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Thanksgiving Gourd Gobblers

Like a 3-D version of the classic handprint turkey, these charming birds are great to make with the kids. The fat teardrop shape of a Hubbard squash perfectly mimics a turkey's body (but any squash or gourd with a similar profile will work); just add a cornhusk head and tail feathers.

Source: Martha Stewart


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  • Winter squash or gourd

  • 15 fried cornhusks, or construction paper (Pictured: cornhusks, 8 oz.,

  • Red food coloring (Pictured: Soft gel-paste food coloring in Christmas Red, 3/4 oz.,

  • Screw punch

  • Brown paper

  • Scissors

  • Hot-glue gun


  1. Download and print the turkey template. Using template, cut feathers, head, and wattle from cornhusks.

  2. Dye wattle (and tips of feathers if you like) in a small cup of water with 4 or 5 drops of food coloring. Use screw punch and brown paper to create dots for the eyes, and glue them onto the head. 

  3. When the dye is dry, use hot-glue gun to adhere feathers together in a fan shape, then secure to bottom of gourd.

  4. Glue together edges of neck and head, leaving the bottom and back open. Glue wattle to front of neck. Open bottom of neck, and fit over stem of gourd. Glue in place.

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