Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ribbon {Gobbler}!!

I know that it isn't even the middle of October yet, but it's close enough, so here is my first Thanksgiving craft of the year. I wanted to create something that was a scrap buster but I ended up having to go out to buy a few small supplies to complete the project. This would be a great project to do with the kiddos!

8" cardboard circle - I used cake rounds (11 for $4 at Wally World)
Large googly eyes (4 for $0.99 at HL)
Assorted Ribbons and Ric Rac
3-4 long pieces of Floral Wire & Wire Cutter or crappy scissors
An empty ribbon spool (or you can create your own smaller cardboard circles)
Scrapbook paper
Glue, scissors, hot glue & gun

1) Trace your large cake round onto a sheet of scrapbook paper & cut out. Glue paper to your cake round (I used a good ol' fashion glue stick)
2) Take apart your ribbon spool, cut the large round disk from the side of the spool in half, trace fronts and backs onto paper. Cut out the paper and glue the front and backs onto the half disks you created. Set aside.
3) Cut your ribbon into 6 inch strips.
4) there are 2 ways to do the next step - a) with a sewing machine & b) without.
    a) fold your ribbon in half and run it through the sewing machine, leaving about a 1/2" tail, continue  for all ribbon pieces then cut apart the string of ribbon you have created. Take your long piece of floral wire and insert it into the center of your ribbon loop, carefully slipping the wire between your seam stitches. Cut the wire with your wire cutters or crappy scissors you don't care about, leaving just a small piece sticking out. Add a dab of glue to keep the wire from becoming victim of gravity. Repeat with all ribbon loops.
   b) fold your ribbon in half and hold at the base leaving a 1/2" tail. Insert long floral wire through the center of your ribbon holding with your thumb and finger. Without burning yourself (the trickiest part of all) add a small dab of hot glue to between the tail pieces, enclosing the loop and wire all at once. Trim extra wire with wire cutters or crappy scissors.

5) on the back of your cake round lay out how you want your ribbon to look, apply glue about 1/2-1" from the edge and glue the tails of your ribbon loops down.

6) optional - glue another cake round to the back to cover up the raw edges of your ribbon - I ended up covering them up, but I sorta wish I hadn't, it just makes the next part a little tougher.
7) for the beak, fold over a scrap of paper  and cut out a triangle - if you don't need it to be 3D just cut out a single triangle.
8) glue a piece of large ric rac or ribbon down if you are making a tom (for the wattle) and then glue your beak on top of that. Then glue down your googly eyes.
9) get out your half disks you covered with scrapbook paper in step 2, these are going to be your turkey's feet. Cut a slit on the round part of your disk wide enough to accommodate the width of your cake round, or double cake rounds if you sandwiched in your ribbons.
10) slip Mr. or Mrs. Turkey into the slits and adjust the angle of the "feet" until you get it to stand up on its own.
And there you have a ribbon loop turkey!

Gobble Gobble Y'all!

A Crafty SoireeFantabulous Friday!

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  1. This is so cute! I love the ribbons! :)

  2. This is SO dang cute! I just pinned this :) Love the idea of using ribbon!

  3. So cute! I am a Kindergarten teacher and I can imagine doing this with my kiddos except with scrapbook paper strips! Thanks so much for sharing: I'm your newest follower!

  4. VERY cute! :) I love the ribbon tail! Thanks for sharing!

  5. That is SO adorable! Great colors, and he's just so cute! Saw you at tatertots and jello. :)


  6. Really cute Stacy. I can't wait to be a copy cat and make one for my grandkids.

    I saw you on Whipperberry. And I'm now a follower. I hope you'll stop by and follow me too @

    Hugs...Tracy :)

  7. This is so dang cute!! Love that lil gobbler! I featured you today on my blog:

    Thanks for inspiring!

  8. Adorable! i love the ribbon and paper combo! So cute!!

  9. Adorable!! I think I will have my kids make this. Stopping by from Crafty Soiree.

  10. LOVE IT! How darling...gotta make these with the children. They would love it ;)

  11. Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts! You can see it here

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them :) If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

  12. I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party!


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  13. I absolutely love it! xo Malia

  14. Now that is adorable. I love working with ribbons.
    Stopping by from Get your craft on Tuesday. Hope you stop by for a visit.

  15. My daughter would LOVE making this! So simple, but adorable! I am a new follower!

  16. He was just so cute that I asked my crafty mother to make him for me... I blogged about him today. Thanks for the inspiration!


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