It's that dreaded time of the year when every turkey sweats joining the Thanksgiving Day dinner table. And all turkeys around the U.S. are hoping to be that one, lucky turkey that the President will pardon so that he may get to live many happy years without ever fearing the holiday seasons again.

Well, I say, let there be turkeys who may join us in giving thanks without worrying that they will be on the chopping block, to be stuffed, cooked, and feasted on.

And hence my idea for the duct tape turkey that will join in on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table without fear. Pardon My Duct Tape Turkey but he's just too cute and too small to cook.

The "ingredients" you will need to make a duct tape turkey are:
-duct tape rolls (colors: brown, black, yellow, orange, red, and white)
-scissor (titanium works best for cutting without getting too sticky)
-self-healing cutting mat or a ruler
-wax paper
-duct tape scraps, plastic bags or paper scraps
-optional: razor or X-Acto cutter

Step 1: Turkey Skeleton

The basic turkey skeleton is the body, head, and the neck. I work a lot with duct tape and because it can be pricey, I always save the scraps/ leftovers pieces and the mishaps (such as my duct tape roses). If you don't have a pile of this laying around, you can use plastic bags or paper scraps.

1) Rolled scraps into a 1 and 1/2 inch ball for the head. Roll a 3 inches round for the body. The 1 inch neck neck is rolled as a more slightly coned shaped in which I trimmed the ends off. When rolling used duct tape for the body parts, roll the tape firm but not too compact. It should still have some give to allow for being able to press down a shape if need be. When shaping the body, the body starts off round but gradually there are two sides that are slightly flatter. The bottom should be flat enough so that the turkey can and be stable. The back should also be slightly flat to allow for the tail. Smooth over bumps by cutting duct tape and covering the pieces with brown duct tape. *Note that in the picture I used brown and yellow so that you can see better details.
(Pics 1-3 is head, 4-5 is body, and 6-8 is neck.)

2) For the neck cut 2 piece of brown tape that is 2 inches long. Gently roll the cut tape to cover the neck on one side then the other. Carefully cut several incisions (1/4 inch apart) lengthwise into the tape from the edge of the tape towards the neck. Do this on both sides. Then attach the bottom sticky pieces on to the body and the head. Secure with more duct tape if necessary.

<p>You are my people. &lt;3 </p>
Very cute and very easy. I bet he is a conversation starter!
Thank you. Yes, he is-- took him to work for our Thanksgiving Day celebration and he was the hit of the party.

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