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Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath Tutorial

Updated on November 8, 2013
Check out my original tutorial for this wreath on my blog @ wordpress
Check out my original tutorial for this wreath on my blog @ wordpress | Source

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
  • Rope
  • 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.

Compare Both Turkey Wreaths

The inspiration on the left, my version on the right
The inspiration on the left, my version on the right

Take a Vote!

Which version of the turkey wreath do you prefer?

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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!

Your Turn

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Your wreaths are super cute! Thanks for sharing!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like such a fun and creative project! Your turkey wreath looks lovely. Thanksgiving happened last month where I live, but I'll remember this project for next year.

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Texas

      Craftytothecore, I've never made a wreath without a form. That sounds difficult!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      This is very creative. I love recycling the pool noodle for the base of it. I usually make Christmas wreaths without any form, but it can be tricky. This would be so much easier for me. Thanks so much for such a creative idea!

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you! I feel like Thanksgiving always gets overlooked. Halloween passes and suddenly everyone is putting up Christmas décor. I like to celebrate Thanksgiving just as much as Christmas so I felt like this was a great way to remind my household that there is a holiday worth decorating for between October and December!

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Texas

      I'm guilty of falling in love with a project and then becoming completely overwhelmed by it. I try to break it down in steps so that I still enjoy the process and my end result doesn't suffer from it.

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Texas

      I don't like to copy either. I find many great ideas on the internet and I am always inspired to make my own version. The saying goes, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" but copying exactly just isn't my style.

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Texas

      Please share your version! I'd love to see it!

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you so much!

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Texas

      My kids love this wreath. I have a wreath or door ornament for almost every season or holiday and this one is their favorite.

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you so much! This is my second year to put the wreath up and I still love it as much as I did when I first made it.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      This is great! Something to use year after year and a great project for adults and kids. Voting up and sharing.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      That is so cute. I never thought about a Thanksgiving wreath before and this is delightfully fun. I think kids will really like them.

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida


      That is so darling---my cousin would love this hub as she makes the family wreaths and arrangement for all holidays.

      I voted awesome, beautiful and useful---a great hub with great detailed instructions.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      How cute! You've inspired me to make one myself. Going to go get the materials today. Pinning for others to see. Thanks for the idea. Voted up and more.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love how you used inspiration to create your own turkey wreath, both are cute, but I never liked copying. Good job!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great step by step instructions! It's nice for people who are afraid to jump in a big project like this one; it can be quite intimidating!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This is adorable and if I had the time it would certainly be on my front door. Your version is a creative idea for the holiday.

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Texas

      Aww thank you! This was one of my more successful projects.

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      Lily Rose 4 years ago from East Coast

      That is super cute! I'm thinking the not so avg crafty means that you are MORE crafty than most!