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Patriotic Thanksgiving Turkey

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can also be used as applique pattern

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Patriotic Thanksgiving Turkey

Designer: Walter Hoke

This delightful patriotic turkey was created by my father, Walter Hoke. He was an exceptional artist, and loved to create beautiful holiday decorations. He was also a waltercolor artist, and created many paintings during his lifetime. I miss him, but his creations live on. He gave me designs and information over the years, so that I could share his items with the world, through this website. His "Patriotic Thanksgiving Turkey" delighted many. You may use this pattern for your personal use only. Any other purpose must be first approved in writing by us. Our pattern is copyright protected and cannot be copied, displayed or distributed. - Christina

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Outdoor Use / Pattern Size

Use exterior paints if you plan to place the turkey outdoors. 

Print the pattern (click pdf listed under supplies), then draw grid lines onto the pattern, as shown in the photo. Your grid lines can represent 6 inches, 1 foot, or any dimension you wish. Draw in the outlines of the turkey. Using your gridlines as a guide, redraw the pattern onto a sheet of plywood.

Use As Applique

Print the pattern (click pdf listed under supplies), then draw the outlines of the various turkey pieces. For directions on layering pieces using an applique sheet, go to: turkey applique tutorial



3/8" Plywood (sheet size depends on the size you plan to make your pumpkin - 1/4" plywood would be ok if you are making a smaller pumpkin, such as 2 feet x 2 feet or smaller) 

Exterior Paints: Undercoat paint, colors of your choice for turkey and hat. Shading adds dimension, but can be omitted.

Sand Paper: Medium to fine grit 

Tack cloth 

Paint Brush(es) of your choice

Patiotic Turkey Pattern : PDF file 

Our pattern will fit onto an 8/5" x 11" paper and will download as a pdf file. If you need instructions on using pdf files, go to PDF Instructions.  


1. Prepare Pattern

draw turkey pattern Print the pattern. Decide what size you wish your finished turkey to be. Draw grid lines onto the pattern. Draw the outlines of the turkey parts onto the pattern, as shown in the photo. Trace your lines from each square section onto a piece of paper. Copy and enlarge to the size you need.

2. Transfer Turkey Outline To Plywood

You can do this by placing graphite paper under your pattern pieces and using a stylus to press down on the lines of the pattern, transferring the pattern to the wood. Or, you can "free hand" draw the pattern onto the wood, using the pattern as a guide. 

3. Cut Out Turkey

Use a saber saw to cut your turkey from the sheet of plywood. CAUTION: You must be skilled with the saw before attempting to use it. If you are not skilled at the use of a saw, and knowledgeable about its safety, find a skilled craftsman to cut this for you. Always take all usual safety precautions when cutting wood (dust mask, eye safety goggles, etc.).

4. Prepare Turkey For Painting

Sand the front of the turkey until smooth. Use a tack cloth to remove dust.

Apply a coat of undercoating to both sides of the wood (exterior paint). Let dry.

5. Paint The Turkey

Paint the front of the piece with desired colors and details. If you need help with the design, tape or staple string lines to the turkey to create temporary grid lines. Use a pencil to lightly draw the pattern lines onto the turkey. A grid makes copying a pattern much easier, because you now know precisely where lines should be.

Paint the back of the piece with 2 coats of any exterior paint or varethane. 

Mount your patriotic turkey on a fence, post, or stake. He can also lean up against a tree or the house. 

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Watch my free video for full instruction on painting on wood. For this video, I used a rough palette board to create a holiday decoration.


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