Zink Turkey Centerpiece

Zink Turkey Centerpiece

Crafting Time:
  • Weekend Project
Skill Level:
  • Advanced
Project Courtesy of: Zink
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Additional Information



  • hAppy or hAppy+ Smart App printer
  • ZINK Design & Print Studio app
  • 2" zRoll (2)
  • 1" zRoll (2)
  • 3/4" zRoll (1)
  • 1/2" zRoll (1)
  • 1 sheet 12"x12" heavy sturdy chipboard (still bendable)
  • 2 sheets 12"x12" medium thickness chipboard (for neck, body braces, and wings)
  • 6 sheets 12"x12" Dark Brown Cardstock (for inside of body strips, inner tail feathers)
  • 2 greening pins (for large outer body brace)
  • 6–8 T-pins (for extra support on back of large outer body brace)
  • 250-300 long straight pins (1-1/4"-1-1/2" long)
  • 2 heavy POP Glue dots for feet
  • Large thin pop dots (to secure head, beak and mouth)
  • 1" wide dowel (12" long) cut into 4 pieces for legs
  • 2 black button brads (for eyes)
  • 1/16" round hole punch (for eye placement)
  • 7" round white Styrofoam® ball (leave the plastic coating on ball)
  • 2 sheets of dark brown or black tissue paper (to wrap around white ball)
  • Turkey Centerpiece Pattern sheet (A) and (B) (download PDF)
  • 12" paper trimmer
  • Scallop edge punch or scallop edge scissors
  • Regular scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Air-power stapler (to secure feathers to body braces)
  • Fine tip black permanent marker


1. Locate the Thanksgiving Turkey Centerpiece design pack where you will find the ready-made design elements for this project. (NOTE: Since most of the elements of the turkey are double-sided”, print at least 2 copies of each design element in the pack. Some elements will call for more than 2 copies.)
2. Load a 2" zRoll into ZINK Smart App printer and turn it on.
Print 4 copies of each of these designs: Back Tail Feather A, Back Tail Feather B, Back Tail Feather C, Back Tail Feather E, and Back Tail Feather F. Set aside for assembly.
3. Print 2 copies of the middle feather of the Back Tail: Back Tail Feather D. Set aside for assembly.
4. Load a 1" zRoll into the printer. Print 6 copies of each design: middle feather a, middle feather c, and middle feather d. Set aside.
5. Print 4 copies of each of these designs: middle feather b and middle feather e. Set aside.
6. Continue using the 1" zRoll. Print 4 copies of each design: front feather a, front feather b, front feather c, front feather d, and front feather e. Set aside for assembly.
7. Print 2 copies of each design: front feather middle. Set aside for assembly.
8. Load a 3/4" zRoll into your printer.
9. Print 4 copies of body strip 1 and body strip 33-1. Set aside.
10. Print 6 copies of top body 38-7. Set aside.
11. Print 2 copies of body strip 2-2. Set aside.
12. Next load a 1/2" zRoll into your printer.
13. Print 2 copies of each design: breast bottom strip A, breast bottom strip b,
breast bottom strip c. Set aside for assembly.

Continue using the 2 inch zRoll to print the following items:
14. Wings. Print 8 copies of sm feathers brace. Set aside.
15. Brace around the turkey's tail and body (these will not be 2-sided). Print 1 of each design:
lg back feather brace and Sm feathers brace. Set aside.
16. Head/Neck. Print 2 of neck, top bottom design. Set aside.
17. Head and Neck Gobbles, Feet. Print 6 of the gobble bottom design. Set aside.
18. Turkey Legs. Print 4 copies of breast bottom B copy. Set aside.
19. Beak (insert 1" zRoll): Print 2 copies of middle feather c. Set aside.

Assembly of Components:

Be sure to print out the (A) and (B) Turkey Pattern sheets for this project at 100% of size. For example, the pattern piece for the Large Back Tail Feather on sheet (A) should measure 2 inches wide across the short side.

1. Using the heavy chipboard cut out 9 pieces each measuring 2"x9". Mark one of the short sides on each piece with a "T" for "top edge".
2. Gather the Back Tail Feathers printed in steps 2 through 4 above. These will be adhered to the front and back of each of the 9 chipboard pieces. Peel the backing off of one strip, and starting at the top edge place the strip onto the front side of a chipboard piece. Repeat to adhere a matching strip to the back of the chipboard. Make sure each feather has the same design on the front and back and is going in the same direction.
3. Create the scalloped edge using the Large Back Tail Feather with Scallop on pattern sheet (A). Cut out the pattern and place it at the top edge of each feather. Draw out the scallop and cut with a sharp pair of scissors. If you have a scallop trimmer you may opt to use it instead. Set aside all 9 feathers.
4. From pattern sheet (A) cut out the Middle/Front Tail Feather pattern. Place the pattern on the medium thickness chipboard and cut out 13 middle tail feathers. Mark the top edge of each board.
5. Gather the Middle Tail Feathers printed in steps 5 through 7 above. Peel and place each print onto the front and back of the 13 chipboard middle tail feathers. Be sure to start at the top and check that the front and back designs match and are going in the same direction. Use scallop punch or scallop scissors to cut the top of each of the feathers. Set the 13 middle feathers aside.
6. Use the Middle/Front Tail Feather pattern to trace out 11 Front Tail Feathers from the medium chipboard. Mark the top edge of each board.
7. Gather the Front Tail Feathers printed in steps 8 through 10 above. Peel and place each print onto the front and back of the 11 chipboard front tail feathers. Be sure to start at the top and check that the front and back designs match and are going in the same direction.
8. Use scallop punch or scallop scissors to cut the top of each of the feathers. Set the 11 front tail feathers aside.
9. Body Zig Zag Strips. Using a paper trimmer, cut 8 strips of dark brown cardstock that are 3/4"x12" each.
10. Cut 6 strips from cardstock that are 1/2"x12" each.
11. Gather the 2 sizes of body strips printed in steps 11 through 16 above. Peel and place each of the 3/4" and 1/2" printed strips to front and back of the matching cardstock strips. Make sure each strip is the same color on front and back.
12. Once all 14 strips are assembled onto the cardstock, fold them into a zig-zag or rickrack pattern. Mark the strips at every inch and bend back and forth to create the zig-zag look. Be careful as you fold to keep the media firmly attached to the cardstock to ensure as little rippling of your printed strips as possible. A little bit of ripple is OK. Work out as much as possible with fingers and re-secure the printed strips to the cardstock where necessary. Once all the strips folded and ready, set them aside.
13. Neck and head. Using the neck pattern from sheet (A), cut a neck for the turkey out of the medium chipboard. Once the turkey neck has been cut out, peel and place each neck strip onto front and back of chipboard. Make sure it is in the same direction on each side. Using a slight amount of pressure roll neck into a large long S” shape. The top of the S” will be your turkey’s head and the bottom will fit into the breast of the turkey. Once neck is in the shape of a long S”, set neck aside.
14. Gobble Neck, Gobble Top, and Feet. Cut out the Neck gobble, Head gobble, and Feet patterns from your pattern sheet. Gather the 6 prints of the gobble bottom” design you printed in step 20 above.
15. Peel paper backing away from one of the strips and set it upside down on your work area. Then peel the paper backing away from another one of the prints. Place it on top of the print that is upside down on table, bringing them together so there is a color print for the gobble on both sides of the strip. Repeat this with the other 4 strips. Using a fine” tip black marker, trace out each pattern onto your double-sided printed strips. Draw two feet. Now cut along the lines on each pattern and set your Neck gobble, Head gobble, and two Feet aside.
16. Turkey Wings. Cut out the small and large wing patterns on pattern sheet (B).
17. Gather 8 prints of the sm feathers brace” design from step 17 above. Cut out 4 pieces of medium chipboard that each measure 2"x9". Peel and place one printed strip to each side of the 4 cut pieces of chipboard, creating 4 double-sided strips for the wings.
18. Lay the small and large patterns on the layered chipboard to create 2 small wings and 2 large wings. Use a fine tip black marker to trace out your wings. Cut out each wing.
19. Layer one small wing over one large wing. Using glue dots secure the small outer wing on top of the larger bottom wing. Repeat with the other pair, but flip them over to create a mirror image. When completed the small wings will be on the outside of the bird as seen in the photo.
20. Body Brace strips. Cut out the 2 body braces for the Turkey's Large Back Tail Feathers: small inner brace and the longer outer body brace.
21. For the small inner brace: cut one strip from the medium chipboard that measures 2"x8-1/2".
22. For the large outer brace: cut one strip from the heavy chipboard that measures 2"x13".
23. Locate the two brace prints from step 18 above. Remove the backing from each strip and adhere to the corresponding sized chipboard piece. Each of these has a print on one side only. Once placed on the turkey the uncovered side will go up against the body of the turkey, and the printed side will be on the outside. Set aside.

Let’s make a Turkey!
Cover the Styrofoam® ball. Using two sheets of dark brown or black tissue paper, wrap the 7" white Styrofoam® ball and secure down around ball with straight pins. Be careful to identify the front of the body and back of body and make folds in the tissue (2 sheets thick) so that the fold appears in the front of the body and in the back of body. Smooth the sides and secure ends with straight pins at the bottom of the ball/body. NOTE: Leave the plastic coating on Styrofoam® ball as it will make the ball even stronger.
2. The ball should now be able to sit in place on a table without rolling. Pins should mostly be on bottom of ball/body. Pins may be used on sides for smoothing.
3. Insert Turkey Legs. With the tip of the scissors, create 4 small holes in the tissue on the bottom of the ball/body, with about 2-1/2" between each leg and the 2 back props. The 4 holes will appear as the corners on a square.
4. The two back props should be inserted straight in, while the two front legs should be inserted just slightly forward, not much though. Insert the angle cut ends into the ball. Don’t insert dowels all the way so adjustments can be made in the location of the legs and props. They should be an equal distance apart so they can support the weight of the back tail without having the turkey tip over when completed. The front two legs are not quite to the front and are angled outward.
5. Using a Heavy GLUE DOT, secure each cut out foot onto each inserted front dowel leg. Now Turkey has his feet.
6. Make two layers of tail feathers. One will have all the back tail feathers and the other will have the middle and front tail feathers.
7. Back Tail Feathers. Gather the 9 back tail feathers and place the one red” feather in the center with the scallop edge pointing up. From there arrange and fan out the other feathers on each side of the center red feather as shown in the photo. All of the feathers should overlap at the bottom.
8. Take the longer back body brace and slide it under the fan of back tail feathers. The plain side of the chipboard should be facing up. Position the overlapping feathers in the middle of the strip with the scallops pointed upward. Using an air power” stapler, staple all 9 feathers into the middle of your longer back body brace. Before securing with more staples, hold it up to turkey’s body and wrap around to see if the angle of the wrap looks good. Don’t add too many staples yet. Complete the other parts and see how everything fits together before securing the structure.
9. Middle and front feathers. Fan out the 11 front tail feathers organizing colors as in the photo. Place just enough staples into the fan to keep it together and hold up to back feathers to see how it looks against them. Check to ensure the angle of the fan is about the same.
10. When the front tail feather fan is righ, staple the front tail feather fan to the center of the shorter body brace (2"x8-1/2" strip), keeping the printed side of the brace towards the back and the chipboard side to front. Place the fan in the center of the strip leaving equal measure on each side of the brace for wrapping around the turkey.
11. Double-check the construction by holding the smaller feather fan and strip inside the larger feather fan and strip up against the back/bottom of the turkey. If you like the fanning so far, continue with the middle feathers. If not, make the needed adjustments prior to securing with your air stapler.
12. Lay the 13 middle tail feathers out in a fan shape.
13. This middle row of tail feathers needs to sit higher than the row of front feathers. Cut a small piece of medium chipboard to measure 2"x4". Staple the fan of middle feathers onto it along the 4" length.
14. Cut a piece of heavy chipboard measuring 2"x5" and place it perpendicular to the horizontal strip you just stapled the feathers to. The 5" side should meet up with the 2" side of the first piece cut in step 13. This will create a capital T” shape. Secure the "T" shape by stapling the 2"x5" lengthwise along the 2" side. Place this brace with the middle feathers attached behind the front row of feathers. Position it far enough above the top of the front feathers that it’s in the perfect position to be in between the front and back row of feathers. Hold up the back row of feathers to gauge the fit. Staple the middle row of feathers to the center, back side of the small front feather brace. Cut off the extra chipboard that hangs below the bottom of the brace.
15. Attach the inner small body brace. Wrap the inner body brace of feathers around the bottom back of turkey, secure into place with T-pins on the left edge of brace and the right edge of brace. Two T-pins are needed per side. Add a few straight pins around both sides to hold the brace in place. The turkey should now be standing on its own.
16. Attach the outer body brace. Wrap the outer body brace of large back tail feathers around the outside/top of the inner body brace of feathers. The printed side of brace faces outward. Position and hold the outer brace firmly over the inner brace and secure it to the body on the left and right sides with a greening pin. Make sure to insert the greening pin vertically to the brace and near the outer edge. NOTE: It’s important to check whether or not the positioning is correct prior to securing completely. Place just a couple pins in first and see if turkey is balanced and stands on its own.
17. If needed, use a T-pin in the center back of brace to secure further.
18. Secure completely with added straight pins around and close to the edges and middle of both braces.
19. Gather the 3/4" strips and mount them to the upper part of ball/body. Mount two of the top body 38-7” design strips to the top of the turkey tight against the front tail feathers. Place each strip equally across the body of the turkey as seen in photo. Pin each strip down with straight pins.
20. Continue with the 2 top body 1” strips—the white and yellow strips. Mount one at a time in rows while working around the top of ball. These should end up on the very top of the body.
21. Attach the fifth 3/4" strip—top body 38-7” (yellow strip).
22. Attach the S” shaped neck to the turkey with the bottom of S” towards the bottom of front/breast of body. The bottom of the strip was placed midway between the top of the ball and the turkey's legs. When the neck strip is positioned, secure it with 2 T-pins. Insert the T-pins about 1-1/2" up from the bottom of the strip. Secure further with straight pins.
23. Continue adding the zigzag Body Feathers. The last three 3/4" zigzag strips will go behind the neck and over the top of the body. Place the body strip 2-2" design strip. Then add the two body strip 33-1" strips. This strip should fit snugly behind the neck strip.
24. Gather the 1/2" strips. These will go on the bottom over the front of the neck strip and down around the front Styrofoam® base of the body.
25. Place each strip in this order: 2 strips of breast bottom strip A; 2 strips of breast bottom strip B; and then 2 strips of breast bottom strip C. This completes the body strips. Position them equally to create balance around the body. Pin into place with straight pins. A straight pin may be placed here and there in the zigzag parts of the folds where the strips touch the body.
26. Using a tiny whole punch, punch two eyes about 1-1/2" from the end of the turkey’s neck. Place a black button brad in each hole and secure for the turkey’s eyes.
27. Apply the Head Gobble. The Head gobble is placed behind the eyes in the center of the strip. Take the Head gobble piece and peel apart 1/2" of the two bottom sides of the piece. Peel back gently and bend the edges out to the left and right. Adhere the left edge to the left side of top of head and the right edge to the right side of head. The head gobble should be centered on top of head.
28. Attach the Neck Gobble. This piece will also hold the turkey's head in place. Use a few glue dots to secure the Neck gobble to top of the head next to the Head gobble.
29. Add a few glue dots near the bottom of the Neck gobble and attach to the neck strip. NOTE: When storing turkey, use a piece of clear tape to hold the head down, so the turkey’s shape will hold in storage and be ready for display the next time he is brought out.
30. Add both wings. Using a T-pin, secure the front of one wing to the body where the body strips end on the left side of the body. Repeat for the wing on the right side. Adjust the wing tips to stand out slightly from the body and pointing back toward the tail feathers. Then fill in to secure each wing with straight pins around the perimeter of the front of the wings.
31. Using the 2 middle feather c strips printed earlier, layer and adhere one to the top side of the turkey head/neck and one to the bottom side of the turkey head. Using a pair of scissors, trim out the shape of the beak. Cut the orange beak ends slightly longer than the neck strip so that the top and the bottom sides of the beak prints adhere together.
32. Make any final adjustments.