{seasonal style} A Serving Bowl Becomes a Thanksgiving Turkey

You guys probably know by now how much I love coming up with creative ways to upcycle belts. I've used them to create hanging shelves, drawer pulls, basket labels, a closet organizer, and even wrapped a belt around a lampshade. But you'll never believe what I did with belts this time around... I used them to turn a plain serving dish into a Thanksgiving turkey!

Thanksgiving Serving Dish turned Turkey

Seriously cute right?! I'll show you the just how easy it is to make your own turkey with belt tail feathers, and then at the end of this post, you'll be able to check out dozens more creative fall projects as part of the Home for Fall blog hop

5 Leather Belts (matching or mix & match is fine)
1 1/4" Waistband Elastic (I used gold elastic from Joann Fabrics)
Fabric-Tac Adhesive
Red, Orange and Yellow Acrylic Paint
Paint Brush
Orange Felt
Black Sharpie
Measuring Tape
Flat Sided Serving Bowl

I began by stretching a length of elastic around my serving bowl. I cut a piece long enough to stretch around the bowl with about a half an inch of overlap - you'll want it to fit pretty tight so that it stays put when placed around the bowl.

I used Fabri-Tac adhesive to glue the two ends of the elastic together.

Next, I cut the belts to create the turkey's five tail feathers and head. The belts I used were left over from prior belt projects, and I had purchased them on clearance at H&M. It would work just as well to purchase mismatched belts from a thrift store.

I wanted the middle tail feather to be the tallest, and for the feathers to get shorter toward the outside. I cut one belt to 22 inches, two belts to 20 inches, and two belts to 18 inches. Then I used left overs from one of the belts to cut a piece 7.5 inches long to use for the head.

To add a little color to my turkey, I decided to paint the back of the belts. This way, when the belts were looped to create the tail feathers, the color on the inside would peek out. I simply used two coats of acrylic paint.

I painted the back of the 22" belt red, the 20" belts yellow, and the 18" belts orange.

Once the paint was dry, I was ready to create the turkey's tail feathers by attaching the belts to the elastic.

I wanted the center tail feather to cover the overlap in the elastic, so I used Fabri-Tac to glue the red painted belt to the back of the elastic at the point of overlap.

Then added more Fabri-Tac to the front side of the elastic and looped the belt over, applying pressure for a couple of minutes until the glue was dry.

I continued this way until all five belts were affixed to the elastic, each about a quarter of an inch apart.

Finally, I was ready to add the turkey's head. I glued the shortest strip of belt to the elastic immediately opposite the longest tail feather using the Fabri-Tac adhesive. I used a binder clip to hold the belt in place while the glue dried so that I could work on the turkey's face.

I used red acrylic paint to create a wattle, and then I cut a triangular beak from orange felt and glued it on using Fabri-Tac. Finally, I used a black Sharpie marker to draw in two round, black eyes.

Once the all of the glue was fully dry, I stretched the elastic around my flat-sided serving bowl and filled the bowl with caramel popcorn {one of my favorite treats}.

This was one of those projects that I was worried would be a great idea in my head, but wouldn't turn out as well as I had imagined. But I'm thrilled with my new turkey serving bowl and I think it is such a fun addition to our fall decor.

Thanksgiving Turkey Serving Bowl

This turkey serving bowl will be perfect to sit our our counter throughout the month of November with snacks inside, and will such a fun way to take a side-dish to each of Thanksgiving gatherings we are invited to this season!

Belts upcycled to create Thanksgiving serving dish

I really love the bright pops of color inside the belted tail feathers. They add just enough color to the turkey without being overwhelming. 

Belt turkey tail feathers

I also am really happy with the texture that the stitching on these belts adds to the look of the turkey's tail feathers.

Adorable turkey serving bowl made from belts

This was a really quick and easy project, but I'll be able to use it again year after year!

 Thanksgiving Serving Bowl belts become turkey

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  1. Angela, this is soooo creative! The addition of the belts just take it over the top! And would make eating just way more fun. :)

  2. Love this. I need to have my kids make these for our Thanksgiving table this year!

  3. Love how you used the belts to make such a cute little snack bowl. I think it is way too cute. Cathy

  4. This is VERY VERY cute!!! Super creative.

  5. This is THE most adorable idea ever! And probably the most clever way to use belts that I've ever seen!

  6. This is such a creative idea. Who would think to use belts to make a turkey. Very cute.

  7. What a great way to use old belts! Good job!

  8. So clever and original! I didn't even think that you could paint leather belts. The possibilities now are endless. Thanks for the inspiration!