Thankful Tree-Turkey Style

Hey friends!

I have been meaning to start a Thankful Tree in our home.

I  made a sad attempt at one last year using a mason jar and a branch.

Unfortunately, the branch was way too big.

I couldn’t display it on the mantel.

As a centerpiece on our setting for four table, it was just awkward.

So, this year I was going to do it right!

Come up with a plan for a unique and fun Thanksgiving centerpiece.

A piece my kiddos could feel comfortable writing on without being scolded.

I can’t wait to see what they are thankful for…

….and their cute little spelling of words.

thankful tree turkey style dandelion patina

Here are the materials you will need to create your own:

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thankful tree turkey style

Trace a pattern on a piece of paper. I just free handed the design on one side of the paper and then folded the paper in half for a mirror image on the other side.

thankful tree turkey style

Paint all the pieces with chalkboard paint. Again, I used Martha Stewart multi-surface chalkboard paint in gray. I then glued the pieces together as shown in photo.

thankful tree turkey style

Lay out the first layer of tail feathers and glue to the fan shaped plywood.

thankful tree turkey style

I distressed my turkey body. It was a personal preference. The forks were glued on with E6000. You will need to let this dry for a good 4 hours for proper adhesion. Once that is dry you can add the last layer of tail feathers to the back.

turkey head thankful tree


I embelllished the turkey with Indian corn for eyes, plywood cutouts, and bakers twine.

turkey feet

Twigs were cut for the feet.

thankful tree turkey style


thankful turkey

The forks function as a photo holder while the tail feathers can be written on, as the entire body could be. That’s the beauty of using chalkboard paint!

thankful turkey diy project

Gobble. Gobble. A unique thankful tree turkey style!

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Until next time,

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  1. I SO love this! What a beautiful idea, and something that can be used and cherished for a long time to come! Will be featuring your project this Thurs at Heathered Nest for the Think & Make Thursday party 🙂
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