Thursday 20 November 2014

Bootiful Norfolk Turkeys

     Great for Thanksgiving or for Christmas, these little turkeys can be used for place markers on your festive table.
     We are busy making them for the school Christmas bazaar, a little something the children can buy with their pocket money.
     The original idea came from Tim Holtz a couple of years ago but it's something I like to make every year. You can be as fancy as you like with the decoration, these ones are quite simple.
     Begin by cutting a large rosette, a medium rosette and a small rosette with the Sizzix strip Rosette dies. Tim had a download for the head shape on his blog but that was about two years ago, I'm sure a search would find it again.
     If you wish to stamp your rosettes do so before folding, it's much easier. I have used the brown folders you can get to go inside hanging files to keep paperwork tidy, nice and affordable plus not too thick to bend.
     Make all three rosettes, keeping a large rosette centre spare for the base. When gluing the rosettes together make sure you do this with them standing up so you get the staggered top and a level base. Glue the rosette tail to the base allowing a space at the front for the head to be stuck on. I have used my ever popular Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue to make the turkeys, it's quite strong and sets quickly so you don't have to hold on to it for ages.
     To make them into place markers add a cocktail stick with a name tag on the top by tucking it into the turkeys tail, these don't have them so that they are safe for small children.
     Strictly speaking these are Suffolk turkeys, the border is a mile down the road. For those of you not familiar with the term Bootiful, it was used by Bernard Matthews who was a Norfolk turkey breeder and it became his catch phrase.

I would like to enter my Bootiful Turkeys in the following challenges:
Cut It Up - Let's Talk Turkey
Try It On Tuesday - Home Made / Hand Made
Cuttin' and Stampin' - Thanksgiving
Die Cuttin' Divas - Thanksgiving
Craft Your Passion - Pumpkins or Turkeys
Dies R Us - Anything Goes Christmas


  1. WOW What a fabulous project for the school bazaar! Gosh I remember some of the things my daughter would buy for me at those events ... such wonderful memories and THESE are fabulous gifts for either holiday! Well done! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘CHRISTMAS’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

  2. what great folding, can see why turkeys were once called indian peacocks, thank you for joining us at TIOT and happy thanks giving from the UK.EE

  3. Wonderful turkeys for place markers on festive tables. Thank you for sharing with us at TioT.

  4. These look great! They also look fun to make. I love the idea of one for each place at the table.

    Thank you for joining us for our Let's Talk Turkey challenge at Cut it Up!


  5. Very cool turkeys! Thanks for joining us at Die Cuttin' Divas this week!


  6. Love those turkeys! Great paper folding project! Thank you for sharing with us at Cuttin' and Stampin' Thanksgiving Challenge.

  7. Wow, those turkeys are really pretty. Thanks for joining us at Die Cuttin' Divas Thanksgiving challenge.


  8. Your turkeys are adorable. Thanks for playing the Cuttin' and Stampin' challenge.

  9. So cute turkeys :) Thanks for joining us at Craft your Passion !!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka DT

  10. These are darling! So glad you joined Cuttin' and Stampin' for our Thanksgiving challenge! Hope to see you again for our new challenge!
    Debbie, DT


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