This turkey wood craft project is a fun and festive way to kick off the holiday season. It can be made with any kind of wood, even plywood. I used a scrap 3/4-inch thick pine board and sanded it smooth. You could also use rough sawn pallet wood and distress the paint.
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I used ordinary craft paint from a local craft store. Just pick fall colors that you like; they don't need to match perfectly.
The top coat is Mod Podge in a matte finish. This seals the paint and gives it a sheen. It's completely optional, though, because you may like the flat look of craft paint. If you like an antique look, the project will age sooner without a topcoat.
The feathers on the body are painted from back to front:
- Cherry Red
- Dark Yellow
- Dark Orange
- Cherry Red
The stock brown color was a little too dark for the head, so I added a little white and mixed it well before painting.
The head and body are screwed together with 1-1/4″ drywall screws. I predrilled holes through the body with a countersink bit.
The beak is not included in the pattern. I just used a little corner of the scrap leftover from cutting out the body, then sanded it to the triangle shape that I wanted.
A scroll saw is definitely required if you like to do wood craft projects like this. I've had mine for 30 years. Get a good one and it will last forever.