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How to take the turkey neck(s) you used to make your Thanksgiving dinner gravy and transform them into Christmas tree ornaments and/or a voodoo totem hanger-thingie ~
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Step 1: Have necks -- make gravy ~

Take one turkey neck (inside your turkey) and/or buy a package of three necks and simmer for broth to make and enjoy a wonderful gravy for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Step 2: Clean neck bones ~

Each turkey neck should yield five intricate vertibral bones. Boil them in water until all meat softens and falls off. Brush with dish detergent and use a skewer to remove any remaining tissue, such as spinal cord. Rinse well and let dry or dry in a slow oven. (Keep out of reach of pets).

Step 3: Make ornament ~

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Use your imagination and all or some of the following items to decorate one or two vertibrae: satin cord, plastic beads, paint, colored markers, glitter, etc. Have your kids help.

Step 4: Make a voodo totem thingie ~

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With any leftover bones, string through the spinal cord canal and hang or save for next Halloween. This is a multi-holiday project!
myrrhmaid4 years ago
I love this! I think a wreath might be super cool too! Thanks for putting this together!
canida6 years ago
Whoa, how did I miss this last year? Neat stuff! I'll give it a try after I boil the bones for stock. The camera's focus on the surrounding trees leaves the bones looking a bit like popcorn, though - using the macro mode would make them pop out and look more impressive.
zjharva7 years ago
no offense but who would hang turkey vertabrae from a christmas tree
No offense, but this site IS ALL ABOUT clever uses for what some people view as "garbage" . Native Americans are rumored to have used neck bones as children's toys. I use them for Halloween costumes when I do "Cave People" outfits. Mother Nature, and contributors to this site both make beautiful things.
SharonH (author)  zjharva7 years ago
I did and I also have ornaments made with various bird wishbones -- a bird hunter friend donates parts :-). Mother nature makes beautiful things!
looks cool, i have to admit.
SharonH (author)  GorillazMiko7 years ago
A cool yule to you ~