Ideas to Decorate a Pumpkin for Thanksgiving

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Just because it isn't Halloween doesn't mean you can't still decorate a pumpkin. Get ideas to decorate a pumpkin for Thanksgiving with help from a specialist in family entertainment in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Terina Gillette, and I'm a professional event coordinator, and today we're going to talk about how to make a pumpkin for Thanksgiving. And over here we have our Tom turkey that we're going to put on our Thanksgiving table and the supplies that we're going to use for this particular craft are silk flower heads that are clipped off the stem, acrylic paint, a brush, a permanent marker, something to put your craft paint in like a tray or a Styrofoam plate and of course, a pumpkin. Also optional is glitter. If you plan to use glitter then you're going to need some glue and we need hot glue also for our silk flowers. The first thing that we're going to do is make our Tom turkey's face and we're just going to use our permanent marker to draw directly onto the pumpkin. The first thing that we're going to do is just start with the eyes of our Tom turkey and give them funny googly eyes. You could also glue on wobble eyes if you wanted to do that would be fine and give him a little triangle here for his beak and after we get his eyes established then we're going to draw his Pilgrim's hat here. And then do the shape and outline of the top of his head and then we're going to come down here for the turkey part and you can paint this red or just leave it like this. We'll put glitter on it like our example. You're just kind of making a big spoon shape there and then this part right here is just little scallops that go around the bottom for his turkey feathers in the front. At this point you can just leave it like that or if you want to, take your acrylic paint and brighten it up a little bit. Okay so we're going to use our acrylic craft paint here just to kind of outline and make the lines more bold and cartoon-like and then also to fill in for our hat and you can make sure to put the center of your buckle in and go over the scallops if you plan to add glitter on this portion here. Alright and then we're just going to let this dry just a little bit and move onto our next area of our pumpkin then we'll come back to add our glitter. Okay the next thing that we're going to do is make our feathers on the side for Tom turkey's wings. We're going to take our flower heads that we've cut apart and just select a few and we're going to glue them on the side. You can use hot glue for this or you can use school glue or craft glue whatever you prefer. If you use hot glue, make sure to use a low temp glue gun. I'm going to go ahead and just glue strips of glue onto the side of the pumpkin here and then we're going to apply our flowers for the feathers. And since it is low temp, it will dry fast so I want to make sure to quickly apply my feathers here and then we're going to repeat this same process exactly on the other side. The next step is to take some silk leaves and just cut the stems really long on them and then we're just going to take and simply poke these into the top of our pumpkin around to make turkey tail feathers and probably three or four of these, whatever you think looks the best. Our final step and this is optional is to take our school glue and some glitter, I've chosen red glitter, make sure to have something to catch your glitter underneath your pumpkin so that you can re-use your glitter for another craft project and then we're just going to fill in our little goblet here with our glue and then we're also going to trace around our scallops that we made on the pumpkin. Before our glue completely dries, we just want to sprinkle some glitter and you can even tilt your pumpkin a little bit to make sure that it gets on there good and it's up to you how much glitter that you want to add onto your pumpkin. You can do it generously or just enough to add just a little shimmer to it because the school glue will dry clear so it won't matter if you cover up everything just completely perfect. And we'll just brush off our glitter. And now we have our completed Tom turkey pumpkin for Thanksgiving day.

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