DIY Thanksgiving decor – "This fun new crafts project is a beautiful, creative way to bring the harvest season to your family's holiday table," wrote Martha Stewart in the November issue of Martha Stewart Living.
DIY Thanksgiving decor – Candle molds yield a collection of perfectly sized place-card holders; I used a miniature serrated hobby saw to make small slits in the turkeys to hold the cards.
DIY Thanksgiving decor – A gorgeous clip-art tom turkey turned decal embellishes a decorative plate.
DIY Thanksgiving decor – The overall look of the tablescape is casual but inviting, and it is perfect for guests of all ages. The centerpieces are full but unfussy—bunches of Timothy grass, wheat, and foxtail gathered in gold lusterware cups. They alternate with old English carved breadboards, which hold the turkey sculptures, as well as various small stone vessels for salt and pepper. The only linens on the table are the napkins, which were made from beautiful linen yardage from a shop in Wiscasset, Maine.
DIY Thanksgiving decor – Mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of dye into water to reach desired color. (We used tan and yellow dye for lighter turkeys and tan, yellow, and brown dyes for darker ones.) Don mask and gloves, then slowly sprinkle permaStone powder (48 ounces of permaStone will make 1 large 2-part turkey and 1 small 1-part turkey) into water and let it absorb; do not stir yet. When powder no longer completely absorbs, stir with a spatula until mixture is the consistency of yogurt. (Add more water sparingly,
if needed, until equally mixed.)
DIY Thanksgiving decor – Set mold on blocks to stabilize. Slowly pour mixture to fill mold. With your fingers, gently tap mold to remove air bubbles and to settle and level mixture. if you've added too much, swipe away excess with spatula. Let sit for 2 hours. If using a 1-part mold, peel away at part lines and gently remove turkey. if using a 2-part mold, flip flat side down onto work surface. gently ease each turkey half from thicker areas, such as feet and tail.
DIY Thanksgiving decor – Sand and connect pieces: For 1-part turkey, sand bottom with sandpaper until smooth and level. For 2-part turkey, sand the flat (back) sides. With dremel drill
(optional) or smaller piece of sandpaper or sanding sponge, sand away ridges along the part line.
DIY Thanksgiving decor – Once flush, apply a thin coat of construction adhesive to one flat side, press halves together, and secure tightly with rubber bands. Wipe away any excess adhesive with damp paper towels. Let glue dry about an hour. Sand bottom.