I am excited today to have our first guest blogger for Turkey Daze! Adrianne is a great friend, and a tremendously crafty lady! This month she is writing a novel... no I am not joking, check out THIS post! Her blog focuses on projects you can do in one hour! Please go visit her at Happy Hour Projects, you will not be dissapointed! I am excited to make these clips for the little gals in my life~
Hi! I'm Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects and I am so happy to be here today! Over at my home base, I specialize in quick crafts - usually an hour or less - so you can play after the kids' bedtime, during naptime, on your lunch hour... well, you can fit it into your schedule wherever you like. :)
November is upon us, and (for those of us in the US, anyway) that means Thanksgiving is coming! I love, love Thanksgiving. It's a 4-day weekend for a lot of my family, there is FOOD. EVERYWHERE. Leftover pie, mashed potatoes... turkey sandwiches! You don't have to figure out what to give anyone. It's just a day of hanging out with the family over the biggest meal all year, (football at our house) and of course the annual perusing of the ads in the paper. I can hardly wait.
It's only fitting that Carlee is having a turkey month here at Ladybird Ln, and I am so happy to contribute! I whipped up a few turkey hairclips for some special young ladies out of felt and ribbon, and I thought I'd take a moment to show you how I did it.
The Little Turkey Hair Clip
Time: 15 minutes
- Alligator clip
- Felt Scraps - I used a few inches of brown, and just enough orange to make a beak
- Ribbon - 5 cuts of 4" lengths in whatever you think is a turkey color, plus about 6-8" of ribbon to wrap your clip
- Googly-eyes (optional - you could just use felt or foam)
- Hot-glue gun
Cut two felt circles about 2" in diameter, and a scrap for the beak. Everything you see here is enough to make three turkeys. Cut five pieces of turkey-tail ribbon 4" long. I used two pieces of red, two of orange, and one of yellow. I cut a length of brown to cover my alligator clip. If you don't have brown, use a color that could pass for feet instead. :) I try not to buy much for small projects like this - my motto is, use what you have. Don't have anything brown? Try a pink turkey, or a rainbow-colored one!
First thing I did was cover my alligator clip with ribbon so that it looks nice. I did leave the top side uncovered, because it will be glued inside the body. Just make sure to cover the pinchy-end of your alligator clip which will sort of be his feet.
Then I turned the rest of my ribbons into "feathers". This is hard to describe how to fold them but take a peek at the photo. They won't fan out as well if you just fold them in half. I just put a dot of glue at one end and secured the other end in place. This will make it easier to glue onto your turkey when it's time.
Now arrange your feathers. After I already glued the beak on, I realized it would be much easier to have done the feathers first, that way the face can be centered on. But if you already made your face, just center your feathers the best you can.
I started at the sides, and worked toward the middle to get it centered.
Now, to glue your body to the alligator clip.
Take your non-feathered circle and squirt a line of glue. Place it between the jaws of the clip - facing your metal side if you didn't fully cover your clip.
Cover the whole thing with glue.
Then place your feathered side on top. Almost done!
Just finish his face! He can be clipped into hair or onto a headband to wear.
I had a rather uncooperative model...
Hopefully by Thanksgiving, she will leave it on for at least five minutes. :)
Happy Thanksgiving to you!!
Thank you Adrianne! What a fun fast craft! I just want to pinch your daughters cheeks, so darling!