Turkey Center piece I cut out with a Silhouette Cameo. The file comes from svgcuts.com
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Gobble, gobble-It’s a Turkey Centerpiece!

Now that Halloween has come and gone! I thought it was time for a little gobble, gobble turkey centerpiece time.

There is just something about this time of the year, that really gets my creative DIY going big time!

Does anyone else out there get that creative itch, where you’ve just got to make something?

When I’m not out and about with my Nikon taking photos. I’m inside playing around with my Silhouette Cameo machine.

What’s a Silhouette Cameo machine, you ask? It’s an electronic cutting machine that you are able to cut out designs in 3d form or flat. What ever your imagination can come up with, you can pretty much cut it out, with one theses machines.

One of the best things about a Silhouette cutting machine. Is the different types of material that your able to cut with.

So if your into scrap booking, 3d or vinyl for t-shirts. You name it, you can cut it.

One thing that I do recommend before cutting your full design. Is to do a test cut first with what ever material you are working with. So you can check the depth of your blade, to make sure it’s cutting through your material properly.

  • Paper/Cardstock up to 350 gsm thick.
  • Tissue paper
  • Sticker paper
  • Vinyl
  • Iron-on transfer
  • Cereal box chipboard
  • Craft foam
  • Lightweight fabric
  • Rhinestone template material

My favorite cutting materials that I personally use the most are, paper and vinyls. There are so many different types of paper out there, it will make your head spin! So what ever you can dream up to cut, you’ll find the perfect paper for your design project.

Some of my favorite paper projects are making box cards. The box Card files I use mostly come from svgcuts.com.

I love, love Mary’s designs! She makes her files easy to understand and put together. I highly recommend her svgs, they are one of the best.

Then there’s the vinyls, everything under the sun there too. I have really been into the wooden signs and shirts lately. These make great gifts for any time of the year! My favorite svg site for this type of DIY, is sofontsy.com. They have an amazing array of design ideas. They also allow you to sell your product with their designs with a commercial agreement. How great is that!

Sign up for their news letter and you will get insider freebies and discounts on their design packages.

So now that you know a little about the Silhouette machine. Let’s get busy on our Turkey Centerpiece from svgcuts.com.

A side view of the Turkey Centerpiece.

If you are a beginner then this is an easy and quick project for you to try. Plus it makes for a wonderful festive presentation to your holiday gathering.

It can be used as a container to hold artificial floral’s or give it as a host/hostess gift. A gift card also comes the Turkey Centerpiece, in case you wish to give it as a gift. Or just send out the card for a Thanksgiving hello.

As you can see the panel’s have been embossed. If you’re a beginner and don’t have an embossing machine. Then you can just skip that and use patterned paper instead. To give you a textured look.

There are six pieces that will need to be embossed for the base of the container.

Before gluing everything together. I like to go around all my pieces with an ink pad and a makeup sponge, with colors of choice.

This helps to give a warmth and dimension to your cut-outs.

The two side panel's that I've embossed. For the turkey centerpiece.

As for the turkey himself, he is like putting together a puzzle. Very easy to do, just follow Mary’s instructions to were each piece goes together.

The other side of the Turkey Centerpiece.

Both sides of the Turkey Centerpiece are the same so you’ll need to make sure you’ve got enough paper to complete your project.

I made parts of the turkey layered, so they stand out a bit.This way it gave him some dimension so he wasn’t just flat.

When I want something to stand out, I use Foam Tap on the back side of my paper.

You can find foam tape pretty much anywhere, so it’s not a specialty hard to find item. I use it all the time on my projects.

It has a very strong hold, so be sure you know where you want to place it.

Because it really sticks and you run the risk of tearing your paper if you need to pull it back up.

After I’ve got everything glued into to place. I like to let it dry for a bit before putting the box together. This way I can have everything nice and flat.

If your paper tends to bend a little while it’s drying. It could cause an issue trying to glue your main box together.

Once you’ve got the whole box together, it’s time to put the bottom base on.

The bottom base and the interior bottom base.

When placing the bottom piece on. I recommend you glue one of the short sides only, first. With the short end of your bottom piece.

Once those two pieces have dried then put glue on the other three folds.

This way your able to slide the pieces around before the glue dries. To get everything in line and even.

Once you have everything where you want it, let the glue grab a bit. Turn your box over and press down on the folds from the inside of the box. Making sure it’s nice and flat and smooth.

Now for the inside layers. I personally cut out two inside layers. This way the bottom is a little more sturdy. Especially if I’m wanting to put something a little heavy in the box, and I’m giving it away as a gift.

That’s it, your done! Embellish, decorate and fill your Turkey Centerpiece any way you wish.

Your family and friends will be quite amazed at your centerpiece.

Happy Crafting!

 

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