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DIY Turkey Butter Sculptures


Here is a DIY turkey butter sculptures – and turkey molds for butter!

Isn’t this so cute? My good friend, Cecilia, makes these every year for Thanksgiving and I asked her to share the process. She actually makes them by hand.

Carve by hand?

She starts with a basic shape and then carves where needed. Her tip is to let them chill in between the steps. However, if you want an easier method just…

use turkey molds for butter

turkey molds for butter

You can buy them online – or check your local craft or candy-making shop.

There are choices!

How about the big one – or maybe a bunch of little ones?

Supplies for turkey-shaped butter:

Photo by Monserrat Soldú: https://www.pexels.com/photo/white-ceramic-mug-with-butter-3821250/


Softened butter

turkey molds for butter

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DIY Butter sculptures supplies:

– Plastic turkey molds (often available at craft or baking stores, especially around Thanksgiving)

– Unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)

– Mixing bowl

– Plastic wrap or parchment paper

– Spoon or spatula

– Refrigerator



softened butter
softened butter


Ensure your plastic turkey molds are clean and dry.

If you’re using butter straight from the fridge, allow it to soften at room temperature. This makes it easier to mold.

Mixing the Butter (optional step): In a mixing bowl, you can whip the softened butter until it’s smooth and creamy. This step can help in removing any lumps and makes the butter easier to mold. 

If you wish, you can add herbs, spices, or even a touch of honey to flavor your butter.

Filling the Molds

Using a spoon or spatula, begin to fill the turkey molds with the softened (or whipped) butter. Make sure you press the butter firmly into the molds to ensure there are no air bubbles and that all details of the turkey shape are filled.

Level off the top of the mold so the butter is flush with the edge. 


Once filled, cover the molds with plastic wrap or parchment paper to prevent any other flavors from your fridge from permeating the butter.

Place the molds in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. This will harden the butter and help it keep its turkey shape when removed.


Once the butter is solid, remove it from the refrigerator. Gently pull the edges of the mold away from the butter to break the seal.

Turn the mold upside down and gently tap it or press on it to release the butter. If the butter resists, you can let it sit for a few minutes to soften just slightly, or you can dip the bottom of the mold in warm water for a few seconds (but be cautious not to let it melt too much). 


Place your turkey-shaped butter on a decorative plate or butter dish. If not serving immediately, keep refrigerated and take out shortly before serving to allow it to soften just enough for easy spreading.

Storage: Any unused turkey-shaped butter can be stored in the refrigerator, covered in plastic wrap or in an airtight container.

These turkey-shaped butters not only add a festive touch to the dinner table but can also be a conversation starter!

If you use a two-piece mold:

Simply follow the directions above. Remove from the freezer and melt some butter.

Use this to “frost” the insides. Stick them together and place in the freezer again until firm.

What’s really fun is that you can do this same process for other holidays – put other things in the molds, like sugar for coffee drinks, right?

diy turkey butter sculpture molds,
Turkey-shaped molds for butter


Bread ideas for your turkey-shaped butter!

Cornucopia Bread Bowl

   – Shape dough into the form of a cornucopia, bake, and then fill with your favorite Thanksgiving dip.

Stuffing Muffins

Stuffing Muffins on white plate before Thanksgiving dinner.


Press stuffing into muffin tins and bake until crispy on the outside. You can add a sprig of rosemary on top to mimic a mini turkey leg.

Cornbread Leaves

Use a leaf-shaped cookie cutter to shape cornbread or biscuits. You can add a touch of food coloring or herbs to the dough for extra color and flavor.

Maple Leaf Butter

Similar to the turkey-shaped butter, you can use maple leaf molds or cookie cutters to shape butter into maple leaves. This not only celebrates Thanksgiving but also the fall season!

Thanks for checking out my post about turkey-shaped butter sculptures. Do you plan to make some for Thanksgiving?

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