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!
3/8” Solid Grosgrain Ribbon in Brown, Red, Orange, and Yellow
Heat Sealing Tool (I’ll be using a lighter.)
(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.
Step Two: Cut one 5”, one 4”, and one 3” piece of brown ribbon.
Cut one 4″ piece of red ribbon and two 4″ pieces of orange and yellow ribbon. Heat seal all ribbon.
Cut a 4″ piece of brown ribbon and a 1 1/2″ piece of orange ribbon and set aside for later.
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.
Here is what you should have so far:
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is what you should have so far:
Step Seven: Take the 4” piece of ribbon you set aside and fold like the awareness ribbon.
Peel back one of the tails and place a very small dab of glue on it.
Release tail and press together.
This is what it should look like so far:
Now place glue in the “folds” of the turkey head. And press together.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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