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Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial: Learn how to make a super cute and easy turkey hair accessory for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Use our super cute Turkey Ribbon Sculpture to create the cutest hair accessory or clip. These are absolutely perfect for Thanksgiving and the step-by-step instructions are perfect for everyone, even beginners. Click Read More to see the tutorial.


Hey Everyone! My name is Emily from Bowtique by Emily! This is my first tutorial with The Ribbon Retreat. I am so excited to share my Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial with you all!

Supplies Needed:

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - This turkey is so easy and super cute for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

3/8” Solid Grosgrain Ribbon in Brown, Red, Orange, and Yellow

Heat Sealing Tool (I’ll be using a lighter.)

Scissors

Glue Gun

Alligator Clip

Googley Eyes
(I’m not sure what size I used, it’s the smallest ones
Wal-Mart sold. Can also be found at your local craft store.)

Most of these items can be found at The Ribbon Retreat.

Step One: Cut 4 ½” of brown ribbon for a partially lined alligator clip. Don’t forget to heat seal the ends of your ribbon.

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Step Two: Cut one 5”, one 4”, and one 3” piece of brown ribbon.

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Cut one 4″ piece of red ribbon and two 4″ pieces of orange and yellow ribbon. Heat seal all ribbon.

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Cut a 4″ piece of brown ribbon and a 1 1/2″ piece of orange ribbon and set aside for later.

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Step Three: Place a dab of glue at one end of the brown ribbon, fold into a teardrop shape, and press together. Do this for all your ribbon.

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Here is what you should have so far:

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Step Four: To form your turkey body, you’re going to layer your brown teardrop shapes that you made. Start with the largest teardrop shape and place a dab of glue near the top. Then lay the middle teardrop shape onto the larger one.

Repeat for the next layer with the smallest teardrop.

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

(Don’t worry if your glue looks messy in the back, it won’t show in the finished product.)

Step Five: Holding the alligator clip with the hinge part downward, glue the turkey body to the clip leaving a little less than ½” space at the top.

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

You can also dress up your outfit instead of your hair, try attaching your turkey to a pin instead of an alligator clip. All you need to do is cut a 1 ¾” piece of brown ribbon and glue to the top of the pin.

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Step Six: Okay it’s time to glue on your turkeys “feathers.” Place a dab of glue on the end of the red teardrop and glue it directly above the turkey body.

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Next place a dab of glue on one of the orange feathers and place it so that the end is even with the end of the red feather and angled at a 45 degree angle. Do the same for the other orange feather.

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

After that, place a dab of glue one the end of one of the yellow feathers and glue it horizontal to the turkey body. Repeat with the other yellow feather. All the ends of the feathers should be touching.

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Here is what you should have so far:

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Step Seven: Take the 4” piece of ribbon you set aside and fold like the awareness ribbon.

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Peel back one of the tails and place a very small dab of glue on it.

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Release tail and press together.

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

This is what it should look like so far:

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Now place glue in the “folds” of the turkey head. And press together.

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Step Eight: Place glue on the back of the turkey head and place head on top of feathers. The top of the head should be level with yellow feathers. Cut turkey arm to desired length and heat seal the ends.

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Step Nine: Take the orange ribbon that you set aside and cut one side at a 45 degree angle. Do the same for the other side. Heat seal each side. I like to use tweezers or needlenose pliers to make things easier.

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Step Ten: Use tweezers or needlenose pliers to hold the eye for the turkey and place glue on the back of the eye. Place the eye directly above the beak. Repeat for the second eye.

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - So easy and perfect for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial! I had a lot of fun making it for you!


Thank you so much Emily! This little turkey is so adorable and this Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial makes it so easy to make! Any little girl would love to have this hair accessory for Thanksgiving.

All the ribbon can be purchased here at The Ribbon Retreat where you will find great prices and quality ribbon.

If making one isn’t your cup of tea, check out Emily’s shop, Bowtique by Emily for lots more bows as well.

If you are interested in sharing your crafts or bow making skills, we are searching for crafty contributors. If you’re a craft blogger or bow maker who’d like to submit a tutorial of your own, visit our Project Submission Page to see all the details. We love all tutorials, and now especially love holiday ones! We make it worth your while! We love our contributors!

Have a great day! ~ Shirley, The Ribbon Retreat Blog Editor

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9 Comments

  1. Suzyq
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    I totaly loved this tutorial!

  2. Posted November 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Perfect for Thanksgiving! I love that you made it into a brooch too. That would make a fun teacher gift.

  3. fatemeh
    Posted December 4, 2012 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    خیلی خیلی زیباوجالب بود متشکرم

  4. Tracy
    Posted October 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I really enjoyed making this for my little girl! 🙂

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 29, 2013 at 9:53 am | Permalink

      Hi Tracy! Thank you so much for sharing! I bet it looks adorable. Michelle 🙂

  5. Tamara Henderson
    Posted November 4, 2014 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Great tutorial! I took the “feathers” and did a 4″ and 3″ stacked in the same manner as the body to give the tail a fuller look. Thank yo for always having clear, straight forward directions on fun projects!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 5, 2014 at 9:12 am | Permalink

      Hi Tamara! Thank you so much! Wow…I love your idea. I bet your turkey is adorable! Thanks so much for sharing your idea! Have a wonderful day and thanks for being so awesome Tamara! Michelle 🙂

  6. Cris
    Posted November 18, 2015 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! This is soooo adorable. Will be making these for our volunteers at our Turkey Trot, I am positive they’ll be a HUGE hit. Thank you for sharing

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 24, 2015 at 7:46 am | Permalink

      Hi Cris! You are so welcome! Thank you for your sweet, sweet comment! What a fun project to make for your volunteers! They will love them! Have a wonderful day and good luck with your Turkey Trot. Michelle 🙂

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