Light Bulb Turkey

February 12th, 2013 posted by Amanda Formaro

Turn an ordinary burnt out light bulb into this festive and fun turkey this Thanksgiving. Make several at once and give some away as gifts or line your holiday table runner to greet your dinner guests.

You will need

burnt out light bulb small straw hat 2- 1 1/2″ wood hearts acrylic paint: brown, orange, white and black felt: red and orange small silk flower 6-8 fall colored feathers washer paint brush acrylic sealer spray hot glue gun white craft glue pattern

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What you do

Place light bulb on an empty upside down egg carton or anything else that will help hold it steady. Paint the entire surface of the light bulb with brown paint. Let this coat dry COMPLETELY or you may experience peeling on the second coat. Paint the wood hearts with orange paint and let dry. Repeat for second coat. Using the pattern, cut out turkey waddle from red felt and beak from orange felt. Hot glue small silk flower to the front of the straw hat, off to the side. Add a second coat (and a third if needed) of brown paint to the light bulb. Let dry. Glue the two hearts together at the sides, just above the points so that they form the feet. Use white craft glue to attach the washer to the hearts, this is what the light bulb will rest on. White craft glue is tackier and will hold better than hot glue for this purpose. (see photo) Position the light bulb on to the washer. When you have it where you want it, glue it in place with white craft glue and let dry. Hot glue the hat to the top of the light bulb. Use the handle end of the paint brush to add whites of eyes. Do not add the black part of the eyes until the white has dried. Glue the beak and waddle below the eyes. Hot glue feathers to the back of the light bulb in a fan for the tail.

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Amanda Formaro is a freelance writer, editor, craft designer, and recipe developer. She loves multi-tasking and has been writing and working on the Internet since 1997. You can find her at AmandaFormaro.com. You’ll find her craft projects at CraftsbyAmanda.com and her recipes on AmandasCookin.com.


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