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!
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!