A Thanksgiving Necklace Idea

Boys Life Magazine had a great craft idea for families to make using the leftover bones from the turkey carcass this Thanksgiving, make a necklace!  Full instructions are at the Boys Life site but here’s the 30-second rundown:

Use Thanksgiving leftovers to make a turkey necklace — Boys’ Life magazine

What You’ll Need

  • Turkey bones
  • Hacksaw or coping saw
  • Stiff wire or wooden skewers
  • Dish detergent
  • Saucepan
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Knife
  • Leather lace
  • Sandpaper
  • Glue
  • Pencil or fine-tip market

What You’ll Do:

First, choose two vertebrae from the back bones and the three largest wing bones.
Add one teaspoon of dish detergent and the bones into a saucepan of water. Boil
for about an hour, rinse and let cool.  While the bones are still wet, saw the ends
off the wing bones and cut the bones as shown in the picture on the left


Next, use the wire or skewers to clean out as much marrow as possible. Scrape the outside of the bones with a knife. Boil again as in Step 2.

You can brighten the bones by soaking them overnight in 3% hydrogen peroxide. (DO NOT use bleach, which will weaken the bones.) Rinse the bones, and let them dry completely.

Sand the two vertebrae flat, glue them together and set aside to dry. Clean and sand all the necklace pieces, and slide them onto a length of string or leather lace. To keep smaller-diameter beads from sliding into larger ones, tie an overhand knot between beads.

Using your knife, carefully scratch your initials or a pattern into the bone beads. Color with pencil or marker and rub off excess, leaving a tint inside the scraping, which will make it look like scrimshaw. Seal with a thin layer of white glue.

About kkokkotos

As a Cub Scout mom and busy professional, I want to create fun experiences and memories for my children that don't take a ton of time or require my own craft room and trust fund. Though a trust fund would be nice someday...
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