Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath Tutorial
Materials Needed to Make the Perfect Turkey Wreath
The materials you need will vary depending on how closely you want your version to resemble mine. Like I mentioned before, I used the tutorial I found online as inspiration and adjusted the materials used to fit what I already had. No trips to the store necessary! That being said, here are the materials I used.
- Pool noodle, cut in half and duct taped together in a circle shape
- Large scrap of brown felt material
- 50 yards of 6 inch brown tulle on a spool
- 2 styrofoam balls
- 1 sheet of red foam
- 1 sheet of orange foam
- Foam letters
- Red, Orange, Green, and Yellow grosgrain ribbon
- Black paint
- Scissors, hot glue, glue sticks, sharpie, paintbrush
It All Begins with a Little Inspiration
If you are the kind of person who enjoys crafting and diy projects then you have probably discovered Pinterest by now. Pinterest is an amazing site that allows you to save multitudes of products, ideas, and inspiration into categorized boards.
Before gearing up for a project, I usually go to Pinterest first for inspiration and that is how this Thanksgiving turkey wreath was born. After spending several hours just browsing I came across a tutorial from Baby Rabies for Thom the Turkey Tulle Wreath. I used this tutorial as a jumping off point to create my own version. Want to know how I did it? Keep reading!
Step by Step Guide to Building Your Wreath
Step 1 -
Wreath form: I decided not to purchase any materials for my project so instead of purchasing a wreath form from the store I used a pool noodle we already had. I cut the noodle in half and then used duct tape to attach the two ends together so that it made a complete circle. I found that this method makes a much larger wreath than I was expecting but in this case it worked out. If the turkey were smaller I don't think it would look as good as it does in this size.
Step 2 -
Feathers: The inspiration tutorial called for three colors of tulle. I had left over brown tulle that I purchased online from BBCrafts so that is what I used to make the feathers. I measured how long I wanted the strips and then cut the entire roll which was about 50 yards. This will vary depending on the size of your wreath form. I then used this method for tying my tulle which is a pretty standard method when making tutus. I tied my tulle to cover a little more than half of the wreath form and then stopped to add the felt.
Step 3 -
Turkey Body: The inspiration tutorial used brown thread to finish out the turkey's body but I used left over brown felt from a previous project. I hot glued one end of the felt directly to the form. Then I wrapped the felt around and overlapped the ends a little, then glued the loose end down on the back side of the form. You can see in the picture that there is some buckling of the fabric, if I had used the yarn in stead this wouldn't have been an issue. Once I had my felt on, I added a few more strips of tulle so that the transition was smoother.
Step 4 -
Eyes: I used two large styrofoam balls for the eyes. I painted black circles in the center and after they dried I hot glued the eyes directly to the wreath.
Step 5 -
Beak: For my version, I used foam sheets to cut the beak and gobble. I needed the beak to lay flat instead of standing out as the original version did since we had a screen door on our house at the time. I used a sharpie and drew a triangle on the orange sheet of foam then cut it out and hot glued it to the wreath. After that I cut out the two gobble strips from the red foam. I just free handed it, then glued those to the beak.
Step 6 -
Bow: Since my version of the turkey wasn't very colorful, I decided to add a bow. I used the green grosgrain ribbon to make a base bow. I cut one strip of yellow and glued it down on the wreath in the place I wanted my bow. Then I glued the green base bow on top. I then used orange ribbon to make a surround a bow and I glued that on top of the green bow. After that I made a smaller version of the base bow using red ribbon. Lastly I cut another piece of yellow and glued it across the top to cover the thread and glue used to make each individual bow piece.
Step 7 -
Wordage: There was a lot of empty space in the center of my wreath since the form was so large so I decided to add the words Happy Thanksgiving. I cut two strips of white rope and hot glued them across the back. Then I found some foam letters and pulled out enough to make the words Happy Thanksgiving. I wasn't too particular about the colors or pattern as long as there weren't two letters of the same color next to each other. Once I had my letters arranged, I hot glued them to the rope.
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Festive Front Door
Halloween has come and gone and it is time to start getting ready for Thanksgiving so I brought out my turkey wreath and hung it on the front door. I made this wreath last year and I have to say that I enjoy it as much this year as I did when I first made it. I look forward to decorating the door with this turkey for many years to come!