November 14, 2011

Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath - The Cards We Drew



Hello Sugar Bee Craft friends! I'm Abbey from the Cards We Drew.
 I'm so thrilled to be guest posting today for Mandy and had the perfect thing to show you just in time for Thanksgiving and for your family to admire as they walk into your house. Yep, you guessed it...a wreath. I LOVE wreathes, they're one of my most favorite things to make and we don't yet have a Thanksgiving wreath for our front door, so this was the perfect opportunity to make one and show all of you what I came up with.

 I call this my Thanksgiving Turkey wreath and I made it using things I had around my craft room {as you can tell, I have a lot of unused materials in my craft room haha}.

Here's the materials you need to make this wreath:
Wreath form--I used a straw form Burlap to wrap the wreath Yarn Ribbon (optional) Hot glue Scissors Felt Paper and DimplePrints printables Paper Twine **Anything else you'd like to add to your wreath 1. To start out I took my wreath form and wrapped it in burlap and used hot glue and some pins to hold the burlap in place. Don't worry if it doesn't lay flat, mine didn't lie flat either and I kind of liked the layered look it had, so I didn't work too hard to fix it. It's up to you and your own tastes though while wrapping the wreath.
 2. After I wrapped my wreath, I got started working on my little turkey. The turkey was made my balling up a sheet of newspaper and using tape to hold it all together and round it out. Don't worry about making your newspaper ball perfect, as you wrap it with yarn you can shape it as you go. Once my newspaper was formed, I tied the yarn around the newspaper ball, tied and knotted it, and then got to wrapping my ball. I wrapped it for a while until everything was covered and then I hot glued the end of the yarn in place. It really doesn't take as much yarn as you'd think.
3. After the turkey's body was complete, I got to working on his head. Honestly, there's no good way to show you how I did his head. I basically took the yarn and wrapped it around my fingers 20 or so times and then pulled it off my fingers and balled it up. From there I just kept wrapping my little ball of yarn until it was the size I wanted. At that point, I hot glued the end of the yarn into place and attached my turkey head to the turkey body. I also took a tiny little triangle of orange felt and hung it from the turkey's chin as his little "gobbler" :)
4. Next up was making the turkey's feathers. I had tan, cream, and orange felt on hand, so those were the colors I used. I just kind of free handed a feather and repeated it for 2 feathers of each color. Then I arranged them the way I wanted and used pins to push them into my turkey. Once I got them arranged the way I wanted, I hot glued them down.
5. Now your turkey should be all done! You just need to attach it onto your wreath. In my case, before I attached it, I added some yarn wrapped around the wreath form just to spice it up a bit. This is completely option and you could add a little yarn, a lot of yarn, and many other things to your likings and taste. For me--I just wanted something simple, so I wrapped my orange yarn around the wreath and then attached my turkey with hot glue {a lot of hot glue!}.
6. Once your turkey is fixed on you're all set to do what you like. I decided to use DimplePrints' FREE Thanksgiving Party Package (I blog for them too!), print off their patterned paper, and make little pennants saying "give thanks" on them. I used my Silhouette to cut out the letters and I glued them onto twine and then hot glued the twine in between each side of the wreath. I REALLY liked that addition.
7. I also decided to add some felt flowers to my creation. Beth at Home Stories A to Z has an amazing tutorial on how to make felt flowers. If you want to see how, check out her site.
And that's it! Here's some more photos of the finished product. I'm very happy with it.


I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and I'd LOVE it if you came over to The Cards We Drew and visited me. I finished up my son's Candy Corn Birthday Party last weekend and have lots of great candy corn decor you can check out.
I'm also in the middle of a craft room makeover, so please feel free to stop by and say "Hello!" and check out my progress on the craft room once I get some time after my crazy next few weeks!
 Hope everyone's holidays are amazing and HUGE super duper thanks to Mandy for this opportunity to e-meet all of you guys and share my wreath! Hope to see you over at The Cards We Drew!

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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

3 Fabulous Comments:

Sweet wreath!! Love that little turkey. :-) Thanks for guest blogging.

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That wreath is absolutely adorable!

This is DARLING!!! Love that turkey and burlap is always one of my faves!!!

Aimee @ ItsOverflowing.com

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