DIY Distressed Wooden Turkey

October 22, 2014
How To: Distressing DIY Wooden Turkey

Is this wooden monogrammed turkey not the cutest fall decor ever? We have our friends from Unfinished Wood Co. showing us how to paint and distress this adorable turkey friend. The best part…it’s available on tomorrow! You can find this one and an equally adorable Monogrammed Leaf as well. Read through the steps, gather your supplies, set your alarm, snatch the Turkey on and get ready for a craft party. It’s the perfect addition to your holiday spread.

What You’ll Need:

  • 675 Turners Yellow
  • 602 Country Twill
  • 938 Licorice
  • 920 Autumn Leaves
  • 741 Glazed Carrots
  • 20501 Bright Red
  • 20511 Brown Oxide
  • 951-Apple Spice
  • 230 Early American Stain
  • 122 Round brush
  • 1” Sponge brush
  • Pencil
  • Stiff stencil brush or old toothbrush
  • Large stiff round brush for stain
  • Cotton cloth rag
  • Water
  • Paint pallet
  • Sanding block medium or hand sander medium sand paper
  • Table cover
  • Paper towels

Step 1-9 

DIY Distressed Turkey Steps 1-9

1- Gather your paint, paint pallet, variety of brushes, and a pencil.

2- Begin Painting with the your base color. Start with the edges, because the paint will bleed onto the front. This way you won’t have to go over the top again and you can use the extra paint that runs over to the front.

3- Continue painting each side and crevice. Make sure you are turning your turkey at all angles so you are covering each part of the wood.

4- Once all the sides are covered, you can now move onto the front of the Turkey.

5- Using a large foam brush, cover the front of the Turkey with your same base color paint.

6- Once the entire front and sides of the Turkey are painted — lay your turkey out to dry.

7- Once your turkey is completely dry, take a pencil and sketch the area that you will want to make the feathers. We just followed the natural curve to get our line.

8- Now take your pencil and make lines where you want the beak and wattle to be. You can also make a line where you want to feet to stop.

9- Paint the feet yellow and then use the same color to start painting spaced out yellow feathers onto your turkey.

Steps 10-18 

DIY Distressed Turkey Steps 10-18

10- Next, pick up your orange color and begin to do the same thing. Randomly placing colors apart from each other. **Don’t forget to paint the sides as you go or you’ll have a one dimensional Turkey!

11- We are now picking up the brown color and are starting to blend some of the colors together.

12- Now take your red and repeat the same process. Blend and make sure all the feathers are covered. Again, make sure you take your color all the way to the edge so you don’t have a harsh line.

13- This is what your turkey should look similar to before we begin sanding.

14- Take your sander and start to distress your turkey. Really focus on the edges and then be creative with where you else you want to sand. **Remember wherever you sand, those places will pick up more of the stain.

15- If you do not own a sander, you can use a sanding block or even coarse sand paper will work to get the same distressed look.

16- This is what your turkey should look like after you have sanded your turkey. Now you are ready to stain.

17- Take a very stiff brush and begin to add stain to your Turkey. Start from the back so you have a “finished” back as well.

18- As you are staining, it’s okay if the front looks messy like the photo. As soon as you set it down and stain the front, it will all blend together nicely.

Steps 19-27

DIY Distressed Turkey Steps 19-27

19- Finish staining the back so it doesn’t look lighter and darker.

20- Turn your turkey to the front side so you can begin to stain the front. Cover the entire front. As soon as you finish covering your turkey, take an old rag and wipe off the stain. The stain will stick to the sanded down places and give it an entirely different look.

21- This is what your turkey will look like after you wiped your stain off.

22- Now you are ready to add the black sparkle look. This is the final touch. Add some black paint to your tray.

23- Now add some water to the black paint to thin It out a bit.

24- Take a stiff brush or even an old toothbrush and run your finger across the brush in a flicking motion so small specks adhere to the turkey. This is a bit messy so make sure you have covered the area.

25- You can do as much or as little as you would like until you get the desired look.

26- This is what your turkey will look like after you have speckled it with black paint.

27- Here is the final product after it has dried. Now you are ready to stick it in a wreath, use it as the centerpiece of your thanksgiving feast, or bring it as a gift for the host of your Thanksgiving Dinner this year.

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It’s Party Time: Halloween Games

October 21, 2014

She’s back! We know how much you LOVED her Halloween Decor Post, so we asked Britt at Britt’s Fav Things if she could rummage through her perfectly put together party supply and come up with some fun Halloween games. She did not disappoint.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I love Halloween. I also love throwing a party so you can imagine how much love comes from throwing a Halloween Party! Seriously, these are hands down the funnest games for Halloween!!! If you are planning a party for adults or young children, these games are sure to have everyone laughing and screaming for more this Halloween season.

1. Murder in the Dark (adults)

It’s time to turn down the lights and put your spooky music and dim candles on.. Everyone draws a card. There are 2 murderers in a game of 15+ people. Who ever draws the Aces are the murderers. The room is darker and people are eating and talking. The murderers are trying to kill people off by not getting caught, while the party is going on! They must  (pick one whichever u chose) pinch their shoulder, touch the players palm of their hand, wink at them.. Ect. Once that person sees, they are dead and must announce 2 minutes later that they are dead. Make this sneaky so that it isn’t obvious. Move around, talk to people. This makes it fun because people can still take pictures, eat, talk and participate in the other Halloween festivities at the party. People of the group (including the murderers) can make accusations and if they are wrong, they are out of the game.

The party we went to the hosts gave out $50 gift cards to the winners (the murders or the people who guessed that weren’t killed off) so fun!!!

2. Pumpkin Icebreaker

Pumpkin Icebreaker

This game is so funny to watch but even more funny to do! Create two large teams and have them stand in single file line. You can do boy girl or girls vs boys. Take 2 oranges (because they are softer) and decorated them to look like pumpkins and give to the person in front of the line. Say ‘GO’ and the first person in each line has to start with the orange under their chin and move it to the next person standing next to them under their chin. That person holds onto the orange with their chin until the orange gets down to the end of the line! No hands can be used and if it drops you start all over! So funny and a definite icebreaker for sure!

3. Halloween Charades

Halloween Charades

Divide into two teams and have everyone write down 2-3 Halloween inspired objects onto paper. First person from team A has to DESCRIBE the object (from the paper they chose from the hat) until their group guesses the word accurately. Keep drawing from the hat until their time is up. (I usually find that 40 sec is perfect). Then a person from team B goes and does the same thing until time runs out.

Keep track of guesses to see which team wins and use these rounds to play:

  1. Round 1 – DESCRIBE the object chosen on paper
  2. Round 2 – ACT OUT the word chosen on the paper (no words or sounds)
  3. Round 3 – use ONLY ONE WORD to describe the object on paper.

Reuse the same words until u get through all three rounds. Such a funny game, esp with men vs women.

4. Murder Mafia (adults)

Murder Mafia

Need at least 10 people to play. These examples are for a party of 10+ people.

In advance create envelopes with character inside:

  • 2 killers or mafia members
  • 1 detective
  • 1 angel
  • 6+ citizens
  • 1 narrator
Murder Mafia Halloween Game

Everyone draws a card or envelope and sits The narrator speaks up and announces he is the narrator for the game. He has everyone close eyes.

Asks ONLY the Killers to open and make eye contact with other killer members. All agrees quietly and points to the one individual they want to ‘kill’ The narrator nods and makes note of the person they chose. They close their eyes.

Next has the detective open his eyes and make eye  contact with the narrator. He points quietly to the person he guesses to be a killer member. The narrator nods yes or no if the detective guessed right or wrong. The detective closes his eyes.

Then he has the angel open his eyes and point to the person he wants to save. The narrator makes note.

He has the whole circle of players open their eyes and the narrator announces who died.

The person dead can no longer speak and can keep their eyes open and observe the rest of the game. They are out.

The whole group starts making guesses as to who the killers could be. People talk and make accusations on who looks guilty.

The citizens can vote on one person to be a killer member, however whoever made the accusation towards one person has to be the one who dies if their guess is inaccurate. Once someone is chosen to be killed off by the citizens, that person then reveals their hand by saying if they were a killer or a citizen. (They do not announce if they were an angel or a detective) that keeps it more fun so that u don’t know if those players are still in the game or not)

5. Bobbing for Apples

This is such a fun tradition and a must do at any kid friendly Halloween party. It’s messy but worth it. I found my tin buckets at Home Goods. Fill the festive buckets with plenty of apples and make it a timed game. Who ever bobs for the most wins. Have a dry towel on hand!

6. Pin the Face on the Pumpkin or Ghost:

Blindfolded, have the child try to stick the pumpkins face parts to the pumpkin. All you need is one large pumpkin, black felt with sticky pads on the back and 2 eyes, mouth & a nose.

(This year we are playing with a drawn on chalkboard skeleton and a bow tie or princess crown that they have to place)

7. Mummy Wrap

Mummy Wrap

I had three teams and divided people up evenly. One person from each team stood in front of their team in a single file line & I gave them toilet paper. I timed 10 sec for each team member to wrap their chosen mummy and then switch and hand off to their next team mate. I let 3-5 min go by, letting each individual wrap their mummy 3-6 times. The judge stopped the teams and picked whoever a team mate or mummy was wrapped the most with toilet paper.

8. Pumpkin Decorating Contest:

Have everyone bring a pumpkin to the party and have them decorate it there with fun props that you provide and the winner gets a prize. Or have the kids make them in advance and vote on the pumpkins to pick the favorite announomously. Vinyl or other stickers is a easy way for kids to decorate

9. Donut on a String

Donut on a String

Hang string or twine from different lengths from high above and tie to your favorite doughnuts. Play this fun game blindfolded or not. Make sure those that are playing don’t use their hands and the first to finish wins. Make this a relay with teams or a one time individual thing. Take plenty of pictures because this can be hilarious! (and a bit messy)

So have some fun this haunted & spooky Halloween season with games, decor and so much more!

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