Turkey Bows!!

by Hope Sewell on November 22, 2011

in crafts

I think I am finally easing into the Holiday spirit.  It really has taken a little while for me to get in the groove with it all.  It’s still 80 degrees almost everyday so it’s tough for me to be thinking about “chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose….”.  We did, however, spend some time around the fire pit recently roasting hotdogs, marshmallows and listening to Christmas music.  I was wearing flip-flops….and no jacket.  But we worked on Christmas lists so that helped to spur on a little spirit too.

It got me in the Holiday mood so much that I pulled out some grosgrain ribbon and started making hair bows in the shape of turkeys and Christmas trees. 😉  (thanks to my husband for taking this photo)  Many years ago, I found this site with tons of hair bow instructions.  Grab some 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon in these colors, brown, red, orange, yellow, and green.  I found mine at Hobby Lobby on sale for $1.For Lilly’s fine hair, I use these alligator clips.I started with the turkey.  Here are the colors and lengths you need.  Brown: two 2 3/4 in., one 3 1/4 in., one 2 in. and two 1 3/4 in. pieces.
Redone 6 1/2 in.
Orange: one 6 1/2 in.  a small triangle for a beak and enough to cover your clip.
Yellow: one 6 1/2 in piece.

For the turkey body, start with the brown 3 1/4 inch piece and make a circle.  I used hot glue but you can use any fabric adhesive that you like.  Take the two 2 3/4 in. pieces, make circles and glue them inside so that they’ll stick out on either side of the circle.Do the same thing with the brown 2 inch and 1 3/4 inch pieces to make the head.
Then for the feathers take the red, orange, and yellow pieces and make a crease in the middle.Glue the ends to the middle like this.  Sorry for awful pics here…Cover your clippie.  I used orange but you can take creative liberties here and do whatever color suits your fancy!Glue the feathers to the bow like this.  It makes me think of a Christmas tree…Glue the body and head on top of the feathers.  Add a little loop of red for his beard and an orange triangle for his beak and you’ve got a turkey!!  Gobble Gobble!!

Now since I was making holiday bows, I went ahead a worked up a Christmas tree.  Using the same 3/8 in.  grosgrain ribbon cut one brown piece to 4 1/4 in.  Green: TWO of EACH length 2 1/4″, 2″, and 1 3/4″.  Lastly, you’ll need enough red to make a simple bow for the top.  Ignore my red bow in the picture here because that’s not what I went with in the end. Cover your clip in brown for the trunk.
Take each piece of green and make a loop.Then glue them all to your clippie in order from largest to smallest.  And you’ve got a Christmas tree bow!!Happy Holidays!!

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Vicky November 22, 2011 at 11:49 am

Those are great! I love making clips for my girls. Thanks for the great ideas. I have pinned and stumbled this post. I am a new follower visiting from Too Cute Tuesday. Vicky from Mess For Less


Kristee Dowling November 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Super super cute!!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your sweet family!


Jenn/Rook No. 17 November 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Thank you for being a part of making last week’s “A Little Birdie Told Me…” at Rook No. 17 so rich in creativity and inspiration! Today’s party is in full swing, so please feel welcome to drop by and share your talent.



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