Each year since we’ve been married (a Tanner tradition that has carried on to our family), we start a thankful turkey in November. Each day every person in the family writes down something that they are thankful for on a turkey feather that goes on the turkey.
Pretty simple, but so great to think of something every day that you are thankful for. This is one reason why I love November! Also because it’s our anniversary (4 years this year!) and the Thanksgiving feast of course.
Each year he seems to get bigger and better. I’ll show you my old ones down below.
This is how I made this years.
Here’s what you need:
Large Styrofoam ball
Small Styrofoam ball
Hot glue gun
Double Stick Tape
Double Stick Tape
Start by covering the largest Styrofoam ball with your fabric and tie it off with your ribbon. Then cut off all the excess fabric.
The smaller ball I didn’t want any excess fabric, so I cut enough fabric to cover the ball and then glued it on with hot glue. Be careful to not glue directly to the Styrofoam with hot glue because it melts it.
Here are both balls together. Then take the smaller ball and hot glue it to the larger ball on the cut fabric side. This makes him have a ruffly neck. Make sure the smooth part of the small ball is facing out.
Here’s a close up of the neck glued on. And the feet. To make the feet, take some thicker wire – still thin enough to bend by hand – and bend three loops for the toes. Then stick the long part of the wire into the bottom of the turkey. Do this again for the second foot. Adjust them so that it holds up the turkey.
Then add a face by hot gluing on googly eyes and with double stick tape, tape on a card stock orange beak and a wattle with red felt. Cut out enough feathers with card stock for each day until Thanksgiving. Then after you write on the feather, stick it in the turkey with a sewing pin. I’m using pins so I can reuse the turkey. But if you only want to use it once, you can glue them on. And there you have a super cute Thankful Turkey!
You can also see my previous turkeys for more simple ideas.
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