How to make a turkey display for Thanksgiving appetiser skewers. Kids will love this project, and it may even help them eat their veggies.
This year my son is (finally) starting to show interest in the holidays. So, like a good mommy, I try to find ways to make the holidays fun for him.
When we were hanging out at the mall one day, I came across a cute appetizer skewer display that was basically a wooden board shaped like a hedgehog with holes in the back to hold the skewers, making them look like the hedgehog's spines.
My son thought it was cute, and so did I.
It occurred to me, though, that not only could I make something similar, but that it would be a perfect fit for the coming holiday, Thanksgiving, if I were to make it in the shape of a turkey. My idea was that the skewers would become the turkey's colourful tail.
This might be a silly project, but my son was fascinated with it, and he was excited to eat the turkey's tail.
A toddler excited to eat some fruit and veggie skewers?
I'd say that's a win-win!
So, here is how we made our Thanksgiving appetizer skewers with a turkey display.
1. Trace out a turkey body shape onto a wooden board. You'll also need an extra piece to make a rounded stand to hold your turkey up.
2. Cut out your turkey from the board and sand the edges. You'll need to make a cutout in both the bottom center of the turkey and the upper part of the rounded stand that is the same width as the thickness of your board. That will ensure that you can fit one piece inside the other snugly. Make any adjustments as needed until it fits.
3. Now's the time to make the space for your skewers. I found a wood drill bit that was around the size of the skewers that I planned on using. I made holes about 1cm deep into the turkey display along its back where I wanted the tail to be. I made some of the holes go straight down the back of the turkey, but also slightly angled some along the edges and had a row of more skewers along the sides. Be careful when doing the angled drilling not to drill your holes all the way through to the other side!
4. Test out your holes with your skewers and adjust them as needed.
5. You can optionally paint your turkey. The hedgehog stand I saw was left unpainted. For a more formal get together, perhaps the silhouette would be a bit classier. I wanted my son to have fun with it, though, so he helped me decide on the colors to paint my turkey.
6. Your turkey display is now done, and all you need to do is fill it with some appetiser skewers!
For the appetiser skewers, you can use any combination of fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses. I found that olives and cherry tomatoes were easy to use and made a cute addition to the skewers. When adding cucumber, ham, and/or cheese slices, I found it looked a lot nicer to cut them out with small cookie cutters. I used hearts and squares for mine.
Don't make them too big or you may overload your turkey!
Load up your turkey on a smooth and stable surface, and enjoy your Thanksgiving appetiser skewers in their turkey display!
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!
BTW- When Thanksgiving rolls around, remember not to throw away the skin, bones and carcass of your turkey! You can make a delicious turkey rice soup with all of your leftovers! It's by far my favorite way to enjoy them!