For almost as long as I can remember, one Thanksgiving decoration has been a constant - The Apple Turkey. My recollection of its origin is fuzzy, so, as I do with many things I can't remember, I called Mom. She confirmed my hunch that we had first made Apple Turkeys as a Sunday School Project. She thinks that perhaps she found the idea in a magazine, maybe Country Living, but even she wasn't sure. That's enough of an explanation for me, and I hope it will suffice for you!
Regardless of the Apple Turkey's mythical origins, one thing is for certain; it wouldn't be Thanksgiving in my house without one! After that first Sunday School lesson, every Thanksgiving my sisters and I would craft what quickly became our family's traditional Thanksgiving centerpiece. Even as teenagers, university students, and adults with homes of our own, each year someone would remember to make an Apple Turkey. Eventually, a new generation of Apple Turkey craftspeople took over, and now they are being crafted by young relatives across Canada. However, I still have to make my own (the dogs try, but without opposable thumbs, they find it hard). Last year, the Apple Turkey made it's Kitimat debut at a Thanksgiving Dinner potluck we attended at a friend's home, and I'll be taking another along this year. To the uninitiated, Apple Turkeys are a charming absurdity, but to me, they are familiar and remind me of home.
If you would like a charmingly absurd Apple Turkey of your own, here is a handy dandy tutorial to guide you through the creative process. If you are like me and tend to get obsessive about things like wing placement and the perfect beak, please bear in mind that this craft was designed for five year olds and approach it as such (read - relax, this is supposed to be fun!)
Assemble Your Materials
You will need:
Paper in pretty colours
A pencil or marker
Make Your Turkey Some Feathers
And a Head
Turkeys enjoy having feathers and a head, so you don't want to skip this step!
Cut out a turkey shaped head as well. Draw on eyes (so your turkey can see what's going on). I sometimes like to add a contrasting beak; the design details are really up to you!
Once you have all your paper cut, glue toothpicks to the pieces. Let the glue dry (See, I told you this was easy...)
Take a deep breath, this is about to get complicated!
Find the prettiest side of your apple and make sure that side is facing up, with the stem of the apple facing you. Using the picture as a guide, take two toothpicks and insert them into the bottom of the apple as feet. Then, place the turkey's head on the top of the apple toward the front.
I was just joking, this isn't complicated at all!
Don't worry if your turkey is a bit roly poly, that's just part of their charm!
Turkeys need wings, so go ahead and put them on either side of your apple.
Next, arrange your remaining feathers at the back of the apple for the turkey's tail. Turkeys are especially proud of their beautiful tail feathers, so go to town and use all your best colours; your turkey will thank you!!
See, I told you this was easy!
Sit Back and Enjoy Your Apple Turkey!
All that's left to do it put your Apple Turkey to work decorating your home. They really like hanging out in the middle of your dining room table during Thanksgiving Dinner, but in the meantime, use them to decorate all around your house!
Remember that they are made of fruit, and will drip a bit of juice, so make sure you put them on a safe surface. Apple turkeys get embarrassed when they ruin your stuff!
I hope you've enjoyed this little tutorial as much as I've enjoyed sharing this fun little family tradition with you!
Before I sign off for the weekend, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving, an a wonderful weekend!
As well, this week Nesty is a featured blog over at the link party Friendly Friday! Friendly Friday is hosted by The Frugal Novice, Thanks, Mail Carrier, and Healthy Home Blog. I'd like to thank the hosts of Friendly Friday so much for this feature, and for the lovely write up of my blog! Please take the time to go and visit Friendly Friday (you'll find some great blogs!) as well as the host blogs.
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