In The Gingerbread Book by Alan D. Bragdon (available at my local library) lies a pattern that is perfect for a Gingerbread Turkey Centerpiece for Thanksgiving.
For those of you not quite ready to embrace the CHRISTMAS spirit (BECAUSE THANKSGIVING IS A HOLIDAY THAT COMES FIRST!) this might be a wonderful gingerbread/craft option to tackle.
I made the turkey in 2012. I think I was sick and bored out of my mind at home, so I decided to craft (and I washed my hands a lot and didn't hack on the gingerbread).
I loved this little turkey. The pattern is smaller, so it's not a huge project. It's not intimidating either, so it's a nice place to start if you're new to gingerbread.
It's also a great way to use up some Halloween Candy...if you don't want to eat it all for some reason...
Here's what I made:
I had extra gingerbread dough, so I made the pumpkin cookies.
I also didn't really have a base in mind that was small enough for this turkey (like I said, I just got this idea while home on a sick day) so you can see I only covered part of it with ground animal crackers left over from our 2012 Halloween House. You're supposed to be looking at the turkey anyway :-)
Happy (early) Thanksgiving!