Sunday, November 13, 2011

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble

So if you've been keeping up, then you know that this weekend was spent mending my sweet, albeit rather grumpy and sickly, seven-year-old.
And while that's about as much fun as it sounds, I was perhaps two breaths away from going stir crazy, when I remembered some pool noodles I bought a few weeks ago for, get this, ten cents each. I feel like I stole them considering I knew that what I wanted to do with them would be super cute.

Bloggers, meet my new Thanksgiving wreath:

I made him in under an hour, and other than the pool noodles, I had everything I needed, so he cost me, you guessed it, a grand total of a a dime.

Here's the low down on how I made him:

First I took my pool noodles (I had two), and I cut them. I used one of them to make the big circle that became the back layer of the wreath, and the short scraps that came from shortening both noodles to make the top layer of my wreath.( I plan on using the other noodle to make a Christmas wreath in the next week or so.) I then used duct tape to form my two circles; I use that term loosely, because they don't exactly look like circles yet.

Note: If you see this and feel inspired and can't find any pool noodles this late in the season, you can certainly use a Styrofoam wreath for the back layer and even a paper plate for the front layer.

Then I covered each circle with burlap.
I tried using hot glue, but it burns the noodle, so I stuck with packing tape.

Once both circles are covered, I took some different colored felt, and cut out eight feathers using a template I made from  a piece of cardboard.

Once I cut out the feathers, I hot glued a piece of cardboard to the back of each of them to give them some support. Notice this isn't very pretty, but it doesn't matter! No one will see this part.
Once the feathers were reinforced, I taped them to the backside of the turkey, making sure they were somewhat level and even. 

I then cut out two feet, reinforced them with cardboard, and taped them to the back of the turkey.
Note: I folded the felt in half and cut both feet out at the same time, that way I know they'd look the same.

Please ignore how ugly the back of this project looks-- again, no one has to know. It can be our little secret, mkay?

I then used a cup to trace the felt that would become his eyes, drew a nose and a gobbler (don't use that word often...), and hot glued them in place.

Isn't he adorable?

Here's a shot on a lighter background so that you can see his feet:

I haven't hung him yet obviously; forgive me- it's dark.
I'll do that tomorrow and post a picture later this week.

Until then, I think I'll stare at him-- I just think he's so stinkin' cute!

Super easy, super cheap, super cute--- the way crafting is supposed to be.

What are you doing at your house to get in the Thanksgiving spirit?
We're doing any and everything we can, considering our Thanksgiving will be spent taking care of Libby; her tonsils are coming out the Tuesday before Turkey Day.

Here's hoping your weekend was fan-freakin-tastic and that we can make it another nine days without another tonsil-induced trip to the E.R.

Today I'm linking here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.


  1. Very cute! I'd love for you to link up to my party today!

  2. omg. this is so stinking cute. super glad I came across your blog. totally following. If you get second, I'd love if you'd check out mine. It's all about the adventures of a east coast girl turned LA stylist. thanks, love. xo

  3. Such an adorable idea! Would make a great family project! I am looking for bloggers to participate in 25 Day's of Christmas Blogshare...check out the post and leave a comment if you are interested in participating!

  4. I really love the idea of reusing pool noodles. What cute turkey!

    I hope you will link this post to my Thanksgiving Traditions link up!

  5. Sweet!!! Now I know what to do with those darn water noodles my kids do not use anymore! Love it!

    Would you please share this with my readers? I think they'd really like it.

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