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!