Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Turkey Hair Barrett Tutorial

"A turkey is a funny bird, his head goes wobble, wobble.
All he knows is just one word and that is gobble, gobble."
(That's what Anthony's pre-K class said before their Thanksgiving dinner.)

Well, I've finished my tutorial (that I mentioned here) on making the Turkey Hair Bow/Barrett and I even did it before next Thanksgiving. But I guess it's not in time for you to make one for this Thanksgiving (sorry) - unless of course you already have the supplies on hand (it just takes a few minutes).

You will need 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon in the following colors: green, yellow, red, brown and orange...

...googly eyes, hair clips... glue gun and glue sticks...

...and optional (not necessary, but really makes things easier) metal cookie sheet, wooden ruler with a metal edge, and a wood burning tool with the chisel tip.

Measure your hair clip either with the green ribbon itself or with a measuring tape and cut ribbon to that length. (Depends on the size of your clip as to how long your green ribbon will be.) I cut my ribbon with the wood burning tool (chisel tip), this heat seals the ribbon and keeps it from fraying. (You can use scissors and fray check if you want.)

Hot glue the green ribbon around the outside of the hair clip (making sure you don't glue the clip together where it won't open).

Cut 3 inches each of brown, yellow, orange and red ribbon.

Cut a piece of orange ribbon slightly smaller than 1/2 inch.

Cut 2 pieces of brown ribbon, one 6 1/2 inches and another 2 1/2 inches.

Fold the small orange piece in half (to form a triangle - this will be the beak) and glue. Fold each of the 3 inch pieces (these will be the tail feathers) and the brown 2 1/2 inch piece of ribbon to form a loop (see picture) and glue.

Take the long brown piece of ribbon (6 1/2 inches) and make a large loop on one end and glue on the back side. (This will be the body of the turkey.)

Make a smaller loop on the top part of the ribbon and glue on the back side. (This will be the head of the turkey.)

Take the 2 1/2 inch piece (that is now a loop) and glue to the underside of the turkey body (see picture).

Glue the orange triangle and the googly eyes onto the brown piece (see picture for placement).

Glue the colored loops (tail feathers) onto the green ribbon covered hair clip in a fan shape (see picture for placement).

Glue the turkey body onto the tail feathers and green covered hair clip. There's your turkey hair bow.

I hope each and everyone of you has a very safe and happy Thanksgiving. Count your blessings.

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