Tampon Turkey Centerpiece
Serving turkey with all the trimmings? Don’t forget the tampons! Even if they can tell your stuffing came out of a box, your guests will have to look twice to realize this Thanksgiving centerpiece came out of a box – a Tampax box, that is.
- Tampax regular tampons (about 70)
- Masking tape
- Spray paint (brown and silver or gray)
- Acrylic paints (red, yellow, orange)
- Hot glue gun
- Wiggly eyes
Remove tampons from applicators. Pull open and press flat. Lay out about 50 tampons in rows on newspaper and spray paint on both sides with brown spray paint. Use gray or silver spray paint to paint 6 tampons.
Use orange and yellow acrylic paints to paint about 8 tampons of each color. Use red paint to paint one expanded tampon and one unexpanded tampon. Let all tampons dry completely.
Crumple sheets of newspaper and press together into a turkey shape to form the base of the centerpiece. Wrap with masking tape to hold together.
Crinkle pieces of masking tape and stick on head to cover, simulating wrinkly “turkey skin”.
Cut a semicircle of cardboard to make the base for the tail. Cut out a semicircular piece so the cardboard will fit over the turkey’s back. Use hot glue gun to attach a row of orange “feathers” on top, and a row of brown “feathers” beneath. Use masking tape to secure the tail to the turkey. Cover back of tail with brown tampons.
Layer brown tampon feathers over body, overlapping rows from back to front.
Starting just below the base of the neck, glue a row of 3 feathers on each side to form the wings. Glue only the top end of the tampon so the rest sticks out to the side. Glue 3 yellow tampons across base of neck. Cut remaining yellow tampons in half and continue yellow accent feathers around the front, reserving one yellow piece. Glue gray tampons onto neck. Cut any remaining brown tampons in half and use to fill in spaces.
Cut a small narrow triangle off of the reserved yellow tampon. Glue on end of
head as beak. Cut the string end off the unexpanded red tampon at a 45 degree
angle. Bend the tampon around so it drapes down and glue the cut side just above
Glue a long edge of the expanded red tampon to the underside of the neck to
form the “wattle”. Glue on two eyes.