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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Gobble, Gobble: A Turkey Trinket

When I saw this on Pinterest a few weeks ago, I had to try to make one.  The kids and I decided that it would make the perfect gift for Grandma for her birthday, and now I'm hoping they'll make one for me, too.

To make a Turkey light block, you'll need one glass block and one light kit.  We bought ours at Hobby Lobby and used a 40% off coupon.    Also, you'll need acrylic paints, brushes, and sealant spray.  Candy corn is optional.

I wanted to use both kids' hands, so we made our block double-sided.  First, we chose our turkey colors, and then I painted the kids' hands according to their plan.  To make the turkey print, I painted their palms and thumbs brown, with their fingers different colors.

After the block dried, we flipped it over and did the other side.  I worried that the hand prints would be difficult to distinguish from the print on the other side of the block, but when done, I think it looked pretty good.

We let the turkey prints sit for an hour or so for the paint to dry well.  We used a Sharpie to add details to the turkey's face and to write, "Gobble, Gobble" near him.  Certain colors of Sharpies worked better than others - next time I'll use paint for this.

Then we were ready to create the light fixture!  We added a bit of candy corn inside for fun - not so much that it would be near the light bulb - and plugged the fixture into the whole in the glass block.

Voila!  That's it!  Plug it in and watch your turkeys shine.  

How do you decorate for Thanksgiving?



  1. That looks great! And your blog header is darling! I wanted to invite you to link up at my TGIF Linky Party - - I am also your newest followe. I'd love for you to follow back, If you want to =-)

  2. Oh that is so cute! stopping by from frugal girls