DIY Rustic Wooden Turkey for Fall
This past weekend I traveled over to my grandparent’s house. Apparently Mom wanted the same replica of this cute little turkey that has been greeting visitors at Grandma’s front door every fall for years. Since Grandpa was the one who had made Grandma’s turkey, we needed his expertise on making another one to add to Mom’s fall décor collection. Naturally, this was the PERFECT opportunity to make an awesome tutorial so I quickly dashed on down to Grandma and Grandpa’s, where all the action would be…it was time for a family project!
DIY Rustic Wooden Turkey for Fall Tutorial
- Free Rustic Wooden Turkey Body Pattern
- Free Turkey Feather Pattern
- Pencil-for tracing stencil onto wood
- Tape-to tape paper patterns together
- Plywood-4ft x4ft at 3/4 thickness
- 1x4s-approx 16ft (we used old fence panels that already had the ‘dog ear’ cut at the tips) If you buy new wood, you can make the wood look old with my DIY weathered wood stain
- Box of Wood Screws-1 1/4in long
- Spray paint-red & black
Print out patterns, tape together the patterns with more than one page, and cut them all out
Trace patterns onto plywood and cut out. Mom cut out the wood pieces with a jigsaw
She then used the sander to fix some of those jagged mistakes 🙂
Grandma sprayed all of the body parts black
Then she sprayed the two wobbles red with a quick spritz of black on the bottoms
The feathers were left natural…no paint
Assembling the Body and Head:
Dad screwed the head and center circle together, making sure to drill in through the back of the center circle. Here he is showing the pilot holes he made before screwing it all together. (Click HERE to learn about pilot holes)
This is how he layed it out to drill it together…
Tuh-Duh! Grandpa approves!
Then Dad attached the body by first centering it all…
…and carefully flipping it all over to drill in through the back of the body.
Attaching the Feet:
The footsies were screwed on through the bottom…sorry for the fuzzy pic!
We attached the feet so that the smaller toes were on the inside. Also, the feet don’t have to be perfectly straight…in fact, they look cute when they splay outwards a little. Attach yours how you like them best!
Adding the Feathers:
Screw on the feathers, starting with the middle feather first. We placed the bottom of the middle feather approx. 3 inches down from the outer part of the circle, but you can adjust yours how you like.
After attaching the middle feather, work down until all of the feathers are attached on each side. The side feathers have a slanted side and a straight side so make sure to place them as shown
Here is another example of how the feathers are supposed to lay. The left side is opposite from the right
Attaching the Wobbles:
Screw the 2 wobbles onto the neck with one screw, making sure the wider end hangs down
To give him more of a rustic look, you can ‘rough up’ some of the edges with sandpaper. Otherwise, this little turkey is done! Gobble Gobble!
Grandma added a little bandana that dressed him right up!
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