This Thanksgiving Craft makes festive napkin holders for your holiday table.
- Pattern (Below)
- Tracing paper and pencil
- Graphite paper
- Dry ballpoint pen or stylus
- 19-inch length of 1 x 6 pine (actual measurements are 3/4 inch x 5-1/2 inches)
- Scroll or band saw
- Tack cloth
- Water container
- Paper towels
- Foam plate or palette
- Acrylic craft paints (Barb used Delta Ceramcoat)—Black, Brown Iron Oxide, Cadet Gray, Caucasian Flesh, Forest Green, Red Iron Oxide and Straw)
- Paintbrushes—large flat and liner
- Small piece of household sponge
- Approximately 7 feet of 14-gauge craft wire
- Wire cutters
- 12-inch length of 1-inch wooden dowel
- 12-inch length of 3/8-inch wooden dowel
- Wood glue
- Staple gun with 3/8-inch staples
- 16 paper or cloth napkins
- Download and print Craft Pattern
- Trace patterns at right onto tracing paper with pencil.
- Place body, wing and head patterns on wood with grain lines matching. Slip graphite paper between patterns and wood. Trace over pattern lines with dry ballpoint pen or stylus to transfer them onto the wood.
- Use scroll or band saw to cut out shapes.
- Referring to Fig. 1 on pattern, cut a 1-in.-wide x 3-in.-long scrap of wood in half lengthwise to make two 3-in.-long pieces. Trace the beak pattern onto one 3-in.-long piece as before. Cut out the beak following the curved pattern lines. Sand top of beak to a rounded shape. Cut crosswise where shown in Fig. 1.
- Sand remaining shapes smooth. Wipe all pieces with tack cloth to remove sanding dust.
- Keep paper towels and water handy to clean brushes. Place dabs of each paint color on foam plate or palette as needed.
- Add additional coats of paint as needed for complete coverage. Let paint dry after every application.
- Refer to pattern(s) and larger photo above as guides while painting as directed in the instructions that follow.
- Use flat brush and Forest Green to paint all sides of body piece. Thin Straw with a bit of clean water to an ink-like consistency. Use thinned paint and liner to draw wavy lines about 1 in. apart on front of body piece to create a crosshatch pattern.
- In the same way, add wavy lines of thinned Caucasian Flesh about 1/4 in. from each Straw-colored line.
- Use flat brush and Caucasian Flesh to paint entire front and edges of wing piece.
- Thin Brown Iron Oxide with clean water. Dip dampened sponge piece into thinned paint. Dab excess paint off on paper towel. With an up-and-down motion, sponge-paint front and edges of wing piece.
- In the same way, sponge-paint front and edges of wing piece with Cadet Gray.
- Thin Red Iron Oxide with a bit of clean water to an ink-like consistency. Use thinned paint and liner to add details to wings where shown on pattern.
- Use flat brush and Cadet Gray to paint all sides of head piece.
- Use flat brush and Red Iron Oxide to paint wattles on front and on edges of head.
- Use liner and Black to add two small eyes and scallops for feathers.
- Use liner and Cadet Gray to add a tiny highlight to each eye.
- Use flat brush and Straw to paint top, bottom and sides of beak.
- Use liner and Black to add a small comma stroke to each side of the beak.
- Cut a 60-in. length of wire. Coil wire by wrapping it loosely around the 1-in. wooden dowel, making 16 loops and leaving about 1 in. of straight wire at each end. Slip wire off dowel. Shape coiled wire into an arc to fit along the top of the back of body piece as shown in Fig. 2 on pattern.
- In the same way, coil the remaining length of wire around the 3/8-in. wooden dowel. Shape coiled wire into an arc to fit along the bottom of the back of body piece as shown in Fig. 2.
- Use staple gun to attach each length of coiled wire to the back of the body piece. See Fig. 2 for placement of staples.
- Referring to pattern for position, glue wings right side up to front of body and head right side up to front of wings. Let dry.
- Place a napkin on a flat surface as shown in Fig. 3 on pattern. Fold the opposite corners in to meet at the center. In the same way, fold the opposite sides in to meet at the center again.
- With the folds at the back, insert the narrow end of each napkin into a top and corresponding bottom wire coil on the back of the turkey, arranging them as shown in smaller photo at right.
Finished Size: Turkey napkin holder is about 8 inches wide x 5-1/4 inches tall without the napkins.
Thanksgiving Napkin Holder Craft originally sent in by Barb Chauncey of Carter, South Dakota