bottle Crafts


Ready for some Fall fun today?

This is especially for my Fearless Friday friends who think they can’t paint




You CAN do this!!





I save empty bottles, they are great for crafts, and I also had an inexpensive glass vase from the florist which I chose for the turkey




A large brown circle for the turkey body

If you break your subject down into simple shapes,

it becomes less intimidating




If you use milk paint or chalk paint it covers bottles pretty well with just one coat and you don’t have to remove the pesky labels

I often work on several pieces at the same time so they can be drying while I work on another

For the base of the Indian corn I loaded my brush with both yellow and light brown and let the colors mix on the bottle as I painted a cob shape




Next I added another cob with the same brush and more darker brown




Still working on the bottle, I added the corn husks with a brush loaded with very light beige and white, using quick bold strokes, going in various directions





While the cob bases were drying I went back to the turkey and added his neck, making a drumstick shape in dark brown, and his head with a dark brown circle





Now for corn kernels in a variety of colors, using a small square brush and short strokes





Tom turkey got a red wattle, eyes, beak, bird legs





And feathers





The Indian corn got a few dark accents in the husks with a small liner brush and dark brown paint




I also decoupaged a bottle with pumpkin patterned napkins





I quickly realized that it was going to be next to impossible to get these thin paper napkins to lay smoothly, so I decided to just roll with it for a more textured look





Once the bottle was dry, I liked the crinkly look





I finished it with a thick rope like twine around the bottle neck





Hot glue secures the twine to the bottle neck and a length hangs down decorated with a few faux leaves




These were all things I had in my fall decor box, and it was great fun to create some new decor without even shopping!




Have fun and Be Fearless!


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Dishing it & Digging it,   Between Naps on the Porch,

Merry Monday   Make it Pretty Monday    Celebrate and Decorate,

Delicious Dishes Recipe Party   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck   Sweet Inspirations   Happiness is Homemade


15 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Turkey Vase, and Fall Bottle Crafts”
  1. Nancy says:

    Love the idea.
    What brand of paints did you use?
    Would love to try this but confused on milk paint etc.
    Always enjoy your creative blogs.

    • Thanks Nancy, I used acrylic glossy craft paint for the turkey and corn. Milk paint is similiar to chalk paint, it covers well and leaves a flat matte finish. It can be waxed for a smoother look. It’s available at craft stores, or Walmart

  2. Jenna, you make it look easy. But seriously, I have no talent when it comes to painting. I insisted on giving our son art lessons when he was a child, and he actually had talent. I even have some of his art framed. He became uninterested, and picked up a guitar. The rest is history. Happy Friday sweet friend!❤️

  3. I like all of these — and really good instructions!

  4. Mary says:

    I love your fearlessness and creativity Jenna! So fun to recycle bottles as a canvas for your Thanksgiving fun. Your gobbler makes me grin from ear to Indian corn ear 🙂

  5. Rosie M. says:

    You are too much, Jenna! You actually make me believe I can draw a turkey! We’re on a motor home trip now, but when I get home, I’m going to seek out one of the many florist vases I have and try to paint that darling turkey!! He would be perfect for a Thanksgiving decoration. (at least the family will get a kick out of my efforts! hee…..hee!)

  6. thefrenchhutch says:

    This looks like a fun way to spend an afternoon. Of course you make it look easy but you are so talented. No painting talent here 🙁 but I love seeing the step by step process. RT and happy weekend.

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