Say hello to my latest DIY junk turkey assemblage.
As you’ve probably guessed, he started out as a bunch of thrifted kitchenware.
From trash to turkey
Turning a pile of junk into a turkey is one of my latest obsessions — and it’s really not that hard to do. Here’s what I used to make this guy:
- Seven flaps from a vegetable steamer
- Two leveling feet
- Mini Jell-O mold
- Cookie press disc
- Food processor blade
- Small funnel with handle
- Various nuts, bolts and washers
Start with the tail feathers
I wanted my turkey to have five tail feathers sticking up in the back, so the first thing I did was drill five small holes into the edge of the food processor blade.
Then I attached five vegetable steamer flaps to the blade by running bolts through the holes I had just drilled and securing them with nuts.
I made sure the flat ends of the bolts were facing the back of the turkey …
… and the ends with the nut attached were facing toward the front, where they would later be covered by the Jell-O mold body.
Attaching legs and wings
Next, I drilled a couple of larger holes into the bottom of the Jell-O mold, where the turkey’s legs would go.
Then I drilled a hole into the center of the Jell-O mold.
This hole would eventually have a bolt running through it that would connect the turkey’s body to his head and neck in front and his food processor blade tail in the back.
But first, I screwed the leveler feet into the holes at the bottom of the Jell-O mold.
And drilled two smaller holes onto each side of the turkey’s body …
… where I attached the two remaining vegetable steamer flaps.
Then I bent the flaps around the Jell-O mold so they looked like wings.
Building the junk turkey assemblage
From here, I basically built a junk turkey assemblage sandwich, starting in the back with the tail feathers layer.
I laid the Jell-O mold body on top of the tail feathers and the cookie press disc on top of that.
With the pieces in place, I ran a bolt through the handle of the funnel and through a hole I had drilled in the cookie press disc.
I attached the two pieces with a nut. Then I ran the bolt through the holes in the Jell-O mold and the food processor blade …
… and secured all of the pieces together with a nut on the back side.
Making a face
To fill in the hole in the center of the funnel, I found an acorn nut that fit — and that resembled a beak.
The nut is held in place by a short bolt in the back.
I found a couple of different sized washers to use for eyes and painted them black and white so they’d stand out against the turkey’s silver face.
Then I attached the washers to the head with super glue.
The completed junk turkey assemblage
Unfortunately, I drilled the leg holes a little too far apart for my turkey to stand on both feet at the same time. But I think he’s kind of cute standing on just one leg and leaning a bit. I adjusted his head and neck to lean in the same direction.
He looks like a curious little bird this way, doesn’t he? Like he’s got his head cocked because he’s watching something intently. That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.
What do you think? Should I try to redrill the holes closer together so he can stand flat footed? I have other mini Jell-O molds in my stash of turkey parts, so I could start fresh with a new piece for his body. Or I could leave him leaning. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
P.S. If you liked this post, check out the rest of my junk assemblages here.
6 Replies to “From thrift store castoffs to junk turkey assemblage”
I think you should leave him as a quirky turkey, his quizzical expression gives him charming character.
Thanks, Jo-Ann. I’m leaning (🤣) that way myself. He’s a little tipsy when he’s got to balance on one foot. But what he loses in stability he makes up for in charm.
LOVE this quirky Turkey!! I am going to feature it over at our Creative Crafts Linky Party this week! Have a great day. Creatively, Beth
Thanks, Beth! 🙂 I can’t wait to check it out!