I have a crafting confession to make! In all the years – a LOT of years – I’ve been crafting, I have sadly neglected Thanksgiving. Oh, the shame of it all! Such a special holiday, with a focus on family, friends and reflecting on all of our many blessings. From a crafting perspective, what have I done? Treated this holiday like some big, gastronomic pit stop on the freight train between Halloween and Christmas! Well, my friends, my crafting faux pas ends right here, with a fun and funny Got Pie? Felt & Paper Twist Door Turkey.
This guy is shaking his tail feathers in bright colors and sporting a jaunty, little hat. He IS a little nervous, however, about his fate with the upcoming holiday! Yep, he’s totally trying to get us to eat pie instead! I remember seeing a turkey made from paper twist years ago and wanted to create my own version, so I used my Paper Twist Door flowers as inspiration. I even got brand new, colorful paper twist from Paper Mart! Shh, though, don’t tell Mr. Smarty Pants!
Here’s what I used and how I put this bad boy together!
- One 11-7/8” and 7-3/8” Make It Fun Styrofoam Discs
- 1 yard of dark brown felt
- Scrap pieces of black, white, light grey and gold felt, for hat, hatband, hat buckle and eye
- Paper twist in brown, red, orange, yellow and cream – all from Paper Mart
- Medium weight chipboard
- Floral picks with wire
- Low-temp hot glue gun and glue sticks
- One piece of heavy gauge floral wire, for hanger
- My templates for the turkey head, hat, wattle Turkey Templates for Felt & Paper Twist Turkey and large/small feathers Turkey Feathers Template for Felt & Paper Twist Turkey
- Cardstock and letters
Cut 26 pieces of brown paper twist for the large feathers and 26 pieces of red, 22 of yellow and 21 of orange paper twist for the small feathers. Trace feather patters on paper twist and cut. Attach only the brown feathers to floral picks.
Cut dark brown felt to cover both Styrofoam circles. Add about 4” to felt circle for the smaller Styrofoam disc, so that the felt will cover the sides of the disc. Leave the sides of the large disc uncovered; it makes it easier to stick in the feathers! Iron felt first to remove wrinkles! Use StyroGlue to adhere felt to both discs. For the smaller disc, glue glue felt to the front first; cut small sections, add glue and wrap felt around to the back of the Styrofoam disc. Let dry.
Trace the turkey head, hat and wattle onto medium weight chipboard and cut out pieces. Also cut a 4” chipboard circle.
Cover hat with black felt. Make a small band of grey felt and a little buckle from gold felt and glue to hat. Cover turkey head with brown paper twist, wattle with red and 4″ chipboard circle with cream. Attach hat and wattle to turkey head with hot glue. Cut circles from black and white felt for the eye or you can use a googly eye! Put a tiny piece of orange paper twist on for the beak.
The turkey head will look like this!
Now, it’s time to get this guy feathered out! Attach the brown feathers first, dipping the floral pick in StyroGlue and sticking the pick into the side of the large Styrofoam circle. Add all brown feathers until the circle is completed. Add the rows of red, yellow and orange feathers with hot glue, gluing the feathers directly to the felt covered Styrofoam circle, gluing each row slightly lower than the previous row. Don’t worry if things look a little messy! Each row is covered up by the next row of feathers. It will look like this when all of the feathers are added.
Hot glue the smaller, felt covered Styrofoam circle in the center of the orange row of feathers. Hot glue the cream-covered chipboard circle in the center of the smaller felt circle and the turkey head to the center of the cream circle. Cover a chipboard square with cardstock in the color of your choice and add letters to read “Got Pie?” Glue the sign at an angle near the turkey’s head. Twist a piece of heavy gauge floral wire into a circle for hanging, leaving about a 3” at the bottom. Dip the bottom of the wire into StyroGlue and push the wire into the top of the large Styrofoam circle.
Tada! How do you like him? He’s big, bold, colorful and I love all the texture and dimension. Now I’ll have a fun and Thanksgiving-worthy decoration for my door for years to come! He will also look great on the wall in a dining room or in a foyer. Hmm….as long as he doesn’t hop off and run away. Better keep the glue gun handy just in case!
Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting me and the big guy today. Have a happy first Monday of November!
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