Papier-Mache Roast Turkey Pinata

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Delight turkeys, children, and vegans alike in half the time it takes to bake a butterball! This papier-mache roast turkey is stuffed full of candy goodness and ready to grace any holiday tables. The greenery is not mere platter flair, it serves as a rope to hang your turkey when you and your guests are ready to beat the meat!

Step 1: Initial Mold

First, mold a brown paper bag around an oval turkey sized object. This basket was flipped upside to form a mold. To minimize the use of masking tape, staple the thick brown paper to help keep the shape.

Step 2: Adding Papier-Mache

Tear strips of paper, and glue to the brown paper. This is not an "archival-quality" roast papier-mache turkey, and it will be destroyed soon, so use readily available materials. This turkey was created using Victoria's Secret catalogs and wallpaper paste.
*Hint- tearing out perfume samples and add to the paste bucket= good smelling paste.

Step 3: Drumsticks

The drumsticks are created from the corners of paper grocery bags. Twist near the end and cut to give a nice bone shape. Cover with papier-mache.

Step 4: Attach Femur to Roast

Attach turkey legs to the body. Staple near the bottom, and "sew" on legs by punching holes and threading with twine.

Step 5: Turkey Bottom

Create a "bottom" for the turkey by folding over the ends of a paper bag in the shape of the turkey base. Staple liberally. Flip the turkey "top" over, and fill with candy, 100 dollar bills, tic-tacs, live ants or barbie doll shoes. Squeeze together the turkey base and bottom and staple liberally with heavy duty stapler.

Step 6: Paint

Spray paint your turkey and add a nice brown glaze. You may choose to create and attach some green flair made from tissue paper to hang your meat. Bon Apetit!

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    Imjetta1

    4 years ago on Introduction

    I think we're going to use this for our "goose" prop for 'A Christmas Carol' in December. Thanks for the tutorial!

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    kitty malone

    10 years ago on Step 2

    this is great. i'm thinking my little vegan will LOVE it!