I know that Thanksgiving has past for this year but I wanted to share the carvings that I made to bring to the Thanksgiving dinner that I attended. There were almost 30 people and 3 tables so I made one centerpiece for each table. Here they are.
The pumpkins carved with flower designs were medium and small pumpkins. These can be made hollowed out from the bottom, then you can add a battery operated light inside to make a pretty lantern.
The turkey’s feather were carved from a kabocha squash. These are pretty hard and dense and require a sharp knife and patience. The other two bird’s bodies are made from acorn squash. These were even harder in density than the kabocho squash. On all three birds the necks are made from crookneck yellow squash with carved carrot beaks and whole clove for eyes. The flowers around the birds were carved from yams and sweet potatoes.
Click on the thumbnail photos below to see larger images. Enjoy!
Here is a link to a short video showing how to make very simple squash birds.
Perhaps you’ll get an idea for next year’s Thanksgiving centerpiece or for any autumn dinner party. You can always come back here to look at these photos next Thanksgiving.