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Courtesy of Flower Promotions, this recipe for an all vegetarian turkey is great to look at but don't eat!

Chrsamtheumum turkey

Chrysanthemum turkey
flower arrangement



Susan Lavelle, a grade school teacher in San Jose, California, has a family tradition of having turkey on Thanksgiving, but not the edible variety. Her family’s tradition is a floral turkey centerpiece.

Susan’s mother, Betty Stegner, often created this unique and charming arrangement for the Thanksgiving dining table. Mrs. Stegner designed her floral turkey completely out of seasonal autumn-colored chrysanthemums.

Susan’s mother passed away in 1990, but left behind her chrysanthemum turkey photographs, supply list and patterns. Susan and her father recreate their traditional centerpiece each Thanksgiving.

The Chrysanthemum turkey is fun and festive, and Susan and her father are happy to share their family tradition with you. This year and for many Thanksgivings to come, make the chrysanthemum turkey centerpiece your family tradition by following these simple instructions.

Materials for non-flower turkey parts:

turkey head pattern

Turkey head pattern for non-flower parts - copied and enlarged to fit your project.

· 9″x12″ felt rectangles, 1 each in brown, yellow and red

· 2 moving eyes or 2 small buttons for the turkey’s eyes

· 12 cotton balls

· Brown thread and sewing needle or sewing machine

· White glue or glue gun

· 1 wire coat-hanger

· Scissors

· Wire cutters

Assembling Felt Turkey head:

Step 1 – Trace and cut out the provided patterns: 2 heads on brown felt, 1 gobbler on red felt, 2 beaks on yellow felt.

Step 2 – Leave the hook of the coat-hanger intact, bending other section of the coat-hanger straight.

Step 3 – Sandwich the coat-hanger between the 2 felt heads with the hook at the turkey’s beak.

Step 4 – Sew the 2 felt heads together, stuffing cotton balls between the head and coat-hanger. Leave the bottom of the neck open.

Step 5 – Sew the 2 felt heads together, stuffing cotton balls between the head and coat-hanger. Leave the bottom of the neck open.

Step 6 – Sew the 2 felt heads together, stuffing cotton balls between the head and coat-hanger. Leave the bottom of the neck open.

Step 7 – Sew the 2 felt heads together, stuffing cotton balls between the head and coat-hanger. Leave the bottom of the neck open.

turkey back Floral materials for turkey: – A reminder to order flowers in advance!

1 brick floral foam

48 stems yellow or rust colored ‘daisy’ chrysanthemums for body

30 stems ‘spider’ or ‘daisy’ chrysanthemums for tail feathers, use multiple colors

12-to 16-inch long x 6- to 8-inch wide platter or tray with small lip

Knife

Floral clippers

Floral preservative

turkey sideAssembling Chrysanthemum Turkey

Step 1 – Cut 2.5 inches off one end of the floral foam. Now soak the floral foam in water that has been treated with floral preservative for at least 30 minutes.

Step 2 – Place the wet floral foam on the tray or platter. Round out the corners of the floral foam a wee bit by cutting them slightly.

Step 3 – Cut the yellow or rust colored ‘daisy’ mums to approximately 3-inches in length.

Step 4 – Insert the mums into the front half of the floral foam to create the turkey body. Insert the mums closely together hiding the floral foam and creating soft curves that suggest the chest, sides and back of the turkey.

Step 5 – The tail feathers should sit proudly above the body. Cut several ‘spider’ and ‘daisy’ mums 6-inches in length and insert them into the exposed floral foam. Intersperse the spider mums with ‘daisy’ mums, cutting the stems at various lengths to create an airy, feathery quality. The flowers should gradually blend into body area.

Step 6 – Carefully insert the felt turkey head into the turkey body in a position that is pleasing. The coat-hanger wire protruding from the neck of the turkey head is anchored into the floral foam.

Step 7 – In order to keep the turkey fresh for up to 2 weeks, water it in the sink every other day.

 

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